Terms of Reference
Evaluation of the Regional Training Facility
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
•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
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.
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
• 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.
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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.
TUWEZESHE FELLOWSHIP ADVERT (Uganda) (LEADERSHIP AND MENTORING PROGRAM 2017-18) ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP The TuWezeshe Fellowship is a bespoke leadership mentoring program for women of African heritage working or hoping to work against sexual and gender based violence. Part of the international TuWezeshe Akina Dada Africa-UK Young Women’s Empowerment Movement, the one year fellowship offers participants the opportunity to gain core leadership skills, to be mentored by an established woman-leader and to implement their own, funded, project.
As part of our commitment to improving the visibility and profile of young African-women leaders, participants will have the chance to shape sexual and gender-based violence policy, network with other inspiring young women leaders across East Africa and the UK and share their ideas, voices and stories on a range of national and international platforms. Successful applicants must be willing to participate in all aspects of the fellowship and be prepared to commit a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of two-years to the fellowship.
LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM
The leadership training program will take place over five -days from 26th to 30th June 2017, in Uganda Kampala where through workshops and activities, participants will exposed to feminist transformational leadership to cover among others • An introduction to power and patriarchy; personal agency and spaces of influence; • The art of self-care; • An introduction to feminism; • Sexual and reproductive health rights education; • Transformational leadership skills, including movement building, communication change strategies; debating and public speaking; • Effective documentation, including blogs, film, print, social and other forms of media; • Monitoring and evaluation within project planning and implementation; • Risk management and stakeholder maintenance; • Fundraising and budgeting.
MENTORING PROGRAM and PROJECT WORK
Following the leadership program participants will design and pitch an advocacy project which they will then implement over the course of the year. Participants will receive a mentor in one of the six project fields who will support and guide them throughout the process. The fellowship will culminate in an end-of year showcase and awards ceremony. PROJECT AREAS 1. Research, 2. Community Mobilisation, 3. Policy Advocacy and Human Rights, 4. Youth and Young Adult Outreach, 5. Creative and Performance Arts, 6. Communications and Media.
Throughout the fellowship, participants will have the unique opportunity to work at a range of high-profile conferences, to facilitate leadership workshops and to speak on a range of platforms concerning sexual and gender based violence, women’s leadership, and the role that African women and women of African heritage have in shaping the future of policy work, media, research, community development and politics.