Terms of Reference for Developing a Gender Strategy for Oxfam in Uganda


number of progressive policy strides on women’s rights and gender justice have been registered; at global level, Uganda has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of ll Forms of Discrimination Against Women(CEDAW), the International Conference on Population and Development(ICPD), the Declaration on Elimination of Violence Against Women(DEVAW), the Convection on the Rights of the Child(1989), and the Beijing Platform for Action, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among others. At regional and national levels, Uganda’s overall legislative framework the 1995 Constitution, recognizes the equality of all human beings and prohibits discrimination. Uganda has enacted several gender responsive laws including: The Domestic Violence Act, and the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutliation/Cutting ct in 2010. Other policy frameworks such as the Gender policy 2007, and GBV policy 2016 have also been put in place. Government has put in place programmes to support Women’s empowerment including Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) and The Youth Livelihood Program (YLP). The availability of these laws, policies, Programs and mechanisms portrays government’s commitment towards elimination of violence and upholding women’s rights.

Despite the above progress, women’s rights continue to be undermined in Uganda. Cases of GBV and VAW/G, teenage pregnancy, poor Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) indicators remain a public concern. Women continue to suffer the burden of Unpaid care and domestic work, and Unequal gender relations continue to drive poverty, inequality and injustice among women and girls. This is further exacerbated by patriarchy, the social system we continue to challenge, which subscribes that men hold power over women in leadership, social privilege and control over property. The effects of patriarchy are far reaching; including the reality that women have a less voice in political and socio-economic spaces despite their inalienable rights as human beings.


Oxfam is a development and humanitarian organization that has worked in Uganda since the 1960’s. Oxfam’s programmes are currently on three thematic areas: Governance and Accountability; Resilient Livelihoods; and, Humanitarian Preparedness and Response. Women’s rights a cross-cutting programme, mainstreamed in all the three themes, while central to the work we do and cuts across the three thematic areas as well as addressing a standalone issue particularly with respect to the elimination of VAW/G.

The Oxfam Uganda Country Strategy (OCS) 2015-2019 envisions a Uganda free of extreme inequality and injustice where citizens, (and particularly women) across all age groups claim and exercise their rights and responsibilities and are able to influence decisions that affect their lives.Through this vision we place women’s rights at the center of all our work recognizing that women are often subject to the most inhumane forms of inequality and injustice, particularly as a result of violence.


Oxfam in Uganda’s approach has been to promote women’s rights in the areas of governance, economic justice, resilience and humanitarian action. We have advanced these through flagship projects notably: Effective influencing on Unpaid Care and Domestic Work (UCDW); Fostering women’s leadership to address VAWG and land rights; and, Promoting Gender equality through addressing VAWG by building capacity of institutions and actors and promoting women’s leadership and participation. We have also applied gender analysis to address the root causes of gender inequality. This analysis has informed our specific strategies including: Research (social norms and VAW/G and Unpaid Care Work), Policy analysis and documentation; partnering with Women’s Rights Organisations; Capacity-building; and, supporting community structures for local activism against VAWG. We have also mainstreamed gender in programme interventions using development approaches notably the Gender Action Learning Systems (GALS) to transform gender power relations in livelihoods amongst households and partners. In this effort we are working with a cross-section of stakeholders to realise meaningful change particularly in the lives of women and girls to enhance overall political and socio-economic development. The Oxfam in Uganda Country Strategy 2020-2030 has envisaged that Women and Girls in Uganda fully enjoy their rights and live in dignity under a progressive socio- legal system. This will be delivered by ensuring that:

  • Women and girls in Uganda fully enjoy their sexual and reproductive health rights
  • Progressive laws, policies and social norms that ensure women participate in decision making and leadership in the public and private sphere are in place
  • Attitudes, practices, and behaviours are transformed to value women’s unpaid care work


Oxfam pursues a transformative agenda to achieve gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment alongside mainstreaming of gender considerations across all our thematic areas: Resilient Livelihoods; Governance and Accountability; and, Humanitarian Preparedness and Response. In this sense, while the women’s rights team is relatively lean, the mandate to deliver on women’s rights and gender equality interventions is spread across the organisation. In addition, there is a collaborative effort with a range of partners both local/national and the women’s movement to bring in a unique and added value to the programme, drawing on varying expertise for effective programme implementation. We have established women’s rights as a stand-alone program theme in the OCS 2020-2030, to give us the leverage to adequately tackle women’s rights issues while continuing to mainstream gender in all program areas. The shift in programming gives us the impetus to develop a new strategy. The Gender strategy is expected to operationalise gender approaches in the OCS. The objectives of the gender strategy are:

  1. Strengthen the integration of gender into Oxfam Uganda's programs, culture, HR, Communications, advocacy, partnerships, Programme Quality and learning
  2. Provides strategic approaches and interventions that accelerate gender equality and women empowerment in Uganda
  3. Translate Oxfam's feminist leadership principles into approaches in management, programs and operations ()
  4. Develop a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning framework for the strategy

Oxfam therefore seeks services of a consultant to support the organisation in development of the gender strategy.


The overall objective of this consultancy is to support Oxfam in developing a Gender strategy

Key Tasks

The Consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Conduct a desk review of existing documents and reports to identify strength and gaps in gender mainstreaming within the organisation
  2. Conduct consultations with key staff, selected partners to assess the achievements and identify the gaps with relation to Gender Mainstreaming across Oxfam programmes.
  3. Carry out consultations with relevant government, Oxfam staff, partners and other key actors including academia, EU, private sector etc
  4. Draft the gender strategy in alignment with the following:
  • Relevant International, regional Conventions and laws (CEDAW, AU Gender strategy 2018-2028, 2063 Agenda, Maputol Protocol, ICPD)
  • Relevant National laws and policies including (The Constitution, National Development Plan 3, Gender Policy, GBV Policy etc.) and related shifts
  • Oxfam values and the integration of cross-cutting issues.
  • Draw lessons from the previous Oxfam Country Strategy 2015-2019 to inform the new strategy-2020-2030
  • Relevant Oxfam policies and practices including Oxfam International strategy, feminist principles, Oxfam International Gender policy/strategy, Oxfam Staff and non-Oxfam Code of Conduct

  5. Develop narrative and model theory of change for women’s rights programme as part of the strategy

  6. Present the draft gender strategy to Oxfam Uganda staff, receive comments and produce a final strategy


A comprehensive organisational gender strategy that provides direction towards achieving gender equality within the organisation and its programming


  • Minimum of a Bachelors’ degree in Gender and Development, Human Rights, social development or public policy
  • Experience in Gender analysis and Gender mainstreaming work in development programmes in Uganda and East Africa
  • Knowledge of Gender context in Uganda including good understanding of the policy environment
  • Good analytical and conceptualisation skills
  • Ability to synthesize documents and with good writing skills


Interested applicants with the above should submit a technical proposal indicating the methodology for undertaking this assignment. In addition, a financial proposal should be enclosed. Please send your proposal with a subject labelled “PROPOSAL FOR GENDER STRATEGY” to ugandalogistics@oxfam.org by 17:00hrs 24th March 2020.

Note: The assignment is expected to commence by 1st April 2020 and to be completed by 30th April 2020.