Associates for International Development Ltd.
Impact study of “Installation of Digital Telephone Exchange at Upazila and Growth Centers (3rd revised), Bangladesh, January 2013 to June 2013: The objective of the impact study is to identify areas of investment to set up installation digital telephone exchange in Upazila/Growth center.
GOB-ADB: Administration of National Student Assessment (NSA) 2015, (PS 510), November 2015 to January 2016: ¬The major objectives of the national student assessment are to measure the learning outcomes of the pupils of grades 3 and 5 Bangla language and Mathematics. The National Student Assessment findings will feed into planning and management of the primary education sub-sector, especially curriculum and instructional materials, including textbook development and teacher education. The application of National Assessment results in teacher education will improve academic supervision and classroom teaching and learning. The findings of the assessment will also contribute to formulate reforms in primary education and to improve the efficiency of the system.
The primary objective of the consultancy is to conduct the NSA 2015 around 1200 schools from 64 Upa-Zila all over the country on 14 November 2015. The service delivery Firm will work under the overall guidance of M&E, DPE following the technical advice of the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The AIR is responsible for supporting the design and development of the instruments and to ensure quality at every stage of the NSA 2015 including the data entry.
GOB-ADB: Administration of National Student Assessment (NSA) 2015, (PS 510), November 2015 to January 2016: The major objectives of the national student assessment are to measure the learning outcomes of the pupils of grades 3 and 5 Bangla language and Mathematics. The National Student Assessment findings will feed into planning and management of the primary education sub-sector, especially curriculum and instructional materials, including textbook development and teacher education. The application of National Assessment results in teacher education will improve academic supervision and classroom teaching and learning. The findings of the assessment will also contribute to formulate reforms in primary education and to improve the efficiency of the system.
The primary objective of the consultancy is to conduct the NSA 2015 around 1200 schools from 64 Upazila all over the country on 14 November 2015. The service delivery Firm will work under the overall guidance of M&E, DPE following the technical advice of the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The AIR is responsible for supporting the design and development of the instruments and to ensure quality at every stage of the NSA 2015 including the data entry.
IRGDSL is providing expert services in the following areas:
- Design survey methodology including sampling frame;
- Prepare survey instruments;
- Data analysis and generation of tables;
- Guide the local consultant in recruiting and training the field-survey team, conducting field survey, data checking, editing, coding, and entry in computer system;
- Data interpretation and preparation of reports;
- Presentation of report;
- Liaison and coordination with client and provide feedback.
IFC: Suitable Weather-Index Insurance Products will be Developed for the Target Locations, Impact Evaluation of the "Climate Resilient Agriculture and Food Security" Project, July 2015 to August 2015: This task will be done in collaboration between the IFC and Green Delta. The product development process will include analysis of underlying weather and crop data, product design, pricing, operational model, distribution model, reinsurance placement and setting up of other systems required for implementing the insurance product.
ADB TA-6433 (REG): SASEC Research and Training Network Projects, February 2013-August 2014
Location: Bangladesh, India, Bhutan and Nepal
Sector: ICT Research and Training (International).
TA objectives: The objective of the technical assistance (the TA) attached to the Project is to develop the four dimensions of the research and training network (RTN): (i) incorporating regional and community priorities on, and needs for, ICT skill and business development into the core activities of the selected Institutes; (ii) establishing partnerships, linkages, and interactions with the regional communities and businesses through the research and training network; (iii) enhancing the subregional knowledge pool and resources for the capacity development of ICT professionals and entrepreneurs for long-term sustainable operation; and (iv) promoting research and development on e-business, e-applications, and e-services to be delivered through the regional network and the village network, for the greater benefit of the community and business creation.
Scope of work:
The ICT Research and Training Consulting Entity (the Consultant) will assist the four SASEC countries to commence the research and training network initiative by carrying out or causing to happen the following within the TA budget:
- Identify priority ICT research and training needs in four SASEC countries, evaluate and recommend options to meet identified needs;
- Develop strategic and operational plans, as well as management and business models, of respective service/host institutes in the four countries;
- Execute Service Agreements for the Institutes and all TA elements contained in respective countries RTN plans;
- Coordinate and develop mechanisms to effect regional cooperation among the SASEC countries towards achieving respective RTN/TA objectives;
- Ensure self-sustainability of the selected RTN services;
- Manage, coordinate and follow-up the implementation of TA and RTN activities, and ensure timely delivery of necessary inputs to achieve RTN and TA objectives;
- Devise and deliver contingency management plans for all elements concerning the RTN component of the Project;
- In close collaboration with the TA's Results Management Specialist1 and the Project Management Consultants (PMCs)2 in each of the four countries, develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation system to track the progress of the three interrelated project components, as well as measure, report and communicate project results;
- Prepare regular progress and financial reports consistent with the agreed project performance measurement framework;
- Recommend an efficient funds flow mechanism for the SASEC-RTN component based on ADB’s Guidelines; and
- Ensure that proper procurement standards are observed and comply with ADB's Procurement Guidelines, in order to properly and efficiently deploy ADB Funds, and benefits to the receiving country are maximized. The RTN is envisioned as an if sustaining mechanism to meet the SASEC countries existing, emerging and evolving needs for ICT research and training. In carrying out its roles and responsibilities, the Consultant is expected to ensure the full participation of the Institutes and major stakeholders in TA processes, as well as ownership and sustainability of TA outputs.
