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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONDUCTING A COMPREHENSIVE VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS, MAPPING WOMEN-OWNED AGRO-ENTERPRISES, AND FOSTERING RENEWABLE ENERGY USE

BACKGROUND

The Institute for Social Transformation (IST), a non-profit organization established in 2006, is committed to fostering social justice and sustainable development. Through capacity building, research, and advocacy, IST seeks to empower marginalized groups, especially women and girls, enabling them to
actively participate in social, economic, and political spheres.
In collaboration with the Women International Peace Center (WIPC) and National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), IST is implementing a project titled “Nurturing a Culture of Peace and Tolerance in Uganda” to build the knowledge and skills of women and young women on the use of renewable energy infrastructure and eco-friendly technologies to prevent and mitigate natural and human-made disasters through the establishment of 20 women’s
savings and lending groups, build capacity for 300 women and provide support to 20 women-owned agro-enterprises with value addition.
IST is therefore seeking for a consultant/firm, to conduct a value chain Analysis mapping out women owned agro-enterprise and fostering renewable energy use in the districts of Mbale, Napak, Kasese and Kotido.
As part of this initiative, 20 women-owned groups have been established through VSLA and trained in VSLA formation and management. The analysis will be able to identify Opportunities for Value Addition, Understanding Market Dynamics, build partnerships and Networks for products dealt in by different groups in different districts to enhance their competitiveness and sustainability. In addition, the analysis will also explore different renewable energy sources biomass identify available opportunities to promote these sustainable practices, that contribute to the goal of energy access, economic development, and climate action for women and youth including those with disability.

OBJECTIVE
The primary objective of this assignment is to conduct a thorough value chain analysis of the 20 women-owned agro-enterprises in the aforementioned districts. The assignment further aims to map these enterprises, facilitate market
linkages for their produce, and explore opportunities for renewable energy use within their operations.

SCOPE OF WORK

a. Value Chain Analysis:
i.Identify and document the key products of the 20 women-owned agro enterprises.
ii. Identify, categorize and Analyze the primary and support activities undertaken to deliver production, including the processes, from raw materials to the final product.
iii. Evaluate the market demand and potential market linkages for each product.
iv. Assess challenges faced by the agro-enterprises in the value chain and propose solutions.
v. Suggest strategies for value addition and market-oriented practices to enhance competitiveness.
vi. Develop recommendations for optimizing the value chain to improve efficiency and sustainability.

b. Mapping Women-Owned Agro-Enterprises

i. Conduct site visits to each of the 20 women-owned agro-enterprises.
ii. Collect data on location, size, production capacity, and infrastructure and create digital map of the location of the enterprise
iii.  Identify potential gaps in infrastructure and resources required for efficient operation.
iv. Develop a database of the women-owned agro-enterprises for future monitoring and support.

c. Creating Linkages to Markets:
1i. Identify opportunities for increased value creation, efficiency gains, and production cost reduction.
ii.Identify potential buyers, distributors, and market opportunities for the products.
iii. Propose mechanism for negotiations between the agro-enterprises and potential buyers.
iv. Provide guidance on marketing strategies, including branding and packaging.
v. Train the women enterprises on market access and trade facilitation.
d. Renewable Energy Integration:
i. Assess current energy sources and consumption patterns of the agro enterprises.
ii. Identify opportunities for integrating renewable energy solutions.
iii. Provide recommendations for cost-effective and sustainable renewable
energy solutions.
iv. Explore potential partnerships with renewable energy providers and
financing institutions.
DELIVERABLES
a. Comprehensive Value Chain Analysis Report
b. Market Linkages Report
c. Renewable Energy Integration Report
TIMELINE
The work is expected to be completed within one month from the date of contract signing.

