SWAPNO is a public-works and social transfer-based poverty graduation project that targets ultra-poor rural women who are widowed, divorced, abandoned or left with a disabled husband. The project does not only aim at lifting poor women out of poverty during the project period; it also helps them sustain with a higher income level after the end of project support. To achieve this goal, the focus is on future employability. The idea is that the set of skills learned from training will help women invest their savings for productive purposes, which would yield a stream of income in years to come. In addition to self-employment, SWAPNO also helps place women in jobs in local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and private sector companies in the formal and informal sectors.
While SWAPNO has demonstrated success, lessons show that women risk falling back into poverty as they are malnutrition, vulnerable to climate and disaster risks, and can risk facing gender-based violence by participating in a project that can be perceived to be challenging social norms. By integrating these lessons, SWAPNO’s strategy to support women’s access to decent employment, ensure a discrimination-free environment in public workplaces, develop adaptive livelihoods and access to financial services for sustainable graduation from extreme poverty, and develop local government capacity to implement pro-poor projects, implementing in 223 unions of five districts i.e. Kurigram, Satkhira, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha and Jamalpur. SWAPNO will achieve the following results:
- Outcome 1: Increased income and assets by expanding options
- Outcome 2: Enhanced human capabilities for exercising choices
- Outcome 3: Strengthened resilience to shocks including disasters and Climate Change
- Outcome 4: Enhanced financial inclusion for equitable opportunities
- Outcome 5: Improved policies and mechanisms for sustaining SWAPNO’s benefits
Description of the Assignment:
While Agriculture flourishes in the region, the Brahmaputra-Jamuna river system area faces significant loss from recurring flash floods. In 2017, repeated and severe flash floods affected 8 million people and caused massive damage to housing, infrastructure and agriculture. The effects of river erosion also pose major challenges for Rangpur division. For example, Gaibandha district falls among Bangladesh’s top five river erosion hotspots; these areas suffer from 2,000 to 3,000 kilometers of river-bank line erosion annually, making 4.3 million people who live in the chars (vegetated islands within the riverbanks) vulnerable (Sarker, Huque, Alam & Koudstaal, 2003). Households within the Rangpur division, e.g., are displaced 4.46 times on average by river erosion (Abrar and Azad, 2013). Studies note that people displaced by char erosion typically resettle in similar high-risk areas elsewhere and rely on agriculture, fishing and livestock-rearing.
Education, health and extension services and support to cope with the disasters are still minimal. With limited access to formal financial channels, people in the region often tend to save in kind, which makes their assets more vulnerable to disaster shocks. The impact on agriculture drives men to find work in cities, leaving behind women to take up more roles in agriculture.
Objective of the Assignment
To develop a resilience model for SWAPNO beneficiaries and their communities a mechanism will be established with DMC & SC disaster risk reduction action plans as SWAPNO women and communities will augment their coping mechanisms from disaster and shocks.
To develop adaptive livelihood options, a local contextual strategy will be formulated for effective interventions, innovative adaptation mechanism that suits the community and SWAPNO beneficiaries.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
The Consultant will consider the following area of works as follows:
The consultant will review the relevant secondary literature and project documents and work with the project team both in Dhaka and filed level
the consultant will work with UNDP-LoGIC project team to engage the community, UP and educational institute for Community Risk Assessment (CRA)
- Community consultations regarding the local level Coordination mechanism with DMC and SC using CRA/RRAP during disaster period and strategy adapted to protect public assets as well as livelihood options
- Consult with SWAPNO beneficiaries and community in the different working area to gather the local livelihood options and coping mechanism
Work with the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), livestock department and other local govt. institute to Design the effective coping strategy and innovative solution for adaptive livelihood
Work with Enterprise Development & Employment Specialist to design the coping mechanism and interventions for rural micro-enterprises.
Expected Outputs & Estimated Duration to Complete:
Inception report with detail work plan to be prepared and submitted to the project - 10 days
Develop and submit the assessment tools, training module and different technical document on DRR - 15 days
Develop a collaboration/partnership document to work with UNDP-LOGIC - 15 days
Design and develop resilience model for SWAPNO beneficiaries and their communities to reduce disaster risk through effective interventions and innovative for adaptive livelihood - 15 days
Prepare the implementation guideline to execute the project activities - 15 days
Capacity Building the project team and relevant stakeholder to implement the activities - 15 days
Impact of Results:
SWAPNO women and communities have enhanced resilience capacity and coping mechanisms from disaster and shocks
All costs related to this assignment including logistics, office arrangements, accommodation etc. shall be borne by the individual. UNDP shall pay the lump sum amount quoted in the financial proposal and shall be paid as the achievement of milestones as per the TOR.
