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Introduction

SDS was established in the year 1991 as a non-profit, non-political, non government voluntary organization with the initiative of some local dedicated & committed people who are connective with social service activities for overall development of disaster victim people by giving humanitarian supports and its proper utilization for income generation and rehabilitation at Shariatpur district of Bangladesh.

The project is the concern of natural and zero budget based agriculture system. This present project under the main project namely ‘‘Promoting Agricultural Commercialization & Enterprise (PACE), Sub –project head; ‘‘Increasing income of char land Entrepreneurs by Ecological Farming System Disseminations’’. 

The purpose of the project is to strengthen cultivation of native variety of vegetables, native chicken, Ducks and their value chain for income and food safety in target char land areas. This is being implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and other stakeholders of Shariatpur. The overall aim of the project is to “*improve safety and purity of edible vegetables and  their value chain through increased income and all year improved access to safe agro products at local markets for potential consumers.

The overall coordination and policy guidance of the project is by SDS and Partially PKSF. In addition, the project will collaborate closely with other key stakeholders-at producer, trader and consumer levels while strengthening public and private partnership (PPP) particularly in the vegetable sectors.

 

Application

Interested organizations/firms/individuals are requested to submit their proposals concerning major role for impact assessment on safe vegetable production, commercialization of selected producer, their livelihood and economic status of the project area.

For detail please explore the attached ToR on further clarification.

Electronic copy of the proposal duly signed should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or hard copy can be submitted to: SDS, Sadar road, Shariatpur, the subject line: Ecological farming_Baseline_SDS by 26/03/2020.

For any query related to the ToR, please contact Mohammad Saiful Islam, Focal & Coordinator (Agri), SDS. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Terms of Reference (ToR) for conducting a baseline assessment on Ecological Farming System

 Background of SDS

SDS was established in the year 1991 as a non-profit, non-political, non government voluntary organization with the initiative of some local dedicated & committed people who are connective with social service activities for overall development of disaster victim people by giving humanitarian supports and its proper utilization for income generation and rehabilitation at Shariatpur district of Bangladesh. The founder of the organization was taken initiative in collaboration with the like-minded Red-cross workers to launch an organization for the development of disadvantaged people after the devastating flood of 1988. Some lawyers, journalists, businessmen and women workers were the front line initiator to establishment SDS. The organization formally starts its work on 1st September, 1991 and after getting registration from social welfare department in 1992, it extended its actions on child-health and family planning surrounding villages of Shariatpur Sadar Upazilla. During interment on family planning for a year it was observed that family planning recipients especially women were malnourished, deprived in their families and were neglected by their husbands. Above all, women were also tortured by their husbands as they were accepting family planning methods. Additionally, on the survey report it was unanimously agreed by General committee, Executive committee, Advisory committee and workers of the organization that steps needs to be taken to implement family law and women rights in the society. Therefore, SDS started with group formation, organized weekly meetings for women. Groups of women started to learn about their rights from weekly meetings and discussions. At this stage, OXFAM (UK & I, presently GB) came forward to assist “SDS”. At present, SDS is working in the field of Disaster Management, Poverty alleviation, Training, Education, Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, Advocacy, Arbitration and Legal support, Environment, Water & Sanitation (WATSAN) Climate change adaptation, HIV/AIDS, Micro Finance & Women and Child Rights. 

 

1.2. Brief about the Project

The project is the concern of natural and zero budget based agriculture system. This present project under the main project namely ‘‘Promoting Agricultural Commercialization & Enterprise (PACE),sub –project head; ‘‘Increasing income of char land Entrepreneurs by Ecological Farming System Disseminations’’.  

The purpose of the project is to strengthen cultivation of native variety of vegetables, native chicken, Ducks and their value chain for income and food safety in target char land areas. This is being implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and other stakeholders of Shariatpur. The overall aim of the project is to “*improve safety and purity of edible vegetables and  their value chain through increased income and all year improved access to safe agro products at local markets for potential consumers.*

The overall coordination and policy guidance of the project is by SDS and Partially PKSF. In addition, the project will collaborate closely with other key stakeholders-at producer, trader and consumer levels while strengthening public and private partnership (PPP) particularly in the vegetable sectors.

  1. Purpose of the task

The main purpose is to clearly identify, articulate, and document the existing situation of the people and communities the project targets to work with from the onset of the project. The products of the assessment will provide the benchmarks on which any changes resulting from the interventions and achievements could be measured and also inform any modifications that may be made in the course of project implementation in order to realize optimum achievements of results.

 

2.1. Specific objectives of tasks are to:

  • Assess the current situation of the project areas, in terms of livelihoods, socio-political and economic conditions, state of cultivation practices, Profit-loss identifications, standard hygiene indicators, and any form of social exclusion, social/cultural practices, policies, local governance issues at village levels, etc.
  • Assess the capacity of local producers and vendors (individuals and groups) who rely on vegetable production and agro inputs trade for income for resilience of their livelihoods.
  • Map out similar/relevant initiatives implemented by other actors working in the same areas and recommend ways of building synergy in the vegetable value chain.

 

3.0. Methodology and Process

In the assessment, SDS expects the consultant(s) to employ both quantitative and qualitative methods for collection of data/information, using Participatory Tools and Techniques for data collection, which may include but not be limited to In-depth interview, Key informant interview, Focus group discussion etc.

