Gender equity is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. In 2015, Uganda enacted the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) with provisions of compliance to gender and equity planning and budgeting under Section 9 (6) (a) and (b); Section 13 (11) e (i) and (ii); and c) Section 13 (15) g (i) and (ii). These provisions make it mandatory for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Local Governments (LGs) to indicate Gender and Equity issues in their plans that are to be funded through their annual budget after which they can be issued a Certificate of Gender and Equity (CGE). Government of Uganda thus, recognizes that promotion of Gender and Equity is at the center of appropriation and utilization of public funds.
Gender and Equity Responsive Planning and Budgeting in Uganda seeks to eliminate discrimination and inequalities against any individual or group of persons on the ground of sex, age, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed or religion, health status, social or economic standing, political opinion or disability, and take affirmative action in favour of groups marginalized for the purpose of redressing imbalances which exist against them (EOC Act, 2007).
Providing all citizens with equal access and participation in government programmes such as education, health care, decent work, and representation in decision-making processes is critical for sustainable development1. and will be key in achieving aspirations of the Third national Development Plan (NDP III). Equal access to government services of education and health is critical as these respond to the development needs of a common person and are required by all citizens.
2. Rationale for the study
In line with the 2030 global agenda centered on sustainable inclusive growth and development by promoting equal opportunities1, the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) with support from OXFAM seeks to contract the services of a consultant to undertake an assessment of gender and equity interventions in the health and education sectors at LG level in Buliisa and Rakai districts. The assessment will track gender and equity budget performance in education and health sectors at LG for FY2019/20.
The overall objective of this analysis is to establish the extent to which gender and equity budgets at LG level are implemented in relation to the approved budgets and plans. This study will establish the extent to which gender based budget interventions effectively benefit the targeted beneficiaries i.e. the vulnerable communities. Additionally, the study will document existing gaps that are affecting local government ability to execute gender responsive plans and budgets in health and education sectors.
The findings from the study will trigger relevant policy recommendations which will inform the government’s interventions in improving its commitment to deliver on gender responsive budgeting at local Government level, especially in health and education sectors.
3. The specific Terms of Reference
4. Scope of the study
The Study will identify gender and Equity interventions for the Health and Education sector in Buliisa and Rakai for the FY2019/20 plus their budget allocations, releases and expenditure.
Additionally, the study will carry out an in-depth assessment of service delivery for the health and education sectors targeting 3 Health Center III`s, 2 Health Center IV`s and 5 primary schools.
5. Time frame
The consultant will be contracted for a period of 15 working days from the day of contract signing, not later than 19th March 2021.
6. Key Deliverables
The key deliverables of this assignment shall include;
The consultant will be reporting directly to the Executive Director on this assignment but will have a close working relationship with Ms. Sophie Nampewo, a budget policy Specialist at CSBAG.
The consultant should have the following qualifications.
- Degree in Economics, gender studies or related from a recognized institution of higher learning
- Should have a deeper understanding of Gender and equity responsive budgeting.
- Possession of a post graduate qualification in Economics, Gender studies or related will be an added advantage.
- Qualified Females are encouraged to apply.
- Should have a clear understanding of local government policies and procedures.
- Should have a clear understanding Uganda`s budget process.
9. Application procedure
Interested consultants/firms are requested to submit Technical and financial proposals (quoted in UGX). These 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
- CVs of the consultants/firms
Interested candidates 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) on email: firstname.lastname@example.org CC: email@example.com or hand delivered at Plot 11 Vubyabirenge Close Ntinda-stretcher road, P.O. Box 660, Ntinda Kampala, Uganda, 2nd March 2021 by 5:00pm.
 Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) is a coalition formed in 2004 to bring together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at national and district levels to influence Government decisions on resource mobilization and utilization for equitable, gender responsive and sustainable development.