Terms of Reference (TORs) for Consultants/ Consulting firms.
Request for proposal for conducting a scoping study to identify needs, trades, potentials and highlighting constraints to working women in skills, product development, marketing and business to business linkages in selected union councils of districts Swat and Shangla of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan.
LASOONA in collaboration with Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (DWHH) and European Union has been implementing four (4) years development-oriented project in selected areas of Swat and Shangla districts of KP province. The main focus of the project is to improve governance and local development processes. The project aims to contribute towards a progressive, democratic, inclusive and empowered society, whereby all development actors including communities, civil society, local government representatives and local authorities carry forward the local development agenda in a synergized and coordinated manner.Both Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and local authorities (LAs) are recognized in the action as key players in its two pillars being ‘Agents of Change’ through building their effective linkages and enabling regular dialogue within a jointly recognized and owned space while supporting the emergence of an inclusive civil society platform and mobilization of LAs and elected bodies. Sustainable development goals are more likely to be achieved if citizens and communities are engaged by LAs through inclusive decision-making processes.
Beside these women entrepreneurs in targeted areas have great potential but their development is being hindered by socio political, traditional and cultural practices, lack of a single platform and non-availability of physical support from business support agencies. Recognizing that women in targeted areas are interested in starting their own businesses therefore any support to overcome their hindrances and other barriers in establishing their own businesses will have significant impact on their social and economic well-being. For the socio-economic uplift of rural women, 33 women self-help groups will be formed by LASOONA, technically and financially supported under the proposed action. These women self-help groups will be formed at the Village Council (VC) level (16 in Swat & 17 in Shangla). Each woman self- help group will comprise of ten skilled/semi-skilled women having the willingness and potential to start their own businesses and sharing same business interest.
LASOONA is going to conduct a scoping study in eight UCs of both target districts that is Swat & Shangla to identify needs, trades, potentials and highlighting constraints to working women in skills, product development, marketing and business linkages. The women self-help groups will be trained in the trades identified beneficial for them through this scoping study.
LASOONA is seeking services of a consultant/ consultancy firm for conducting scoping study in districts Swat and Shangla. Overall, the intervention is proposed to be implemented in District Swat and Shangla involving almost 33 village councils (VCs). The project will target poor, marginalized and vulnerable women of age 16-50 years to enhance their employability and income generation skills and opportunities. The survey will collect baseline data for market-oriented trade for women self-help groups, identify needs for starting business, potentials and highlighting constraints to working women in skills, product development, marketing and business to business linkages and market demand. The scoping study report will also be used as a guiding tool for the project monitoring activities and mid & end term evaluation surveys.
The major processes in conducting the study will include:
All collected data using various tools should be submitted in both soft and hard form (tabulated). Submit 2 printed hard copies of all the documents as well as soft copies on CDs.
All travel, lodging expenditures/arrangements should be covered in the total cost of consultancy, the consultant/ consultancy firm will carry full responsibility for all those arrangements.
The selected consultant has to complete the assignment within 30 days after signing the contract the following are tentative timeframe.
Starting Date: July 01, 2019
Completion Date: July 31, 2019
The issuance of this invitation does not constitute an award commitment on the part of LASOONA and not to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposal. LASOONA reserve the right to regret/reject any offer without any reasons. The shortlisted consultant/firm will have to interact with LASOONA during selection process and may be asked to appear in person to present the proposal. The selected consultant/firm will have to manage and supervised the field work by the designated officials agreed in the signed contract and will not sublet to any other group or survey team without in-writing permission of LASOONA.
The interested consultant/firm shall share at least two reference of the organizations to which they have provided similar nature of services. The reference must include name of the official, his/her designation, official email and functional contact number.
10.Contacts for further Inquiry:
Fazal Rahim focal person for the project. 03448976054 email@example.com
Mohammad Salim Khan. Manager Operation 03449819811 firstname.lastname@example.org
11.Source of Funds (SOF)
European Union in partnership with Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (DWHH) has provided the financial support to LASOONA for the survey.
Payment will be made in two installments. All applicable taxes will be deducted at the time of each payment.
1st installment 50 % will be paid at the end of the survey conducted based on the evidence provided in the form of data collected on the prescribed format and presentation of the preliminary findings and payment request submitted by the consultant/firm.
2nd and final installment of 50 % will be made on submission of quality report along with payment request submitted by the consultant/firm
Specimen of Quotation template
LASOONA: Society for Human and Natural Resource Development
(to be filled by Resource Person)
Description of budget
# of unit
Total cost in PKR inclusive of all taxes
Required days/period for completion of assignment _______________________
Name of applicant: _________________________________________________
Signature of applicant: ______________________________________________
Contact numbers: ________________________________________________
Company stamp: ___________________
Consultant/Firm should have proven skills and capacities to conduct the study, and prepare a report.
Proposal of the assignment must contain the following details:
Interested consultants/ firms are invited to send complete proposal, budget with CVs/profiles in sealed envelope on the following address. Documents delivered in open envelops or after closing date or through e-mail will not be considered for evaluation.
LASOONA Society for human and natural resource development College Officer Colony Behind Swat Serena Hotel Saidu Sharif Swat.
Phone NO. 0946-9240071-2
“LASOONA: Society for Human and Natural Resource Development is a national, multi-disciplinary, development oriented and non-profit making organization. LASOONA affirms to be committed to well being of masses through promoting ecologically sound development in remote and impoverished pockets of Pakistan in general and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (formerly North West Frontier province -NWFP) and FATA in particular.
LASOONA is a Pushto word, meaning “Hands”. LASOONA was established in 1997 by a group of highly motivated and civic-minded people. It formally registered under Societies Act of 1860. LASOONA is also certified /accredited by Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP). Moreover, LASOONA has got tax exemption status from Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan under Section 2(36) of Income Tax Ordinance 2001.