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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a significant issue for a large number of women around the globe. As per the UN reports, 35% of women around the world have experienced some sort of physical or sexual violence while some 75% of women face physical and sexual hostility. In Cambodia, 1 in 5 women aged 15-64 who have ever been in a relationship, reported to have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The National Survey on “Women’s Health and Life’s Experiences in Cambodia” conducted by WHO in Cambodia in 2015 found similar prevalence. The recent anecdotal evidence of service providers shows that Cambodia has also seen an increase in gender-based violence. A youth situation analysis conducted in 2020 indicates that around a tenth (12%) of youth experienced a form of abuse in the past 12 months- 14% males and 10% females reported that they were physically abused domestically. Among the young respondents aged 10-14, UNFPA’s quick assessment report in 2020 and Future Forum’s study found that GBV cases do not increase during COVID-19 in Cambodia.


In the meantime, the movement restrictions, lockdown and curfew to control the pandemic have impacted the people economically and mentally. A number of studies conducted in 2020 found that the pandemic has affected the mental health of young and old people alike. UNFPA’s rapid assessment “Barriers in access to sexual and reproductive health services among youth and women in Cambodia” in three provinces in Cambodia found that 38% of the respondents reported that their mental health became worse in 2020 in comparison with 2019. A youth situation analysis (aged 10-24) undertaken in 11 provinces in Cambodia in 2020 shows that among the young respondents aged 10-14, about 11% said that they had been very anxious or depressed and around 14% of them have experienced it when COVID-19 happened. The migrant workers returning to Cambodia in early 2020 reported that their mental health (40.9%) became worse during the pandemic. The study with Cambodian Migrant Workers (1,200 workers) in Thailand indicates that 57.7% of the respondents stated that they experienced stress.



  • To undertake analysis on VAW by intimate partners in Cambodia using big data (social media, internet search engines, TV/radio broadcast data, podcast data, digital newspaper etc.)
  • To undertake analysis on mental health in Cambodia using big data
  •  the link between mental health problems and VAW using big data
  • To help fill evidence gaps on mental health problems and VAW by intimate partners 
  • To support programme and policy formulation to address VAW by intimate partners and mental health problems in Cambodia, especially during the pandemic



The company/institution will perform the following indicative tasks

  1. Conduct literature review;
  2. Develop research protocol including methodology (i.e. tools, sampling methods etc.) research timeframe etc.;
  3. Revise the research protocol based on the inputs and comments;
  4. Collect and analyse data based on the themes agreed in the proposal;
  5. Draft and share research report with UNFPA and its partners for comments and inputs;
  6. Integrate inputs from UNFPA and its partners and finalise the report with recommendations for programming interventions and policy formulation.



The research company/institution will work closely with UNFPA and its partners produce the following deliverables in a quality, consultative and timely manner:

  1. Literature review on VAW and mental health problems and their connection conducted;
  2. Research proposal revised based on the inputs and comments from UNFPA and partners; 
  3. Research tools, particularly questionnaire, developed and revised;
  4. Data collected and analysed;
  5. Draft report prepared and presented;
  6. The report finalized by integrating the inputs and comments along with recommendations for programming interventions and policy formulation.


  1. Proven record of experience in conducting analysis on big data
  2. Evidence of familiarity with existing knowledge/research on VAW and mental health problems. At least two sample reports of past studies SHALL be sent along with the proposal and
  3. Proposed methods are appropriate and feasible for the study;
  4. Strengths, capacity and expertise of the research team to successfully implement the study within a tight timeframe;
  5. Ethical issues have been considered.
  6. Legally established firm/institution;
  7. Updated CVs of the proposed team members, including that of the team leader;



Questions or requests for further clarifications should be submitted in writing to the contact person: Ms. Sokroeun Aing, Programme Analyst, Gender/R&H vai Email

The deadline for submission of questions is the closing date by 17:00 p.m. Phnom Penh time. Questions will be answered in writing and shared with parties as soon as possible after this deadline.

Content of quotations

Quotations should be submitted in a single email whenever possible, depending on file size. Quotations must contain:

A detailed technical research proposal and two sample reports of past studies, in response to the requirements outlined in the service requirements / TORs.

Price quotation, to be submitted strictly in accordance with the price quotation form. The total budget for this study does not exceed US$25,000.

Both parts of the quotation must be signed by the bidding company’s relevant authority and submitted in PDF format.



Proposals should be prepared based on the guidelines set forth in Sections above, along with a properly filled out and signed price quotation form, and are to be sent by email provided in the contact details no later than the closing date at 17:00 p.m. Phnom Penh Time.

Please note the following guidelines for electronic submissions:

The following reference must be included in the email subject line: RFQ Nº UNFPA/KHM/RFQ/21/004 “Undertaking Analysis of Big Data on VAW and Mental in Cambodia” Proposals, including both technical and financial proposals, that do not contain the correct email subject line may be overlooked by the procurement officer and therefore not considered.

The total email size may not exceed 20 MB (including email body, encoded attachments and headers). Where the technical details are in large electronic files, it is recommended that these be sent separately before the deadline.

Any quotation submitted will be regarded as an offer by the bidder and does not constitute or imply the acceptance of any quotation by UNFPA. UNFPA is under no obligation to award a contract