REPORTING
The consultant(s) will report directly to the Senior Program Officer and maintain regular communication with the project team.
QUALIFICATIONS
The consultant(s) should possess: – Expertise in value chain analysis, mapping, and renewable energy
integration in the agricultural sector. – Significant experience in facilitating market linkages for small-scale enterprises. – Familiarity with the agro-climatic conditions and market dynamics of the specified districts. – Strong communication and report-writing skills. – Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including women’s groups, local authorities, and renewable energy providers.
BUDGET
A comprehensive and realistic budget, covering all aspects of the assignment should be prepared and submitted by the consultant. The budget should be well itemized in Uganda Shillings.
Submit Now:
Interested Individuals or Companies who meet the above criteria should submit technical and financial proposals by 2nd May 2024 5:00pm.
The applications should addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and submitted to these emails addresses: isocialtransformation32@gmail.com copy
moureenwagubi@gmail.com. 

PRE-QUALIFICATION CALL FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS 2023-2025

REF: IST/PQD/11/07/2023- 31st December 2025

Background:

Institute for Social (IST) is a capacity building, and transformative learning organization that empowers individuals, organizations and communities especially women with skills, tools to discover and maximize potentials. The primary goal of IST is to promote a more just society with an inclusive development approach in Eastern Africa. IST operates under three thematic focus areas namely; Transformational leadership and learning, Equitable Gender relations and GBV Prevention and Economic empowerment.

IST invites suitably qualified service providers to submit sealed bids for pre-qualification for the provision of various categories of goods and services as listed below for the year 2023-2025 from the following Locations: Napak, Kotido, Kampala, Kasese, Mbale, Obongi, Kiryandongo, Kikuube,Busia, Iganga, Tororo.

Existing suppliers who wish to be retained MUST apply and submit up-to-date information as requested in this pre-qualification document.

 In addition, to the requirements in the pre-qualification application form, the interested applicants must provide the following documents:

  1. Certificate of registration of business in Uganda.
  2. Uganda Revenue Authority Tax Identification Number
  3. Official Business physical, postal, telephone and email address
  4. Reference and recommendations from 1or 2 present client(s)

Category 1: Supply of Assorted Office Stationery

Category 2: Advertising & Media Services

Category 3: Hotel & Conference facilities

Category 4: Meals and Refreshments

Category 5: IEC Materials (Banners, books, T-shirts, Aprons, Bags etc

Category 6: Design and Printing

Category 7: Logistics and Transport

Category 8: Rapporteurs

Category 9: Trainers

Category 10: Computers, Laptops and Electronic Consumables

Category 11: Event Management

 Complete Expression of Interest in English should include but not limited to company profiles with previous work done, price list and references.

Pre-qualification documents clearly marked pre-qualification of suppliers 2023 should be sent before 31st July 2023 addressed to:

Finance & Administration Officer

Institute for Social Transformation

Plot 255, Sebowa road Kiwatule (Kampala-Uganda)

The applications should be hand delivered to Institute for Social Transformation (IST) between 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Pre-qualification document must be properly sealed in plain envelopes and clearly marked ‘’Pre-qualification of Supplies, Services.

CALL FOR A PROCESS FACILITATOR TO SUPPORT IN THE REVIEW OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2023

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A PROCESS FACILITATOR TO SUPPORT IN THE REVIEW OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2023

Background:

Established in 2006, the Institute for Social Transformation (IST) is a women’s rights, non-profit organization committed to a society where people value and enjoy socio-economic and gender justice. We facilitate the transformation process of women and youth to champion through capacity building, innovation and advocacy. IST is a champion of the Market Women Model comprehensively addressing the needs of women in the informal sector (Rural market women, urban market women, rural women farmers, youth & Refugees).

The work of IST is grounded in the philosophy of Paulo Freire, using the Training for Transformation (TFT) approach to development which centers on the ability of groups and individuals to read their reality and write their history steered on by transformational leaders.  The Training for Transformation methodology, the tools and the facilitation process is critical for structural analysis of the root cause of problems and gives the ownership of the action learning process to women.

Over the years, IST has reached over 100,000 women and youth in the informal sector both urban and rural including refugees, through empowerment programs such as; improving women and youth economic productivity through entrepreneurship/business advisory development services, collective organizing into groups and cooperatives, skilling, access to financing, leadership participation and advocacy. IST also promotes sustainable initiatives to prevent gender-based violence, sustainable agriculture, climate resilience and technology innovations.

