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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR END OF PROJECT EVALUATION OF WOMEN’S ECONOMIC PARTICIPATIONAND RIGHTS IN LUWERO DISTRICT 

1. Background

The National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU) in partnership with the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and the Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) are implementing a four year project (2015 to 2018) entitled “Women’s Economic Participation and Rights” with support from the Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS), Norway. The project which is in its fourth and final year targets 27 women groups from 13 sub-counties in Luwero District.  The goal of the project is to develop women’s capacities and potential to participate in business and entrepreneurship to enable them favourably compete in the economic market.

The implementing partners were assigned three inter-related outputs which contribute to attainment of the project goal: 

  • Output 1: Women have increased ability to access protection of their rights to achieve economic justice.
  • Output 2: Women organized in influential and sustainable groups whose members enjoy economic development
  • Output 3: Women actively participate and benefit from the local and national market platforms.

NAWOU’s role is to organize the women into influential and sustainable groups, whose members enjoy sustainable economic development. NAWOU does that through promoting improved agriculture, bulk production, value addition and cooperatives; supporting women groups in gender mainstreaming, governance and leadership; as well as supporting networking. 

FIDA is responsible for empowering beneficiaries through securing their ownership of property and businesses. Increase beneficiary knowledge of land, property, and commercial laws will empower them to demand and protect their rights.

EASSI on the other hand builds capacities of individual and organised groups in establishing and maintaining viable business enterprises; and increasing their business competitiveness at local and regional levels.

 

 2. Purpose of the Evaluation

The purpose of the evaluation is to gather and document comprehensive evaluation data on the processes, and achievements made during the past year of Women’s Economic Participation and Rights project implementation in Luwero district. Specifically, the evaluation will:

  • Assess the extent to which the project objectives were achieved.
  • Determine outcome indicator ratings of each of the outputs and establish trend of achievement.
  • Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the project.
  • Measure the extent to which the project has contributed to building women’s organising towards sustainability.
  • Assess the capacity of at least 12 women groups from Luwero.

 

3. Scope of work

The evaluation will cover the 27 women groups targeted by the project, examining the various aspects of the project, that is, ability to access protection of rights to economic justice, sustainable organising and influence, and participation and benefit from local and national market platforms.  It will also review relationships between the partners and with local actors including the local government structures.  The evaluation will target all the local government sub-divisions of intervention, which is 10 sub-counties and 3 town councils of Luwero district.

Among the key things required of the evaluator is to establish whether:

  • The project has contributed to more gender equality? If yes, how? What made it possible? If no, why not? What were the barriers?’
  • There are learning’s and recommendations based on the answer to the above question

 

Upon selection and contracting, the Consultant will: 

  • Prepare and submit an inception report detailing the tools and methodologies to be deployed in the evaluation– (part of the application process)
  • Prepare and submit a work plan for the evaluation for approval by the partner team.
  • Conduct field visits for data collection using agreed methodology and covering all key stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the teams of the three organisations
  • Prepare and submit a comprehensive evaluation report
  • Document project successes to inform organisation reporting
  • The evaluation will be conducted in the months of November and December, with a focus to submission of the report by 20th December 2018.

 

4. Deliverables

  • An inception report.
  • Two copies of the detailed report and CD’s of the evaluation detailing project relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact of project activities, recommendations for sustainability and continuation in the next phase
  • Success stories documented
  • A post evaluation meeting with the partners

 

5. Management of Obligations

The consultant shall report to the Program Manager at NAWOU under the overall leadership of the Executive Director.  The NAWOU lead team will work closely with counterparts at EASSI and FIDA to support mobilisation and coordination of field work for timely, effective and efficient execution of the evaluation.  Draft reports and other key deliverables will be presented to teams consisting of the three partners, who will validate and approve the report

The three partners have agreed to pool resources for the evaluation.  NAWOU will coordinate payment of all the fees in line with the following schedule:

  • 30% of agreed fee upon signing of contract
  • 70% of agreed fee upon presentation of final report and approval by the three project implementation partners.

 

6. Consultant Specifications and Sourcing

The candidate or team members must have the following qualities:

  • A qualification in Development Studies, Social Work and Social Sciences, Economics, Agriculture, Management and Communication are preferred options, or their equivalent.
  • Understanding and experience of gender mainstreaming in development
  • The Consultant should have legal expertise on gender and economic rights, governance, agriculture, economics and marketing, among others
  • A strong demonstrable background in monitoring and evaluation
  • At least five years’ experience in working on women’s rights initiatives and economic empowerment programs targeting women living in rural areas
  • Experience relevant for identifying, documenting and dissemination of information on women’s economic participation and rights
  • Strong facilitation, communication and documentation skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in result-based reporting and rights based approaches to programming

Interested candidates are required to submit their sealed technical and financial bids to conduct this end of project evaluation not later than 30th November 2018 to NAWOU Offices at Bakuli, Plot 1 Perryman Gardens, Off Hoima Road. The bid documents must contain a detailed technical proposal outlining the consultants understanding of the Terms of Reference for the assignment, the selected methodology and approach to execution and the capability statement of the firm; a financial proposal with detailed costing of professional and operational costs (consumables will be paid for based on evidence of expenditure).

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