The National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU) is an umbrella organization whose members are District networks or other clusters of organized women’s organizations at District and regional level, NGOs, Faith Based Organizations and women’s professional bodies. NAWOU advocates for the rights of women and girls and works to see a society where women are self-reliant and free from injustice. NAWOU’s mission is “To promote the growth of a strong women’s movement in Uganda that advocates for the rights of women and enhances their social-cultural, economic and political status”.
Under the strategic objectives of promoting peace and security in the lives of women, their families and communities and increasing program and organisational efficiency and effectiveness, NAWOU in partnership with Irish Aid (IA) in Uganda is implementing a three-year project entitled “the Rising to Protect Tipin and Kor’s Rights in Amudat and Moroto”. The project seeks to articulate, profile and leverage the contextual and social dynamics to accelerate abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), which is heavily prevalent in Amudat and Moroto districts. In addition, the project is building the capacities of six organisations under their umbrella, Karamoja Women’s Umbrella Organisation (KAWUO), for effective programming and governance of their organisations. The co-implementing partners on the project are Amudat Inter-religious Development Initiative (AIDI) and KAWUO.
The overall goal of the project is to contribute to protection of the rights of girls and women through supporting efforts aimed at reducing the prevalence of FGM/C in the communities of Amudat and Moroto districts by 2020. Specifically, the project aims to:
- Increase the number of girls, boys, women and men with changed attitudes towards FGM/C in Amudat and Moroto by 2020; and
- Strengthen the organizational capacity of 6 women’s rights and development actors under KAWUO to advocate against FGM/C in Amudat and Moroto by 2020.
The project is anchored on the 4Ps of Prevention, Provision, Promotion, and Prosecution. In line with the 4Ps, project implementation has applied a community led approach that has entailed strengthening capacities of community structures to monitor, track and hold duty bearers accountable to the rights of women and girls, particularly in reference to FGM/C and its effects. The project has worked with key stakeholders including girls and boys in and out of school, women, elders, KAWUO member organisations, district local governments-in the focus districts, among others. The project is currently operational in Karita, Loroo, & Amudat Town Council in Amudat sub-counties, and Tapac in Moroto.
Purpose of the Consultancy
The project second year of implementation ends in September 2019. The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the project to assess the extent of progress made, results achieved, associated challenges, lessons learnt and to propose possible strategies for improvement. This will entail gathering and documenting data on the processes and achievements made towards influencing the abandonment of FGM/C, related attitudes and practices in the two target districts. It will include an assessment of progress in the six organisations whose organisational capacities are being developed.
Objectives of the Consultancy
The overall objective of the assignment is to provide an independent assessment of progress made by the project towards the realisation of set objectives, identify and document key successes including human stories, associated challenges, and propose approaches and/or strategies for improvement.
Specifically, the evaluation will seek to:
- Establish the progress made in realising project objectives, including change of attitude in communities and the extent to which it might be contributing to the abandonment of and reducing the level of FGM/C practice in Amudat and Moroto districts
- Assess the level of knowledge on FGM Act and rights of women and girls among project beneficiaries;
- To assess the extent to which the NAWOU project is linked to other Ireland funded projects in Karamoja, the Social Protection SAGE Programme, the education programme (UNICEF and the skills development through Enabel; and the HIVAIDS project through UNAIDs .
- Assess the effectiveness, contribution and potential of the COMBAT model in eliminating FGM/C in the two districts
- Assess the extent to which 6 KAWUO members have attained technical, financial, governance and leadership capacity to advocate for women and girls rights
- Assess the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the project.
- Explore the experience of the programme so far in linking to national level policy response to FGM and GBV
- Examine the emerging questions/issues that deal with coherence amongst different partners working on gender equality and FGM in Karamoja (EU Spot light project etc) and examine the potential influence of the Kenyan FGM practice and devlop specific recommendations on what can be done.
Scope of Work
The coverage of the evaluation will be limited to Karita, Loroo, & Amudat Town Council in Amudat and Tapac in Moroto, as well as the administration of these districts. NAWOU will guide the mobilization of respondents in partnership with AIDI and KAWUO in the project districts. The Consultant or consultancy team will be expected to:
- 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 NAWOU team.
- Conduct field visits/onsite interviews – these should include consultation sessions with all key stakeholders.
- Work closely with NAWOU, AIDI and KAWUO staff teams
- Prepare and submit a comprehensive evaluation report to NAWOU
NAWOU will provide logistical support to the consultant during the survey process including transport, accommodation and meals
- An inception report;
- Two hard copies and a CD of a detailed report
- A post evaluation/ feedback meeting with the project implementation team
- A final meeting with the NAWOU team
The survey will be executed from 23rd to 27th September 2019 (including data collection) and submit report by 13th October 2019
Supervision and Reporting
The consultant shall report to the Program Manager, Results, under the overall technical leadership and guidance by the Executive Director.
Persons interested in the consultancy must have the following qualities:
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies, Social Work & Social Administration, and human rights, Social Sciences, Economics, Management and Communication are preferred options, or their equivalent. A Master’s Degree is an added advantage.
- Strong and demonstrable background in monitoring and evaluation
- At least five years’ experience in working on gender, women and girls’ rights, sexual and reproductive health rights for women and girls.
- Demonstrable experience in documenting and dissemination of information on women and girls’ health and rights.
- Good community communication skills.
- Awareness of protection issues given the sensitivity of FGM/C.
- Acquaintance with rights based approaches to programming
Sourcing of Consultant
NAWOU will share these Terms of Reference (TORs) in the civil society google groups as well as with individuals on NAWOU’s database, who have conducted related assignments in the past. Interested candidates are required to submit their bids not later 20th September, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The bids should consist of the following:
- A detailed technical proposal outlining the consultant’s understanding of the assignment and selected methodology.
- A detailed financial proposal outlining the costing of the consultant’s professional fees and any consumables that might be required outside travel and accommodation. Consumables must be well documented and explained outside the professional fees.
NB: NAWOU will cover costs of transportation and accommodation for the consultancy team.
NAWOU reserves the right to accept or reject any proposals. These terms of reference are not an offer/contract and the organisation is not obligated to contract whoever responds to them