Terms of References: Making Market Work for Women project

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MMWW (Making Market Work for Women) aims to strengthen food security in target areas by promoting women agro-entrepreneurship through improving women’s access to nutrition, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care and market transformation. In Bangladesh, nutrition and SRH care are interlinked problems: poor food intake causes malnourishment, which leads to poor health and poor SRH, perpetuates the intergenerational cycle of undernourishment. Deficiencies in nutrition and SRH care result in poor labor productivity and market performance. This phenomenon further exacerbates the poor nutrition and health status. Especially women and girls suffer the most since (1) they eat last and least, (2) approx. two-third of the girls are married off before they turn 18, and teenage pregnancy rate is quite high, and (3) women are restricted by gendered social norms to participate in economic activities. To break this cycle, interventions are needed 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. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB), therefore, has decided to work with female agro-entrepreneurs, government institutions responsible for service delivery, boys and girls clubs as well as market committees.ActionAid Bangladesh is implementing “Making Market Work for Women (MMWW)” project supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in partnership with 4 local NGOs namely -Grameen Alo(Gabtoli, Bogra -7 unions), SKS Foundation (Shundorganj, Gaibandha- 9 unions), Shaptagram Nari Shanghati Parishad(Sadar, Modhukhali – Faridpur – 9 unions) & Shushilan(Golachipa, Patuakhali – 5 unions). The overall objective of the project is “Strengthening Food Security in Bangladesh by Making Market Work for Women” through promoting sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and nutrition situation of targeted women entrepreneur, their families, and the wider community, and bringing sustainable and systemic changes in existing market behaviours that will enable women to perform in the agro-value chain. The project locations include Gaibandha, Faridpur, Patuakhali and Bogra districts.

Purpose of the Assessment

•    To measure the prevalence of stunting, wasting & underweight in children aged 6-59th month.       

•    To investigate IYCF practices among children aged 0-23 months of children.

•    To assess the prevalence of morbidity in children aged 0-59th month.

•    To assess household & individual dietary diversity of selected household.

Scope of the Assessment

•    Morbidity rate of children under 5 years (fever, common cold, pneumonia, skin disease etc.).

•    Management of diarrhea, prevalence of vitamin A supplementation, measles vaccination.

•    Individual dietary intake or food intake pattern of women entrepreneurs’ comparison to other household member.

•    Case study addressing cause of malnutrition, consequences of malnutrition, possible recommendation.

•    Recommendation for further action to improve nutrition situation.Methodology & ProcessConsulting firm/consultant will develop a standard methodology by following existing nutrition survey (especially SMART, SENS etc.)


•    The consultant will report on regular basis to AAB

•    Results of anthropometric measurement, standardization tests, details of data cleaning & plausibility checks should be presented in the final report.

•    A complete database

•    The final assessment report including recommendations on actions to address the situation is to be submitted at the end of the consultancy.

•    A power point presentation will be done at the end of the survey focusing key areas.

•    Case study (minimum 5)