Objectives of the consultancy

The overall objective of the assignment is to providing technical guidance and lead the process to develop a 5-year Strategic Plan for IST. The process facilitator/consultant will review, update and refocus IST’s Strategic Plan for the period 2023/24-2027/28, to enable the organization fulfil its mandate.

Justification and context overview for the new Strategic Plan.

IST’s current Strategic Plan (2018-2022) comes/came to an end in 2022 at a time when the country is focused on fast tracking transformation and development towards achieving a modern, middle-income economy, envisioning a transformed Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country. The country is committed to promoting gender equality and women empowerment for social economic transformation (GoU- Vision 2040). Men, women, boys and girls to have equal opportunities and access to resource and participation in the development process.  IST is committed to facilitating the transformation of women and youth to through leadership capacity building and economic empowerment programs.

There has been a process of action and reflection throughout the last years of our 2018-2022 strategic plan implementation. Further, the social, economic, political and ecological context within which we are working has also changed. For this reason, IST needs to review, update and re-focus the strategic plan to match with the current development outlook, thereby enabling the organization to meet its mandate.

Furthermore, COVID 19 Pandemic was a landmark phenomenon, with many challenges and lessons on development programming especially funding challenges for many NGOs, calling us to rethink our sustainability and relevance. In addition, the world is grappling with climate change which has had adverse effect to our farmers and negatively affected the supply chain of market women. 

IST was pivotal in the multi-state holder consultative processes of repealing the 1946 Market Act in order to engender the legal and policy frame work for operationalization and administration of markets. Recently, the president signed the new Market Act 2023, this process directly aligns and contributes to the attainment of strategic objective 2 which is to lobby and advocate for gender responsive programs, policies and actions at all levels.  However, there is need to support the development of regulations and its operationalization the market act and resources and yet market women and youth continue to be under unfavorable tax regimes coupled with gaps in market leadership.

Market women face limited access to affordable financial products to boost and or start their business.  This issue directly aligns and contributes to the attainment of the IST Strategic objective 3 which is to promote economic self-reliance among market women and young people.  It has been observed that rural women farmers, market women and youth who run businesses still do not have financial products that meet their needs.  IST has been exploring the idea of starting a bank to serve this need.

Research shows that there is a continued digital divide between women and men and between rural and urban women and yet it is key to trade. IST continues to explore innovative ways in which market women entrepreneurs can use technological advancement as a tool for business enhancement. This issue also directly aligns and contributes to the attainment of strategic objective 3 to promote economic self-reliance among market women and young people.  IST will continue to facilitate rural women farmers and Market women and youth to embrace technology.  This will result into increased access to technology for business information access and growth.

There is increased recognition of the need to refocus our energies to focus on crosscutting issues that affect the ecosystem within which market women and youth and rural women farmers live and work like climate change, gender, SRHR, and mental health and the need to also increase our efforts in research, and advocacy to understand, inform and counter the effects of these intersecting issues.

Experience from the field show us that among rural women farmers, market women and youth other categories are more vulnerable that among them; women with disabilities, women and youth living with HIV/AIDs, teenage mothers and widows. IST will continue to deliberately target these women as a way of leaving no one behind.

Scope of work

The consultant is expected to support IST to review, update & refocus IST programming, a new strategic direction, aligned to the national and development trajectory, in consonance with the current reality that includes: the need for strong financial sustainability, through social enterprise, strengthened linkages of women empowerment, gender equality and climate adaptation, positioning rural women farmers and market women entrepreneurs for the current agribusiness dynamics and value chain, for EAC common market and AfCFTA. IST will need to integrate social enterprise approach in its intervention for effective and sustainable programming, particularly to address the need for resource mobilization.   

The consultant will support IST to develop a detailed strategy and a monitoring and Evaluation plan.

 Specifically, the consultant will be tasked with;

  • Review, update and re-focus the strategic plan
  • Review relevant documents and familiarize with operations of IST
  • Current strategic plan one year and half into its implementation
  • Board of Directors and IST staff strategic plan thought processes
  • Produce an inception report
  • Design and manage an effective planning process that will help review, update and re-focus IST strategic plan
  • Undertake stakeholder mapping and analysis, carry out consultations to gain a detailed understanding and the needs of IST and stakeholders.

