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Baseline study of Enhancing institutional and community preparedness and readiness in Coastal Bangladesh (Coastal DRR) project

Assignment Name Baseline study of Enhancing institutional and community preparedness and readiness in Coastal Bangladesh (Coastal DRR) project
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Bagerhat and Patuakhali
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • ARM Mehrab Ali (Team Leader), MSc in Economics, NSU, Senior Research Associate, Innovations for Poverty Action and Executive Director, ARCED Foundation

• Ekhtekharul Islam (Technical Expert (DRR)), Senior lecturer, Department of Environmental Science at the Independent University, Bangladesh and Consultant, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator and logistics, ARCED Foundation

Name of Client: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS)
Address: 6/4A Sir Sayed Road, (2nd Floor), Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Reference Mr. Mohammad Kamrul Hasan (Rifat), Sr. PMER Officer, DRM Department, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, 684-686, Bara Maghbazar, Dhaka – 1217, Bangladesh, Tel. +88 02 9350340, Fax. +88 02 9352303, Mob. +880 1815 298341, Email: kamrul.hasan@bdrcs.org, Web: www.bdrcs.org
No of Staff: Management and consultant: 3

Data collection officers and monitors: 28

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 31 months
Start Date (Month/Year): January 2018
Completion Date (Month/Year): January 2018
 
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any: None
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants: Not applicable
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • ARM Mehrab Ali, Team Leader: Overall Planning & study design; Ensuring quality and timeliness; Preparing report with minimum proof reading; Field visits in some constituencies; Enumerator Training; Meeting and presentation

• Ekhtekharul Islam, DRR Expert: Technical assistance to ensure appropriateness of the tools and gender issues, attending few KIIs, contributing in preparation of summary and final report.

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator & Logistics: Regular communication and monitoring of field team; assisting the team in pre-testing the tools, data back-checking etc.; ensuring logistics

Narrative Description of Project: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has implementing “The Enhancing Institutional and Community Preparedness and Readiness in Coastal Bangladesh (Coastal DRR)” project in partnership with American Red Cross (AmCross). The project has been designed to support vulnerable communities in coastal areas in Bagerhat & Patuakhali as well as improving disaster safety. The project will be implemented in 8 communities from Sharankhola Upazila of Bagerhat district and Kalapara Upazila of Patuakhali district. Coastal DRR project has been operating from July 2017 and will go until June 2019, directly reaching 34,000 people and indirectly reaching more than 36,000 individuals.
Description of Actual Services will be Provided: ARCED will provide the following services:

·   Carrying out extensive desk review (literature review, online review, project document review etc.)

·   Carrying out Focus Group Discussion (FGDs), Case Study, Storytelling session with school students and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs)

·   Collect primary data using a pretested semi-structured household questionnaire. The data was collected in tablet and data quality was ensured through Survey CTO platform

·   Provided the baseline report to BDRCS

Methodology: Desk review, household survey both male and female through SurveyCTO, MCQ test for School Student, Storytelling session, KII, and FGD
Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION
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B-SkillFUL Tracer Study 2017

Assignment Name B-SkillFUL Tracer Study 2017
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Dinajpur, Joypurhat, Bogra, Tangail, Gazipur and Jessore
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • ARM Mehrab Ali (Team Leader), MSc in Economics, NSU, Senior Research Associate, Innovations for Poverty Action and Executive Director, ARCED Foundation

• Salma Akhter, Professor, Department of Sociology, Dhaka University and Consultant, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator and logistics, ARCED Foundation

Name of Client: Swisscontact
Address: 6/4A Sir Sayed Road, (2nd Floor), Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Reference Mr. Imran Uddin, Manager MRM, B-SkillFUL, Swisscontact, Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation, South Asia Regional Office (SARO), House 19, Road 11│ Baridhara | Dhaka 1212 | Bangladesh, Tel. +88 02 9882663 │ Mobile +88 01711 618 025, Email: imran.uddin@swisscontact.org, www.swisscontact.org
No of Staff: Management and consultant: 3

Data collection officers and monitors: 22

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 66 months
Start Date (Month/Year): December 2017
Completion Date (Month/Year): February 2018
Approx. Value of Services (in Current BDT): 2,554,661.00 BDT
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any: None
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants: Not applicable
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • ARM Mehrab Ali, Team Leader: Overall Planning & study design; Ensuring quality and timeliness; Preparing report with minimum proof reading; Field visits in some constituencies; Enumerator Training; Meeting and presentation

• Professor Salma Akhter, Gender Expert: Technical assistance to ensure appropriateness of the tools and gender issues, attending few KIIs, contributing in preparation of summary and final report.

