ToRs: Call for a Consultant To Conduct a Context Analysis for The Make Way Programme- Uganda

Application should be sent via email to: consultancy@akinamamawaafrika.org  Deadline is 21st May 2020.

Background on the Make Way Programme and Consortium

Our vision: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for all
Everybody, including those who are most marginalised, should be able to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). SRHR are human rights, that allow people to make informed decisions about relationships, their bodies, family planning, sexuality, and wellbeing. It also means having access to a full range of sexual and reproductive health services, including antenatal and maternal care, prevention detection and treatment of STIs, including HIV, choice of safe and effective contraceptive methods, prevention and management of sexual and gender-based violence, and positive comprehensive sexuality education.

The Make Way programme
Our five-year programme (2021-2025) aims to break down barriers to SRHR by promoting a new way of looking at, and organising, SRHR issues, through an intersectional lens. This means making overlapping vulnerabilities visible to understand their effects on people’s SRHR. With insights and sound data, as a consortium, we develop innovative tools and build capacities of other civil society organisations to advocate the needed policy and societal changes.

Who we are
The Make Way consortium consists of Akina Mama wa Afrika, The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, Kenya, Forum for African Women Educationalists, Liliane Foundation, VSO Netherlands, and Wemos, and we work in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We implement the programme in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, the (Eastern and Southern) African region and at the global level.

The problem our programme addresses
Many people cannot realise the full range of their SRHR, particularly, those with multiple, compounded vulnerabilities. For example, youth (especially girls) living in poverty with a disability – face high barriers to accessing the services they need and want.

Interrelated and systemic barriers keep marginalised youth from realising their SRHR. Negative societal views and (gender) norms cause stigma, discrimination, and exclusion. Sexuality education is often not comprehensive and inclusive or even non-existent. SRH services are often not accessible or of low quality. This is due to chronically underfunded and understaffed health systems as well as persistent siloes in health system funding. Moreover, youth are not involved in decision-making that affects their lives, and their rights and needs are not reflected in SRH policies, budgets and health system strengthening plans. Finally, civil society organisations working on SRHR have limited (financial) support, and the SRHR agenda lacks intersectional awareness.

The Context Analysis

Rationale
As part of the subsidy requirements[1] , the Make Way consortium is required to carry out a baseline study. The baseline study is comprised of several components and that will be conducted per context (I.e. five countries and one regional-global context). The data feeding into the baseline study needs to be collected preferably before June 30th, 2021. The final baseline report has to be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by November 1st, 2021. Part of this baseline is the context analysis.

Purpose
The context analysis will form the basis for the contextualization per country context of the overall Make Way programme. The context analysis therefore needs to provide information for the planning, the monitoring, evaluation and the learning of the programme at context level.

The context analysis per context will be based on the initial context analysis that was produced during the proposal development phase. Where needed and relevant the current data available will be used to update the initial context analysis.

A context analysis format is provided and contains the following components: (i) statistical and narrative information on SRHR and health status (ii) updated problem analysis, (iii) analysis of policies and frameworks relevant to the programme (iv) updated analysis of the civic space related to the early adopters (v) conflict sensitivity and (vi) risk management.

The Make Way Consortium seeks an external party to collect and write the context analysis report in close collaboration with the ‘Country Coordination Group’, represented by the Country Coordinator of Uganda.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The external party

The external party will fulfil the following tasks.

  1. Adjust appropriate data collection methods if needed for gathering data as detailed in the context analysis format[2].
  2. Collect and analyse relevant data as per context analysis format.
  3. Liaises with relevant thematic experts of the CCG to ensure that the issues related to marginalized youth are fully integrated in the context analysis. (including validation of lived experience of youth).
  4. Provides hands on expert advice to the CCG and PMEL-Programme Coordination Unit on the tools/means of verifications to be integrated in the continuous monitoring of the programme, specifically on the current narratives[3]/policy analysis/media tracing and youth participation in decision making.

Deliverables
The external party will:

  1. Provide adjusted tools for data collection if not yet specified in the context analysis format.
  2. Deliver final context analysis report in time and with good consistent quality.
  3. Advise on methodologies, tools and means of verifications to be integrated in the programme.

Tools to be designed by the 1st of June 2021

Initial draft is ready on the 24th of June 2021

Data collection to be finalised before the 31st of June.

Selection criteria
The external party will be selected on basis of the following criteria:

Expertise

  • Expertise and track record on methodologies and conducting baseline studies in the scope of a lobby and advocacy programme.
  • Knowledge on the current situation of youth in Uganda especially for those with multiple, compounded vulnerabilities.
  • Experience in working with project teams, from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working on SRHR related topics in Uganda.
  • Experience with assignments/projects related to policy analysis, capacity strengthening, civic space, gender, inclusion & participation (the applicant has experience with at least 2 of the mentioned expertise above).

SKILL

  • Ability to build up a good relationship in short period of time.
  • Good writing and editing skills (proven by track record).
  • Designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Facilitating actor mapping/power analysis is a plus.
  • Understanding of the policy framework for ‘Strengthening Civil Society’ of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the grant instrument on the SRHR Partnership Fund is a plus.

 

Candidates from Uganda, are specifically invited to apply. We invite all applicants from all backgrounds, also with special needs, to apply for this position.

COUNTRY COORDINATION GROUP

The Country Coordination Group is responsible for the execution of this ToR. The country coordination group (CCG)[4] is a programming and operational structure that collectively runs the Make Way programme at country level. Each country has a CCG, and each CCG is coordinated by a country coordinator who is a staff of the organisation that is the lead in the country concerned or a representative of one of the consortium organisations (for example, through a partner organisation). In the Make Way programme each Consortium partner is the lead for a particular country. For Uganda, Ms. Leah Eryenyu from Akina Mama wa Afrika is the lead. The CC is the direct contact point for the execution of this ToR.

How to apply
Interested parties are kindly requested to send a motivation and CV including:

1) Motivation & qualifications for the assignment/track record

2) Specific expertise that is of relevance for this assignment

3) Availability for this assignment

4) Approach of the assignment (proposed methodologies)

5) Budget (daily fee/other costs) with clear budget lines

Application should be sent via email to: consultancy@akinamamawaafrika.org

Timelines and processes

What Who When
Application Procedure CC 11th– 21st  May 2021
Contracting Procedure CC 24th– 31th May 2021
Desk work and tool development Consultant 1st – 7th June 2021
Data gathering and Analysis Consultant 9th – 24th June 2021
Draft report consultant By 30th  June 2021
Feedback on report CC By 9th July  2021
Final report Consultant By 16th July 2021