 Carry out a PESTEL/ SOAR analysis to consolidate the strategy

  1. Analyze the internal and external operating environment of IST, its current and future priorities
  2. Determine the demand and forecast of the future priorities of human resource to manage and implement the strategic priorities.
  3. Identify focus areas clearly stating potential products, services that IST can sell to increase revenue streams and overcome vulnerability to donor priorities and develop strategic objectives and key result areas. The plan has a balance of program and business thinking.
  4. Develop a theory of change
  5. Develop sustainability plan
  6. Facilitate a debrief session with the Board of Directors, staff and present at stakeholder’s validation meeting and further refine SP.
  7. Finalize the strategic plans based on the contributions and input from the debrief meetings and stakeholder’s validation
  8. Produce the strategic plan document hard and soft copy and in not more than fourteen days after the validation.
  9. The strategic plan should not be more than 20 pages.

Expected deliverables of the assignment

  1. A five-year strategic plan including an M&E framework and costed results framework that can be used as a fundraising tool.
  2. A report on the process including stakeholder consultations and workshop

Duration of the Assignment

The assignment is expected to be carried out for 60 days and should have produced the 1st draft by the end of July 2023.

The applicant must be available and willing to work within the stated time frame for the assignment.

Submit Now:

Interested Individuals and competent companies who meet the above criteria and ready to start work this month of July should submit their applications by Monday 10th July 2023 at 5:00pm. All correspondence and inquiries in relation to call shall be sent through the Executive Director, to isocialtransformation32@gmail.com  and Cc. moureenwagubi@gmail.com.  

APPLY NOW TO BE OUR ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

Terms of Reference for the Accounts Assistant

Background:   The Institute for Social Transformation (IST) is a Non-Governmental Organization registered with the NGO Board; its primary goal is to promote a more just society with an inclusive development approach in Eastern Africa. IST focuses on the following thematic areas; transformational learning and leadership, gender relations and economic empowerment the Institute IST has registered enormous achievements and established its self as a capacity building, an innovative and transformative organization that empowers individuals, organizations and communities especially women with skills and tools to discover and maximize their potentials to initiate, own and control development programs that impact on their livelihoods. Mission: To develop the capacity for critical thinking for efficient, effective leadership, gender equality and transformational learning through capacity building, Innovation and advocacy for the marginalized majority (women and Youth).

Purpose & scope of the assignment

 IST seeks to recruit a highly competent person to fill the position of an Accountants Assistant. The Accountants Assistant will work together with the Accountant in ensuring that IST finance department runs more efficiently.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Accountant in preparing monthly reports and bank reconciliation statements.
  • Assist the finance officer in processing payment in compliance with IST finance policies and procedures.
  • Maintain and update the assets register.
  • Maintaining and updating the ledger accounts, monthly reconciliation of suppliers’ accounts.
  • Ensure that expenses are coded properly and that documentation is complete and presented in chronological order.
  • Assist the finance officer in Issuing of program advances and subsequent follow-up on accountability.
  • Assist the Accountant in ensuring that all financial documents and vouchers are filed appropriately.
  • Assist the Accountant in the coordination of office administration.
  • Assist in banking of field advance balances.
  • Assist the Finance Officer in preparation for external and internal audits.
  • Any other duties assigned by the Accountant and Executive Director
  • Finance / budget
  • Prepares the planning of the financial needs for forth coming periods.
  • Maintains the petty cash box, with all due accounting and security precautions.
  • Prepares the elements for the budget analysis. Maintains the budget forecast tool.
  • Monitors the development of expenditure, ensuring that budget overruns do not occur and prepares requests for possible amendments.

Others

  • Carries out any other duties that may reasonably or exceptionally be required to ensure the smooth operation of IST’s work, such as substituting for absent colleagues, etc

Information / reporting

The FA will submit the Weekly and monthly expenditure reports.

Education Requirements

  • Degree or Diploma in Accounting and Finance
  • Knowledge in Accounting software (QuickBooks)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills.
  • Good computer applications skills.
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in diversified environments.
  • Attention to details.
  • Ability to learn fast.

CONTRACT DURATION

The initial duration of the job will be for 3 months. The contract will be extendable with availability of funding on satisfactory performance.  

