Hiring consultant/consulting firm for endline study in the project titled “Children are not for Sale” in Nihla Union in Nayapara and leda and  in Sabrang Union in Jalia Para  under the sub district Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar.

Plan International Bangladesh and YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) been implementing the project: Children are not for Sale funded by Rediosjalpen from 01/06/2018 to 31/05/2020  in Nihla Union in Nayapara and leda and  in Sabrang Union in Jalia Para  under the sub district Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar. The project focus on the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children, in the context of Bangladesh and the Rohingya's influx from Myanmar. It predominantly addresses one of the Stockholm Declaration and Agenda for Action priorities: commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC). The ultimate goal of this project is to prevent and reduce child trafficking and CSEC through fostering prevention in host and refugee communities, strengthening the legal architecture to promote antitrafficking international standards, and tailored livelihood and economic activities of re-integration.

A large number of children in Asia, and particularly in the Myanmar/ Bangladesh border region, continue to be pushed into commercial sexual exploitation, despite much-heightened awareness of the problem and engagement by governments, international organisations and other stakeholders in recent years in better understanding its dynamics and identify in effective responses. According to UNHCR's household counting exercise, as of the 1st of December 2017, almost 53% of the Rohingya in Cox's Bazar are female, and 58% are children under 18, of which 1 % (4,965 individuals) are heads of households, and over 103,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 out of which 51,000 are girls. Girls and young women are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked into the sex trade. This happens because the sex industry is a thriving and profitable market and because there is often a demand for girls and women who are in some way 'different' or 'exotic' by clients of the sex trade and by the brothel owners and pimps who provide services to them. Boys are also exposed to trafficking mainly to be exploited in agricultural forced labour and drug dealing. The lack of economic opportunity pushes youth to develop negative coping mechanisms, such as potentially  their radicalization. The running of illegal businesses (e. g drug dealing) has been observed in the past months in the camps and surrounding areas.

In Cox's Bazar district, a significant increase in prostitution, abduction of children and child trafficking are reported daily by refugees. The Bangladeshi legal framework is in place to support anti-trafficking activities, but it needs to be strengthened at the district level. In addition, the community child protection framework needs to be set up in the Rohingya and the host communities to mitigate the impact of the Rohingya influx and the coming monsoon season. Preventing and responding to child trafficking will be at the heart of the intervention.

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 Operations Manager, Cox’s Bazar Project Office, Plan International Bangladesh. The deadline of proposal submission is the 19 July 2020.

Terms of Reference (ToR)

Terms of Reference (TOR) can be downloaded from this link. For any clarification related to the project and research, please contact Md. Abdul Hannan: Abdul.hannan@plan-international.org