UN Women Organizational Context

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.


The BDPfA was adopted in 1995 by 189 Member States of the United Nations (UN) during the Fourth World Conference on Women. This Declaration reaffirmed the fundamental principle that the rights of women and girls are an inalienable, integral, and indivisible part of universal human rights. It spells out 12 Critical Areas of Concern to guide the mainstreaming of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) principles in laws, policies, strategies, and programmes. Accordingly, all Member States are called upon to undertake comprehensive national-level reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the BDPfA and of the outcomes of the Twenty-Third special session of the General Assembly held in 2000. Governments are required to mobilize collective participation of relevant stakeholders at all levels on the preparations to benefit from their experience and expertise for the national reviews.

The review will be done in reference to Economic and Social Council resolution 2022/5, passed on 17 June 2022 on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. In that resolution, the Economic and Social Council decided that at its sixty-ninth session, in 2025, the Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, including an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Council called upon all States to undertake comprehensive national-level reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly. In 2025, the global community marks exactly thirtieth (30th) anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA 1995). The Sixty-Ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW69) shall review and appraise the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA) and the outcomes of the Twenty Third United Nations General Assembly (23rd UNGA). The review will include an assessment of the progress made, current challenges that affect the implementation of the BPfA and the achievement of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The review process which begins in 2024 will culminate and feed into the global assessment at CSW69 in 2025. The review recognizes the effects of COVID19 pandemic on development as a whole that devastated and disrupted in multiple ways the world over. The impact continues to be felt by all, albeit in varying degrees. Uganda, like most Developing Countries (DCs) partly because of the limitations and challenges encountered in responding to and mitigating the side effects of COVID 19 among vulnerable categories of the population, especially women and girls, young people, and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Women and girls have been exposed to serious negative impacts such as escalated levels of violence in all its forms, limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, increased poverty, heavier burden of unpaid care work and escalated teenage pregnancy and child marriages. Insights from national consultative dialogues, surveys and other reports show a worrying increase in the number of teenage pregnancies and (GBV and human rights-related challenges and exacerbated inequalities across the country.

The review will therefore be conducted in a consultative and inclusive way to ensure capture of the views from all levels of government, civil society organizations, the private sector, the entities of the United Nations system and regional and international organizations, academia, the media, and other stakeholders along the twelve critical areas of intervention. The process should participatory and transparency throughout the national and sub-national levels, based on evidence available, while also producing tangible lessons and solutions, which should be followed by concrete action and collaboration towards the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the SDGs.

The consultant will work closely with the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development (MGLSD) with technical and financial support from UN Women. The review shall also seek to mobilize women and men of various age brackets, around a new and renewed dialogue for change, and actions to prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against all women and girls as well as maximize positive masculinity. 


Duties and Responsibilities


The purpose of this consultancy is to review the government's progress in the implementation of the recommendations from the Beijing review in 2019 and establish the changes made in the narratives to address and eradicate the root causes of discrimination, gender inequality, and chart a pathway for genuine and substantive equality, with equal rights and equal opportunities for women, men, boys, and girls.


The review aligns with the broader global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by demonstrating the link between gender equality progress and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Therefore, the comprehensive national-level review will:

  • To assess progress made and identify challenges encountered in the implementation. 
  • To take stock of achievements, identify gaps and setbacks, and outline strategies for addressing those gaps and challenges.
  • The findings will help to trigger renewed commitment by actors to develop clear strategies and set priority actions, with timelines, and resources for their implementation.
  • To align and build synergies with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and galvanize its gender-responsive implementation and will involve as many stakeholders as possible.   
  • To check the existence of high-quality gender disaggregated and up-to-date data.
  • To captor existing coordination structures and aspects of multi-stakeholder participation (More details can be found in the attached global overall guide of this consultancy)

The main recommended phases of the review:

Inception Phase

  • A well phased implementation Plan guide by the BPfA Guidance note with a clear methodology.
  • Conduct an initial desk review of available documents, gather, and analyze programme data, conceptualize, and come up with a draft report,
  • Interviews with key stakeholders to capture their views on the scope of implementation.
  • Validation
  • Final Review report

Management of the review

The review and quality assurance will be managed by UN Women Uganda Country Office in close collaboration with MGLSD technical team. The Consultant will be accountable to UN Women on behalf of the team and report to the Uganda Country Office.

I.Time frame and Deliverables 45 days


Required Timeframe

Payment %

  1. The Inception Report: Report will include a detailed plan, methodology, and proposed data collection tools and analysis approach for the review with clear timelines.

10 Days after signing of the contract


  1. Preliminary findings presentation and validation workshop with stakeholders.

20 Days after the signing of the contract


  1. First draft of the Review Report.

5 Days after the signing of the contract

  1. PowerPoint Presentation to all key stakeholders to ensure all recommendations are well captured and consolidated.

5 Days after the signing of the contract


  1. Final Review Report.

5 Days after signing the contract




  • Strong gender analytical skills and a strong understanding of the application of CEDAW, BDPA, SDGs, and other human rights instruments in programming.
  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrable ability for preparing review/evaluation reports at high international standards.
  • Evidence of work with multi-stakeholders especially Government Ministries and Agencies, UN Agencies, Development Partners, Private Sector, and CSOs.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills.
  • Mature judgment and initiative be able to point out critical gender areas of focus based on evidence.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver high-quality results on time.
  • Pro-active, and dependable.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Post-Graduate Degree in gender and development, Women’s Studies, Social Sciences, Human Rights Organizational Development, or related field.

Skills & Experience

  • Excellent communication and writing and presentation skills.
  • 10 years or more years of professional experience in programming for GEWE.
  • Strong knowledge and experience on international conventions and frameworks like CEDAW, ICPD, Rio+20, Beijing Plan for action, SDGs and UNSCRs.
  • Strong knowledge and awareness of how governments have supported gender mainstreaming in policy and programmes and linkages with SDGs.
  • Familiarity of the key partners including the UN, National Planning Frameworks, Gender Machineries and CSOs, relevant line ministries, research institutions, for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Over ten years of practical field experience in Gender reviews and research.
  • Wide experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analysis.


  • Knowledge of spoken and written English is mandatory.

Application Procedure

Interested qualified candidates must apply online by latest by 29th February 2024 . Candidates should submit one PDF File attachment containing:

  • UN Women P11 dully filled form with at least three (3) professional references (UN Women Personal History Form (P11), can be downloaded at:;
  • Signed Curriculum vitae with contact details of 03 clients for whom you have rendered preferably similar services.
  • Application package will include summary of candidates' experience against each of the work experience requirements, technical proposal detailing a clear methodology and workplan and financial proposal. The financial proposal must cover all anticipated activities including travel to the field for data collection.
  • Only applications with all items mentioned above will be considered.
  • No financial proposal will be required.  

Kindly note that the system will only allow one PDF attachment.  Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

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