IST shall accept ONLY applications through email provided below. Applications shall be submitted not later than 22nd March, 2023. Applications should be addressed to the Executive Director, Institute for Social Transformation. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Email: isocialtransformation32@gmail.com and copy in moureenwagubi@gmail.com Tel: +256-414665496

CALL FOR CONSULTANTS TO DEVELOP AN ADVOCACY STRATEGY FOR INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION (IST)

Terms of reference for Development of an Advocacy Strategy
  1. Background

Established in 2006, the Institute for Social Transformation (IST) is a capacity building, and transformative learning organization that empowers individuals, organizations and communities especially women with skills, tools to discover and maximize potentials.  Our primary goal is to promote a more just society with an inclusive development approach in Eastern Africa. The thematic focus areas are; Transformational leadership and learning, Equitable Gender relations and GBV Prevention and Economic empowerment. IST works with communities, Institutions and multilevel stakeholders in Uganda. The strategic plan 2019 to 2023 has its key focus on market women, the work which it has championed since 2015 to date through the various pillars of the program on; voice and power, self-discovery and awareness, transformative leadership skills development, Business mentorship, financial literacy and management, cooperative formation, promoting positive change in gender relations, accountability, conscietization and innovation for business.

Through IST studies and number of interfaces with informal sector market women, many unanswered policy questions keep emerging necessitating the need for IST to step up efforts and pro actively position its work engage in strong advocacy in influencing policies that address the needs of market women and other others in informal sector categories. The need to strengthen advocacy to influence better policies and effective implementation is one of our key areas in IST strategic plan 2019-2023. IST is taking a strong step to scale up and navigate into higher policy spaces to influence better policies and other decision making processes enabling the voices and need of the market women to be heard.

IST is also strongly steering the processes to engender the proposed markets bill aimed at  repealing  the current regressive Markets Act Cap 94 1942 and replace with progressive law proposed entitled; The Establishment and Management of Markets Bill 2019. A number of consultations have been carried out and at the different levels including that with key stakeholders like the market women and leadership, CSOs, Line ministries and Policy makers. These are intended to garner support from market women and men to ensure that the proposed law is fair and gender responsive and that the views and concerns of stakeholders are made integral in the drafting process.

IST being a key player   and a champion of efforts to improve better work conditions for women in markets, Advocacy is important to bring about policy changes at the different levels of policy while also promoting local campaigns for awareness on the right of women in the informal sector primarily the market women.

It is in light of the above that IST seeks to hire a consultant/team of consultants to support in the development of “Advocacy Strategy” that will provide guidance/ roadmap on its advocacy actions for market women for the next five years.

  1. Objectives of the Assignment

The overall objective of the consultancy will be to develop an “Advocacy Strategy for IST and her network which will guide and inform effective engagements targeted at influencing government policies and best practices for improved access to safe working spaces in Ugandan Markets.

The consultant will be expected to;

  1. Review IST and networks current advocacy initiatives and identify gaps, potential priorities and areas of focus
  2. Carry out consultations with IST staff and networks key staff to identify advocacy capacity gaps as well as priority areas of advocacy
  3. Carry out consultations with some current advocacy networks to identify areas for potential collaborations.
  4. Develop an advocacy strategy, outlining clear objectives, targets, activities, allies, deliverables and indicators
  5. Develop an implementation plan

Aspects to be covered in the strategy:

  1. Identification and analysis of advocacy issues
  2. Identification and analysis of stakeholders
  3. Formulation of measurable objectives
  4. Developing core advocacy messages
  5. Developing the strategy ( approaches, techniques, messages and materials)
  6. Developing an advocacy action plan
  7. Planning for monitoring and evaluation
  8. Facilitate a validation workshop to be attended by the key project stakeholders especially those consulted during the assignment. During this workshop the consultants shall present the findings to the assignment.
  9. Key Deliverables / Expected Outputs

The following are the expected deliverables during the consultancy period:-

(i). Inception report: This should be submitted two days after signing of the contract

The report should  include; a clear understanding of the terms of reference, budget, and description of the methodology, including data requirements, data sources and methods of collection, and a clear work plan with a proposed time frame for start and end of the assignment

  (ii). Submit the 1st Draft of the Advocacy Strategy Document: After conducting a comprehensive desk review to gather data with reference key documents from reliable sources and with engagements with IST team and other stakeholders, a draft advocacy strategy should be submitted within the agreed timelines.

