Introduction and Background

The Swiss Red Cross (SRC) is the National Red Cross Society for Switzerland, established on 17 July 1866 in Bern, Switzerland. The SRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and act in accordance with the movement’s Seven Fundamental Principles, namely humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The Swiss Red Cross is working in Bangladesh since early seventy’s mainly in the fields of health and disaster risk reduction under an umbrella Cooperation Agreement with the Host National Society; namely the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS).

The Reinforcing Rural Resilience (RRR) Programme implemented by Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and supported by SRC aims at consolidating and building upon the achievements of the previous DRM programme in terms of a holistic resilience programme which includes thematic domains like Health, DRM, Livelihood and Food Security, Natural Resource Management (NRM), WASH etc. The goal of the current program is to enhance the resilience of the rural communities. The program (RRR) is going to be implemented in 5 unions of Sundargonj, Gaibandha, namely Kapasia, Haripur, Belka,Tarapur & Chandipur and 3 unions of Rajibpur, Kurigram namely Rajibpur Sadar, Kodalkati & Mohongonj. In this program, apart from utilising its experience in institutional strengthening of Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) in their disaster management mandate, BDRCS will capitalise on emerging opportunities and include the domains of livelihoods and food security, which have not only emerged as pressing needs as unequivocally established by the baseline assessment but are central to the resilience of people. BDRCS is following an incremental approach for implementing the program and following that approach would like to develop a detail profile (database) of 5 Wards of Belka, Kapasia, Haripur union of Sundarganj and Kodalkathi, Mohonganj union of Rajibpur. SRC is looking for hiring a consultancy firm, not only to develop the ward profile but also to assist both Government and non-Government actors including BDRCS, for defining both humanitarian and development interventions. Keeping that in mind, the consultant is expected to develop a demographic profile including the vulnerability, NRM, Food security, livelihood and WASH status, opportunities, and strategy for grabbing those opportunities for the char dwellers. The findings of the assessment shall be piloted by BDRCS either directly or in partnership with agencies working in those areas. 

Objectives

SRC is looking for a qualified and interested consultant/firm to fulfil the following mandate:

1. Developing the tools for generating the database/socio economic profile of the above-mentioned areas in line with the resilience attributes.
2. Capacity Building of the volunteers/Red Crescent Youth (RCYs) for collecting the data.
3. Roll out and monitor the data collection process with the support of RCYs.
4. Clean and analyze the data.
5. Develop a profile of the targeted areas, mentioned above, which includes but not limited to thematic domains like Health, DRM, Livelihood and Food Security, Natural Resource Management (NRM), WASH.
6. Define the NRM, livelihood, food security and WASH status and needs/gaps.
7. Providing options for addressing the livelihood, food security and NRM needs, covering linkages and capacity building options. The consultant is expected to deliver the roll out plan of the options identified through the process.

Contents of EoI

The EoI will contain the following sections:

  • Explanation of scope/understanding and interest about the task/assignment (max one page)
  • Methodology of fulfilling the assignment (maximum two pages) which also includes the operational plan and time frame.
  • Brief about the firm and team planning to bid incorporating the relevancy of this assignment. (max two pages)
  • Elaborating the relevant expertise, experience, and capacity to deliver the task/s (max two pages)
  • A detail budget (Financial proposal) including the daily rates of the proposed team members, and what other overheads or incidentals. (Maximum one page)

Submission of EoI

The hard copy of EoI should reach to Swiss Red Cross, House 35, Road 117, Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212 by 17 October 2021 before 5:00 PM or to sanjib.biswas@redcross.ch electronically. The application should address to the Country Representative of SRC. Only short-listed candidates will be notified and called for the next steps. For any query, please communicate with Mr. Sanjib Biswas Sanjoy in the above e-mail address.