Re- Advertisement for Base line study of the project – Empowering Adolescents Girls to End Child Marriage in Bangladesh (EAGECM) project

Founded over 80 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. Plan International is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations, and with a vision of a world in which all children realize their full potential, in societies that respect people's rights and dignity.

Plan International works in fifty-two developing countries across Africa, Asia and the South America, and twenty-one countries raise funds to support these efforts. Plan International's stated Global Strategic Goal is to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised, with high-quality programs that deliver long-lasting benefits. Children are at the heart of everything we do.

Plan International started its operation in Bangladesh in 1994. Presently under country strategy IV Plan International Bangladesh is implementing programmes in six thematic areas i.e. health, education, child protection, WASH, youth engagement and employment, and disaster risk management and climate change. In recent years, as part of its country strategy Plan International Bangladesh has focused more to implement projects on climate change, and disaster resilient issues in urban settlements.
In that continuation, Bangladesh has made a good progress in primary education but still a long way to go in secondary education. Net enrolment rate in secondary education is only 68.78% (Girls 74.38% and boys 63.59%) . Children dropout rate before completing secondary school is 37.81% (Girls 41.52%); and around 20% children (Girls 22.99%) dropout from the school system before HSC which lead to Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM). It is against this backdrop that girls’ right to education is denied, which prevents girls from securing safe, reliable and rewarding forms of employment, thus perpetuating chronic poverty across generations. Furthermore, concerning students’ performance, students at grade 9, achieve the competencies of grade 8 in Bangla, English and Mathematics and are only 44%, 44% & 35% respectively. It is clear that without intervening in secondary schools as well as touching the lives of children who have dropped out from school, there is no hope to achieve a future in which girls achieve their full potential. This is also crucial for the government of Bangladesh to achieve the SDGs and its vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2020 and a developed nation by 2040.

To conduct the study a consultant/consulting firm will be engaged on behalf of Plan International Bangladesh as per this Terms of Reference (TOR).

Terms of Reference (TOR)

Terms of Reference (TOR) can be downloaded from this link. For any clarification, please communicate to Mustakima Khanam, Specialist-IQE, to the email address: Mustakima.Khanam@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 the Administrative Coordinator of Administration, Plan International Bangladesh. The deadline of proposal submission is the 25th May 2019.