(iii). Submission of the Final study report with the advocacy strategy and action plan:  This will be done after generating feedback from the comments of the draft document and the validation meeting

 

  1. Methodology and Scope of Work

The methodology will be proposed by the consultant. However, the consultant will be expected to use the participatory and interactive methods and approaches. The consultant will work closely with the project staff. These will include but not limited to the following; the use of desk review and engagements with IST staff, market women and the leadership in formulation of the indicators. This must be provided in the inception report. 

  1. Time Frame & Reporting

-Upon successful identification, the awarded consultant should be willing to start work immediately and the assignment is expected not to take more than 25 working days.

-The Consultant will report directly to Ag. Executive Director and shall work closely with the Programme Officer as the Immediate supervisor throughout the assignment period. 

Facilitation:

  1. The total amount as professional fees for the assignment shall be agreed upon by both parties upon understanding of the task. Statutory Deductions, the consultant will be responsible for declaration of the income for income tax purposes (6% from the gross payment) payable to Uganda Revenue Authority in accordance with the income tax regulations of the republic of Uganda.
  1. Required Experience and Competencies
  • The successful consultant/teams must have the following;
  • Master degree or its equivalent in Social Sciences, Law, or Human rights, with at least 5 – 10 years of experience in policy research and advocacy.
  • Knowledge and experience in understanding of the legal and policy frameworks related to gender equality is a priority requirement.
  • Be knowledgeable and in touch with contextual understanding of gender issues, women rights and legal analysis in Uganda
  • Must possess strong skills in analysis, communication/presentation, research methods and writing skills
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure with strict deadlines
  • Must be willing to work with others in a team and with ability to meet tight deadlines

 

 

Apply Now:

Interested Individuals or Teams who meet the above criteria and ready to start work immediately should submit a cover letter supported with a current CV, with Two (2) Referees, technical and financial proposals by Tuesday 11th August 2020 5:00pm. These should be submitted to the Ag. Executive Director on email address: isocialtransformation32@gmail.com or moureenwagubi@gmail.com

  • Statement of how you suggest to support, and the indication of availability to carry out the tasks.
APPLY NOW TO BE OUR MONITORING AND EVALUATION OFFICER

CALL FOR CONSULTANTS TO DEVELOP THE iOS VERSION OF THE MARKET GARDEN APP

Terms of reference for Development of the iOS version of the Market Garden App
  1. Background

    The Institute for Social Transformation (IST) was established and registered with the NGO Board in 2006 as a non-governmental organisation with the primary goal of promoting a more just society with an inclusive development approach in Eastern Africa. Over its eleven (11) years of existence, IST has established its self as a capacity building, innovative and transformative organisation that empowers community activists especially women with skills and tools to discover and maximise their potentials to initiate, own and control development programs that impact on their livelihoods.

    IST’s thematic focus areas are; transformational learning and leadership, gender relations and economic empowerment. The Institute conducts training of individuals, institutions, and communities to enable them initiate and sustain change processes. Local knowledge and experiences on the root causes of poverty, gender inequality and poor leadership play a key role in providing information on actions to be undertaken. 

     About the project

    The five Year project of “Access to markets by market women” supported by UN Women has been in implementation since September 2016. 

    In order to empower women in the informal sector for social and economic self –reliance, IST built capacity of 1600 market women from Gulu main, Cereleano , Nakawa and Kalerwe-Bivamuntuyo markets in business and financial literacy. Despite this, the market women entrepreneurs still encounter challenges and competition from mobile vendors, and an emergency of the second layer of middle men who brokerage individual /personal house hold shopping /small and medium sized enterprises shopping and make more profit. The above scenario among others ought to be minimized and create convenience for the shoppers at the comfort of their palm with phones or laptops through the Market Garden App, a  sales platform targeted to benefit market women. 

