Invitation for Proposal (IFP) on ensuring safe, free, dignified and sustainable menstrual health management
UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, an international development agency, invites qualified Non Government Organizations (NGO Only) to submit proposals on ‘for ensuring safe, free, dignified and sustainable menstrual health management’’. The purpose of the Invitation for Proposals is to identify eligible non-governmental organizations for prospective partnership with UNFPA India Country office to support achievement of results outlined in the Country Programme Document 2013-22 (http://india.unfpa.org/en/publications/united-nations-population-fund-country-programme-document-india ).
Organizations that wish to participate in this Invitation for Proposals are requested to send their submission using a Google form (by 23 January 2020.
Proposals received after the date and time will not be accepted for any consideration. Any requests for additional information must be addressed in writing by 15 January 2020 at the latest to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide responses to queries or clarification requests by any NGO applicants who submitted, before the deadline for submission of applications.
UNFPA shall further notify applying organizations whether it is considered for further action.
Menstrual health is not only a matter of water, sanitation and hygiene. It is an important aspect of ensuring that women and girls experience life transitions safely, freely and with dignity. And it is also about ensuring sustainable use and disposal mechanisms.
Lack of adequate information and guidance, menstrual taboos and social restrictions that reinforce stigma and discrimination, ensure that girls experience shame, fear and embarrassment on reaching menarche. Additionally inadequate access to private, safe and clean water, sanitation and disposal facilities, and lack of access to hygienic menstrual hygiene products impede the daily routine of women and girls and may have implications for girls’ attendance in schools, work performance and overall reproductive and mental health. Furthermore, promotion of specific menstrual hygiene products without consideration of safe waste management, is harmful both for users and for the environment.
Menstrual health management (MHM), thus requires concerted efforts across multiple fronts including work on addressing gender inequitable norms, generating awareness and access to accurate information that counter the stigma and taboos related to menstruation, ensuring access to menstrual hygiene products, ensuring access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and sustainable menstrual waste management measures.
This assignment is to:
- Develop a holistic multi-sectoral framework and implementation plan for MHM across multiple programmes and relevant departments (health, women and child development and education, drinking water and sanitation) at the state level in select 4-5 states
- Demonstrate the implementation of this holistic framework in select districts (one district in each state) with a clear pathway for policy advocacy
- Demonstrate models focusing on informed product choice and waste management at the district level (one district in each state)
- Draw lessons from district level implementation and pilots to inform national and state policies
II. Scope of Work:
- Leverage existing platforms at the community level, and in schools to address inequitable gender norms and generating awareness about menstruation
- Enable introduction of a range of disposable and reusable menstrual hygiene products, with support for management including informed choice, use, and safe disposal through pilot demonstrations in select 4-5 districts
- Engage with community level institutions, schools and health services to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene facilities are sensitive to MHM needs
- Demonstrate sustainable and scalable menstrual waste management solutions and generate evidence for informing menstrual waste management practices at scale
III. Key Skills, Technical Background and Experience Required
- The applying agency should have experience of at least five years or more in addressing the various aspects of MHM including programming to address lack of adequate information, stigmas and taboos; advocacy related to safe, clean and accessible water and sanitation facilities; and waste management
- The agency should have proven expertise in undertaking national and state level policy advocacy on MHM at the National and State level with various ministries including the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, and Drinking Water and Sanitation to develop guidelines and protocols related to MHM
- Past and current engagement with civil society actors and alliances in promoting MHM is desirable
2 years February 2020-December 2021