Terms of reference for the NORAD II Project baseline study

Background

Oxfam in Uganda has a vision of a Uganda Free from Inequality and Injustice: A society 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. Good governance and fiscal justice are priority goals for Oxfam, ideally achieved through citizens demanding transparency, accountability and inclusion from governments. Oxfam believes that fiscal justice can only be sustainably achieved by citizens demanding a seat at the table and more inclusion in important decision-making processes that are normally captured by elites.

Increased public participation, civil society space, local capacity and resilience combined with good governance and human rights leads to transformative change and enhanced mitigation capacities for the poor and marginalized. A key role for Oxfam and our partners is to facilitate engagement, between government institutions, civil society and citizens, where they are lacking via brokered communication ‘safe zones’. We act as a facilitator, capacity builder and catalyst for active citizenship.

As part of our approach to building active citizenship, we work to empower other civil society actors, community groups and citizens at national and subnational levels. This work includes a variety of different approaches and tactics including supporting the creation of local level participatory budgeting groups, local accountability watchdog groups that help ‘follow the money’, and supporting national level civil society led campaigns and grassroots movements for better fiscal governance.

Working in collaboration with Oxfam America, Oxfam in Uganda and Oxfam in Kenya recently secured a multi-year, multi-country grant from NORAD (November 2018 – April 2021), which is focused on building coalitions of active citizens to engage government for more fiscally just policies and practices. The project supported by this grant aims to enable Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), non-traditional stakeholders like religious groups and others, and communities affected by Extractive Industries to influence governments to change policies and practices to benefit citizens.

Project Goal

The goal of the project is to enable community members to have their voices heard and influence change.

Project objectives

In order to realize the aforementioned purpose, the project will focus on delivering the following objectives:

  • Support Civil society to effectively engage in formal and informal decision making spaces with international finance institutions (IFIs), private companies, and government.
  • Empower Citizens including women and youth to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on revenue and public financial management based on the utilization of transparency and accountability in financial flows.
  • Local and national government improve transparency and accountability practices in domestic resource mobilization and management of public financial resources.
  • Regional Institutions including the East Africa Community have improved transparent and accountable extractives and public financial revenue frameworks.

Study objectives/research questions

  1. Determine the level of community members’ perceptions on how their own voice and influence affect decision making on fiscal governance and extractive industries
  2. How effective are civil society organizations in engaging in formal and informal decision making spaces with international finance institutions (IFIs), private companies, and government?
  3. How empowered are citizens (women and youth) meaningfully engaging with decision makers on revenue and public financial management (based on the utilization of transparency and accountability in financial flows)?
  4. Do local and national governments have transparent and accountable practices in domestic resource mobilization and management of public financial resources?
  5. Do regional institutions, including the East Africa Community, have transparent and accountable extractives and public financial revenue frameworks?

Scope of the study

The baseline study will be conducted in the districts of Rakai and Buliisa and will target community members, local and government officials, financial institutions, private sector/actors in the oil and gas sector, as well as civil society organizations. Technical areas of focus will include effectiveness of CSOs’ engagement private sector/actors and government officials; levels of empowerment for citizens to engage and influence decision making; level of capacity of civil society partners to carry out advocacy and campaigns on public finance management and petroleum revenue management, as well as transparency and accountability practices in domestic resource mobilization and management of public resources. The study is anticipated to be accomplished in one month.

Study Methodology

The study is expected to employ a mix of approaches-qualitative and quantitative - in the generation of data to respond to the research questions in the baseline study. The methods should be sensitive to the target population (unit of analysis), and robust enough to provide adequate responses to the stated study questions. Specifically, appropriate participatory methodologies should be suggested for the study. Overall, the methodology section should cover details of study design and approaches, sampling procedure, sample size determination, data collection methods/instruments, and data analysis techniques that will be employed by the study.

Specifically, the consulting team will delve into CSO partners self-assessment, using the capacity assessment tool and results will be incorporated into the social accountability tracking tool (Excel workbook), CS partners' capacity assessment tool and baseline report. These will serve as a reference point or benchmark to track the progress and assess the extent to which communities have been able to increase their voice and influence with decision makers (government and corporations) on issues of fiscal justice.

Study Outputs/Deliverables

The following are the key deliverables from the study

  • A study proposal detailing out the technical and financial aspects for the final evaluation
  • An inception report detailing out the understanding of the assignment, study methodology
  • A draft baseline report.
  • Complete capacity assessment tool and incorporate results into the social accountability tracking tool
  • Final baseline report
  • Indicator tracking table

NB: The report outline should include the following: Executive summary, Introduction, Study objectives, Study methodology and Study limitations; Study findings, Lessons learnt and Recommendation as well as the appendices.

Duration of the assignment

The assignment will be undertaken in a total of 30 working days from the date of signing the contract.

Activity                                                                                                                                 Workdays

Consultant to sign the contract for assignment                                                                      1

Review of documents and development of the inception report and study instruments          3

Presentation of inception report and guide tools                                                                    4

Training of evaluation team and pre-testing of study instruments                                         2

Feld data collection                                                                                                               8

Data entry, processing and analysis                                                                                      8

Presentation of the draft evaluation report                                                                            1

Incorporating comments in evaluation report                                                                        2

Presentation of the final evaluation report                                                                             1

Qualifications and experience of the consultant

In order to accomplish the objectives of the consultancy, the following are requirements:

  • A Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline including economics, public finance, development studies, social sector planning, extractive industry, governance and accountability and human rights
  • Thorough understanding of the wider public finance management context in Uganda and as well as relevant international trends and practices
  • Good knowledge of extractive industry revenue management frameworks and trends in Uganda
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Should have knowledge and experience in gender and women’s rights issues
  • Experience with Oxfam work is an added advantage

Supervision of the study

The study will be supervised by the Project Coordinator with support from the Programme Quality and Learning Coordinator

Submission of proposals

The technical and financial proposal should be submitted not later than 19th July 2019 at 17:00Hrs.

All submissions should be emailed to ugandalogistics@oxfam.org and hard copies delivered to the Oxfam Kampala office, to the attention of the undersigned: THE PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE, NORAD Baseline Project. Offers received by any other means will not be taken into consideration.

Only selected bidders/candidates will be contacted. Oxfam will not reply to any phone enquiry.