Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) is looking for a lead facilitator to guide UWONET’s organizing and coordinating role on undertaking a feasibility experiential learning to establish a description of an appropriate model for Gender Based Violence (GBV) shelters/ crisis centers as a response mechanism to GBV within Busoga region with a view of using lessons learnt to advocate for the provision of better services on GBV.
These Terms of Reference are for the conducting a feasibility experiential learning to establish a description of an appropriate model for GBV shelters/ crisis centres as response mechanism to GBV within Busoga region with a view of using lessons learnt to advocate for the provision of better services on GBV.
Gender-based violence is a major problem faced by women and yet getting out of an abusive or violent relationship is not easy. In Uganda, more than two thirds of ever married women (68%) have experienced any kind of gender based violence (Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2006). The problem is worse for the rural women (61%) than urban women (54%). In response to the alarming incidences of gender based violence, the Government of Uganda (GoU) through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD) in partnership with Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) and Centre for Domestic Violence and Prevention (CEDOVIP) and 8 local governments are implementing a Joint Programme to address Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the Busoga Sub-region focusing on 8 districts namely Bugiri, Buyende Jinja, Iganga, Kaliro, Kamuli, Mayuge, and Namutumba. The programme was launched in November 2010 and has effectively been implemented for 6 months. The focus on Busoga region was based on the fact that the region registered the highest incidence of sexual violence in the country as established by UBOS, (2006) in the Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2006. Arising from the gaps identified during implementation of year one, the GBV Joint programme partners noted the urgent need for a mechanism for assisting victims of GBV access immediate safe spaces that provide prevention intervention, emotional support, and treatment services to physically, emotionally and sexually abused women and girls. Through a needs assessment conducted by the GBV Joint Programme partners, an immediate comprehensive response mechanism is one way of redressing the apparent gap as they offer both healing and justice for survivors of violence.
Overview of UWONET
UWONET is an advocacy and lobbying Network currently comprised of 16 national women’s organisations and 10 individual members who collectively work together to amplify the women’s voice and enhance women’s empowerment.
Management and Monitoring and Evaluation arrangements
UWONET will take lead in organizing and coordinating the project. UWONET will implement under the overall supervision of the GBV Joint Programme Management Team headed by the Commissioner Gender in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development; Members of the management team (Executive officers of CEDOVIP and UWONET). The GBV Joint Programme Management Committee will oversee the monitoring of the process.
Outputs from the Management team.
– Narrative and Financial progress reports provided by UWONET
– Activity milestones developed.
The main purpose of this assignment is to;
- Establish a description of an appropriate model for shelters/crisis centres as response mechanism to GBV within Busoga region of Uganda.
The study will be conducted over a period of three months employing mainly qualitative methods of data collection. A Participatory methodology involving GBV JP and GBV Reference Group will be employed. Consultative and lesson learning meetings with sample agencies involved in the provision of GBV shelters/ crisis centres will also be held. In addition, a review secondary data will be undertaken including review of policy, legal and programme documents as well as experiential learning visits to a few selected countries that have run successfully shelters/crisis centres as response mechanisms to GBV.
- To assess the accessibility, availability, acceptability and sustainability of shelters/crisis centres as response mechanism to GBV at national and regional levels.
- To use the information generated to inform national policy programming and utilize findings to recommend an appropriate form of shelter or crisis centre to be adopted by the GBV JP partners in Busoga region.
The resource person will work closely with UWONET secretariat and GOU-IRISH AID JP partners to ensure quality and timeliness on the process.
Scope of work
- Consensus building on concepts, Inception phase Preparatory activities:
These will include production of the work plan report, and setting up the resource team, development of the study instruments, and pre-testing of the study tools.
- Data collection:
UWONET who will be responsible for the data collection will work closely with the resource person to generate primary and secondary data collection, compilation and analysis of secondary data, interviews with key informants and focus group discussions.
- Lesson learning and consultative meetings with Service Providers:-
The JP partners under the leadership of the resource person will undertake learning meetings in two countries; (Uganda and South Africa). It is important that a comparison with similar countries in the region is made and so one country that is known to be running shelters will be selected for this purpose;
While in Uganda, visits will be made to;
- MIFUMI GBV support centre- Tororo district
- Action Aid women Centre – Nebbi and Mubende
- Catholic Women Guild – Nsambya Kampala
- Hope after Rape –
While in South Africa, the team will visit two towns; i.e Cape town and Johannesburg. Three sites will be visited run by NGO’s and Government. The visits will be made to;
- Cape Town, People Opposing Women Abuse and NISAA
- Khaya Lethemba
The resource person will develop;
- An inception report outlining tasks to be undertaken, schedule of activities and methodology to be adopted as well as proposed budget.
- A presentation of the major findings to the GBV Reference Group, GBV JP Representatives and other GBV partners through consultative dialogue and consensus building meetings in Busoga and at national level.
- Guidelines for the Government of Uganda on an appropriate model for GBV shelters/ crisis centres as response mechanism to GBV.
- Recommendations to facilitate evidence based programming and establishment of Busoga region GBV Shelter to supported GBV JP Partners.
- Policy briefs for GBV Joint Programme Partners targeting Government of Uganda and other GBV national stakeholders for advocacy purposes.
- A final experimental learning report in both hard and soft copies submitted to the Coordinator of the GBV JP
The resource person will during the course of this assignment report to the Executive Director UWONET and the GBV Joint partners aware of the management and monitoring and evaluation arrangements.
The study will be conducted over a period of three months employing mainly qualitative methods of data collection. A Participatory methodology involving GBV JP and GBV Reference Group will be employed. Consultative and lesson learning meetings with sample agencies involved in the provision of GBV shelters/ crisis centres will also be held.
Mode of payment
The consultant will be paid 60% of the agreed upon sum as stipulated on signing of the contract and 40% on completion of the assignment.