UN Women: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to identify women led and managed CSOs working for women’s empowerment at national, and local levels; assess their interest, experience and potential capacity to engage in gender inclusive disaster risk reduction, climate change and humanitarian actions, including advocacy and negotiations for the same purpose.

Funding brief: UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Since 2012 UN Women Bangladesh Country Office has been working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) supporting disaster and climate vulnerable women from the most disaster-prone parts of the country and generating knowledge through series of research and studies to create evidence on how gender inequality drives vulnerability and marginalization and determine ways in which achieving gender equality can lead to a more resilient and empowered Bangladesh. UN Women’s efforts to mainstream gender in DRR/CCA & humanitarian policies strategies and actions, with the belief that such gender responsive DRR/CCA & humanitarian programmes and policies will lead to resilience building and empowerment of women and girls, is acknowledged by the stakeholders.

Currently UN Women together with UNDP and UNOPS is implementing a programme titled “National Resilience Programme (NRP)” to sustain the resilience of human and economic development in Bangladesh through inclusive, gender responsive disaster management and risk informed development. The programme is being implemented by 4 government agencies namely Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Department of Women Affairs (DWA), Programming Division of Planning Commission and Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) with technical support from UN agencies. The programme will also support civil society organization networks, local non-governmental organizations and women’s organizations and gender equality advocates working on disaster risk management to ensure their actions are gender-responsive.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) in Bangladesh are recognized for their vibrant contributions to development, social welfare and women’s rights movement but their engagement to make DRR, CCA policy influencing and actions gender responsive are found to be limited. Globally, civil society organizations are evidently one of the best instruments to mainstreaming gender in DRR and climate change. Hence, NRP is designed to support civil society organization networks, local non-governmental organizations and women’s organizations to enhance their capacity to effectively engage in DRR-CCA.

Objective: The overall objective of this assignment is to identify women led and managed CSOs working for women’s empowerment at national, and local levels; assess their interest, experience and potential capacity to engage in gender inclusive disaster risk reduction, climate change and humanitarian actions, including advocacy and negotiations for the same purpose. Another objective is to build capacity of selected CSO’s based on the assessment report to effectively engage in DRR-CCA negotiations and planning.

Study Area: The consulting firm by an NGO will conduct the survey in 10 Upazilas of 5 districts (MoWCA’s target districts under NRP) by determining a suitable sample size from 20 Unions:

Expected
A brief inception report (maximum 3 pages) outlining the approach/methodology and execution of the project/timetable. This report shall be submitted for review and approval by the project team within 5 days after the signing of the contract before commencement of the work.
Listing out civil society organizations, local non-governmental organizations and women’s organizations at the project area who has potential to engage in DRR-CCA
Capacity Assessment Framework which leads to the development CSO’s capacity to effectively engage in DRR, CCA actions.
Data collection tools which shall be submitted within 5-7 days after acceptance of the methodology and Capacity Assessment Framework for review and approval by UN Women
Draft assessment report which shall be submitted within 7 days after completion of the field work.
The final assessment report which shall be submitted within 5 days after receiving NRP team’s inputs on the draft report.
Capacity development module, plan and post training assessment report
Quarterly Progress Report and a final Narrative Report before end of the contract

Areas to be covered:
Koyra & Dacope of Khulna District
Munshiganj and Kaliganj of Satkhira District/
Chokoria and Teknaf of Cox’sBazar District
Islampur and Dewanganj of Jamalpur District
Kurigram Sadar and Chilmari of Kurigram District

Reference Number: 51430

Donor Name: UN Women Bangladesh Office – BANGLADESH
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: 25th, November, 2018 not later than 23.59 Dhaka Time

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: For small budgets (less than $250,000)

Project start date: Planned contract start date / delivery date (on or before): 29th, November, 2018

Project duration: 29th, November, 2018 – 31st, December, 2019

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Proponents must meet all mandatory requirements/pre-qualification criteria as set out in Annex 2. See section 10 of the guideline for further explanation. Proponents will receive a pass/fail rating on this section. To be considered, proponents must meet all the mandatory criteria described in Annex 2. UN WOMEN reserves the right to verify any information contained in proponent’s response or to request additional information after the proposal is received. Incomplete or inadequate responses, lack of response or misrepresentation in responding to any questions will result in disqualification.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: BCO.procurement@unwomen.org

Other important link:
Guideline: Click to view

How to apply: There is only a single proposal that contains information about the technical approach, capacity, and budget (financial) to be submitted as one document, not separate as in the case of CFPs for large budgets. Proposals should be sent by email to the following secure email address: BCO.procurement@unwomen.org.   The email subject line and corresponding attachment should read:

CFP No. ________________– (name of proponent) –  PROPOSAL

Proponent may send number of mails in case high volume documents. Size of single mail will not exceed 10mb. They may choose sending the docs by courier in sealed Envelope to: Procurement Section, UN Women. Road No-43, House No-39, Gulshan-2, Dhaka 1212

 This UN WOMEN Call for Proposals consists of 4 sections and a series of annexes that will be completed by proponents and returned with their proposal:
CFP section 1:  CFP letter (this document)
CFP section 2: Proposal data sheet
CFP section 3: Instructions to proponents
CFP section 4: UN WOMEN Terms of Reference

Annex 1- CFP template
Annex 2- Mandatory requirements/ prequalification
Annex 3 – Resume of proposed team members
Annex 4 – Capacity Assessment Document Checklist for Potential Implementing Partners/Responsible Parties

The proposal prepared by the proponent and all correspondence and documents relating to the proposal exchanged between the proponent and UN WOMEN, shall be written in English.

Supporting documents and printed literature furnished by the proponent may be in another language provided they are accompanied by an appropriate translation of all relevant passages in English. In any such case, for interpretation of the proposal, the translation shall prevail. The sole responsibility for translation and the accuracy thereof shall rest with the proponent.

All prices shall be quoted in (currency) BDT.

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