As a general principle, use of existing expertise within the selected Research and Training Center (including the Institutes Focal Person, and existing faculty members)should be maximized.
UN WOMEN-Mapping of Service Providers and Designing of a Comprehensive Program on Return and Reintegration of Women Migrant Workers from Bangladesh, February 2014 to July 2014: The assignment is divided into 4 major components which are: (i) a section containing an assessment of the needs and potentials of the services required for designing such a scheme in the home country; (ii) the study will also need to list down the existing services available including the providers on a geographical setting (Dhaka and the divisional towns/areas prone to women migration); (iii) based on the information gathered in the first two sections, propose the design of a comprehensive package for re-integration and referral services for women migrant workers covering the various needs: business training, employment, psycho-social counselling, legal services, health and medical support. The proposed design framework should also contain an estimated costing for the proposed packages and the mechanisms to implement them; and (iv) develop standard operating procedures for the re-integration and referral services.
UN WOMEN - External Market Analysis for Women Migrant Workers under Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh, December 2013 to May 2014: While the analysis of employment market is a necessity in order to plan a skilled workforce, the formal mechanisms for such an exercise are not fully in place and therefore, this initiative will be one of the first of its kind. The exercise needs to take into account the existing systems/ structures in place and suggest realistic improvements as well as potentials for replication. Therefore, the analysis will cover the following specific tasks:
a) Prioritizing one country of destination on the basis of available data corresponding to the overseas employability and suitability for both individual woman worker as well as the national available resources
b) Identify methods and tools for data collection and analysis, research questions, scope and limitations of the methodology. This may include a reference to any method already developed and tested in similar exercises as good practice. The development of the methodology should be guided by the need to bring out information for future replication for other destination countries as well as decisions regarding needs for vocational trainings.
c) The market analysis should include but not limited to the following information:
- Current employment scenario in the destination country including opportunities for foreign workers by types of occupation;
- Information on salary structure and trends for next 2 years (pay projections, labour rights and protections, access to other services/benefits etc);
- Entry and employment requirements for foreign workers;
- Current rules & regulations for migrant workers and common human rights practices for women in the country;
- Diagnosis of risks & vulnerabilities for women workers with regard to occupational safety & health, and other gender based vulnerabilities;
- Potential for matching with supply opportunities from Bangladesh;
- Potential effects and implications within the stages of migration cycle and
- Summary and recommendations including a suggestion for formal mechanism to collect and preserve the information and future updating.
UNWOMEN-"Budgetary Review on Addressing Violence against Women (VAW) of the 11 Ministries under the MDGF Joint Program" April 2013 to June 2013: The main objectives of this analysis are to ensure appropriate and higher allocation of resources in the budget to mitigate VAW effectively and implementation of Domestic Violence [Protection and Prevention] Act 2010. Additionally the analysis would help in the following ways:
- Firstly, to understand how well VAW issues are addressed in the activities of these eleven ministries by analyzing the current policies, projects, programs and activities of these ministries. In this context all the activities of these eleven ministries will be analyzed to identify gaps and missed opportunities to address VAW prevention and mitigation and implementation of Domestic Violence [Protection & Prevention] Act 2010.
- Secondly, to make comprehensive recommendations on how the current interventions can support the leadership in the Ministries and build national capacity and commitment to define, cost and fund an integrated package of support services for women and girls who have experienced violence These benefits will be in terms of both prevention and mitigation of VAW and also providing support services for VAW survivors. The budgetary implications of these activities will also be identified.
- Finally, to make comprehensive recommendations on what additional activities can be undertaken and identify advocacy strategy for budgetary allocations in next two years.
ADB TA-7890 BAN: Strengthening Resilience of Urban Water, Drainage and Sanitation Sector to Climate Change in Coastal Towns (45519-001), February 2012-April 2013:
Location: Pirojpur, Patuakhali and Borguna Districts
Sector: Urban Sector, Environment, Sustainability Economic Growth Capacity Development.
TA objectives: The main outcome of the capacity development TA will be strengthened capacity in the Government of Bangladesh to develop climate-resilient urban water, drainage, and sanitation projects in coastal towns. Its result will be guidance for project preparatory TA for the Coastal Towns Infrastructure Improvement Project. The impact of the TA will be improved design of urban infrastructure projects in coastal towns.
The TA will strengthen capacity and raise awareness regarding climate change. Workshops and training programs will be carried out mainly for officials of central and local government departments and other agencies. Other key stakeholders, such as universities, research institutes, non-government organizations, and the private sector, will be invited to the workshops, where the objectives, progress, and outputs of the TA will be shared and discussions will prioritize various adaptation options. Recommendations based on TA experience will be provided for further capacity-building and public-awareness programs, as well as for scaling up and replicating interventions in other areas.