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator & Logistics: Regular communication and monitoring of field team; assisting the team in pre-testing the tools, data back-checking etc.; ensuring logistics

Narrative Description of Project: Swisscontact has been implementing “B-SkillFUL Phase I” project jointly funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and European Union (EU). The project has been designed to support 40000 poor and disadvantaged men and women. The project also aims to support the skilled graduates to create linkage with financial institutions.  This project is being implemented to develop the skill of unskilled labor by providing skill development training within the project duration (November 2015 – January 2020). Project will address the training facilities through local Training Service Providers (TSPs) on demand driven skills.
Description of Actual Services will be Provided: ARCED will provide the following services:

·   Carrying out extensive desk review (literature review, online review, project document review etc.)

·   Carrying out In-depth Interviews (IDIs)

·   Collect primary data using a pretested semi-structured graduate/beneficiaries questionnaire. The data was collected in tablet and data quality was ensured through Survey CTO platform

·   Provided the tracer study report to Swisscontact

Methodology: This is a mixed method study, partly with a pre-post design[1]. The study primarily investigated the current status of the study participants and compared the current status of well-being with the baseline data that was collected by the B-SkillFUL project during trainee registration. Being a mixed method design, there have been both quantitative and qualitative data collection activities. The quantitative survey primarily collected the quantifiable status of the indicators, whereas the qualitative data have been used to triangulate the findings as well as to investigate the underlying reasons and unquantifiable explanations.

The study started with a review of existing resources and information through secondary data analysis, which also helped to construct the detailed field plan and data collection tools. Secondary information and resources were sourced from project team and existing documents online. Pre-tested questionnaire was used for quantitative data collection, and semi-structured guidelines were used for qualitative data collection activities.

Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION

[1] We were proposing a pre-post design; however, we decided further to check the possibility of a longitudinal model to perform DiD analysis. In that case we followed the same samples surveyed in the baseline.

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Scoping study on existing national/regional networks and alliances working to prevent VAWG/GBV

Assignment Name Scoping study on existing national/regional networks and alliances working to prevent VAWG/GBV
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Dhaka, Gazipur
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • ARM Mehrab Ali, MSc in Economics, NSU, Senior Research Associate, Innovations for Poverty Action and Executive Director, ARCED Foundation

• Nur Newaz Khan (Technical Expert-Qualitative), Consultant, ARCED Foundation

• Farida Yeasmin (Legal Expert), Consultant, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Ohiduzzaman Moin, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, The People’s University of Bangladesh and Research Coordinator, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator and logistics, ARCED Foundation

Name of Client: AMRAI PARI JOT (WE CAN BANGLADESH)
Address: 6/4A Sir Sayed Road, (2nd Floor), Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Reference M M Jamilur Rahman, Manager, AMRAI PARI JOT (WE CAN BANGLADESH)

6/4A Sir Sayed Road, (2nd Floor), Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh

Tell: +88-2-9130265, Cell: +88-01730328676, Email: jamil.wecan@gmail.com, Web: www.wecan-bd.org

No of Staff: Management and consultant: 5

Data collection officers and monitors: 8

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 39 months
Start Date (Month/Year): November 2017
Completion Date (Month/Year): January 2018
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any: None
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants: Not applicable
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • ARM Mehrab Ali, Team Leader: Overall Planning & study design; Ensuring quality and timeliness; Preparing report with minimum proof reading; Field visits in some constituencies; Enumerator Training; Meeting and presentation

• Nur Newaz Khan, Technical Expert-Qualitative: Technical assistance to ensure appropriateness of the study design.

• Farida Yeasmin, Legal Expert: Reviewing legal documents and reports; Assist to prepare tools; Conducting orientation session for the data collection team; contributing in preparation of summary and final report.

• Ohidujjaman Moin, Research Coordinator: Technical assistance to ensure appropriateness of the tools, attending few KIIs, contributing in preparation of summary and final report.

