Consultant to develop the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Program for Uganda

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :31-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :HIV, Health and Development
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today. It is a major obstacle to the fulfillment of women’s and girls’ human rights and development and a threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In Uganda, the prevalence of physical violence experienced by women stands at 51 per cent - far above the African average of 37.7 per cent. This violence is perpetrated in both the public and private spheres. The 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey (UDHS) revealed that 49 per cent of women and 41 per cent of men believe a man is justified in beating his wife in certain circumstances. the Uganda Violence Against Children Survey (2015) found that 35% of females and 17% of males between the ages of 18 to 24 have experienced sexual violence in their childhood. Substance abuse further compounds the issue, with women whose husband/partner often consume alcohol being almost 40 per cent more likely to experience spousal violence than women whose spouses do not often consume alcohol (2016 UDHS). Evidence shows that 16 per cent of women have experienced physical violence during pregnancy at some point (Kishor, 2012). In Mulago Hospital, women who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy were 1.4 times more likely to develop obstetric complications including hypertension, premature rupture of membranes and anaemia (Kaye 2006). Physical violence against women and girls has also manifested in mental health challenges - a cross-sectional study of women (15+) in Eastern Uganda found that lifetime experience of IPV increases risks of attempted suicide.

The situation has been compounded by limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, particularly contraceptive and Emergency Obstetric Care services. This has resulted into a low modern contraceptive prevalence rate at 35% and unmet need of family planning as high as 28%. Twenty-six percent of the mothers are not delivered per a skilled birth attendant and teenage pregnancy rate is also one if the highest in the region at 25%. Maternal mortality ratio at 336/100,000 live births remains unacceptably (UDHS, 2016). Relatedly, obstetric complications are common with an estimated back-log of 140,000 – 200,000 obstetric fistula cases in Country.

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations have embarked on a new multi-year programme, the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative aims to support transformative change on the ground to end violence against women and girls and harmful practices, in numerous countries globally.  Initiative comes with the highest level of commitment globally and will be governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission. The Initiative is built around six pillars developed after an extensive global theory of change exercise. The pillars are: 1) Laws and Policies; 2) Institutions; 3) Prevention and Social Norms; 4) Services; 5) Data; and 6) Women’s movement. Uganda is one of the participating eight countries in the Africa region and will have interventions in all the six pillars.

The Uganda Spotlight team recently submitted the final Country Joint Programme Outline which was developed in full consultation with and participation by Government of Uganda, CSOs, traditional and religious leaders, private sector and other stakeholders. The Uganda is ready to start developing the full Country Joint Programme in line with the guidance and timeline provided by the Spotlight Secretariat. Given that this will be one of the largest joint programmes in Uganda, focused on transforming complex unequal power and gender relations and changing negative and harmful social norms, a full-time expert on gender based violence, is needed to coordinate, guide and lead the team to develop a technically sound and comprehensive Country Joint Programme.  

Objective and Scope:

The purpose of the assignment is to support the development of the Spotlight Joint Programme Document for Uganda. The consultant will coordinate the planning and drafting of the Joint Programme Documents and ensure timely and quality inputs from the UN Technical Spotlight initiative team, Heads of UN Agencies, EU, Government, Civil Society Reference Group and other relevant stakeholders. The proposed Joint programme should be in alignment with UN policies, objectives and programing principles, including the overarching principle of leaving no one behind; and in overall alignment with the Spotlight Global Theory of Change and the Africa Investment Plan, ensuring the linkage between SGBV, Harmful practices and Sexual reproductive health & rights.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, direct supervision by the Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office and in close collaboration with the participating UN agencies, the Spotlight Initiative Program Development Consultant will advise, coordinate and lead the substantive development of the Spotlight Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Joint Programme Document for Uganda. Key responsibilities will include the following:

