Consultant for Streamlining Gender-Relevant Strategies In The Facilitation Process Of M4C

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Country: Bangladesh
Organization: Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Closing date: 15 Apr 2021

Swisscontact, Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation, is headquartered in Zurich and was founded in 1959 by leading figures from the Swiss private sector and Swiss universities. It is exclusively involved in international co-operation and since 1961 has carried out its own and mandated projects. In Bangladesh, Swisscontact is registered as an international non-governmental organization (INGO) under NGO Affairs Bureau, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Making Markets Work for the Jamuna, Padma and Teesta Chars (M4C) is a project mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of Bangladesh. M4C’s aim is to reduce poverty and vulnerability of char households by facilitating market systems that enhance opportunities for income generation. Until June 2020, it has benefitted 124,000 char households in ten districts of northern Bangladesh with an additional income of BDT 13,000/households. Swisscontact in collaboration with Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogura continue to implement M4C in Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Shariatpur districts until June 2024. A team of dedicated project staff supported by implementing partners (local NGOs) manage implementation of project activities in the field.

Through time-bound partnerships, M4C supports public agencies (research, extension, etc.), private companies (agro-input, agro-processing, financial institutions, etc.), and local market actors (retailers, traders, etc.) to expand to peripheral char markets and to promote their products and services. M4C offers financial and non-financial supports for a) pre- and post-market research b) strengthening capacity of and relationships/ linkages between market actors c) piloting and scaling up of inclusive business/ service delivery models. M4C also supports Char Development Research Centre (CDRC) and other selected NGOs to archive as well as disseminate information, knowledge, and lessons of various char development initiatives among public agencies, private sector actors, donors, NGOs, academics, and media. By doing so, M4C targets to create awareness and mobilize initiatives and investments in the char regions from wider public and private sector actors, beyond the project period.

M4C addresses following transversal thematic areas: women’s economic empowerment (WEE), disaster risk reduction (DRR), governance and conflict-sensitive project management (CSPM) in the project design and implementation. In this context, M4C has prepared this specific ToR to ensure Gender Mainstreaming in the project implementation and documentation process.


The consultancy will be for a period of 10 days during the period of March and April 2021. However, based on the merit of the proposal and the requirement of the expert the timeline of the assignment can be further updated. The Consultant shall specifically support M4C to develop Gender Strategy, Phase III outlining the following topics:

· Women-targeted activities within the business models.

· Specific gender priorities (time and resource-bound) for partners embedded within relevant business models.

· Ways of increased women participation and greater involvement in decision making processes.

· Guideline for CDRC to work in sectors that address the basic constraints of women that impede them from contributing to the sectors such as healthcare services, nutrition, skills development for women, improving financial literacy.

· Integration of DRR approach and Climate change adaptation to the gender mainstreaming design.


Following are the required deliverables of the assignment:

• Gender Strategy for M4C, Phase III

• Time Sheets

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