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator & Logistics: Regular communication and monitoring of field team; assisting the team in pre-testing the tools, data back-checking etc.; ensuring logistics

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

WE CAN Alliance, Bangladesh is a countrywide campaign in Bangladesh aimed for attitudinal change against domestic violence against women started from 2011.  Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjaton Protirodh Jote (WE CAN) Bangladesh is going 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.

Description of Actual Services will be Provided: ARCED will provide the following services:

·   Carrying out extensive desk review (literature review, online review, project document review etc.)

·   Carrying out Group Discussions (GDs), In-depth Interviews (IDIs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs)

·   Will collect network/alliance and NGO database from the sources

·   The data is collect in and data quality is ensuring through hard copy data collection process.

·   Provided the scoping study report to WE CAN Bangladesh

Methodology: The study started with a strategic and descriptive review of existing resources and information –collected from WE CAN and/or online sources and historical review – which is used to identify and finalize entry points and leverage points for information – the first layer of sources of information. These entry points were expected to be amongst alliances/networks, NGOs and social activists worked on VAWG/GBV in Bangladesh. Each of the selected entry points would have been interviewed/visited to collect their information, references and/or specific information. From these points onwards, sampling and data collection carried out following cross-referral approach (alternatively known as snowball approach). Sources of information objectively verified to minimize cognitive and anchoring bias. For the very reason – in case of multiple sources for same information – sources weighted and simulated following Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) approach. As we proceed with identifying the alliances and networks, we interviewed knowledgeable person(s) from each of the network using a semi-structured questionnaire and collect administrative data from the alliances to create a database for the networks and alliances which would have been the basic information of the networks and alliances along with their activities, achievements, coverage, and perceived strengths, opportunities and needs etc. Additionally, the KIIs with the root level NGOs staffs, managements, professional women organizations, government departments staffs such as Women and Children Affairs, Department of Women Affairs, etc., specialist/civil society (VAWG and GBV) and FGDs with community female and male members allowed us to understand the impact of these networks, strengths, opportunities and needs.
Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION
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Market Needs Assessment for Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment (IMAGE) Plus

Assignment Name Market Needs Assessment for Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment (IMAGE) Plus
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamary
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • Md. Zahirul Islam, Team Leader

• Shakil Al Mamun, Sr. Officer-Data Management

Name of Client: Terre des Hommes, Netherlands
Address: Bangladesh Office: House 670/A, Road-11(new) Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka-1209,  Bangladesh
Reference Mst. Farhana Akter, Research and Knowledge Management Specialist, IMAGE, Terre des Hommes Netherlands, Bangladesh Country Office, House No-18B (New), 670/A (old), Road No-11 (New), 32 (old), Dhanmondi Residential Area, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mob: +8801711239667, Email: f.akter@tdh.nl
No of Staff: Management: 2

Data Digitization Officer: 4, Audio Transcriber: 4

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 10 months
Start Date (Month/Year): December 2017
Completion Date (Month/Year): December 2017
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any: None
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants: Not Applicable
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • Md. Zahirul Islam, Team Leader: was responsible for overall planning and developing strategic direction for this project

• Abu Saleh Md. Sadik, Data Administration Officer: Was responsible for ensuring the quality of the data entry

Narrative Description of Project: Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment project have specific objective to ensure improved sexual and reproductive health& rights of early –married girls. The project aims to reduce vulnerability and increase access to SRH information and service. The project aims to aware Civil society and media. Besides, the project aims to ensure that these stakeholders are supportive of the rights of early married girls.
Description of Actual Services will be Provided: Data entry form design, twice data entry, data cleaning & reconciliation, Audio interviews transcription, data analysis and submit analysis table.
Methodology: Data were entered using CSPro 6.1 which allowed quality data entry through logical conditions enforcement. Besides, data were entered twice by two separate teams and using Stata discrepancy report was produced. A senior team used the discrepancy report to make the corrections and do the reconciliation. Audio transcription from transcriber and senior staff cross checked those transcriptions.
Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION
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Baseline study of Empowering Women and Building Sustainable Livelihood in Urban Bangladesh Project

Assignment Name Baseline study of Empowering Women and Building Sustainable Livelihood in Urban Bangladesh Project
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Dhaka, Gazipur
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • ARM Mehrab Ali, MSc in Economics, NSU, Senior Research Associate, Innovations for Poverty Action and Executive Director, ARCED Foundation

