The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group is implementing a two-year ECHO Funded Disaster Preparedness and response project through partnership with Dan Church Aid, Uganda Red Cross Society, Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) in west Nile (Arua) and Acholi (Lamwo). The goal of the project is to promote local driven response by building and strengthening the capacity of first responders to be better prepared to predict, prevent and quickly respond to shocks. A span of activities has been invigorated in the response to minimize the impact of disasters (Refugee influx, Natural and epidemics) related on vulnerable communities as well as developing capacity to respond to and cope with the effects of disasters on both national, subnational and local level. To do this, CSBAG works with these national and Local Government stakeholders, to support OPM and NECOC, and districts with its sub-national structures such as the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMCs).
Uganda is regularly affected by multiple natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, landslides, and the recent Locust invasion as well as Cholera, Ebola and recent the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year, floods impact nearly 50,000 people and over $62 million in gross domestic product. Droughts affected close to 2.4 million people between 2004 and 2013, and drought conditions in 2010 and 2011 caused an estimated loss and damage value of $1.2 billion, equivalent to 7.5 percent of Ugandas 2010 gross domestic product. Environmental degradation, underdeveloped irrigation systems, and near-absence of disaster preparedness at the community level are contributing factors to increasing drought risk in Uganda.
Currently 75% of the districts have functional Disaster Management Committees. An operational National Emergency Coordination and Operations Center (NECOC) which was formed in October 2014, with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is also in place. It has development and published multi hazard risk profiles and maps for 116 districts in Uganda.
The Office of the Prime Minister, in April 2011 successfully tabled and obtained approval for the Uganda National Policy on Disaster Preparedness and Management. This landmark policy became the first policy on disaster risk management in East Africa, securing Uganda a place among the best practice countries on disaster risk management policy frameworks.
Since 2011, the DP&M Policy has been undergoing implementation. The policy adopts a mulit-sectoral approach, recognizing that disasters affect all sectors and hence require multi-faceted efforts to prevent, mitigate, prepare, and respond to disasters. Consequently, all sectors of Government were given roles and responsibilities in the Policy, some of which are based on their context-specific needs and requirements. The various sectors have therefore been implementing the policy using provided guidance.
One of the key requirements for sectors is to mainstream and integrate disaster risk management into national development plan, district development plans, sectoral plans, work plans, programmes and activities. It should however be noted that different sectors have registered different scores regarding DP&M Policy implementation.
Even with some progress in DP&M Policy implementation, there is still much to be done within the various sectors. Whereas the policy acts as guiding framework, it is currently nit easily enforceable. To ensure effective implementation of the policy, there is need to put in place accompanying legislation that will be binding on sectors to ensure they implement their specific requirements.
It is against the above background that CSBAG under the ECHO-DCA Disaster Preparedness project, will work jointly with all like-minded actors at national and subnational level to generate evidence, come-up with policy alternatives on disaster risk management and financing. To support the goals set out by ECHO, CSBAG is seeking to engage an advocacy specialist to work with ECHO-DCA partners (Uganda Red Cross Society and CEFORD) to develop an advocacy strategy workplan.
To develop and advocacy strategy for the increased funding for disaster risk preparedness and response in Uganda. The consultant will be responsible for, the development of a multi- year advocacy and workplan including key performance indicators. The strategy should outline the role of the partners in delivering increased financing for DRR In Uganda
3.1 Scope of Work
- Conduct a mapping exercise to better understand gaps, challenges, and opportunities that the Secretariat faces in pursuing a stronger institutional role in advocacy and communications considering the findings and recommendations of a recently completed communications review.
- Consult ECHO partners to better understand the needs, capacities and perceptions that are critical to DRR advocacy strategy and define the advocacy influencing objectives
- Identify the key audiences for the advocacy strategy. Who are we trying to reach and why? In conjunction with ECHO donor and the key stake holders and partners involved directly in this action to develop a full stakeholder power analysis for both decision makers and potential partners at national level and sub-regional level (Arua, Madi okollo and Lamwo districts)
- Develop advocacy strategy, outlining clear goals and objectives, as well as different audiences, tactics, key activities, deliverables, and an implementation plan for 2020 to 2022
- Conduct consultations with stakeholders to collect input and perspectives, build ownership of the strategy and ensure successful implementation with the support of all teams.
- To develop a clear policy monitoring and influencing calendar for the programme period.
- Define an implementation plan based on key events (both policy-making timelines and programme activities to influence the decision-making opportunities)
Deliverables include the following:
- An inception report setting out the approach and timelines for the delivery of the scope of work
- A DRR advocacy strategy and workplan, including key performance indicators to measure success and implementation progress.
4.1 Desktop Review
Desk review of key documentation including Government policies on disaster risk reduction (list the Government policies) and other documents that might be relevant
4.2 Interviews with key stakeholders
Key informant interviews will be held with key stakeholders including (state who should be part of this process. This shall be through structured interviews and key informant interviews. Skype interviews will be required Considering the present conditions
4.3 Consultative Engagement
This will involve engaging with partners to ascertain on some of the concluded processes like advocacy issue(s) analysis, discuss advocacy strategies for target institutions, discuss key advocacy issues for each of the target institutions, carry out SWOT analysis for the partners as well as a power analysis and come up with an advocacy strategy.
4.4 Analysis and Reporting
The analysis of data collected will be undertaken to support the development of the report. The draft report will incorporate the comments from all key stakeholders to develop a final report.
4.5 Validation Engagement
The Validation process will entail the consultant receiving comments/feedback from the partners to work on final comments. This will be virtual
5. Time frame
This assignment will be implemented within 15 working days and not later than 30th June 2020
The consultant will possess the following qualifications:
- Relevant experience in policy monitoring and evidence-based advocacy work.
- Relevant knowledge and of experience in disaster risk reduction programming in Uganda
- Extensive knowledge on Uganda Disaster risk reduction laws and policy environment.
- Good track record to deliver high quality outputs within agreed timeframe,
- Good communication skills
- Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken.
7. Submission of proposals for the assignment
CSBAG is inviting Proposals for implementation of all outputs and activities as specified in this Terms of Reference. Interested consultants/firms are requested to submit Technical and financial proposals:
- Only financial proposals quoted in UGX are permitted
- The technical proposal of not more than 10 Pages should contain:
- Description of the understanding of the tasks, including comments on the TORs.
- A brief critique or advice on, what the TOR ought to have included or considered, from your understanding of the task.
- A description of the methodology to be followed, to achieve the desired objectives.
- Work plan and Time scheduling of information gathering and other activities; and
- At least 2 examples of similar assignments completed in the last 12 months
- CVs of the consultants/firms
8. Application Process
Interested applicants should submit their application letter, updated CVs, technical and financial proposals, and references for similar work conducted previously, addressed to the Executive Director: Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), email: firstname.lastname@example.org , cc: email@example.com P.O. Box 660, Ntinda Kampala, Uganda, Plot 11 Vubyabirenge Close Ntinda-stretcher road by 5:00pm , 5th June 2020 . The subject line of the email should state: Consultancy Application Advocacy strategy for increased financing for Disaster Risk Reduction in Uganda.
 Decision makers and other powerful stakeholders the programme will need to influence with the evidence flowing from the monitoring work.
 Individuals and organisations programme could team up with as partners.