Terms of Reference (ToR)

Hiring organizations/individual to
conduct an evaluation on adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health and rights - “Reducing Harmful Traditional Practice (RHTP) project ”


VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries since 1958. VSO’s high impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, and promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place.

VSO has been working in Bangladesh since 1974 to ensure that marginalized communities in some of the poorest districts can participate in, contribute to and benefit from the country’s economic and social development. VSOB seeks to increase the impact and longevity of existing services and opportunities, by strengthening communities’ ability to access them and increase service delivery capacities to deliver them equitably and with quality.

Bangladesh is the 6th highest ranked of child marriage practice in the world and the 1st ranked in South Asia. 52% of girls are married by their 18th birthday, and 18% by the age of 15 (UNICEF, 2016). This practice is more prevalent in rural areas where 71% of girls are married before the age of 18, compared to 54% in urban areas (Human Rights Watch, 2015). VSO Bangladesh is working in the most needed area which covers the northern and southern rural of Bangladesh with the highest rate of child marriage.

Child marriage has torn apart millions of girls’ futures. A social mapping which has been done in the northern part of Bangladesh showed the causes which seeing a child marriage as a practical solution of poor economic condition, dowry system, lack of awareness of SRHR (Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights) and bad consequences of child marriage, as well as social pressure and cultural stigma. All these causes are wrapped in gender inequality. The life after child marriage itself is always ugly. Not being able to continue education, physical and psychological problems, domestic violence and fully independent of the husband, have resulted in the inferior quality of life of the girl's victims of child marriage. Communities are practicing harmful practices traditionally which is creating a huge negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of youth and adolescents including child marriage, improper management of menstruation, dowry, violence against women. VSO works to improve AYSRHR by reducing the impact of HTPs such as SGBV, early forced marriage, taboos around menstruation and puberty, eve-teasing and sexual harassment, etc.

Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR) program focus on eliminating harmful traditional practices and social norms around sexual and reproductive health. VSO empowers youth and facilitates community members to address these issues at an individual, family, community, and health service delivery level. VSO has been implementing Reducing Harmful Traditional Practices project in two Upazila including Palashbari and Mithapukur under the districts of Gaibandha and Rangpur. VSO Bangladesh has been working by building a partner organization’s capacity by empowering them and upholding and ensuring the rights of the citizen through practicing a rights-based approach.

Interested organizations/individuals having evidence-based and demonstratable experiences and expertise on the relevant evaluation work can send their EOI. Evidence of tax clearance letter, valid registration certificate, renewal of firms, TIN & VAT registration certificate is fundamental perquisites of the interested organizations to be eligible in the shortlisting process. Terms of Reference (ToR) can be downloaded from this link. Organizations/individuals should submit a hardcopy of technical proposal and financial proposal (professional fees and estimated direct costs) to the “Procurement Committee” VSO Bangladesh, House # 382 (1st & 5th floor), Road # 28, New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka 1206 on or before Monday, 20th January 2020

The only short-listed organizations will be contacted and notified. Telephone inquiries will not be entertained.