Terms of Reference
For adaption of GEMS package for older adoelscents for the grade IX - X under Girls Get Equal: Integrated approach to end CEFM: Bangladesh project

Responding to emergencies and meeting the specific needs of girls and young women in emergencies is a core part of Plan International’s work. Plan International strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world. As an independent development and humanitarian organization, Plan International works alongside children, young people, its supporters and partners to tackle the root causes of the challenges facing by the girls and all vulnerable children. The organizations support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. Plan International drives changes in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels using our reach, experience, and knowledge. For over 80 years, Plan International has been building powerful partnerships for children, and it is active in over 75 countries.

Plan International Bangladesh started its operation in Bangladesh in 1994. Currently as per the new country strategy V (2020-30), Plan International Bangladesh is implementing projects under three thematic areas i.e. LEAD, SOYEE, and SRHR where disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) are cross-cutting themes. In recent years, as part of its country strategy, Plan International Bangladesh has emphasized more to establish an inclusive and effective community-based child protection mechanism at the local and national level.

Project overview:

The Girls Get Equal programme in Bangladesh will reach out 26,000 children and youth in Barguna District with interventions to reduce child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) across the five outcome areas.

Within the girls’ retention in school and youth economic empowerment outcomes, Plan will support schools to introduce a more gender responsive and child-friendly pedagogy and school codes of conduct. Mainstream formal education will be linked up in partnerships with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to provide an attractive offer and encourage girls to stay in school. Plan will train girls and their families in livelihood skills and establish linkages to the private sector to provide employment opportunities.

In terms of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), in-school adolescents will receive training through the integrated Gender Equity Movement in Schools Module (GEMS) package, a 2-year curriculum on SRHR, gender-based violence (GBV), and gender equality for younger adolescents. Out-of-school adolescents will be trained on SRHR by using Plan’s Champions of Change methodology.

Within the social norm change work, the programme will work with boys and men to promote positive masculinities to change stereotypes, social norms and behaviour that work against the potential of girls. Youth organisations and individual youth will be mobilised and receive support to act as drivers of change and bring about improvements to gender norms, policy and legislative changes. The programme will furthermore conduct awareness trainings on CEFM with community religious leaders, teachers, marriage registration officers (kazis), and solemnisers of marriages.

When it comes to child protection, the programme will work to influence the implementation and enforcement of the Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017, to form effective and well-functioning local level child marriage prevention committees and to encourage reporting on child marriage cases. In order to do so, the programme will build the capacity of national and district-level child protection systems, building strong linkages from Ward to District to National level.

With this backdrop, Plan International Bangladesh is now seeking For adaption of GEMS package for older adoelscents for the grade IX - X under Girls Get Equal: Integrated approach to end CEFM: Bangladesh project.  The consultant/consulting firm will be hired as per this Terms of Reference (TOR). 

Terms of Reference (TOR)

Terms of Reference (TOR) can be downloaded from this link. For any further queries, please communicate to Mst. Shaleha Akhter, Project Manager - Girls Get Equal, Shaleha.Akhter@plan-international.org

Submission of Proposal

Interested consultant/consulting firms are requested to submit a technical and a financial proposal through email at Planbd.consultant.hiring@plan-international.org with a cover letter addressing to A.K.M. Rashedul Karim Sazzad, Administrative Coordinator, Plan International Bangladesh. The deadline of proposal submission is the 18  October, 202.