TOR -Baseline survey FOR Pre-Trial Detention

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Job Summary

The objective of the assignment IS to establish a baseline for the Pre-Trial Detention (PTD) population in selected prisons, to highlight the socio-economic profile of detainees, and to provide an overview of the grounds for detention in the country

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements



Protecting procedural and constitutional rights through Access to Justice 

The objective of the assignment 

To establish a baseline for the Pre-Trial Detention (PTD) population in selected prisons, to highlight the socio-economic profile of detainees, and to provide an overview of the grounds for detention in the country

Profile of the consultant

  • The consultant should have the following skills and experience: 
  • Excellent knowledge of project evaluation methods and techniques (at least 5 years experience), including collecting, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and writing evaluation reports; 
  • Proficiency in English, knowledge of local languages is a comparative advantage; 
  • Master’s degree in law, justice, detention, and/or human rights; 
  • Experience working on detention, rights-based programming and access to justice themes in the context of Uganda; 
  • Good knowledge of the roles and functions of different actors involved in matters of detention in the context of Uganda
  • Familiarity, contextual knowledge of, and experience working in Uganda. 


21 working days from 1st April 2021

ASF Contact and deadline

  • Applications must be submitted by March 31st 2021 A cover letter expressing interest in carrying out the consultancy 
  • A CV demonstrating relevant skills and experience and names of at least 2 references, preferably from organizations with which the consultant has conducted similar types of work. 
  • The indicative budget for consultant fees, detailing the activities, number of days and daily rate (Fees should be inclusive of all taxes as per the Income Tax Act Cap 340 and quoted in UGX)
  • Technical proposal
  • Sample of similar work done in the past (optional) 
  • Declare availability in late April to Early June, 2021. 

The documents should be submitted to [email protected]  with [email protected]  under the subject line Consultancy - Baseline PTD project. 

Over View of Avocats Sans Frontières 

Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is an international NGO specialising in the defense of human rights and support for justice. ASF has field offices in Burundi, Chad, Central African Republic, Indonesia, Morocco, Central African Republic, DRC, Tunisia and Uganda. Website:

ASF brings over 25 years of experience in delivering legal aid worldwide. On issues of detention, ASF has consolidated an institutional strategy that combines a legal approach offering people in custody access to justice and a review of the legality of their detention, with a contextual analysis of the social, economic and political approaches to detention that lead to excessive deprivation of liberty. 

About the Project 

In Uganda, the administration of justice has developed negative practices and attitudes that limit the realization of the rights for people in conflict with the Law. In spite of a protective legal framework, systematic deviations from the legal standards of arrest, remand and pre-trial detention have become ordinary practices in the work of law enforcers and magistrates. 

The project is built on the following Theory of Change:

The Administration of Justice in Uganda can abide by the Rule of Law, if and only if

(1) Constitutional and procedural rights are protected in the administration of justice, in particular in situations where individuals in conflict with the Law are most vulnerable, i.e. in detention before trial. This implies that

(2) Civil society, i.e. the general population and its intermediaries (CSOs, CBOs, Academia, media, trade-unions, clan and other traditional structures etc.) are willing and able to demand the protection of these rights and that

(3) justice-seekers can access justice mechanisms. Those mechanisms are made responsive by

(4) the accessibility of Legal Aid Service Providers for justice seekers in situations of pre-trial detention and

(5) a positive change of behavior and attitude among criminal justice actors, who reconcile their practices with

(6) a policy and legal framework designed by institutional stakeholders that respect national and international legal standards. 

The project’s rationale is to restore procedural rights in the practice of criminal justice, as an entry point for greater adherence to human rights and the Rule of Law in Uganda. Therefore, the project’s approach is a holistic one, going beyond addressing detention issues in the administration of justice in silo. 

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the realization of the Rule of Law in the administration of Justice in Uganda.

To do this the following specific objectives and results are expected: 

Specific Objective : To foster the protection and promotion of constitutional and procedural rights in the administration of justice, with a focus on situations of detention

Expected Result 1 : Enhanced capacity for civil society to advocate for the protection of constitutional and procedural rights 

Expected Result 2 : Strengthened provision of legal aid services to uphold procedural rights in the administration of Justice

Expected Result 3 : A stronger engagement with central institutions to influence policy 


For further information on the project, you can reach out to the contacts listed below. A full version of the project proposal along with relevant documents will be shared with the selected candidate.

Baseline Objectives 

The principal objectives of the baseline will be to establish a baseline for the Pre-Trial Detention (PTD) population in selected prisons, to highlight the socio-economic profile of detainees and to provide an overview of the grounds for detention in the country. This baseline will consult with the key target groups which will subsequently inform the design of legal aid services that will be provided under the scope of this project. The baseline will be carried out in five of the project's targeted districts. 

More specifically, the baseline will seek to explore the following: 

Trends and patterns of detention 

  • Provide evidence on uninformed aspects of detention, including the reasons for arrest and detention of marginalized and vulnerable groups
  • Evaluate the capacity of targeted actors 
  • Report on project indicators


The consultant will be responsible for designing the baseline methodology which will consist of a mixed-methods approach, including a literature review, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews. Where possible, the research team will draw upon existing research and data. 

The consultant will present the selected methodology in an inception report. This will detail the objectives, the selected participants, the methodology as well as the tools used for data collection. All of these will be reviewed and approved by designated persons at ASF. 

Timeline and Deliverables

The selected consultant will be expected to deliver the following: 

  • Briefing with the ASF team, including the Country Director, Knowledge Manager, project partners, and staff; 
  • Submit an inception report outlining the methodology, target groups, timeline, and tools; 
  • Analysis of the data collected and production of a draft evaluation report for review by ASF and partners; 
  • A Final Report that includes the following: 

Table of contents 


Executive summary 

Background information 


Research findings structured around the main objectives of the baseline



Appendices, which include all associated documents

  • A PowerPoint presentation highlighting the key findings of the baseline

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