  • Comprehensive desk review of all relevant documents i.e. related literature, project proposal, and related Government Policy documents including MoA strategies for development of Ecological farming system product and their value chain.
  • The consultant(s) will interact with staff of SDS, and other stakeholders on a sample basis.
  • The consult(s) will have to fully engage a sample of target project primary stakeholders (i.e. Farmers, CBOs, consumers, etc.) who play significant role in Char land.
  • The baseline information will be collected from two Upazilla of Shariatpur districts namely Naria and Bhedergonj. Total population of survey will be determined by the consultant as a sample of 400households (4000 peoples) targeted beneficiaries who are local vegetable grower of the project area.
  • The sample should be disaggregated by categories sex, and age of respondents, and defined criteria of inclusion and exclusion. It is envisaged the sample size for quantitative survey should be determined using a statistically acceptable methodology that meets a threshold of social science research. For qualitative data, the participants should be key informants from vegetable producer

 

4.0. Indicative timeframe and preliminaries

The duration of the assignment is 60 working days, which could also be discussed between both parties. It is expected that the whole task should be finished within this time frame. The consultant(s) should develop and share tools for data collection (e.g. questionnaires, FGD, etc.) with the SDS for any comment/input before commencing data collection.

 

5.0. Expected outputs, Reporting and Presentation

 

5.1. Output 1: An inception report of execution of the assignment in electronic version ONE (1) week after start of the consultancy. The report should be very precise and address each specific objective and should include; Executive summary (1-2 pages); Methodology; Limitations of the assignment and way forward for the assessment.

The aim of the inception report is to give a picture of the situation on the ground, which may require adjustment of the planned itinerary of the consultant(s) for effective collection of data and information.

Output 2: A systematic baseline database, including pictures, and delivers with final report.

 

6.0. Mode of payment**; will be in two installments

1st installment: 20 % of the total amount after contract sign.

2nd installment: 80% of the total amount after satisfactory completion of the task and approval final report.

The payments will be made in A/C payee cheques/or direct bank transfer or any convenient way of the consultant or firm named in the contract. For VAT and TAX SDS will maintain strictly Governments policy. No other benefits shall be admissible beyond what is stipulated in the contract, nor does it guarantee a regular position in SDS.

 

7.0. General considerations

  1. a) SDS as prescribed in the contract will provide required logistics support.
  2. b) All documents prepared during the assignment will be property of SDS.
  3. c) Assignment will not be sub-contracted to a third party by the consultant.
  4. d) In the event that, additional time is required to complete the assignment, beyond time previously agreed , without changing the scope of work, such a change shall be agreed between SDS and the consultant in writing.
  5. e) Confidentiality of all the assignment will be maintained at all times.

8.0. Expiry of agreement and flexibility

  • Considering the initiative as proactive and responsive, activities can be amended and elaborated based on the properly documented negotiation between the two parties.
  • The agreement will be invalidated after expiry of duration of the contract unless an extension is made by SDS.
  • The work schedule may be staggered due to compelling reasons, which both parties must as sent to, in which case the number of working days will remain the same but actual work done on dates/days different from those indicated in the work plan. Such flexibility will not give rise to additional cost of the assignment on the side of SDS.
  • SDS also reserves the right to amend or change or cancel the agreement at any time if there are compelling reasons to do so.

 

9.0. Validation of the Proposal

All cost should be quoted in BDT and will remain valid up to sixty days (60) from the day of proposal submission.

 

10.0 Competencies Required:

  1. i) Qualification and Experiences
  • At least a Degree qualification in any of the following areas Agriculture, Animal Production, Veterinary Medicine, Social Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Dairy Technology or any other relevant degree from recognized institutions.
  • Must have minimum of 5 years’ overall experience in conducting baseline surveys for livelihoods and resilience building initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience of working in donor funded projects under public sector and /or NGOs.
  • Demonstrated minimum of 3 years’ experience of conducting baseline surveys in the in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas.
  • A good understanding of livestock, Food security, livelihoods, and women empowerment through IGA programs.
  • Experience in Char land, particularly Shariatpur, is a plus.

 

 ii) Knowledge and skills.

  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication and reporting skills.
  • Excellent technical knowledge on food security, ecological farming system, safe vegetable productions and Resilience issues in char land agro- systems.
  • Should have knowledge and experience in gender and women’s rights issues.
  • Mastery of written and spoken English.

Note: Applicants who do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria shall not be considered.

 

11.0. Confidentiality:

Confidentiality of all the processes during the assignment must be ensured at all times/levels

 

Note: All the outputs - baseline reports, database, etc. produced by this assignment (electronic, hard copies, etc) will be considered as properties of SDS. Any part or complete disseminations of such information is subject to approval of SDS authorities.

 

Highlights

গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকারের অর্থ মন্ত্রণালয়ের 'SEIP (Skills for Employment Investment Program)' প্রকল্পের আর্থিক সহায়তায় ও PKSF (পল্লী কর্ম-সহায়ক ফাউণ্ডেশন)-এর সহযোগিতায় দক্ষ হয়ে বিদেশ যেতে চান এবং আত্মকর্মসংস্থান (চাকুরির) প্রতিষ্ঠা লাভে আগ্রহী বেকার যুবদের কারিগরি দক্ষতা ও সক্ষমতা উন্নয়নে উল্লেখিত ট্রেডসমূহে (সম্পূর্ণ আবাসিক) ভর্তি চলছে। ১. আইটি সার্পোট সার্ভিস, ২. গ্রাফিক ডিজাইন, ৩. আইটি ফ্রিল্যান্সিং, ৪. প্লাম্বিং, ৫. সুইং মেশিন অপারেশন, ৬. মোবাইল ফোন সার্ভিসিং, ৭. ইলেট্রিক্যাল ইন্সটলেশন এন্ড মেইনটেনেন্স। উল্লেখিত ট্রেডসমূহ সম্পর্কে বিস্তারিত জানার জন্য যোগাযোগ করুনঃ মোবাইল ফোন ঃ ০১৭১৮-৬৮৩২২০, ০১৯২২-৪১৪৪৩৩
টেলিফোনঃ ০৬০১-৬১৬৫৪।