NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR TENDER
AVOCATS SANS FRONTIERES IS LOOKING FOR A Consultant for the external evaluation of the project “Empowering communities and civil society to demand for good governance in natural resource management”
Duty Station: Kampala
Date and duration of the mission: all deliverables to be handed over by 7th February 2022
Closing of applications: 5th January 2022
Effective start date: 17th January 2022
Avocats Sans Frontières
Created in 1992, Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is an international NGO specializing in the defense of human rights and support for justice. ASF has field offices in Burundi, Chad, Central African Republic, Indonesia, Morocco, DRC, Tunisia, and Uganda. For more information, please visit our website: www.asf.be
The project to be evaluated
In the last two decades, Uganda has witnessed an unprecedented increase in foreign direct investment and actual economic activity by both multinational corporations and local business enterprises in its economy. Alongside the infrastructure sector, foreign investment primarily targets the country’s primary (land, forestry etc.) and strategic (oil deposits and rare minerals) natural resources. While this trend presents opportunities for development, it also carries potential harmful impacts on individuals, communities and the environment. Corporations’ activities have proved a fertile ground for human and environmental rights violations and abuses, including child labor, gender-based violence, fraudulent compulsory land acquisition, environmental degradation, workers’ rights violations and land grabbing. In a context of widespread corruption, the investment in natural resources also fuels predatory behaviours, often with the involvement of State agents. Likewise, the development of extractive industries produces a gender-differentiated impact, whereby women tend to bear the bulk of negative consequences while economic opportunities are more accessible to men. All this adds up on the existing limitations on affected populations’ access to justice. The weakness of the State schemes (Local Councils, the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS)’s legal aid structures) and the often compromised role of the local leadership (cultural and administrative) deprive the populations of legitimate and peaceful avenues to claim their rights or solve their conflicts. The population relies on services from Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), which are increasingly constrained in a context of reducing civic space and lack of consideration for human rights.
This project targeted the extractive industries active in the Albertine Graben and the Karamoja regions, where intensive oil (Albertine) and mineral exploration and exploitation activities (Karamoja) have exacerbated the local population's pre-existing state of vulnerability. This project assumed that community participation can help increase the positive perception of Extractive Industries (EIs) projects and a sense of inclusion in economic development by local populations. Meaningful participation, however, requires going beyond mere compliance with the current Ugandan legal framework, which asks very little from project developers to ensure locals’ involvement and respect for human rights in general. As a result, communities currently lack channels to express their human rights-related grievances, fears, and expectations towards projects from their own perspective and in their own language. Local civil society can play a crucial role in filling those institutional gaps, both through ensuring public participation and advocating towards policy change. Yet, the strong disconnect between the work carried out locally and processes of policy formulation have ensured for continued frustration and rights violations among project-affected populations.
Since 2020, with support from the European Union, ASF in partnership with Advocates for Natural Resources Governance and Development (ANARDE) has been implementing the above-mentioned project in the Albertine and Karamoja sub-regions respectively. ANARDE is a Ugandan CSO that is active in litigation and legal representation for communities affected by extractive industries. ANARDE works to promote an understanding of effective management of natural resources and knowledge about the sustainable use of natural resources within marginalized communities.
The overall objective of the project was to contribute to good governance in the management of extractive resources in Uganda. Its specific objective was to ensure that affected local populations demand and have their rights respected and protected at all phases of extractive resources exploitation projects. This was supported by the following key result areas;
- Result 1: Local populations are able to monitor and frame violations resulting from EIs projects through harmonized community-based human rights impact assessment;
- Result 2: The interests of communities affected by EI projects are reflected in policy formulation at the national level
Purpose of the evaluation
Avocats Sans Frontières seeks to recruit an external consultant to conduct the final evaluation of the EU project. The evaluation will measure the degree of achievement of the project’s expectations as provided in the logical framework. The evaluation mission will be carried out in the geographical areas where the project is being implemented that is Albertine (Hoima, Kikuube, and Buliisa) and Karamoja sub-region (Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit). The evaluation seeks to consider the following:
- Evaluate and assess the effectiveness of the overall achievements of the project measured against indicators
- Assess the relevance and sustainability of the project results
- Draw upon good practices, challenges faced and lessons learned to form recommendations for future programs.
The final methodology will be determined jointly by ASF and the consultant. However, attention will be put on highly qualitative approaches given the existence of quantitative data collected from the monitoring processes within the project.
At the initial phase of the mission, ASF, ANARDE, and the consultant will hold an inception meeting to validate the schedule and work plan, identify areas for support, finalize the methodology and agree on a list of documents available and necessary for the successful execution of the evaluation. Following this, the consultant will then put together an inception report which will outline:
- The selected methodology and the justification for the choice in relation to the evaluation mission and the project;
- The key documents to be reviewed for the evaluation (project documents, monitoring reports, etc.);
- The tools for the data collection;
- The selected respondents and explain this selection;
- The method for data analysis;
- Work plan for the evaluation.
In order to collect the data necessary for the successful implementation of the evaluation, the implementing partners of the project undertaken to make themselves available during the duration of the mission in order to assist the consultant in collecting information relevant to his/her mission.
The consultant will have at his/her disposal in this regard:
- Programmatic documents.
- Terms of reference and activity report.
- Data was collected as part of the monitoring and evaluation mechanism.
In addition to the partners, he or she will also be able to meet with representatives of civil society and community-based organizations, local government officials and other community representatives who are active in the project’s environment. In the absence of relevant data, the consultant should identify the sources of verification and recommend the measures to be taken by ASF to avail them.
- ASF expects the following deliverables from the selected consultant:
- An inception report detailing the literature review, methodology, tools, and timeline
- Lead data collection
- Lead the data analysis process
- Submit all data to ASF, including copies of the final datasets and hard copies of the collection instruments
- Draft evaluation report for review by ASF and ANARDE
- Final evaluation report
- Presentation of findings to ASF and ANARDE
All deliverables of the evaluation mission will be handed over and finalized before 7th February 2021. The assignment will take place for a period of 21 working days.
Terms and Conditions
This call for application is open to both national and international service providers. The budget for the final evaluation is (to insert budget figure). All applicants must submit technical and financial proposals via email (see below “to apply”).
- An advanced university degree in law, Social sciences, Human Rights, International Development, or in other relevant fields;
- Experience working on Human Rights and rule of law, business and human rights, and monitoring human rights violations projects;
- 5 years or more working experience in project evaluation, preferably in natural resource governance.
- Extensive knowledge in applying qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods
- Experience of working on researches with the human rights organizations
- Work experience in the region ( Alberta in and Karamoja), and a good understanding of the context of natural resource governance
- Good command of the English language.
- Local languages in the regions are an added advantage.
To apply for the position
To apply, send your application by email by January 5th, 2022 to Sjlucima@asf.be copy email@example.com with the following documents:
- Cover letter;
- Three references;
- Technical proposal;
- Financial proposal
Any incomplete application will not be considered.