Request for Proposal

SNV Nepal

At SNV we believe that no-one should have to live in poverty. We are dedicated to a society in which all people, irrespective of race, class or gender, enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. We focus on increasing people's incomes and employment opportunities in productive sectors like agriculture as well as on improving access to basic services…

Request for Proposal

Request for Proposal – Business Training Modules for Female WASH Entrepreneur

Company Description

SNV is a non-for-profit international development organization that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise incomes and access basic services. We focus on three sectors (WASH, agriculture, and renewable energy) and have a long-term, local presence in over 25 countries worldwide. SNV has been working in Nepal since 1980.

At SNV we believe that no-one should have to live in poverty. We are dedicated to a society in which all people, irrespective of race, class, or gender, enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. We focus on increasing people’s incomes and employment opportunities in productive sectors like agriculture as well as on improving access to basic services such as energy, water, sanitation, and hygiene. SNV supports people to access and develop the capabilities, services and opportunities needed to live a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life, while sustainably using the natural resources they depend on. Unlike many other development actors, we do not offer funding, but specialize in supporting the resourcefulness of development actors. We work with governments, businesses, knowledge institutes and low-income communities so that together we can transform ideas into policy, policy into action, and action into results. Through our technical knowledge, 50+ years of experience, passionate staff, extensive local presence, and global footprint, we strive to make a lasting difference in people’s lives. For Further details, please visit the website:

Project background

The Netherlands Development Organisation SNV Nepal has been implementing the DFAT Australia, Water for Women (WfW) fund supported -Beyond the Finish Line (BFL)- inclusive and sustainable rural water supply service project in four rural municipalities of two districts (Dailekh and Sarlahi) of Nepal. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improved health, gender equality and social inclusion, and well-being of the rural communities in Nepal by supporting inclusive, sustainable, and resilient rural water supply services and hygiene behaviour change communication for households, schools and health facilities in two districts as a role model for inclusive WASH services.   

Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) is the cross-cutting theme to achieve program goal of WfW: decentralized, inclusive and sustainable rural water supply service models led by local governments. Women is the primary target beneficiary of the project and intersectionality is strongly considered while designing and implementing all initiatives of WfW project. Furthermore, it has special attention to the person with disability because this group has been leaving far behind in both districts and their specific water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs aren’t well considered while developing and implementing WASH services.  

Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) is an important domain of gender and social inclusion (GESI), this project has provided a careful attention to it. Working with existing female entrepreneurs has already started in both districts; this is the entry point initiative of WEE which aims to empower female entrepreneurs and make WASH materials (products like soap, sanitary pads, phenol, horpic, water filter, spare parts etc.) available in the local communities, schools, health care facilities and market. We are further expanding WEE initiative by linking it with enhancing women entrepreneurs’ individual and collective agency, their knowledge and skill on behavioural change communication, and championship in social business. The program has planned to develop and deliver training modules to enhance the business and leadership capacity of women entrepreneurs. We are looking for the agency and/or individuals having expertise in the field of business development and women’s leadership enhancement. Behaviour change communication (BCC) is a strong strategy of WfW program, and the program aims to provide BCC knowledge and skills to women entrepreneurs so that they can use this skill in promoting their WASH business. The project supports them with customised promotional materials that they can use to promote their products and linked to the BCC activities they will undertake in schools, local health care facilities (HCFs) and communities.

The project aims to hire a consultant for developing training modules and materials for women and business; this is primarily a desk work-based assignment. Lots of work has already been done in women and business sector and consultant reviews the documents prepared by various I/NGOs such as Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs Associations of Nepal (FWEAN), Oxfam. SNV’s uniqueness on women and business could be WASH specifically and the role of female entrepreneurs in WASH market, participation and leadership in WASH issues and formal spaces, and agents of BCC. The consultant will work with GESI Advisor and project team underneath the WEE framework developed by SNV Nepal and contextualize this for WASH.

Job Description

Design and deliver the specific training modules and materials for women economic empowerment suitable for Rural Municipality level women entrepreneurs with following specific objectives:

  • Design and develop training modules and materials for women and business (related to WEE)
  • Support the design and develop women entrepreneurs’ leadership development training module (based on SNV previous work in this area).
  • Adapt BCC materials to be used by WASH entrepreneurs in their role as ‘Change agents’.  These materials will be aligned to the existing RM level BCC strategies. These will be targeting schools and health care centres 

Target groups:

The primary target groups include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Women entrepreneurs already trained by WfW and have been involved in WASH business (36)
  • Existing and potential women entrepreneurs leading small and medium scale enterprises (expected 40 additional).

Scope of Work/Deliverables:

  • An inception report containing detailed work plan and review materials and modules available in Nepal, and regionally (if applicable) – selecting which is most appropriate to take forward.  (approx. 10 days)
  • Training pack which builds on and/or adapt existing WEE business training modules for rural women working in the WASH markets. This includes training sessions with interactive materials including videos (considering the literacy status of rural women of Dailekh and Sarlahi)  approx. 10 days including feedback from SNV team and partners)
  • ToT guide and roll-out in two locations. Work with SNV GESI advisor to design ToT training sessions to build confidence and abilities of entrepreneurs as WASH change agents. (approx. ToT development 5 days and training 3 -5 days per location).
  • Inputs into the WEE & WASH leadership framework. Work with GESI Advisor and WfW team to establish linkage between WEE and WASH leadership training sessions. (approx. 5 days).
  • 3-5 BCC products for female entrepreneurs. Work with SNV team to adapt and expand BCC materials and messages required for women entrepreneurs to develop them as WASH change agents. (Approx. 7-8 days)
  • Inputs into a Learning brief on women-led WASH markets and collective action and/or leadership. (approx. 3 days).

 In order to perform the abovementioned assignment, the consultant will work closely with GESI Advisor and WASH Team of SNV Nepal. 


  • Having more than three-years of experience in developing training modules in the field of WEE and participatory trainings delivery
  • Having knowledge and skill on women’s small and medium enterprises development and leadership enhancement
  • Having knowledge and skill in developing participatory training tools, and materials and messages for awareness campaigns
  • Expertise on GESI and disability inclusion
  • A demonstrated understanding of local culture and work practices (hills and terai)
  • Excellent analytical, communication, writing and reporting skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Additional Information

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the proposed plan– methodology, work plan (main proposal max. 10 pages) – Score: 40
  • Knowledge and experience of the Consultant having diverse expertise on business development, trainings, WASH, working with entrepreneurs, specifically women entrepreneurs – Score: 30
  • Financial proposal – Score : 30

Performance Period : September to November 2021

How to Apply :

Interested professionals/firms can submit their technical and financial proposals to by 12th September 2021.

Technical proposal: This should include examples of relevant experience, approach and work plan with timelines. Please avoid copying from this TOR to the extent possible and describe your own ideas and approach. Please provide sample of your previous relevant work (at least two)

Financial proposal: The financial proposal should list all the costs related to this assignment including remuneration, accommodation, living costs and travel cost to Dailekh and Sarlahi for training delivery.  The proposed cost should include all applicable tax with separate line for if applicable for VAT. The financial proposal should not exceed USD 7,900.

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