• Nusrat Jahan, Consultant, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator, ARCED Foundation

Name of Client: Oxfam
Address: Level-8 (Southern side), RAOWA Complex, VIP Road, Mohakhali, Dhaka-1206
Reference Rifat Tanjila, Senior Program Officer – Women Economic Empowerment

OXFAM, Oxfam Country Office, Level-8 (Southern side), RAOWA Complex, VIP Road, Mohakhali, Dhaka-1206. Bangladesh Cell: +880 1841 022056, Email: rtanjila@oxfam.org.uk, Web: www.oxfam.org/bangladesh

No of Staff: Management and consultant: 3

Data collection officers and monitors: 24

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 54 months
Start Date (Month/Year): November 2017
Completion Date (Month/Year): January 2018
 
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any: None
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants: Not applicable
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • ARM Mehrab Ali, Team Leader: Team Leader is responsible for overall planning, survey and developing strategic direction for this project

• Nusrat Jahan, Consultant: Conducting the focus group discussion, key informant interviews, and preparing the draft report of qualitative research part

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator: Coordinated the survey activities and provided logistics support for the project

Narrative Description of Project: Oxfam GB has implementing “Empowering Women and Building Sustainable Livelihood in Urban Bangladesh” project in partnership with national partner NGO “Dustha Shasthya Kendra (DSK) funded by John Lewis Foundation (JLF). The project has been designed to support vulnerable communities in urban slum areas in Dhaka & Gazipur districts from where John Lewis operates their

supply chain operations. The project will be implemented in 4 urban slums in Dhaka and Gazipur districts. This project is being implemented to empower women and girls gradually in urban slums to challenge social norms for their sustainable livelihood. Project will address the issues that hinder women opportunities to access to market, find new opportunities and engage the wider community, the government and media to mitigate the challenge the barriers and faced by women in poor urban communities.

Description of Actual Services will be Provided: ARCED will provide the following services:

·         Carrying out extensive desk review (literature review, online review, project document review etc.)

·         Carry out Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), In-depth Interviews (IDIs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs)

·         Collect primary data using a pretested semi-structured household questionnaire. The data was collected in tablet and data quality was ensured through Survey CTO platform

·         Perform case studies on Victim.

·         Perform Media Monitoring (National and local newspaper, TV channels, Social Media)

·         Perform Rapid Service Quality Assessment and Policy review

·         Provide the final report to Oxfam Bangladesh

Methodology: Data collection and analysis on VAWG and unpaid care work in Bangladesh, including both secondary and primary data set collected through FGDs, IDIs, KIIs, household survey through SurveyCTO platform, case studies, media monitoring, rapid service quality service and policy reviews. A baseline report was prepared followed by publishing and disseminating through a workshop in presence of national and international consultants and media persons.
Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION
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Baseline study of Stop Tolerating Violence Against Children (STVAC)

Assignment Name Baseline study of Stop Tolerating Violence Against Children (STVAC)
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Dhaka City Corporation, Chittagong City Corporation, Rajshahi (RCC, Godagari), Chapai Nawabganj (Shibgonj), Moulvibazar (Srimongal), Faridpur, and Sylhet
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • Salma Akhter (Team Leader), Professor, Dhaka University, Consultant, ARCED Foundation

• Saqeb Mahbub (Legal Expert) Consultant, ARCED Foundation

• ARM Mehrab Ali, Technical Advisor (MIS & Data Science), Executive Director, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator, ARCED Foundation

Name of Client: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
Address: House # SE(C) 5/B (New) 8 (Old) Road # 136, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212
Reference Mr. Md Masud Karim, Adviser, BLAST, 1/1 Pioneer Road, Kakrail, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh, Mob: +880 1730 321164, Email: ripon@blast.org.bd,  Web: www.blast.org.bd
No of Staff: Management and consultant: 5

Data collection officers and monitors: 24

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 87 months
Start Date (Month/Year): November 2017
Completion Date (Month/Year): January 2018
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any: N/A
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants: N/A
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • Salma Akhter is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka. As a Commonwealth Scholar, she earned her MPhil degree on ‘Sociology and Politics of Development’ from the department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK. She taught in public and private universities in Bangladesh including Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology as a part time faculty and guest speaker. She presented many papers in international seminars in USA, UK, Canada, Europe, Asia. She has a number of publications in national and international journals. She was a member of the Dissertation Award Committee, of ARNOVA’s 31st Conference, 2002, Montreal, Canada. She was in the Editorial Review Board of Journal of Nonprofit & Public-Sector Marketing, USA and Canada in 2001. She has published on gender issues including gender violence. She received University Grants Commission’s (UGC) award in Social Science in 2002 for a paper published in an international journal titled ‘Status of Women’s Leadership in Bangladesh: A study on Elected Women UP Members’. She holds membership of several professional bodies affiliated in UK and USA.