Achieving the deliverables shall be the sole responsibility of the individual. Any delay shall be communicated to the SWAPNO team along with a plan to remedy the delay.
The individual is expected to largely work from his/her own offices (local office Bangladesh) and field-level training and attends meetings at SWAPNO office as and when required.
Duty Station: Dhaka with field visit
Inputs (UNDP and Consultant)
The consultant will use own laptop
The project will provide technical assistance related to TNA
Language Highly proficient in English language, with ability to articulate complex issues verbally and in writing
Duration of the Work, Geographical Coverage of the Project Area:
The assignment is for a total of 85 days over 06 months from (Approximately 15 days in a month) beginning from July 2020 to December 2020. The tasks & required days are given below:
Estimated Duration to Complete
- Inception report with detail work plan to be prepared and submitted to the project
- Develop and submit the assessment tools, training module and different technical document on DRR
- Develop a collaboration/partnership document to work with UNDP-LOGIC
- Design and develop resilience model for SWAPNO beneficiaries and their communities to reduce disaster risk through effective interventions and innovative for adaptive livelihood
- Prepare the implementation guideline to execute the project activities
- Capacity building the project team and relevant stakeholder to implement the activities
The project coverage at a glance:
Hatibandha, Patgram, Kaliganj, Lalmonirhat Sadar
Bakshigang, Dewangang, Islampur, Madargang, Melandah
Ashasuni, Kaliganj, Shyamnagar
Final Deliverables /Services from the firm:
The consultant shall submit a work plan and time frame
Resilience model for SWAPNO beneficiaries and their communities for disaster risk reduction
- interventions, an innovative mechanism for adaptive livelihood for SWAPNO beneficiaries
The consultant shall submit a final report covering all the above-mentioned deliverables with an innovative programme document on adaptation to climate change impacts.
The Consultant will be eligible for Travel and DSA facility as per UNDP policy through separate TR. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed
Bid Price and Schedule of Payments:
Remuneration of the successful consultant will be fixed, and bids should be submitted on this basis. No adjustment will be given for the period and determined by the specified outputs as per this ToR. The price should take into account all.
UNDP shall effect payments, by bank transfer to the Contractor’s bank account, upon acceptance by UNDP of the deliverables specified in the ToR. Payments will be made in tranches based on the following percentages and milestones:
Inception report with detail work plan to be prepared and submitted to the project
Develop and submit the assessment tools, training module and different technical document on DRR
Develop a collaboration/partnership document to work with UNDP-LOGIC
Design and develop resilience model for SWAPNO beneficiaries and their communities to reduce disaster risk through effective interventions and innovative for adaptive livelihood
Prepare the implementation guideline to execute the project activities
Capacity building the project team and relevant stakeholder to implement the activities
- Excellent oral and written English and Bangla communication skills, and exceptional technical writing, communications and presentation capabilities;
- Ability to work independently, to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time;
- Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaboration and cooperating with others;
- Responds flexibly and positively to change through active involvement;
- Strong coordination, negotiation, networking, lobbying and advocacy skills
Required Skills and Experience
- Minimum Masters or equivalent degree in disaster risk management, development studies, public policy/Administration, or other relevant disciplines. Any studies on Climate Change & Community Based Adaptation will be preferable.
- At least 3 experience in development consultant
- At least five years’ experience in the development field including Community Development, capacity building in climate change and DRR including poverty graduation program
- At least three years of experience in project management in national and international organization development and/ or programme quality assurance, Donor Agency, UN organization.
- Proven track record in report preparation, concept note development, module and guideline development both in English and Bengali
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology
1. Cumulative Analysis
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 point or 70% would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 point or 70% would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Understanding of the assignment and proposed methodology
Work plan detailing out major activities with timeline
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document: Maximum size per email is 7 MB.
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
Please find attached the relevant documents:
Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
Technical proposal, including a) a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: National consultants must quote prices in BDT.
Annex I - Individual IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex II – Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual IC, including Financial Proposal Template
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.