ADB TA-7902 BAN: Climate Resilient Infrastructure Improvement in Coastal Zone Project-1 PPTA Consultancy for Climate Resilient Infrastructure Improvement in Coastal Zone project (45084-001), January 2012-June 2012
Location: Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Perojpur, Barisal, Jhalokati, Bhola, Patuakhali and Barguna districts
Sector: Rural Development, Economic growth, Environmental sustainability, Gender and Social Development and Capacity Development
TA objectives: The overall Project objectives are as follows:
- Poverty reduction, which is the single most important objective of GoB policy;
- Provision of adequate Infrastructure , which has a direct positive impact on poverty reduction;
- Climate change adaptation of infrastructure to ensure resilience, is thus a highly significant component of an integrated poverty reduction plan;
- Coastal Zone infrastructure will be particularly impacted by forecast climate change effects;
- This Project will target the most vulnerable areas of Coastal Districts;
- Effective consultation with the local communities and relevant organisations is a key element to success;
- Options for making infrastructure more resilient to climate change effects shall be identified and analysed in technical, economic, social and sustainability terms and
- Criteria for selection and prioritising of measures to improve resilience of infrastructure shall be identified for use during the subsequent detailed design and implementation phase of this project.
ADB-KfW TA: Climate Change Adaptation through Flood Protection Project, Bangladesh, March 2012-July 2012
Location: Bhola, Patuakhali and Barguna districts
Sector: Rural Development, Economic growth, Environmental sustainability, Gender and Social Development and Capacity Development
TA objectives: The general objective of the study is to prepare the project in sufficient detail for the KfW, ADB and LGED requirements for a project appraisal and subsequent approvals. The requirements for DPP approval on the Bangladesh side shall be analysed and the required level of detail is to be provided in the study. The scope of works described here is to be seen in addition to the ADB-defined scope of works for the PPTA. Parts of some topics mentioned here below in the scope of works might already be covered by the ADB scope of works. Where possible, the Consultant should prepare the project jointly for ADB and KfW, avoiding duplication of work.
Evaluation of Self Employment Programs for the Youth funded by Green for Peace, Narayanganj, February to July 2009
Location: Narayanganj, Chashara, Bolail, Fatullah, Bandar, Meghna Upazilla (Rampur Bazar), Comilla
Sector: Micro-Credit, IGA, Skill Development or Training, and Poverty Alleviation.
Type of Activities: Conducted and evaluated the self employment programs of Green for Peace.
The specific objectives are:
The project is designed to improve the livelihood of the two groups-one male and two female. To assess the existing situation, Survey would be conducted for collecting primary & secondary information to chalk out development programmes to run the project in order to improve the livelihood of the target groups.
The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the livelihood of poor families.
Impact Evaluation on Primary Health Care Services sponsored by Green for Peace, Narayanganj, May 2008 to July 2008
Location: Meghna Upazilla (Rampur Bazar), Comilla and Fatullah, Narayanganj
Sector: Family Planning, Safer Drinking Water, and Rural sanitation
Type of Activities: Conducted an impact evaluation on primary health care services sponsored by Green for Peace.
The objective of the impact evaluation study to assess the primary health care activities in the selected location. More specifically study will determine the impact of primary health services, awareness about health care, medicine support, training and overall health situation status before and after project activities.
Feasibility Study for the Establishment of an Agro-based Farm Company funded by Al-Falah Group of Companies, Bangladesh, January 2008 to June 2008
Location: Trishal, Mymensingh Bangladesh
Type of Activities: Integrated Agriculture Development.
Sector: Agriculture and Agribusiness Development; Fisheries and Livestock.
The objective of the feasibility study is to identify areas of investment to set up agri-based business. The study was included to find out steady supply of produces, cost, processing opportunities, marketing possibilities, target location of marketing, investment requirement and its possible return etc.
Conduct Study for Fisheries Business Opportunities funded by Al-Falah Group of Companies, Bangladesh, July 2007 to December 2007
Location: Boilor, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Type of Activities: Fish Production and Research.
Sector: Fisheries and Nutrition Development.
The objective of the study to determine possible opportunities to invest in fisheries sector. Study included to collect data about their current business of similar company, review the information, and conduct detailed analysis to find out most suitable business option for set up new business.
Impact Assessment on Educative Program of Green for Peace funded by Green for Peace, Narayanganj, March 2007 to June 2007
Location: Fatullah, Narayanganj
Type of Activities: Development of Nonformal, Technical and Vocational Education for Adult and Child and the poor people who deprived from light of education.
The specific objectives are:
Non-formal and special literacy education has been a high priority in Bangladesh. The project is aimed at improving the provision of post-literacy and continuing education to neo-literates so that they can consolidate and use their literacy skills to take action and to increase their incomes, improve their family’s welfare, and participate fully as citizens.
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