Terms of Reference: Capacity Assessment of CSOs in Yumbe, Abim, Agago,Kaabong,Kotido,Lamwo. CLOSED


UWONET Vision and Mission

UWONET envisions a Uganda free from all forms of gender based discrimination; and upholding human rights and the principles of gender equity and equality, hence fostering equal opportunities and effective participation at all levels, recognising women contributions.

UWONET’s mission is to promote and enhance networking, collective visioning and action among membership and with different actors working towards development and the transformation of unequal gender relations in the Ugandan society.


Civil  society  organizations are the key  ways  through which the  citizens  or  communities  can  hold  their  governments accountable. In order  to  achieve  good  governance and enhance women’s role  in  accountability  processes, participation  of civil  society in governance at all levels sub county, district and national needs  to  be  stepped up. However the  civil  society capacities at  the  grassroots  remains a  slow  and  inactive driver for  social  accountability  processes. To achieve  gender  equality and  equal  participation and representation  of  women in  leadership  and  decision  making, Civil  Society  Organizations (CSOs) capacities  need to be  strengthened.

As part  of  its  strategic  objective  four, UWONET aims to  work with  grassroots  women organizations and civil  society  at  large. It also aims at building strategic   partnerships to provide and foster women’s roles in governance.

 Overview of  the  Project

This programme implemented with support from the European Union (EU) seeks to enhance women’s oversight capacity to participate in socio economic and political processes in the regions of Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja;


  1. Enhance capacity of women and young people to participate in good governance and social accountability processes.
  2. To facilitate Civil Society Organisations (CSO) capacity development to participate in Local Government (LG) planning, monitoring and advocacy for effective social service delivery.
  3. To provide relevant information for effective civic engagement between duty bearers (CSOs, LGs) and right holders


A capacity needs assessment of Civil Society organizations is one of the activities under the project that is aimed at analyzing the capacities of CSOs in the different districts of operation to asertain their strengths and weaknesses. UWONET as a Network focuses on information generation which is informed by having accurate information about the gaps that exist and how the project will impact on women.

Objectives of the capacity needs assignment

  1. Examine  the  strengths  and  weaknesses of  the  CSOs in  regards  to  capacity  and  operation.
  2. Identify  the  capacity gaps  that  need  to  be  strengthened  in  the  skills  development  training.
  3. Identify Information gaps in regards to participation and implementation of Social Accountability processes.


The  assignment  will  include  interviews with  different  civil  society  organisations and  key  respondents as well as  focus  group  discussions  with  the  community and making a comprehensive report.

Secretariat Support

UWONET officials  will  provide  reports  and  any  other  necessary  information  .


Under the guidance of the Director of Programmes and the Programme officer the consultant will

  • Propose a draft outline of the content of the Capacity needs assessment.
  • Carry  out  the  interviews in the  six districts  of Yumbe, Kotido, Abim, Agago, Lamwo and Kaboong
  • Develop a draft and final version of the capacity needs assessment report acceptable to UWONET standard.
  • Update the report if needed.


The Consultant is expected to produce:

  • An inception report covering her interpretation of the ToRs, statement of methodology, work plan and  tools.
  • Draft assessment for validation
  • Final report

Time Frame

The assignment is expected to last for 15 working days from the 25th of May to the 15thof June 2012. UWONET will review the progress of the needs assessment and expect the final draft on the 20th June 2012. During this period the consultant will carry out tasks related to the assignments and a meeting will be organized discuss the draft report with the secretariat before submitting the final report.

Competencies and Qualifications


  • Bachelor degree  in  Social  work  or related   discipline
  • Advanced  degree


  • Proven and substantial experience research and Advocacy.
  • At least ten years experience in the field of Gender and development.
  • At  least ten years  experience in  conducting needs assessment ( evidence required)


Excellence in English written and Oral.


Deadline of submission of application is 22nd May 2012. 

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