• Saqeb Mahbub (Legal expert), started his career at Huq and Co. where he was a part of the litigation and arbitration team. During his time, there he advised a major US Bank on financial laws in Bangladesh. He further advised the PepsiCo India on trademark issues and was counsel for an Indian company – Karnal Milk Foods – in a cross-border arbitration against the Government of Bangladesh. Reviewing legal documents and reports; Assist to prepare tools; Conducting orientation session for the data collection team child protection issues; contributing in preparation of summary and final report.

• ARM Mehrab Ali, Technical Expert (MIS & Data Science): Responsible for tools preparation (online version); Data error check; Data quality control; Data Analysis; Enumerator Training; Report writing

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator: Regular communication and monitoring of field team; assisting the team in pre-testing the tools, data back-checking etc.; ensuring logistics

Narrative Description of Project: BLAST and Save the Children has implementing Stop Tolerating Violence Against Children (STVAC) project in support with Association for Community Development (ACD), Breaking the Silence (BTS), MAMATA, INCIDIN and FIVDB from 2017 to 2021. STVAC project was implemented in Dhaka City Corporation, Chittagong City Corporation, Rajshahi (RCC, Godagari), Chapai Nawabganj (Shibgonj), Moulvibazar (Srimongal), Faridpur, and Sylhet. The main focuses of the project are enacting a law on banning PHP in all settings, promote positive discipline in everyday parenting (PDEP) in order to reduce PHP by parents/caregivers and reduce SGBV in project locations. To protect children from physical and humiliating punishment, and sexual and gender based violence.
Description of Actual Services will be Provided: ARCED will provide the following services:

·   Carrying out extensive desk review (literature review, online review, project document review etc.)

·   Carrying out Focus Group Discussion (FGDs), Case Study and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs)

·   Collect primary data using a pretested semi-structured parents/caregivers and children questionnaire. The data was collected in tablet and data quality was ensured through Survey CTO platform

·   Provided the nutritional assessment report to BLAST

Methodology: Literature reviews, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), collected primary data using a pretested semi-structured household questionnaire through SurveyCTO, provided the final report to BLAST.
Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION
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Nutritional assessment of Making Market Work for Women (MMWW) project

Assignment Name Nutritional assessment of Making Market Work for Women (MMWW) project
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Bogra, Gaibandha, Faridpur, Patuakhali
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • ARM Mehrab Ali, Technical Advisor (MIS & Data Science), ARCED Foundation

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator, ARCED Foundation

Name of Client: ActionAid Bangladesh
Address: House # SE(C) 5/B (New) 8 (Old) Road # 136, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212
Reference Ms. Sharmin Sultana, Deputy Manager-Nutrition, Making Market Work for Women Project, ActionAid Bangladesh, House # SE(C) 5/B (New) 8 (Old) Road # 136, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212, Mob: +88 (0) 1723774030, Email: Sharmin.Sultana@actionaid.org, Web: www.actionaid.org/bangladesh
No of Staff: Management and consultant: 3

Data collection officers and monitors: 22

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 50 months
Start Date (Month/Year): September 2017
Completion Date (Month/Year): November 2017
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any: N/A
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants:
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • ARM Mehrab Ali, Technical Expert (MIS & Data Science): Responsible for overall data cleaning and analysis

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator: Coordinated the survey activities and provided logistics support for the project

Narrative Description of Project: Action Aid Bangladesh has implementing Making Market Work for Women project in partnership with Grameen Alo, SKS Foundation, Shaptagram Nari Shanghati Parishad and Shushilan from 15 November 2015, funded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN). Action Aid Bangladesh aimed at achieving 125,000 beneficiaries in 4 districts (7 unions in Gabtoli upazila-Bogra, 9 unions in Shundorganj upazila-Gaibandha, 9 unions in Modukhali upazila-Faridpur, and 5 unions in Golachipa upazila-Ptuakhali) for improving access to nutritious food, access to quality SRH care, access to women-friendly markets and freedom for women to decide over their bodies and lives. The project is working with female agro-entrepreneurs, government institutions responsible for service delivery, boy’s and girls’ clubs as well as market committees.
Description of Actual Services will be Provided: ARCED will provide the following services:

·   Carrying out extensive desk review (literature review, online review, project document review etc.)

