We Are Able! Uganda – Local researcher/consultant to develop the Learning Agenda for the consortium

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Assignment

Development of a Learning Agenda for the We Are Able! consortium.

The Learning Agenda will be a framework to help facilitate learning and decision making on how to forward the Uganda Learning Agenda within the programme and the partner organizations within the consortium in Uganda.

Background of the WAA! Programme

We Are Able! works in six African States (Burundi, DR Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia) as well as in the Netherlands and has as its main objective ‘Co-creating inclusive governance for access to basic resources that leaves no-one behind’. The programme in Uganda is implemented in the West Nile and Acholi regions.

We Are Able! wants to see People with Disabilities (PWDs) improving their right to land and food security by creating an enabling environment for action at grassroots level.

In Uganda the We Are Able! Consortium consists of (I)NGOs, namely ZOA as lead, NUDIPU and Light for the World (LftW). In addition, The Hague Academy (THA) and Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenten Internationaal (VNGi) have been subcontracted under this grant.

We Are Able! is being financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Power of Voices subsidiary framework and runs from January 1st 2021 until December 31st 2025.

We Are Able! focuses on lobby and advocacy by and for People with Disabilities and other marginalized groups to increase their access to basic resources such as land and water as detailed in the Theory of Change for the WAA! programme. We Are Able! will be working with individuals directly as well as through their representative organizations, such as Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) and mainstream Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Formal and informal authorities at local, national and international level are involved to promote dialogue and a conducive enabling environment for change that ensures food security for those most at need in countries affected by conflict as well as by the impact of the COVID19 pandemic.

Background of the assignment and expected results

The project includes a research component that looks at how to fill the knowledge gap on the challenges and problems faced by men and women with disabilities to access services and resources related to land rights and livelihoods.

As part of the key recommendations from the studies already undertaken in the WaA programme, in particular the scoping study from 2021, the consortium highlighted the need to further investigate;

1.  What awareness-raising mean contextually, for instance, promoting rights to services and resources, or rather promoting participation in decision-taking? whose awareness needs to be raised, as well as  the possibilities of  ‘targeted awareness raising’

2.  How to change social norms leading to stigmatization of persons with disabilities in specific communities which is a central concern for the program.

3.  Access to basic social services  –notably education and health care which is seen as essential for decreasing vulnerability and exclusion. Understanding of what  accessibility  entails is required among persons with disability, government authorities, and the community.

4. How to  strengthen the capacity of OPDs in designing effective advocacy strategies and clear theories of change  and,  effectively communicating with local authorities

5. Investigation of Barriers towards implementation of the existing legal frameworks as well as strategies to ensure that  existing legislation to support PWDs is respected and realized in practice .

6. Reliable data to support efforts of inclusion of persons with disability through having an understanding of different categories of disability, and the particular vulnerabilities associated with these.

To critically reflect on the recommendations from the earlier scoping study, different consortium partners have undertaken different studies and activities on the above recommendations to see how the questions in context can be answered.

It is for this reason that a consultant will be hired to consolidate the achievements and derive lessons learned from the work so far undertaken by the partners.

In close engagement with the partners in country, the consultant’s key role is to consolidate the findings, including those from additional studies implemented by different consortium partners, into one comprehensive report that identifies key learnings and experiences on implementation of a disability inclusive program and draw recommendations for further development of Uganda’s in-country Learning Agenda for the WaA! programme.

The findings shall inform the WaA! Consortium’s learning agenda for future years of the project, taking into account country specific challenges and intervention practices

Aim of this assignment

· Through document reviews and a series of interactions(Interviews) with key Consortium partners, understand the interventions undertaken by these different partners around the afore-mentioned 6 recommendations of the scoping studies.

· Together with WaA! Uganda MEL Coordinator and in consultation with the overall Knowledge Management coordinator (Netherlands), co-organize the discussion on the findings with WaA! consortium members, and key stakeholders in WaA! Uganda to exchange of experiences and lessons learned; and to identify key themes for further study in the years to follow.

Activities to be performed

· Review existing Studies/study reports and come up with a consolidated report on data collected in collaboration with the WaA! Uganda team.

· Synthesize, analyse and interpret the data collected in collaboration with the Uganda WAA! partners

· Present the results/findings to the Uganda partners and MEL-KM team

· Draw recommendations from the report to inform the Uganda WaA! Learning Agenda for the implementing partners.

Outputs (expected deliverables)

· Notes on interviews

· Comprehensive report on findings relevant to the 6 scoping studies recommendations

· Presentation and discussion of findings during knowledge sharing workshops (including power-point)

· Recommendation for future learning Agenda

Minimum qualifications of the consultant

Education

· Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Development studies, Cultural Anthropology, Public Administration, Economics, or other relevant field.

Professional experience

· Extensive experience in qualitative research and interviewing;

· Knowledge of the inclusion of marginalized groups in development programmes and governance in fragile settings;

· Experience with organizing and facilitating interactive research and workshops;

· Knowledge of the socio-cultural context in Uganda and specifically the West Nile and Acholi regions

· Experience of working with People with Disabilities is an advantage

Skills

· Fluent in English both speaking and writing, and fluency in local languages (West Nile and Acholi) is an advantage

· Gender sensitive

· Excellent reporting and advising skills

· Strong analytical skills

· Excellent facilitating and presenting skills

Approximate number of working days and planning = 22 days

In consultation with the Knowledge management Coordinator MEL Coordinator and WaA! Country teams the consultant will:

· Develop a framework to support the collection/ Consolidation of information needed : 4 days

· finalize a topic guide : 3 days

· Carry out a planning meeting and organize interviews: 1 day

· Document review: 7 days

· Writing report on findings :7 days

· Share and discuss findings with country team, KM coordinator and identify key concerns and questions for workshops : 1 day

Period of the assignment

3rd August – 7th September 2022

The 22 days’ work can be spread over this period – see below

Timeframe

1. Sign ToR: 3 August 2022

2. Briefing meeting with KM coordinator ,Consultant and MEAL Coordinator: 3-4 August 2022

3. Conducting interviews/Reviews: August 2022

4. Delivery of report of findings and input to knowledge sharing events: September 2022

Applications

· Interested applicants should be Uganda-based consultants, researchers or students with relevant experience in conducting studies, and writing policy papers.

· Applicants must be available for the period of the assignment, and able to conduct desk-based research and carry out interviews and online meetings with stakeholders and key informants.

· Applicants should have their own laptop/phone/internet access for the assignment.

· Interested applicants should submit:

1. CV (no more than 2 pages) showing relevant experience along with a technical and financial proposal (Max 5 pages). The technical proposal should include an outline work plan, based on the above schedule, including any additional suggestions or considerations to support the activity. Please include a day rate calculation in the financial proposal. This should be combined in one document and uploaded in word or pdf

2. Cover letter explaining suitability for the role – one page – uploaded in word or pdf

Above information should be submitted to ZOA through CV Selection by midnight on July 31st 2022

 

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via the link.

CV’s of no more than 2 pages in length and a Cover Letter of 1 page are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. It is our aim to inform all other candidates of their status in the recruitment process within 4 weeks after the vacancy has closed. An assessment may be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered.