Date of Re-issue: 06/06/2021
Contract title: Short-Term Consultancy On Volunteer peer educator selection, recruitment and designing-developing a volunteer module
Extending deadline: 21/06/2021
Contracting authority: SERAC-Bangladesh
Contact person: Md. Faisal
Tel: 88 02 55071661, 88 019 2188 4816
SERAC-Bangladesh invites candidates to submit a proposal for Short-Term Consultancy On Volunteer peer educator selection, recruitment and designing-developing a volunteer module
The Service is required from a qualified facilitator/consultant to conduct the VPL selection, recruitment and developing a volunteer module on running adolescent friendly health centre under USAID’s Shukhi Jibon project.
Please find enclosed the following documents which constitute the Request for Proposal:
A – Instructions
B – Terms of Reference
We would be grateful if you inform us by email of your intention to submit a proposal.
Human Resource Department,
In submitting a proposal, the candidate accepts in full and without restriction the special and general conditions including annexes governing this contract as the sole basis of this procedure, whatever her own conditions of services may be, which the candidate hereby waives. The Candidates are expected to examine carefully and comply with all instructions, forms, contract provisions and specifications contained in this Request for Proposal.
Scope of services
The services required by the SERAC-Bangladesh are described in the Terms of Reference. The candidate shall offer the totality of the services described in the Terms of Reference. Candidates offering only part of the required Services will be rejected.
Cost of proposal
The candidate shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of his proposal and the SERAC-Bangladesh is not responsible or liable for these costs, regardless of the conduct or outcome of the process.
Eligibility and qualification requirements
Candidates shall in the proposal submission form attest that they meet the eligibility criteria, stated in the ToRs. If required by the contracting authority, the candidate whose proposal is accepted shall further provide evidence satisfactory to the contracting authority of its eligibility. As a rule, the timely arrival of a proposal with the contracting authority is the candidate’s responsibility. Irrespective of the reason, proposals arriving after the deadline for the submission of proposals will be considered late and thus rejected.
Exclusion from award of contracts
Contracts may not be awarded to candidates who, during this procedure:
- are subject to conflict of interest
- are guilty of misrepresentation in supplying the information required by the contracting authority as a condition of participation in the contract procedure or fail to supply this information
The Financial Proposal shall be presented as an amount in BDT in the proposal and the remuneration of the candidate under the contract shall be determined. The candidate shall be deemed to have satisfied herself as to the sufficiency of her proposed global remuneration, to cover both her fee rate, including overhead, profit, all her obligations, sick leave, overtime and holiday pay, taxes, social charges, etc. and all expenses (such as transport, accommodation, food, office, etc.) to be incurred for the performance of the contract. The proposed global remuneration shall cover all obligations of the successful candidate under the contract (without depending on actual time spent on the assignment) and all matters and things necessary for the proper execution and completion of the services and the remedying of any deficiencies therein. VAT and/or any sales tax applicable to the purchase of services shall be indicated separately in the proposal.
Submission of proposals and closing date
Proposals must be received at the address mentioned on the front page by hand, email or fax not later than the closing date and time specified on the front page.
SERAC-Bangladesh reserves the right to contact the candidates having submitted proposals determined to be substantially and technically responsive, to propose a negotiation of the terms of such proposals. Negotiations will not entail any substantial deviation to the terms and conditions of the request for proposal.
Signature and entry into force of the Contract
Prior to the expiration of the period of the validity of the proposal, SERAC-Bangladesh will inform the successful candidate in writing that its proposal has been accepted and inform the unsuccessful candidates in writing about the result of the evaluation process. If the successful candidate fails to sign and return the contract within the days stipulated, SERAC may consider the acceptance of the proposal to be cancelled without prejudice to the contracting authority’s right to claim compensation or pursue any other remedy in respect of such failure, and the successful candidate will have no claim whatsoever on the contracting authority.
Cancellation for convenience
The contracting authority may for its own convenience and without charge or liability cancel the procedure at any stage.
B. Terms of reference
Volunteer peer educator selection, recruitment and designing-developing a volunteer module
This Terms of Reference (ToR) has been developed to solicit a facilitation service from a qualified consultant to assist in recruitment process and develop a volunteer module under USAID’s Shukhi Jibon project.
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are basic human rights, and all people should have equal access to SRHR services and education, especially young people from marginalized communities. In Bangladesh, regardless of socio-economic status or educational background, open discussion about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remains a cultural taboo, particularly for adolescents and young people, and particularly among unmarried adolescents. As a result, adolescents in Bangladesh have very limited or no access to SRH-related information and services, and face serious barriers to getting information and guidance regarding SRH issues. In Bangladesh, family planning for youth remains one of the top priorities in the 4th Health Sector Programme 2017-2021, as a path toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. After the inauguration of the National Adolescent Health Strategy 2017-2030, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) has been using an approach called Adolescents Friendly Health Services (AFHS) for strengthening the SRH services for adolescents. The Adolescent Friendly Health Centers (AFHCs) are intended to institutionalize SRH services for adolescents at government facilities.
SERAC-Bangladesh, under USAID’s Shukhi Jibon project, will engage and recruit 40 volunteer peer leaders (VPLs) to the 20 adolescent friendly health centers in the distinguished areas and conduct community and school based campaigns through foundation training.
To assist on select and recruit volunteer peer leaders (VPL) and design/develop curriculum for VPLs, providing guidance to interpersonal communication, organizing outreach campaigns, counseling on sexual reproductive health and mental wellbeing with young people, cooperation with service providers, weekly self-evaluation, monthly reporting and quarterly meet-up with the government officials and project management team.
Scope of Work:
- Volunteer peer leaders selection and recruitment
- Designing and developing curriculum (Guideline)
The consultant will ensure the esteemed products quality, which understandable to volunteer peer leaders and the adolescents who are going to visit adolescent centers in the AFHCs.
The following deliverables are expected from the consultant:
- Concepts note with detailed content
- Recruitment and selection modality
- Volunteer module (guideline)
The consultant will report to the team lead and team members in collaboration with the authorized personnel of SERAC-Bangladesh.
The work is expected to begin by latest 30 June 2021 and final products needs to be submitted by 27 July 2021.
- The primary requirement for the consultancy is suitable for technical qualification and working experience in volunteer selection, recruitment and specific module design and development.
- The consultant must have at least a master’s degree in the Social Sciences/Economics /MBA/related fields. Academic knowledge of economics, development studies, context of development in Bangladesh and its equivalent will be given preference.
- The qualification must be complemented with long-term work experience related to SRHR, Family Planning reporting.
- The evaluation will be based on a Quality-Based-Selection criteria (QBS) and daily rate for undertaking the assignment.
- The technical criteria include the consultant’s qualification and experience, previous work experience in undertaking similar assignments and experience in Report compilation, preparation and publishing of final draft.
- References will also be considered during the technical evaluation.
- Language Proficiency: Fluency in both written and spoken Bangla and English is essential.
- Ensure transparency and accountability in financial transactions and follow SERAC policies and guidelines
- Respect the culture of the community and never take any steps that affect SERAC credibility in the country
- Maintain proper communication channel
How to apply:
Highly creative and innovative thinker, please submit your Resume, Cover Note and proposal highlighting your specific experience to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Consultant for VPL selection and module development” by 16 June 2021. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further procedure.