·   Carrying out In-depth Interviews (IDIs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs)

·   Carrying out anthropometric measurements (MUAC test, weight, height and edema test)

·   Collect primary data using a pretested semi-structured household questionnaire. The data was collected in tablet and data quality was ensured through Survey CTO platform

·   Provided the nutritional assessment report to ActionAid Bangladesh

Methodology: Literature reviews, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), anthropometric measurements (MUAC test, weight, height and edema test), collected primary data using a pretested semi-structured household questionnaire through SurveyCTO, provided the final report to AAB.
Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION
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Baseline Study of Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh (DRFM-B)

Assignment Name Baseline Study of Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh (DRFM-B)
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Dhaka, Chittagong, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Mymensingh
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • ARM Mehrab Ali (Team Leader), Executive Director, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Touhidur Rahman, Study Coordinator, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Arshad Hussain, Technical Advisor (MIS & Data Science), ARCED Foundation

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Field Manager and Logistic, ARCED Foundation

Name of Client: Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University
Address: Building #2 (19th Floor), 65 Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Reference Mr. Imtiaj Uddin Ahmed, Program Officer, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University, Building #2 (19th Floor), 65 Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh, Mob: +880 1752 872686, Email: imtiaj.ua@bracu.ac.bd , Web: www.ced.bracu.ac.bd
No of Staff: Management and consultant: 4

Data collection officers and monitors: 14

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 54 months
Start Date (Month/Year): August 2017
Completion Date (Month/Year): December 2017
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any:
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants: 1 month
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • Mr. Mehrab Ali has a multidisciplinary background of economics, procurement, management and data analysis. He has a strong record of accomplishment of project design, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation for over 8 years across different public, private and international agencies. He was responsible for Overall Planning & study design; Ensuring quality and timeliness; Preparing report with minimum proof reading; Field visits in some constituencies; Field research team training; meeting and presentation

• Md. Touhidur Rahman, Study Coordinator: Technical assistance to team leader for coordinating the research, liaising with client, helping in tools preparation, study plan and report articulation.

• Md. Arshad Hussain, Technical Expert (MIS & Data Science): Responsible for overall data cleaning and analysis

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Field Manager & Logistics: Coordinated the survey activities and provided logistics support for the project

Narrative Description of Project: DRFM-B is aimed at mapping of the ready-made garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh. According to the nation’s “Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021”, the RMG sector needs to align itself to the mandated digitization of every sector. However, challenges remain across industry with the lack of comprehensive industry-wide data on the number of factories, their locations, number of workers, and much more. It is the first initiative of its kind, as it will provide a detailed industry-wide database of factories on an interactive, digital map. This new platform will be publicly accessible in order to catalyze transparency and bring about meaningful industry improvements.

For this assignment we collected baseline information related to the availability of data in RMG factories in Bangladesh. The assignment commissioned under Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh (DRFM-B) project being implemented by Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) of BRAC University. The assignment involved identification of sources, collection of existing database and tooled information regarding factory information in nominated sector of the country. Also we collected data has been cleaned, verified and transformed into a compiled database.

Description of Actual Services will be Provided: ARCED will provide the following services:

• Carry out a desk review on RMG sector in Bangladesh

• Carry out Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs)

• Collect primary data using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire. The data was collected in and data quality was ensured through hard copy data collection process.

