Request for Proposal

Compensation for Survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence: A Scope Study

Oxfam employs more than six thousand people in 90 countries who share a commitment to work together to end poverty and suffering. It is committed to ensure diversity and gender equality within the organization and welcomes applications from women, person with disability and under-represented groups. Oxfam does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on their HIV/AIDS status. The organization has been working in Bangladesh since the War of Independence and has established a permanent country office in 1972. Since then it has responded to all major emergencies in the country. Oxfam’s current program focuses on Economic Justice & Resilience, Gender and Women’s Leadership and Humanitarian Capacity Building and Response.

A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There’s enough wealth in this world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable. It’s not their problem. It’s ours too. And with the right support, we can stop poverty and suffering in their tracks. More than 8,000 people already commit their time and talents to our humanitarian and longterm development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.

Oxfam in Bangladesh is looking for a qualified Consultant or a Consultancy Firm for “Compensation for Survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence: A Scope Study.” We are inviting for proposal from interested consultancy firm / individual to undertake this assignment.


An alarming number of women and girls in Bangladesh are routinely subjected to sexual and genderbased violence (SGBV), which is an unacceptable type of human rights violation. According to the VAW Survey 2015, performed collaboratively by UNFPA and the BBS, 73 percent of evermarried women in Bangladesh had suffered some form of abuse from their present husband, with 50% reporting a physical assault in their lives. Although the prevalence and severity of SGBV vary across the country, the detrimental impact it has on people, families, and communities is global and directly linked to Bangladesh's overall development. Individuals, families, societies, and governments are deprived because of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls, which has an influence on an SGBV survivor's economic circumstances and growth. SGBV is responsible for 14% of maternal fatalities on an individual basis, and domestic abuse costs the country 2.10 percent of GDP (CARE Bangladesh, 2013). The lack of compensation is one of the most glaring flaws in current efforts to support SGBV survivors. As per a survey conducted by the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), just 6.8% of rape cases in Bangladesh have resulted in victims receiving compensation. For women and the poor in Bangladesh, access to justice remains difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. According to the VAW Survey 2015, only 2.6 percent of survivors sought legal action after being physically abused by them. SGBV survivors' ability to obtain compensation remains a major concern while the country has made headway in addressing these issues through legislation and normative frameworks. Bangladesh's government must reform its judicial system and put regulations in place to compensate sufferers. Unfortunately, even though the Bangladesh Law Commission created the "Crime Victim Compensation Act 2007" to address, among other things, the critical issue of rape victims' demand for compensation, little progress has been made in enacting it. The purpose of this study is to present the current state of the compensation and resettlement funding system for survivors of sexual violence, with the goal of presenting the legislative structure on SGBV and justifying the need for reimbursement as a pattern of therapeutic jurisprudence for SGBV survivors.


  • To explore scope and type of compensation mechanisms that have been undertaken in Bangladesh with respect to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • To find out the limitations and challenges of available compensation packages/mechanisms.
  • To identify the best practices related to compensation packages/mechanisms for SGBV survivors across the globe and what can be takeaways for Bangladesh.
  • To explore the resources, funding modalities, guidelines and criteria that are available which can assist in future policy and programming regarding SGBV compensation.
  • To find out the linkages between formal and informal compensation initiatives and how do they operate in practice in Bangladeshi context.
  • To explore whether and how private sector and social enterprise can contribute to SGBV compensation mechanisms in Bangladesh.

Please refer to the detailed ToR (Click here) for this assignment.

Proposal submission Instruction:
  • The individual/firm must submit the following documents along with Technical & Financial Proposal.
  • The financial proposal should include 15% VAT only. Oxfam will deduct Income Tax and VAT as per government rules and policies at source from the agreed consultancy amount for national consultant and firms

For Individual Consultant

  • Maximum 2 pages’ profile highlighting related assignment completed with client name, contract person and mobile number along with detailed CV.
  • TIN certificate and any other relevant document (if necessary).

For Consultancy Firm

  • Maximum 2 pages’ firm profile highlighting related assignment completed with client name, contract person and mobile number.
  • Lead Consultant’s (who will lead the assignment) Maximum 2 pages CV highlighting related assignment completed, role in of the completed assignment.
  • Other Team members’ (who will involve in the assignment) one paragraph short CV highlighting related assignment completed and role.
  • Firm’s Certificate, TIN and VAT registration.

Please mention the assignment title “Compensation for Survivors of Sexual and GBV” in the subject line and send the application to

Submit two separate PDF files with following names:

  1. Financial proposal
  2. Technical proposal

The Technical proposal should include following parts

  • Cover page
  • Table of content
  • Understanding of the assignment (pls. don’t copy & paste)
  • Experience in handling similar assignments, a work-plan, methodology
  • Certificate: TIN and VAT registration


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