Terms of Reference for

A Consultancy to undertake scoping study on existing national/regional networks

and alliances working to prevent VAWG/GBV





In order to assess the current status of existing networks/alliances and identify possible linkages or engagements for Creating Space’s implementing partner’s and target beneficiary’s requires a scoping study on existing national and regional networks and alliances working to prevent VAWG/CEFM.


Context/Project description in summary


The Creating Space to Take Action on Violence against Women project (Creating Spaces), funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) aims to reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG) and reduce the prevalence of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). The project is implementing in six countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Philippines.


The overall project framework revolves around three pillars:

  1. Pillar 1: Engaging key community actors to support and promote positive gender norms: Strategies and activities for this program pillar target three groups, influencers (religious and community leaders, political leaders, and private sector), youth/adolescents and women and girl community leaders, with the desired outcome of strengthening their engagement to advance women’s leadership and rights, and to reduce VAWG and CEFM.

  2. Pillar 2: Supporting women and girls who have experienced violence: Strategies and activities in this pillar target women and girls who have experienced violence, including CEFM, along with staff of key institutions (civil society organizations (CSOs), especially women’s rights organizations (WROs), state and private sector) that offer either social and legal support services or economic opportunities, with the desired outcome of improving access by these women and girls to such services.

  3. Pillar 3: Building knowledge and capacity of institutions and alliances to influence change: Strategies and activities in this pillar target partner CSOs, especially WROs, national and regional, networks and alliances. The desired outcome is to support increased use of innovative knowledge, including best and emerging practice for response, prevention, and accountability mechanisms, to end VAWG and CEFM.

In Pillar 3, under Immediate Outcome 1320 (Improved country and regional linkages, alliances and relationships on issues of VAWG and CEFM), requires a scoping study on existing national and regional networks and alliances working to prevent VAWG/CEFM.


Objectives of the study:


The specific objectives of the scoping study are as follows:

  • Generate knowledge on national networks and alliances;

  • Identify possible linkages or engagements for Creating Spaces implementing partners and target beneficiaries (such as women leaders and influencers)

  • Contribute to the Creating Spaces regional (cross-country and international) study on networks and alliances

The sub- objectives of the scoping study are as follows;

  • How many Alliances or networks are existing in Bangladesh and what are the objectives of existing alliance or networks?

  • What are the strength and weakness of existing alliances in Bangladesh? What types of challenges face by the alliances?

  • What are the major/remarkable achievements of national alliances at policy or national level?

  • How far national alliances are contributing to women movement and empowerment at national level?

  • What are the major recommendations with in-depth analysis of research for alliance building and contribution at national level?

  • What are the major opportunities in alliance and networks that can capitalize Creating Spaces (CS) to strengthen alliance concept in Bangladesh.

  • How existing alliances can be more effective and strengthen?

Expected Results


Based on the objectives of the scoping study, the following results are expected:

  1. Report and develop a database identifying networks and alliances working to prevent VAWG/CEFM in country.

  2. Strategy for partners to engage with local and national networks and alliances.

  3. Develop a cross-country report on networks and alliances specifically identifying how Creating Spaces Country Offices and Partners can strategically get involved.

  4. Report existing networks/alliance’s contributions (at policy and national level) of women movement and  their strength and weakness.

  5. Develop a strategy to make network/alliances more effective and strengthening.

Scope of work


The consultant (s) will be responsible to collect and review reference documents, develop methodology, develop and test data collection instruments, mobilize and train enumerators, manage field level data collection, undertake data entry and compilation, data analysis, report preparation and presentation of the final outcome. The consultant will finalized the report after taking feedback from Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjaton Protirodh Jote (We Can).


Ethical Considerations:


The study will make clear to all participating stakeholders that they are under no obligation to participate in the study. All participants will be assured there will be no negative consequences if they choose not to participate. Study will obtain informed consent from the participants.


Methodological guidelines:


The consultant(s) shall follow scientifically appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodology tools to address the issues of the study. The methodology and relevant tools will be finalized in consultation with WE CAN and also to explore if any existing study is already there before administering fieldwork.


Study area:

The Study will be conducted in National level.




The assignment should be completed within a total of65 working days from the day of signing of the ToR. The following is a tentative timeline plan for the assignment.


Suggested timeline:




Aug  17

Sep 17

Oct 17


1st Consultative meeting (The consultant should write an inception

report of what they will do and how they plan on doing it)






Orient team on the scope of work






Undertake study related activities (i.e. Desk research, Key Informant Interview-KII etc.)






Consolidation of findings






Sharing of findings and next step planning






Compile Preliminary Report (The consultant will compile a preliminary report that will include  findings from the study)






2nd consultative meeting with WE CAN






Finalize the report including feedback from WE Can






Final Report submission to We Can







Papers submission:

  1. Technical proposal (Maximum 2 page Firm profile highlighting related assignment completed with client name, contract person and mobile number; Lead Consultant’s (who will lead the assignment) Maximum 2 page CV highlighting related assignment completed, role in of the completed assignment; Other Team members’ (who will involve in the assignment) one paragraph short CV highlighting related assignment completed and role; Firm’s Certificate, TIN and VAT registration)

  2. Financial Proposal: Details break down of budget.

 Budget & Mode of Payment:


The consultant will provide the detail budget breakdown. The payment of consultant fee will be done according to the following time frame:

1st installment  : 30% of the total amount after signing the agreement

2nd installment : 40% of the total amount after receiving the draft report from the consultant

3rd installment  : 30% of the total amount after receiving the final report and accepted by WE CAN.


The payment will be made in account pay cheques in the name of the consultant/ consultancy firm. WE CAN will deduct vat and service charge as per GoV rules. It will be deposited to treasury of GoV. All cost related to travel, food, accommodation and logistics for data collection will be borne by consultant/ consultancy firm.




Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjaton Protirodh Jote (WE CAN) would have the ownership on the whole document and will use the data for purpose of research academy publication and others.


Reference and intellectual Property:


All written work must be authorized to the current sources copyright of all information in findings and  final report will remain with Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjaton Protirodh Jote (WE CAN).




Both the parties have right to terminate the agreement subject to 15 days’ prior written notice to the other party and upon such termination, payment will be made for the completed portion of the work.


Contact Person:

Nargis Akter, Program Manager, Mobile: 01712173927 Email: nargisakter77.wecan@gmail.com

Sabina Yeasmin, Admin and Finance Officer, Mobile: 01755603233 Email: sabina.wecan@yahoo.com