Call For Legal Experts For Project On Enhancing Electoral Justice In Parliamentary Elections In Uganda
I.0 Project Background
Kituo cha Katiba: Eastern Africa Centre for Constitutional Development (KcK) is implementing a project on electoral reform and justice in Uganda, aimed at enhancing electoral democracy in the country. One of the major components of the project aims at improving the adjudication of parliamentary election disputes by Courts of law. To achieve this, there is a need to undertake a critical review of the 2016 parliamentary election judgments to ascertain their consistency and the legal basis. Further, it is envisaged that findings from such a study should be disseminated to judicial officers that by law handle electoral disputes. In addition, the project envisages training judicial officers on the emerging principles and jurisprudence from the study to provide better direction on the adjudication of parliamentary election disputes.
2.0 The Purpose of the Call
The purpose of this call is, therefore, to seek services of two legal experts to conduct the aforementioned study, train judicial officers (from the High Court and Court of Appeal), and undertake any other attendant tasks for the successful execution of the above two tasks. The project is undertaken with support from the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).
3.0 Terms of reference
Participate in a pre-project planning meeting with KcK to discuss and agree on the terms of reference, methodology, timelines, payment schedules, and logistics;
Undertake a critical review of the 110 Court of Appeal cases and the High Court judgments from which they arose, focusing on the interpretation of legal principles.
Develop case digests of the 110 Court of Appeal cases mentioned above.
Compile a comprehensive draft study report;
With a view to improving the quality of the outputs under the project, together with KcK identify other resource persons that will undertake other activities under the project such as peer reviewers, key speakers, discussants.
Develop training materials to aid the training of judicial officers based on the study report;
Review and approve the final manuscript of the study report before it is printed;
Present the study findings at a key stakeholder Dissemination workshop to be held in Kampala;
Based on issues and best practices emerging from the study, conduct evidence-based training of Judges of the High Court of Uganda and Justices of Appeal with a view to building their capacity on the diverse ways through which they can better adjudicate parliamentary elections disputes;
Develop a Guide for judicial officers on how to better adjudicate parliamentary election petitions, as the key output of the training.
Review and approve the manuscript of the Guide before it is published.
4.0 Qualifications and Competencies required
• Experience: The consultant should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in qualitative research in various aspects of electoral justice and constitutional law. She/he must also have excellent analytical and writing skills. Legal scholarship on judicial matters is an added advantage.
• Adult learning: The consultant must also have experience in the facilitation of high-level meetings and training. He/she should understand and be able to apply principles of adult learning to the development and delivery of the training.
• Training content development: The consultant must be able to adapt the key content of the study to respond to the training needs of trainees. Previous work with the Judiciary within East Africa is an added advantage.
• Education: A Masters’ Degree in Law is the minimum requirement.
5.0 Key Deliverables
The consultants shall be expected to deliver the following:
A study and review of 156 High Court and 110 Court of Appeal judgments arising from 2016 parliamentary election disputes.
Draft case digests of the 110 courts of Appeal judgments that arose from the 2016 parliamentary election disputes.
Training materials for the training of judicial officers based on the study.
A Guide for the Judiciary on the adjudication of parliamentary election petitions.
6.0 Assignment Duration
The assignment will be conducted for a period of 11 months spread from 25th May 2020 to 30th April 2021.
7.0 Consultancy Fees
Each consultant will receive an accumulated pay based on an agreed daily consultancy fee for a maximum of 52 working days for conducting the three main assignments and attendant tasks.
Interested individuals should submit their written application with three professional references, detailed CV, and fee proposal to the Executive Director, Kituo cha Katiba, Plot 7, Estate Link Road, Naguru, or by email: to email@example.com and copied to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by close of business on 8th May, 2020.