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Title: Baseline Survey
I. Project Title : Eradicate structural exclusion with Equal partnerships
II. Location : Nuwaraeliya, Kandy and Matale
III. Project period : Jan 2021 – Dec 2023
IV. Contract Duration : 45 Days (February to March 2021)
V. Expected Start Date : February 10th to March 25th of 2021
VI. Application Close Date : January 30th 2021

VII. Introduction to the Organization
Institute of Social Development (ISD) is a non-governmental organization based in Kandy Sri Lanka, established in order to empower the marginalized and discriminated Plantation community. ISD was founded in 1991 by a group of intellectuals. For the last three decades, ISD executed various programmes on Human Rights awareness and capacity building in order to empower the marginalized plantation community. At present, ISD is involved in sensitizing and advocating the plantation community in varied aspects such as Human Rights, Labor Rights, Housing and land rights and empowerment of Women. In the year 2011, the ISD broaden its programmes thus expanding its services to the most vulnerable in the Plantation sector.
VIII. Introduction to the Project
This is a continuation of the previous project, but the beneficiaries and the target areas are different. The previous project was aimed to promote the excluded Hill Country (plantation) Tamil community (HTC) to enjoy the legitimate rights. The project provides technical assistance to strength the community by forming and strengthening the RDS/CBOs in the estates while it raises the plantation issues at the national level and international level. The project focuses to bring the development through the inclusion process of the HTC while, it also lobbies for inclusion process of the HTC. The project work closely with the government department/authorities and policy makers to ensure the rights of the plantation workers community. Besides, the project focuses the women issues and strength them to win the equal rights at all level in project area. The project set the following targets to achieved by end of the 2023 and the given indicators will be used for the measure result.
1. Empowered members of the target groups have improved access to development projects and social services from local government institutions and ministries.
1.1 At least 30% of 30 DMCs are included into the disaster preparedness plan of the government.
1.2 At least 15% of the submitted development plans are implemented
2. Women and girls of the project location successfully demanded equal access to their rights within the private as well as in the public sphere.
2.1 At least 750 women approached the divisional secretariats and local government and obtained services provided such as skill training of 30 DMCs are included into the disaster preparedness plan of the government.
2.2 At least 30% of 1800 working women enjoy equal status at home and in public sphere.
2.3 At least 150 harassment/violence case against women at working place been reported to RDS and ISD Staff.
3. The inclusion of HTC in government acts is ensured
3.1 At least 3 acts have been amended for HTC
3.2 The Government has introduced the “National plan of Action” for the development of the HTC.
The United Nations 2030 agenda considers Women development and Equal rights are central in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the first time in the global context recognizes that the parallel efforts are needed to ensure that the Human Rights of all citizens around the globe.
SDG 1 No poverty, SDG 5 Gender equality, SDG 10 Reduce inequalities and SDG 13 Climate action are the main goals that will be underlined through project activities.
IX. Purpose
The baseline study will focus on the collection of data and information for set performance indicators outlined in the project logical framework. The baseline survey will form the basis for the final evaluation other than setting the baseline and helps to be achieved the targets for the project indicators. Consequently, it’s vital to consider the impact that are going to create through the project also to be considered in this baseline survey.
X. Scope of Work
The baseline study will cover selected plantation estates in Nuwaraeliya, Kandy and Matle including government agencies, estate management, TUs, and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) as well as beneficiaries in the above estate the project will be operating in.
The study the existing socio, political, economic and environmental aspects and level of community participation in local government development in the focused areas in order to understand the feasibility of the project interventions and the findings would help to redesign the project and to assess pre- and post-conditions of the focused areas in the end of the project intervention.
XI. Objectives of the Baseline
  • To assess the current situation of socio-political and economic conditions, standard poverty indices, power relations, information on most excluded groups and nature of exclusion, prevalent social/cultural practices, emergency and disaster situation, policies, local governance issues etc. Through this activity of the project intervention can be reviewed, adjusted and improved, to thereby enhance and support the effectiveness of the intervention.
  • To identify number of existing community based organizations such as Youth Clubs, Child Clubs, Elders Club, Temple Society, CBO, RDS and DMC etc.
  • To Assess the community’s Level of knowledge and understanding on Rural Development Societies, Disaster Management Committees, Right to Information Act and degree of usage, Postal service in the plantation, Living wage concept, new electoral system and voting, government institutions such as Hill country Development Authority, DS and PS, Land and housing rights, Accountability, Transparency, Democracy, Political Leadership and Governance, Gender and gender related issues, Labour rights and Issues, environmental risk, mitigating and preventive measures, linkages with government institutions related to Environmental disaster.
  • XII. Task and Responsibilities
  • Review of program documents and preparation of a brief baseline design document
  • Conduct a detailed baseline assessment, assessing all the relevant components of the project
  • Develop the baseline timeline/schedule and select interview and focus group discussion participants.
  • Collect, triangulate and summarise the primary and secondary data for quantitative and qualitative analysis and study
  • Prepare data collection tools for review, feedback and possible translation into local language to make it more understandable and easier to use by the baseline team members.
  • Undertake in-depth interviews with relevant participants and sector experts in order to gain valuable and relevant information
  • Conduct briefing and de-briefing with project stakeholders and representatives of beneficiaries.
  • Validate findings with Stakeholders, ISD project team.
  • Update progress of the baseline survey on weekly basis to Programme Manager
  • XIII. Competencies
  • Demonstrable experience in conducting research
  • Demonstrable experience in statistic data evaluation
  • Excellent oral and written communications in English
  • Excellent oral communication in Tamil
  • XIV. Budget
    The applicant should include their proposed daily rate, which should include all costs. Value for money will be taken into account in applications evaluation. Reasonable and receipted travel and accommodation related to the execution of the tasks in this Terms of Reference will be covered, based on prior agreement.
    XV. Tender methodology
  • Please submit your CV and your tender under the following headings
  • Contact Information
  • Relevant Experience - including 2 -3 pieces of research papers from previous work
  • Proposed methodology
  • Work plan including timeframe for baseline, including the time for writing the reports
  • Budget - including daily rate of consultant
  • Two references (including telephone numbers) and web links to your previous work (if available)
  • Specifically, consultant is expected to provide
    1. Submit the final report, data sheet and filled questionnaires to the project after incorporating the feedbacks and suggestions from ISD.
    2. Give a presentation of draft report to practical action.
    The report should be submitted in English language and should be of high enough quality to share with outside agencies, donors or interested third parties.
    Additional outputs include a Power Point presentation on key findings and a soft copy of all the relevant documents in a CD.
    The deadline for submitting applications is 30th of January 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
    Address to sent
    Executive Director,
    Institute of Social Development - ISD
    No 246/4, Ranawana Road,
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