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Hiring a consultant to conduct Midline Study of Combatting Child Marriage in Bangladesh Project

Background 

Plan is an international development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. The organisation strives for a just world, working together with children, young people, it’s supporters and partners. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity, a vision now shared by the 193 Heads of State and Government who adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015.

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. By 2030, Plan International Bangladesh will have influenced around 36 million people, including 18 million women. Of these, 28 million are currently children and young people aged 0-24, of whom 14 million are girls and young women.

Bangladesh continues to have the fourth highest rates of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) worldwide and the highest rate of marriage (22%) involving girls under the age of 151. 15.5% women age 20-24 years who were first married before the age of 15 and 51.4% women age 20-24 years who were first married before the age of 181.Ending child marriage is a high priority for the Government of Bangladesh and a target has been set to eliminate child marriage by 2041. Therefore, Plan International Bangladesh has been working for a long period of time to address child and early marriage in the communities.

Project Overview

Combatting Early Marriage in Bangladesh is a five-year initiative that is being carried out by PIB and Plan International Canada and supported by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The project aims to combat Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) and reduce the vulnerability of adolescents, particularly girls, to CEFM in Bhola and Jhalokathi Districts of Bangladesh. This will be achieved through a three-pronged strategy focusing on building the agency of girls and boys in and Out of School (OOS), creating a supportive social environment for married and unmarried girls, and strengthening the effectiveness and functioning of institutions and governance mechanisms to prevent CEFM. To achieve its ultimate objective, Combatting Early Marriage in Bangladesh will 1) Increase agency of adolescents, especially girls to protect themselves from harmful gender norms and practices, including CEFM, and provide to access economic empowerment opportunities 2) Increase community acceptance of norms that value the girl child and actions that support girls and boys to delay marriage 3) Increase responsiveness of duty bearers at national, District, and sub-District levels to prevent and respond to child rights violations, particularly CEFM, among vulnerable girls.

The project is being implemented from (June 2018- September 2023) in seven sub-districts of Bhola and Jhalokathi Districts. targeting a total of 137,162 adolescent beneficiaries including 77,702 (56.6%) girls and 59,460 (43.4 %) boys aged 10 to 19 years. The targeted adolescents reside in three sub-districts in Bhola district and four sub-districts in the Jhalokathi district. Of these adolescents, there will be an estimated 119,802 in-school adolescents from ages 11-15, including 68,902 (57.5%) girls and 50,900 (42.5%) boys and 14,000 OOS adolescents (5,600 (40%) girls and 8,400 (60%) boys). The in-school adolescents will attend Gender Equity Movement in school sessions run by teachers or community-based sessions if schools remain closed due to COVID 19. The project aims to reach the adolescents through support to OOS EE and ASRHR groups, OOS peer leaders, classroom integrated GEM in Schools’, in-school adolescent corners, and SBCC events. Considering the unique risks related to violence and health that young women face, and the ultimate outcome of reducing vulnerability to child marriage, the project targets primarily unmarried, at-risk adolescents.

The reach calculations consider estimations of in-school population based on 2017 Bangladesh statistics issued by the Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) for Bhola and Jhalakati and adjusted for the number, type, and grades of project intervention schools. Within the seven sub-districts, the project targets 440 schools (134 in Bhola and 306 in Jhalakati). Of these, 216 are Secondary Schools, 46 are Junior Schools, 10 are School & College, 34 are Madrasah Alim and 134 are Madrasah Dakhil. Classroom integrated Gender Equality Movement in Schools sessions aim to cover 100% of the estimated student population for grades 6 and 7 in Junior Schools and grades 6, 7, and 9 in all other schools, as well as 50% of the grade 8 population in Junior Schools and 50% of grades 8 and 10 in all other schools through activities in adolescent corners. The details of project reach are provided in Table 1. Number of different types of schools and boys and girls included in those schools are given in Table 2.

Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be downloaded from this link.

Submission of Proposal

The technical and financial proposals should be submitted electronically to the email address: Planbd.consultant.hiring@plan-international.org with subject line – Midline Survey of Combatting child Marriage in Bangladesh project.
Proposal submitted to any other email account except this and in hard copy will be treated as disqualified.

Submissions deadline 30th November 2021 2021 at 3:00 pm. Both technical and financial proposal should be submitted PDF format into one zip folder with a covering letter addressing to Md. Enamul Haque, Supply & Procurement Specialist, Plan International Bangladesh.


1 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2019