• Provide the final report to CED

Methodology: Literature reviews, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), collected primary data using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire, provided the final report to CED.
Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION
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Mid Term evaluation of advocacy for the “SRHR education by Teachers” (ASET) project

Assignment Name Mid Term evaluation of advocacy for the “SRHR education by Teachers” (ASET) project
Country: Bangladesh
Location within Country: Bogra, Rajshahi
Professional Staff Provided by ARCED: • Professor Shah Ehsan Habib, PhD (Team Leader) ARCED Foundation, Bangladesh

• Md. Ohiduzzaman Moin, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, The People’s University of Bangladesh

• ARM Mehrab Ali, Executive Director, ARCED Foundation

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator, ARCED Foundation

Name of Client: Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB)
Address: 2, Naya Paltan, Dhaka – 1000
Reference Mohammed Osman Kabir, Senior Program Officer (ASET Project), Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), 2 Naya Paltan, Dhaka-1000, Mob: +8801712967508, Email: osman@fpab.org.bd, Web: fpab.org.bd
No of Staff: Management and consultant: 4

Data collection officers and monitors: 8

No of Staff-Months; Duration of Assignment: 24 months
Start Date (Month/Year): July 2017
Completion Date (Month/Year): September 2017
Name of Associated Consultant, If Any: Md. Ekhtekharul Islam
No. of Months of Professional Staff Provided by Associated Consultants: 1 month
Name of Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed: • Professor Shah Ehsan Habib, PhD (Team Leader) Shah Ehsan Habib is a Professor of Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka. He holds a PhD degree in Medical Sociology from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He obtained her Bachelor (Honors) and Master degrees in Sociology from the University of Dhaka with First Class. She taught in public and private universities in Bangladesh. He presented many papers on SRHR and HIV/STI issues in international seminars. He worked as a consultant for renowned international organizations’ programmes and projects including UNDP, UNICEF, UNAIDS, Save the Children, Care Bangladesh, PIACT on SRHR and HIV/ STI issues.

• Md. Ohiduzzaman Moin, Consultant 3: Conducting the focus group discussion, key informant interviews, and preparing the draft report of qualitative research part.

• ARM Mehrab Ali, Technical Expert (MIS & Data Science): Responsible for overall data cleaning and analysis

• Md. Zahirul Islam, Survey Coordinator: Coordinated the survey activities and provided logistics support for the project

Narrative Description of Project: FPAB has been implementing a project named `Advocacy for the SRHR education by Teachers’ (ASET) aiming to improve SRH education in school by increasing teachers’ skills on sexuality communication and mobilizing stakeholders for youth friendly SRHR education. The project has reviewed NCTB and teachers’ training curriculum and arranged dialogue with concern authorities to make necessary correction to make them acceptable by the teachers, parents and others and organized training for project staffs and orientation meeting for stakeholders.

This project was launched in 2014 in Bogra, Rajshahi, Pabna, Mymensingh and Noakhali branches under FPAB. Both the project ASET and Unite for Body Rights (UBR) worked hands in hands in 2014 and 2015 in a supportive spirit. In 2016 the project is being implemented in Bogra and Rajshahi respectively. FPAB now intends to know the status of progress against objectives mentioned in the log frame of the project of its 2 (Bogra and Rajshahi) implementing locations. It is also expected a comparative status with any non-intervened area.

Description of Actual Services will be Provided: ARCED will provide the following services:

• Carry out a desk review on SRHR issues in Bangladesh

• Carry out Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), In-depth Interviews (IDIs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs)

• Collect primary data using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire. The data was collected in and data quality was ensured through hard copy data collection process.

• Provide the final report to FPAB

Methodology: Literature reviews, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), In-depth Interviews (IDIs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), collected primary data using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire, provided the final report to FPAB.
Firm’s Name: AUREOLIN RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT (ARCED) FOUNDATION
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ARCED Foundation awarded project under CED, BRAC University

Recently ARCED has been awarded the consulting project “Baseline Study of Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh (DRFM-B)” under CED, BRAC University funded by C&A Foundation. DRFM-B project is aimed at mapping of the ready-made garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh. According to the nation’s “Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021”, the Bangladeshi RMG sector also needs to align itself to the mandated digitization of every sector. The goal of DRFM-B is to provide industry stakeholders with real-time, credible RMG factory data through an interactive online platform (like Google Maps). The project will also work to enable greater accountability, transparency in supply chains, and enhancing confidence in the ability of the sector to contribute to equitable development in Bangladesh.

As part of the project, ARCED team will involve identification of sources, collection of existing database and tooled information regarding factory information in nominated sector of the country. Also collected data will be cleaned, verified and transformed into a compiled database which will consist of information. Also require to explore existing status of digitalization thereof, which would impart understanding and analysis of the extent, availability and accessibility of such database, associated costing, data management process, authenticity and such. http://ced.bracu.ac.bd/drfm-b

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