Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

Feminist Leadership Development

Terms of Reference

Evaluation of the Implementation of Kampala Declaration on Sexual & Gender Based Violence, Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence & Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes Region and UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo

July 2017

1.0 Introduction

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) on behalf of the Regional Civil Society Forum and with support from Amplify Change would like to engage the services of a consultant to conduct an evaluation of the implementation of 3 policy frameworks on Sexual Gender Based Violence in the Great Lakes Countries of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central Africa Republic. The review seeks to evaluate the progress made by the three countries as member states of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region in implementing the landmark 2011 Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, the Goma Declaration on Eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes Region and UN Resolution 1325.

The Kampala Declaration defined actions to be undertaken to prevent the occurrence of SGBV, end impunity for sexual crimes and provide support (legal, financial, medical and psychosocial support. While research findings conducted in 2014 revealed that there had been progress made in the implementation of the Declaration through the development of SGBV legislations, gender policies and launch of public campaigns and one-stop centers for survivors of SGBV there were a number of challenges especially in relation to funding and rehabilitation of perpetrators . In addition the 11 Members states of ICGLR committed to implement the UN Resolution 1325 that specifically provides for the participation of women in resolution and peace building processes

In a show of commitment, Member States also pledged to establish gender desks, integrate SGBV in national planning and budgeting particularly within the ministries of Gender, Health, Defence, Security, Interior, Local Government, Education and Youth. The same states vowed to set up specific mechanisms to investigate and prosecute sexual crimes. The message of these actions would be echoed through campaigns launched to demonstrate zero tolerance to SGBV. For the individual survivors and particularly women, states promised to set up one-stop recovery centres to provide free medical, psychosocial and judicial services as well as income generating initiatives.

Therefore this review creates an opportunity to assess the progress made be the two countries in implementing the aforementioned commitments since the last review conducted by ISIS-WICCE (2014) looking into the domestication and implementation of the relevant protocols, concrete support for the law and justice sectors, as well as existing support mechanisms and structures, special courts and or specific legal procedures against SGBV.

2.0 Background to the Project
Following the adoption of Kampala Declaration to prevent, punish and respond to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) by the Heads of States and Government from the Great Lakes Region in 2011; AMwA on behalf of the ICGLR Regional Civil Society Forum mobilized funds from Amplify Change to strengthen the capacity of CSO in the Great Lakes Region to advocate for and monitor the implementation of Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the three Great Lakes Member States of Central Africa Republic; Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. A two year project 2015-2017 aims at contributing to the implementation of Kampala Declaration through capacity strengthening of Civil society members; network and collaboration strengthening, communication and evidence gathering in order to build and collect more support evidence on mechanisms put in place to contribute to ending SGBV in the Great Lakes Region.

It’s against this background that AMwA would like to engage the services of a consultant to evaluate the progress made in the implementation of the Kampala Declaration SGBV, the Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes and the UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo

3.0 Overall Objective of the Evaluation

To review the progress made in the implementation of the Kampala Declaration on SGBV and the UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo

4.0 Specific Objectives

a) Assess the progress made by the three countries in the implementing the Kampala Declaration on SGBV, the Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes and the UN Resolution 1325 in Uganda, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo
b) Identify the existing gaps and opportunity for the accelerated realization of the commitments laid out in the Declaration
c) Highlight key policy recommendations for the implementation of the Kampala Declaration; the Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes and UN Resolution 1325

5.0 Methodology

  • Review of key documents related to the Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, the Goma Declaration on eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes and UN Resolution 1325
  • Conduct interviews and focus group discussions with key stakeholders in various key sectors.
  • Review the progress made in relation to the content of the checklist developed by the Civil Society Coordinating Committee on the SGBV Declaration
  • Identify challenges/ opportunities and recommendations going forward

6.0 Deliverables

The consultant(s) is expected to deliver;
I. An inception report (with his/her interpretation of the TORs and statement of methodology, data collection & analysis tools, lists of documents for review)
II. A first draft of the assessment report of not more than 30 pages for review and validation by ICGLR CSO members.
III. A final copy of the report for printing.


7.0 Timelines

Upon signing of the contract, the consultant will take a maximum of 15 working days to gather information and submit the draft report. The evaluation work will commence on 7th August 2017 and the 1st draft is expected to be completed and submitted by 25th August 2017; the final report should be submitted by 15th September 2017.

8.0 Qualifications and Competencies

The consultant should hold the following competencies

  • Degree in Law or Human Rights or Gender and Women Studies, or Political Science. Masters in either field will be of added advantage.
  • Demonstrable expertise and experience of working with/ and or evaluating projects preferably in the Great Lakes Region
  • Demonstrable experience of producing high-quality, credible and learning-focused research.
  • Ability to produce concise, readable and analytical reports
  • Ability to respond to comments and questions in a timely, appropriate manner

9.0 Application Process

Applications (in English) must be sent by email to the Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business 31st July 2017 and contain the following elements:

•A cover letter stating your motivation and summarizing relevant experience
•Curriculum Vitae with full description of the applicant’s profile and experience
•Budget estimates
•A sample of previous work in a related field
•Contact details of at least two independent referees with in-depth and proven knowledge of the applicant’s expertise in the field.

***Only selected candidates will be contacted***

Terms of Reference
Evaluation of the Regional Training Facility
July 2017

1.0 Introduction

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) on behalf of the Regional Civil Society Forum and with support from Amplify Change would like to engage the services of a consultant to conduct an evaluation of the functionality of the Regional Training Facility. The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region- Regional Training Facility (ICGR-RTF) is an institution of ICGLR. The ICGLR is a regional infrastructure for peace, with a specific mandate to train and sensitize all stakeholders in the region with the view to effectively prevent and punish crimes of sexual violence in both war and peace times.

