Terms Of Reference for Training Oxfam Staff in Transformative Leadership for Women’s Rights


Oxfam is a development and humanitarian organization that has worked in Uganda since the 1960’s. Oxfam currently focuses on three thematic areas: Governance and Accountability; Resilient Livelihoods; and, Humanitarian Preparedness and Response. Women’s rights is central to the work we do and cuts across the three thematic areas as well as addressed as a standalone programme.

The foregoing 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 Oxfam places women’s rights at the centre recognizing that women are often subject to the most inhumane forms of inequality and injustice, particularly as a result of violence.


Oxfam focuses on transformative leadership for women’s rights (TLWR). Transformative leadership is a type of leadership that promotes sustainable change and addresses the root causes of inequality. This is a form of leadership which promotes gender justice by advancing women’s participation

Oxfam is promoting a series of strategies linked to this, including alliance building with civil society organizations; Capacity building for women leaders at subnational and National level to enhance their accountability and legislative function towards gender equality. We also train/raise awareness for them to understand their rights and building their capacity to lead and influence decision-makers; promoting leadership and participation of women and promoting women’s agency and leadership across all of Oxfam’s work. Transformative leadership for women’s rights will play a key role in implementing these strategies and advancing gender justice. This kind of leadership will challenge structures and ideologies that further justify and perpetuate gender inequality and power imbalances. while ensuring that leadership actions contribute to equity, human rights, justice, and peace. Oxfam is investing in building the skills, experience, and confidence of our staff and partners in using the transformative leadership approach. We believe that this will strengthen all areas of Oxfam’s work, including our long-term development programmes, advocacy and campaigning and humanitarian response.


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 i.e. Resilient Livelihoods; Governance and Accountability; and, Humanitarian Preparedness and Response. Women’s rights is at the centre of all programme themes, the foregoing Oxfam Country strategy (OCS) 2015-2019 women’s rights goal is that Women’s Rights in Uganda will have been claimed and advanced in the areas of Governance, Economic Justice, Resilience and Humanitarian Action. The New OCS 2020-2030 has envisaged that that Women and Girls in Uganda fully enjoy their rights and live in dignity under a progressive socio- legal system. This commitment and aspiration will only be achieved if Oxfam staff have the right transformative leadership attitudes, as well as the skills and the knowledge to navigate the current shifts in leadership development, while imploring thoughtful, intuitive, collaborative feminist principles in their work. Oxfam staff will require these skills, given their centrality in programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, going forward. Oxfam therefore seeks services of a consultant/Firm/Individual to support the organisation in conducting 3 days training (I day per location) for selected staff.


  1. Develop a common and concrete understanding of TLWR among Oxfam staff
  2. To support Oxfam staff to question/learn about their beliefs, attitudes towards TLWR and enhance self-awareness of their leadership style and how it impacts work, professional relationship with peers, organizational culture
  3. Build the capacity of staff to integrate transformative leadership for women’s rights into programs and at the organizational level(culture)
  4. Enhance staff capacity in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for TLWR

The training will answer the following questions

  1. What is TLWR? What definitions, concepts, and principles can we use to describe it?
  2. Why is TLWR important? What is the rationale and the theory of change that lie behind it?
  3. How does it relate to gender justice and women’s rights and how can we apply it to our work?
  4. Who needs to be involved in applying and implementing TLWR?
  5. How can we measure the impact of adopting this TLWR approach? What kind of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) approach do we need to adopt for this work?


  • Self-awareness and understanding of staff’s transformative leadership style enhanced
  • Increased ability by staff to work effectively with others in pursuit of Oxfam’s feminist and gender justice approach
  • Conversations on TLWR promoted in the organisations informal and formal structures by staff
  • Tools/skills gained by staff to continue growing their leadership capabilities long after the training ends


This should be participatory based on staff experiences and leadership trajectory. As much as possible, the consultant will use their lived leadership trajectory to build the necessary connections in the training. He/she will use different participatory tools, innovations, audio visual in the training


The overall objective of this consultancy is to build capacity of Oxfam staff on TLWR in the 3 Oxfam locations (Country Office, Kyaka, Arua)

KEY TASKS: The Consultant will undertake the following tasks;

  1. Prepare training content for the 3days training(I day per location)
  2. Conduct pre and posttests (before and after the training to establish shifts in knowledge levels of TLWR
  3. Conduct the training for Oxfam staff and support each staff to come up with individual and organizational commitments on how they will use the knowledge and skills from the training


A comprehensive training report that shows shifts in knowledge levels, with clear action points and recommendations for Oxfam to adopt


  • 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
  • Expert skills in training and facilitating TLWR for organisations
  • Good analytical and conceptualisation skills
  • Ability to synthesize documents and with good writing skills


If you are interested and meet the criteria above please submit your application indicating the methodology for undertaking this assignment. In addition, a financial proposal should be enclosed. Deadline for proposal submission is 23rd April, 2021. The assignment is expected to commence by May, 2021.