TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANCY TO CONDUCT BASELINE ASSESSMENT FOR THE TRANSFORM SRHR PROJECT

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.

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

3.    About the baseline assessment

This baseline assessment will be completed at the start of the project, with local stakeholders, to measure the status of all indicators and to understand the starting point of key elements of the work against which later progress will be measured. This will enable project indicators at the output and outcome levels to be measured and tracked.

The objective of the baseline survey is to assess the capacity of civil society and champions to respond to attacks on SRHR, to:

  1. Refine project indicators to ensure that they are appropriate, adequate, and SMART for measuring progress.
  2. Determine current baseline values upon which achievement of the project will be based;
  3. Support target setting for the 36 months upon which achievement during implementation will be compared and;
  4. Refine approach to implementation of activities and monitoring of results

Specifically, the baseline study aims:  

  1. To determine the level of knowledge and application on opposition monitoring and mitigation among civil society and champions.
  2. To determine the nature of communication used to respond to and mitigate SRHR opposition among civil society and champions.
  3. To document collaborations among civil society and champions that aim at responding to the backlash at regional levels

Data collected by the baseline should be able to provide current values for the project indicators.

4.    Methodology

The SRHR-Alliance Uganda will select a local research consultant/institution to conduct the baseline survey based on proposals submitted. The consultant will be required to prepare a detailed research methodology that will be used for conducting the baseline. The consultant is expected to apply quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. Data will be collected from the districts of implementation.

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

·    Make project introduction meeting with the consultant

·    Submit project documents to the consultant

·    Provide technical inputs to improve baseline methodology: data collection and analysis

·    Give the final approval to the consultant team to collect data

 

Consultant

·    Develop a baseline methodology with clear protocols on how the study will be undertaken.

·    Develop tools for data collection.

·    Test and adjust survey tools

·    Train field data enumerators

 

 

Data Collection and Analysis

 

 

Host and RRT

·     Make a linkage between the consultant with the local

government authorities in the field

·      Organize meetings of respondents as requested by the consultant

·    Closely monitor data collection to ensure the consultant is delivering as expected

 

 

Consultant

·    Facilitate the data collection team with transport, remuneration, and other job aids.

·    Collect data and ensure data quality

·     Present and validate data to the project team and stakeholders

 

Host and RRT

·    Review the draft report to ensure all indicators that require baseline values have been covered and provide feedback to the draft report

·     Review and approve the final report

·     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 reflect the feedback in the final report

·     Submit Final report together with all tools used and Datasets

6.    Timelines

The project team proposes that the strategy development process is implemented from 1st February, 2024 to 1st March, 2024

Date Work Items Deliverable
12th January, 2024 Announcement of consultancy applications Announcement memo and email
12th – 19th January, 2024 Submission of consultancy applications List of interested consultants
24th January, 2024 Internal evaluation of consultancy applications Evaluation meeting minutes
25th January, 2024 Final selection and Announcement consultant Consultancy award letter
29th January, 2024 IRB approval and other clearances Approved Protocol
 

1st February 2024

·         Inception Meeting with project team

·         Workshop for baseline planning

·         Finalize the baseline design/methods

Prepare field schedule

Baseline tools, Product field data collection schedule
TBD Field data collection ·  Recordings

·  Interview notes

TBD Data validation meeting with the project team ·   Draft Report

·   Datasets and notes

TBD Submit the draft baseline report Validation of report
TBD Final baseline report Submission of report

7.     Budget

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

  1. Experience and skills

The consultant should have:

  1. Advanced University degree in Public Health, Statistics, Evaluation, or related.
  2. Minimum six years of experience in the area of baseline data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of qualitative data.
  • Professional experience in qualitative research and assessment methodologies
  1. Experience with previous assignments with baseline surveys of a similar nature
  2. Strong conceptual and research / analytical skills with the ability to collate and analyse information from different sources and produce coherent reports.
  3. Ability to work independently and deliver high quality work in a timely manner
  • Clear articulation of innovative approaches to carry out the assignment.
  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills; ability to deal with a variety of people and situations

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 and evidence of experience delivering related tasks.
  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 referees.

10.  Submission Address   

The application should be sent via email to; info@srhrallianceug.org and should indicate the subject as Application for Consultancy to conduct baseline assessment for the Transform SRHR project

11.   Submission Deadline

All applications should be received by January, 31st 2024; before 5:00 pm