1. Introduction

In response to the challenges and attacks on SRHR in Uganda, the RRT Uganda seeks to implement the “Transform SRHR Project” (TSRHR) that is aimed at shaping the narrative and public discourse that supports, safeguards, and protects the SRHR of all people in their diversities in Uganda. The project is also aimed at generating real-time intelligence that is contextualized to Uganda and translating it into actionable strategies for the different SRHR movements and Human Rights defenders to integrate opposition mitigation into their programs.

The proposed interventions under the Transform SRHR project are focused on strengthening and ensuring that there is a sustained ability of the CSOs and champions in Uganda and at regional levels to respond to the opposition attacks on contested SRHR issues like CSE, Safe Abortion, ARTs, access to contraceptive/family planning, LGBTQI, HIV/AIDS. The project will focus on creating capacity for immediate response to attacks to the diverse SRHR actors and strengthen linkage to the already existing mechanisms and organizations for a more sustained response.

 

2.        About the SRHR Alliance Uganda

The SRHR Alliance Uganda is a consortium of organizations that stand for and promote young people’s SRHR. It comprises eight organizations with a strong niche, expertise, and experience in key aspects of SRHR programming for vulnerable and marginalized groups of adolescents and young people. Our work is geared towards ensuring that all young people have access to high-quality and youth-friendly SRHR information and services within a supportive environment. The SRHR Alliance Uganda also works to ensure that vulnerable groups of adolescents and young people (including adolescent girls and young women, young people living with HIV/AIDS, young people in emergency settings, young people living with disabilities, and those among key populations) are supported to claim and exercise their SRHR without impediment and free from violence.

The project aims to ensure that:

  1. CSOs can monitor and mitigate opposition against

 

 

 

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  1. CSOs can counter the conservative narrative on SRHR using evidence-based and transformative
  • CSOs enhance collaboration and collective response to conservative backlash at regional

 

3.        About the Safety and Security Protocol.

It is important when working in response to conservative narratives and initiatives by opposition groups to have agile planning and responses as well as safety and security by RRT Uganda. The environment is volatile and constant monitoring may require constant changes in form and tactics. RRT Uganda will be able to operate flexibly in a constantly changing environment of opposition against SRHR. This includes responding to safety and security threats and incidents. This project not only provides in developing a safety and security protocol, but it also enables the provision of emergency response, psycho-social and mental health services, the creation of safe spaces, referrals to shelters and legal services, and a basket fund for immediate mitigation response for frontline activists.

In order to execute this project, the SRHR Alliance and its partners will adopt and disseminate a safety and security protocol for managing anti-SRHR attacks during advocacy and activity implementation. This protocol will be used to guide the safety and security focal persons for each of the target organizations and also be among the key documents utilized in training individuals that will be will be expected to cascade the skills and tools to their respective organizations. The application of the protocol will be monitored and adjustments will be made if needed.

The objectives of the protocol include;

  1. To guide the safety and security focal persons for each of the target organizations
  2. To act as a guide for the trained individuals to cascade such trainings to other in their respective

 

4.        Methodology

The SRHR-Alliance Uganda will select a consultant/institution to draft a safety and security protocol based on the current tactics and best practices employed locally and beyond. The consultant will be required to prepare a detailed safety and security strategy and tool kit that fits our context and able to help on both internal and external safety and security matters.

 

5.        Administration

This is a participatory process where the consultant is expected to take the lead with support from the SRHR Alliance Uganda (host), the RRT members, stakeholders, and project beneficiaries. The consultant should be cognizant of the nature of the program. The

 

consultant should come up with proposals on how to manage this assignment without risking the safety and security of participants.

 

The table below shows the proposed roles and responsibilities:

 

 

Evaluation

phase

Role Primary Task
Planning Host and RRT ·      Hold activity introduction meeting with the consultant.

·      Submit activity documents to the consultant.

Consultant ·        Hold a consultative meeting with RRT members and implementing partners to discuss current safety and security tactics employed by various actors in the opposition mitigation space.

·        Carry out consultations with other networks and organizations carrying out opposition monitoring and mitigation and identify safety and security concerns and how they manifest

·        Develop a safety and security protocol that provide the background to the safety and security concerns, how they occur and how members can continuously monitor and shield themselves from the threats and situations. It should also spell out a procedure to take should you be encountered with safety and security concerns and suggest emergency response/rescue

mechanisms

Validation and Review Host and RRT and Consultant ·      Make    linkages   between    the    consultant with stakeholders in the field.

·      Organize meetings of respondents as requested by the

consultant.

Consultant ·         Present the draft safety and security protocol to RRT

members for validation and solicit feedback.

  Host and RRT ·         Review the draft protocol and provide feedback to the Consultant.

·         Review and approve the final protocol.

·         Process final payment for the consultant after fulfilling all requirements as per the contract signed.

 

  Consultant ·         Prepare a draft report in English.

·         Discussion of the draft report with Project Team and incorporate feedback into final protocol.

 

6.        Timelines

The project team proposes that the strategy development process is implemented by 30th April 2024.

Date Work Items Deliverable
15th March, 2024 Announcement of consultancy applications Announcement memo and email
15th – 21st March,

2024

Submission of consultancy applications List    of     interested

consultants

26th March, 2024 Evaluation of consultancy applications Evaluation meeting

minutes

26th, March, 2024 Final selection and Announcement consultant Consultancy    award

letter

29th March, 2024 ·      Inception Meeting with a selected consultant

·      List of documents for review

·      Develop list of key informants

 

Meeting minutes

TBD Data collection and analysis Recordings

Interview notes

TBD Submit the draft Strategy and Toolkit report Validation of report
TBD Data validation meeting with the project team Draft   Strategy  and

toolkit.

TBD Final Strategy and Toolkit Submission  of                    final strategy and toolkit.

 

7.         Budget

The consultant should submit a financial proposal that includes all costs for conducting the assignment.

 

8.        Experience and skills

The consultant should have:

  1. Advanced University degree in a discipline relevant to Public Policy, Gender, SRHR, Advocacy, Communications or equivalent experience with at least 10 years in a similar

 

  1. Strong conceptual and research / analytical skills with the ability to collate and analyse information from different sources and produce coherent
  • Minimum six years of experience in the area of baseline data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of qualitative
  1. Strong background in policy analysis and
  2. Ability to work independently and deliver high quality work in a timely manner
  3. Clear articulation of innovative approaches to carry out the
  • Professional experience in qualitative research and assessment
  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills; ability to deal with a variety of people and situations,
  1. Experience of working on policy advocacy and opposition mitigation related interventions will be an added advantage

 

9.        Application Procedures

Interested Individuals and/or Consultancy firms may submit their application by e-mail to the address provided below. The application should include;

  1. A technical proposal describing the methodology and approach to the assignment, the team (if any) and evidence of experience delivering related
  2. A financial proposal detailing the cost of the proposed work
  • An updated detailed resume of the Consultancy Team Leader and key members of the team (if any), addresses of at least 3

 

10.     Submission Address

The application should be sent via email to; procurement@srhrallianceug.org and should indicate the subject as “Application for Consultancy to develop a Safety and Security protocol for the Transform SRHR project”

 

11.     Submission Deadline

All applications should be received by 29th March, 2024; before 5:00 pm