The RTF was officially opened in Kampala, Uganda on 18th February, 2014 in accordance to Article (11) of the ICGLR PACT, Article 6(9) of the ICGLR Protocol on Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence Against Women and Children and Paragraph (14) of the Kampala Declaration on Sexual Violence and the subsequent ICGLR Summits and Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) decisions. The mandate of the RTF is to, “…train and sensitize police units, judicial officers, medical officers, social workers and other categories of persons who handle cases of sexual violence in the Great Lakes Region” . This mandate is in line with the ICGLR commitment to fight against impunity for sexual violence crimes.

2.0 Background to the Project

Following the adoption of Kampala Declaration to prevent, punish and respond to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) by the Heads of States and Government from the Great Lakes Region in 2011; AMwA on behalf of the ICGLR Regional Civil Society Forum mobilized funds from Amplify Change to strengthen the capacity of CSO in the Great Lakes Region to advocate for and monitor the implementation of Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the three Great Lakes Member States of Central Africa Republic; Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. A two year project 2015-2017 aims at contributing to the implementation of Kampala Declaration through capacity strengthening of Civil society members; network and collaboration strengthening, communication and evidence gathering in order to build and collect more support evidence on mechanisms put in place to contribute to ending SGBV in the Great Lakes Region.

It’s against this background that AMwA would like to engage the services of a consultant to evaluate the functionality of the Regional Training Facility.

3.0 Overall Objective of the Evaluation

To review the functionality of the Regional Training Facility and assess progress in training
key sectors and Civil Society to prevent, punish and respond to SGBV

4.0 Methodology

•Review of key documents of the Regional Training Facility and other related documents

•Conduct interviews with the staff of the Regional Training Facility, the ICGLR Secretariat and related institutions.

•Conduct interviews with the beneficiaries of training including individuals and/or institutions on the knowledge and skills gained and how it has influenced their work

•Identify challenges and recommendations going forward

5.0 Deliverables

The consultant(s) is expected to deliver;
I. An inception report (with his/her interpretation of the TORs and statement of methodology, data collection & analysis tools, lists of documents for review)
II. A First draft of the assessment report of not more than 25 pages for review and validation by ICGLR CSO members.
III. A final copy of the report for printing.

6.0 Timelines

Upon signing of the contract, the consultant will take a maximum of 10 working days to gather information and submit the draft report. The evaluation work will commence on 24th July and the 1st draft is expected to be completed and submitted by Friday 4th August 2017; the final report should be submitted by 11th August 2017.

7.0 Qualifications and Competencies

The consultant should hold the following competencies

• Degree in Law or Human Rights or Gender and Women Studies, or Political Science. Masters in either field will be of added advantage.

• Demonstrable expertise and experience of working with/ and or evaluating projects preferably in the Great Lakes Region

• Demonstrable experience of producing high-quality, credible and learning-focused research.

• Ability to produce concise, readable and analytical reports

•Ability to respond to comments and questions in a timely, appropriate manner

8.0 Application Process

Applications (in English) must be sent by email to the Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business 21st July 2017, and contain the following elements:
• A cover letter stating your motivation and summarizing relevant experience
• Curriculum Vitae with full description of the applicant’s profile and experience
• Budget estimates
• A sample of previous work in a related field
• Contact details of at least two independent referees with in-depth and proven knowledge of the applicant’s expertise in the field.

***Only selected candidates will be contacted***

For Immediate Release:

Following the increased cases of violence against women in Uganda especially incidents of rape at Universities, 23 young women from across Ugandan have come together to combat sexual and gender based violence. The young women have been brought together under the TuWezeshe Fellowship, the leadership training and mentoring scheme which is an international project spanning four East African countries and the UK aimed at growing the capacity of young women leaders to fight for their rights and freedoms. In Uganda the Fellowship is being supported by Akina Mama wa Afrika, an organisation which for over 30 years has pioneered feminist leadership development and championing women’s rights and women’s empowerment.

In Uganda, by the age of 15, 56% of women have experienced physical violence while 28% of women between 15-49 years of age have experienced sexual violence. This is in stark comparison to 9% of men in the same age group. Further data from Uganda Health Survey reveals that the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among female victims doubles that of those who have not been subjected to violence and been linked to HIV infection prevalence of over four times greater than abused women. The crisis of sexual and gender based violence has led to an increase in HIV/AIDS while the prevalence of teenage and child mothers has continued to steadily rise leading to a disruption in education and an increase in violence for girls whose families reject them when they fall pregnant.

The TuWezeshe Fellowship is a much needed response to this crisis. Facilitated by the renowned Dr. Sylvia Tamale, Christine Butegwa, leading activist Helen Okiring, feminist leader and practitioner Eunice Musiime and partners from the UK (Adwoa Kwateng-Kluvitse and Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan) participants learnt about the role social norms play in perpetuating sexual and gender based violence, the issues surrounding sexual and reproductive health rights as well as learning how to be an effective feminist leader, successful project planning and the notion of self-care in activist work.

In the spirit of women-empowerment, participants will be mentored by some of Uganda’s most innovative and influential women leaders as they implement their own projects. These young women are about to transform Ugandan society for the good of women and men alike - watch this space.

———————-Note to Editors -—————-

TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Movementi is a three year women and girls’ rights project funded by Comic Relief’s Common Ground Initiative. Operating between July 2016-March 2019, the project will be implemented in five countries; the United Kingdom (including England, Wales and Scotland), Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somaliland. ‘TuWezeshe’ is facilitated by a consortium of four organizations namely Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD), Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP) and Young Women Leaders Institute (YWLI).The aim of the project is to improve the rights and amplify the actions of East African girls and young women in their fight against all forms of gender based violence.

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