  • Conduct a desk review and analytical assessment to inform the design development and of the full-fledged joint programme document. The Consultant will review the global evidence base on VAWG, encompassing SGBV, HP and the linkage to SRHR; examine and outline key lessons learned that should inform the country programme. S/he  will identify planned future interventions with which Spotlight can collaborate, piggy back on and ensure synergies to maximize Spotlight impac;
  •  Stakeholder engagement and participation: Propose the format and programme of consultations with stakeholder groups (including organizations that represent the voice and views of women and girls and GBV survivors);
  • Plan and undertake several stakeholder consultations at all levels, including district and community level, specifically with women and girls;
  • Facilitate dialogue to identify innovations for the Initiative, both programmatic and operational;
  •  Facilitate the drafting of the Joint Country Programme, containing a clear;
  • Intervention logic -/theory of change - localize the global Theory of Change to the relevant Country context;
  • Results framework with a clear MEAL Plan and age and gender sensitive tools that will be used during the implementation;  
  • Strategic and impactful interventions and models under each Outcome and Output;
  • Risks and mitigation strategies for each of the six pillars outlined;
  • Support the team to develop an implementation plan, including agreement on the role of participating agencies and collaboration needed within and across pillars;
  • Support the team to cost the interventions, guided by efficiency and value for money principles;
  • Facilitate the development of the budget for the activities for all interventions;
  • Support the team to consult with, update and respond to feedback from the Spotlight Secretariat as may be required;
  • Support the team to develop tools that will used for documentation of key lessons .
  • Provide monthly updates on progress to the Resident Coordinator, eurpoean Union, UN Country Team, Programme Reference Group and CSO Reference Group; and
  • Carry out other relevant tasks that may arise during the contract period.

Deliverables for the assignmentThe Consultant is expected to provide a technically strong, high-impact Country Programme for Uganda outlining:

  • Goal, impact, outcomes and outputs articulated in a clear Results Framework that the programme will achieve, and supported with an elaborated MEAL Plan;
  • Analysis of the correlation between GBV/HP and SRH ill-health burden and access to SRH services.
  • Implementation arrangements and strategies, ensuring coherence and complementarity within and across the pillars, and avoiding duplication;
  • Analysis of other initiatives on GBV and HP in Uganda, ensuring that the Spotlight Programme contribution compliments and re-enforces other ongoing programmes especially on SRHR;
  • Innovative solutions to address deep rooted socio-cultural norms and root causes of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG); and;
  • Implementation and M&E plans supported with a budget for the activities, ensuring resource optimization and allowing the programme to achieve maximum impact with the resources available.


Core values:

  • Respect for Gender Equity and Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core competencies:

  • Communication;
  • Teamwork;
  • Planning and Organization;
  • Result Orientation and Accountability;
  • Client Orientation;
  • Creativity;
  • Technological Awareness;
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent strategic thinking, writing and research skills;
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a team;
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office package;
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Technical Competencies:

  • Technical knowledge and expertise in ending violence against women and girls including best practices and international standards on EVAWG;
  • Excellent level of conceptual and analytical capacity;
  • Strong technical knowledge on the linkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), harmful practices and sexual and gender based violence.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Post-graduate qualification in relevant fields (such as law, international relations, social science, development studies, gender studies) with a strong expertise in gender and SGBV.


  • 10 years of progressive experience in designing and managing complex multi-stakeholder, multi-year programmes, including in humanitarian situations;
  • 7 years’ experience in gender programming, with at least 5 years being on GBV programming preferably in Africa and in Uganda;
  • Current Knowledge and understanding of the latest development and evidence on VAW, VAC, HP and SRHR in Africa, East Africa and Uganda specifically;
  • Able to apply a feminist analysis to VAWG, program design and stakeholder engagements;
  • Knowledge of Ugandan context and stakeholders;
  • In-depth knowledge of the existing evidence-base on VAWG/HP prevention and response;
  • Current knowledge on the latest developments and evidence on VAW, VAC and SRHR especially in developing countries;
  • Experience in coordinating/ facilitating development of multiple-agency joint programmes;
  • Experience in, and ability to coordinate UN agencies and interact at the professional level with the EU and Government representatives;
  • Demonstrable experience in data collection, analysis and evidence generation on VAW, VAC and SRHR.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Evaluation Criteria/Weighting scale:                 

  • Relevant degree – 15;
  • 7 years of relevant experience in SGBV, VAC, HP and SRHR programming in Africa - 35;
  • Ability to apply a feminist analysis to VAWG, VAC, SRHR an added advantage- 10;
  • Proven experience designing or coordinating multi-stakeholder programs - 25;
  • Excellent report writing - 15.

Submission of Application:

The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on no.48151.

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website - no. 80071.

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website - For further clarifications, please contact;;;

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.

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