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A Livelihoods and Market/Value Chain Assessment: Integrated Emergency Response and Early Recovery Support Program, Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh

Rohingya Cox's Bazar

Background

Action Against Hunger (ACF) has been providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya Refugee population living in Registered Camps and Makeshift Settlements in Cox’s Bazar since 2009. The volume of humanitarian response by Action Against Hunger has increased by many folds after the mega refugee influx in 2017. Considering the vulnerability of the host community population in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazila due to Rohingya Refugee influx and recurrent disaster hit, ACF has been providing emergency response, early recovery, and recovery support to most vulnerable host community population with funding support from multiple donors. 

ACF has been implementing “Integrated Emergency response and early recovery support program, Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh” project supported by USAID OFDA. The project started in 17 June 2019 and continue until 16 June 2021. The project aimed at addressing the issues related to food security, livelihoods and disaster preparedness of the most vulnerable disaster affected community in the targeted 10 unions under Ukhiya, Teknaf, Moheshkhali, Kutubdia and Chakoria Upazila in Cox’s Bazar district. 

ACF will conduct a study on livelihoods and market value chain assessment in order to identify potential products for value chain development that can benefit poor small producer groups thus enabling them to take better advantages from markets. In addition, value chain analysis, will allows to identify bottlenecks to the smooth functioning of the chain, can help to determine what level of external intervention, when, and by whom is needed to reduce the bottlenecks etc. The study will be conducted through hiring a consultant (value chain expert) by the end of first year of the project. 

Action Against Hunger planned this livelihoods and market value chain assessment study with a view to have a deeper insight about the livelihood’s options in the targeted locations due to the new vulnerabilities induced by climate change. There are a lot of discussions to develop a climate adaptive and resilient livelihoods strategy for the disaster affected community in these locations.  However, there is no study conducted in recent years focusing on this thematic. Findings of the assessment will help Action Against Hunger and other stakeholders including community people in designing climate smart and adaptive livelihoods strategies to cope with climate change impact. The study will focus on identifying suitable products for value chain development by the disaster affected community people and along with potential market actors mapping. Findings of the study will be helpful for designing market-based intervention in the future. This assessment will cover multiple sector both on-farm and off farm products rather focusing on specific sector but product and will be useful for designing sector product specific value chain program design. 

Purpose/Objective

This consultant will carry out a study in collaboration with the project team and the lead of the consultancy will provide a detail report on findings. The consultancy will produce a comprehensive list of suitable IGA options for most vulnerable host community population, identification of local products for value chain development, actors related to market and value chain development etc. 

The main objective of the livelihoods and market assessment is to provide practical recommendations and input to inform FSL/DRR’s livelihood programming, which aims to enable and prepare vulnerable population living in Cox to proactively position themselves for employment and to participate in income generating activities. 

This assessment should provide FSL/DRR program staff with the full-economic picture and offer an overview of the existing livelihood challenges and employment opportunities in Cox.

Furthermore, the assessment shall inform FSL/DRR on existing vocational training service providers (public and private) in the selected area and which could be considered as prospective partners, assess their capacity as well as the quality of the training modules, and type and cost of training available.

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