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Empower Youth TORs for Baseline Study - Consultant

BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION

A4HU Background

Action 4 Health Uganda (A4HU) is a youth empowerment organization dedicated to mainstreaming young peoples' engagement in socio-economic development and promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). It envisions a healthy society where all young people develop their full potential with a mission of contributing efficiently and transparently to the improvement of the health and socio-economic situation of young people in Uganda. A4HU advocates for the prioritization and provision of health services for young people at national and sub national level by supporting the establishment of a supportive socio-cultural, political and legal environment that protects young people's rights, and enables them to access health information, education and services that are gender sensitive and youth friendly.

A4HU empowers young people to advocate for improved SRH services, socio-economic opportunities through engaging and influencing decision-making processes. This is done through capacity development, civic education, mentorship, and advocacy. For effectiveness and efficiency of our intervention models, the organization supports youth empowerment Centres (YECs) and youth clubs in leadership and organisational development, group management, life skills and sexuality education, as well as entrepreneurship and business development. 

Project Background

‘Empower Youth’ is a four-year (2021-2025) project implemented in six districts of Uganda (Busia, Kamuli, Kampala, Mukono, Tororo and Wakiso). The project is a scale up of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) financed project (No. 1770) (Improvement of the Social and Economic Situation of Young People in Five Districts of Uganda-SEEP).

The experience from the SEEP project shows that are still many challenges affecting the young people and among three key ones are:

    I.            Limited knowledge and skills among youth to improve their Sexual and Reproductive Health, and overall well-being. Parents, guardians and other duty bearers often do not talk about SRHR issues with young people. The primary source of information for youth is their peers, but these oftentimes do not have accurate information. The knowledge of trained peer educators, and health workers regarding SRHR information and referral pathways for young people was also found to be limited.  These capacity gaps undermine efforts towards increased access to quality SRHR/FP information and services for young people, especially young girls and women.  The outcome is continuous engagement in high risk behaviour by young people that leaves them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and HIV/AIDS.

  II.            Lack of (adequate) Youth-Friendly Services at Government health facilities in the target districts. This includes budget allocations for SRH/FP commodities, stock out of SRH/FP commodities, availability of health workers trained in the delivery of Youth Friendly Services, and availability of designated safe spaces for youth engagement. This hinders the ability of young people to access SRH/FP services.

  1.  Absence of a supportive operating environment for SRHR/FP in the target districts. Community leaders still exhibit low commitment to the delivery of SRHR/FP information and services, and weak social protection laws enable detrimental activities like engagement in underage sexual activity. This has led to high rates of early marriages, unplanned pregnancies, increased Sexually Transmitted Infections, and HIV. It has also led to diminished opportunities for young people to engage in meaningful economic activities.

In line with the National Development Plan III (NDP III), the Empower Youth project aims to address the above challenges to ensure that young people, especially young women and girls, can fulfil their potential.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct a baseline evaluation for the Empower Youth project. The main output will be a baseline report that defines baseline values against which project performance will be measured throughout the project, and also during the end line evaluation. The baseline evaluation will specifically focus on the establishment of current values for project indicators in the logical framework.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 17:00

Feasibility Study for the 2nd phase of TeamUp (also known as: Improved livelihood perspectives for young people living in rural East Africa” initiative)

Introduction 

Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) is a global development organisation that focuses on the needs and potential of the largest youth generation in history. We are committed to creating demand for and access to health information, services, supplies, and economic empowerment for youth. We achieve this by engaging in advocacy, capacity development, and reproductive health initiatives, empowering young people to lead healthy and self-determined lives. Besides our headquarters in Hannover, Germany, DSW operates two liaison offices in Berlin and Brussels, as well as maintaining a strong presence in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. 
 
Programme Info
 
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung, Siemens Stiftung and Hanns R. Neumann Foundations collectively intend to improve the prospects of young people in rural areas of East Africa. They intend to empower girls and boys to actively shape developmental processes and to have their voice heard in the respective policy processes, thereby also contributing to jointly fight root causes of migration. This initiative provides the opportunity to unite the expertise, networks and potentials of formerly disconnected stakeholders in order to collectively reach better results for more people. The initiative brings together German as well as Ugandan local development partners. It is designed to be a longlasting cooperation, to be scientifically accompanied, monitored and evaluated, while also being open to new partners. The program follows a holistic approach and includes elements of agriculture, access to gendersensitive, youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health and social services, youth participation in decision-making, reliable access to safe water and access to quality vocational orientation. Long term sustainability of the programme results should be ensured by integrated cross-sector collaboration and social entrepreneurial approaches. Building up on a successful pilot phase of 4 years, the programme now seeks to strengthen and scale up the TeamUp approach from district to national level through cross-learning and collaboration, to ultimately trigger integrated systemic change in the sectors of agriculture, water and health in Uganda. Good practices and learnings will be evaluated, and exchanged with other programmes of the partners to benefit future joint programmes.
 
Justification and Objective of the Assignment
 
On behalf of the consortium, DSW is seeking to recruit an international consultant team to conduct a feasibility study. The study will determine the feasibility of the initiative by assessing whether the proposed programme is well founded and meets the demands identified. Since the first phase of the programme has focused its intervention activities entirely on the micro and meso level, the second phase will focus on scaling activities from the meso to the macro level. Therefore, special attention should be put on finding out what systemic and structure-building changes/impacts can be aimed for together with the various state and civil society actors at national level. The context and actor analysis at the macro level here particularly important. There is also special attention needed to review the gender sensitiveness of the programme including the analysis of special activities to enhance active participation of young women. The audience of this study is primarily DSW and its consortium partners. Where relevant, findings or recommendations may provide decision makers with sufficient information on the background of the initiative and its opportunities and risks, to justify acceptance of the programme. Moreover, the study will provide the programme team with a well-founded basis for the further development of the program concept, in which the prerequisites, opportunities and risks have all been clarified. By going through this process, the effectiveness of the programme will be increased, and unsuitable investments will be avoided at an early stage
 
 
 
Submission Deadline: Friday, August 6, 2021 - 17:00

Project Officer, Gender

Job Summary: Oversee the implementation of the SEEP II project and ensure that gender equity principles are very well integrated into all project activities; as well as in the organisational policies and programs.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 12:00

Project Officer/Driver.

Job Summary: We are looking for a passionate and dedicated individual to support the department in successfully implementing its goals, and responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring of the Youth Truck activities. He works closely with the Project Officer to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of organisational objectives within his area of responsibility. He also cooperates closely with all other departments to effectively link to the strategic goals of the organisation.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 12:00

Terms of Reference for Facilitator of Training of Trainers (TOT)

Introduction

A4HU in partnership with DSW is seeking to strengthen the capacity of staff, develop skills, conduct budget analysis, policy analysis, monitoring, and advocacy work that has a measurable and positive impact on the lives of people in Uganda. For this reason, A4HU and DSW regional staff seeks to conduct an internal capacity-building workshop for trainers of trainers (ToTs). The training will be an intensive three-day learning experience that will help A4HU and DSW regional staff to develop substantial and practical competence in health, policy analysis and budget advocacy work.

The proposed ToT will comprise of preparing the content and training materials as well as organizing, administering and facilitating a workshop on the 23rd, 24 th, and 25th of June 2021

Objective

The main objective of the consultant will be to conduct a three-day training on budget advocacy process and policy analysis for A4HU staff supporting SHAPE II project. The main aim will be to increase understanding of the budget making process and key moments for SRH/FP advocacy at national and county levels

Scope

The following are the expected outcomes from this training for the required technical support towards the following areas:

  • Focus Area 1: Overview of the Budgeting Process (this process would potentially focus on what happens at the national and County level and advocacy entry points)
  • Focus Area 2: Understanding Key Budget Documents (this process would require training on how to Read Key Budget Documents- the consultant will provide a guide on how the staff can analysis various budget documents that cut across the budget making process including but not limited to AWPs, to CBROPs and the HSWG Docs)
  • Focus Area 3: Responsibilities of Citizens Under the Constitution and Legislation on budget advocacy processes
  • Focus Area 4: Understand how to conduct policy analysis including practical sessions where staff are signed to analyze policies
  • Focus Area 5: The National  Reproductive Health policies in Uganda and their implementation at National Level

The general methodology, tools and approaches, expected outputs/deliverables and the required qualification and experiences of the consultant to conduct the trainings

Submission Deadline: Monday, July 19, 2021 - 17:00