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Empower Youth TORs for Baseline Study - Consultant
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
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.
‘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.
- 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)
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
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)
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
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
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 trainingsSubmission Deadline: Monday, July 19, 2021 - 17:00