    In December 2018, IST with support from UN Women and the Embassy of Sweden developed and launched the Market Garden App for both vendors and customers but this was made available only in the Google Play Store. It is with this background that IST would like to develop, upload and maintain the Market Garden App in the Apple Store.

    Objectives 

    The main objectives of the assignment is to develop and launch a user friendly, technological platform compatible with iOS version 13 to enable customers and market women conduct an e-line marketing /sales for their fresh goods and commodities. This includes the means of delivery and integration of a payment platform. 

    Scope of work

    The work will be performed under the overall guidance of the Executive Director at IST and direct supervision of the Communications Officer. The consultant will undertake the following tasks, duties, and responsibilities.  

    Task 1: To conduct a needs assessment of the user friendliness/applicability of the right technological platform required. 

    • Develop a methodology and a tool to assess the type of platform needed to meet the needs of customers and market women
    • Develop a report incorporating proposals for the platform to address the findings, capacity gaps, and plan for user ability.

    Task 2: Develop a sales/marketing platform targeting iOS users and market women in Kampala and other countries in Africa catering for future expansion in use 

    • Develop a sales /marketing platform to address the needs identified above
    • Customize the App in terms of availability of products in given markets
    • Take into account the literacy levels of the users
    • Consider the need of the targeted clientele or customers and buyers
    • Incorporate the means of delivery and means of payment where a customer can indicate a Mobile Money number where money for the items can be purchased
    • Display of goods and cost prices before and after purchase
    • Provide an option for promotions and combos
    • Create a platform for customers to earn loyalty points and provide a platform for searching for a product
    • Customize the products available in selected markets with their different prices
    • Consider both the webpage and application accessibility
    • Hosting and management warranty options
    • Make the App available for download in other countries
    • Participate in key technical partnership engagement meetings for the functionality of the platform

    Task 3: Build capacity of users to utilize the platform 

    • Develop a training manual for the orientation and training on the user ability of the platform
    • Build the capacity of IST staff to conduct successive orientation
    • Ensure that the platform is secure through various tests.

    Note: Short listed candidates will make a prototype presentation to the IST team on a date to be communicated. 

    Duration of the assignment 

    The duration of the assignment will be from August 24th to October 30th 2020. 

    Expected Deliverables 

    The consultant will produce the following;

    • A detailed consultancy activity plan agreed upon with IST
    • Draft report on the Assessment of the platform needs and applicable iOS user ability 
    • Produce a draft of the application on iOS
    • Pretest the platform and draft report of the concerns and incorporate recommendations 
    • Orientation and training of users 
    • Launch and final report including all activities 

    In puts 

    IST will guide the consultant with mobilization of the targeted beneficiaries 

    Consultant will work using their own gadgets such as computers, and space

    Performance Evaluation

    Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, friendly user ability of the platform and quality of product delivered. 

    Required Experience 

    • Experience in development of innovative iOS Applications
    • Previous experience in similar assignment will be considered as an asset
    • Previous experience in conducting technological capacity needs assessment will be considered an asset.
    • A gender balanced team will be a plus
    • Language and other skills 
    • Facilitation and training skills
    • Fluent in English and Luganda

     Submission of Application and package 

    Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to the Executive Director, Institute for Social Transformation to:  isocialtransformation32@gmail.com and copy in moureenwagubi@gmail.com. Deadline is 17th August 2020 and attach;

    • Cover letter
    • CV, including contact information of 3 references
    • Financial proposal: The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount per each deliverable involved

CALL FOR CONSULTANTS TO DEVELOP AN ADVOCACY STRATEGY FOR INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION (IST)

Terms of reference for Development of an Advocacy Strategy
  1. Background

Established in 2006, the Institute for Social Transformation (IST) is a capacity building, and transformative learning organization that empowers individuals, organizations and communities especially women with skills, tools to discover and maximize potentials.  Our primary goal is to promote a more just society with an inclusive development approach in Eastern Africa. The thematic focus areas are; Transformational leadership and learning, Equitable Gender relations and GBV Prevention and Economic empowerment. IST works with communities, Institutions and multilevel stakeholders in Uganda. The strategic plan 2019 to 2023 has its key focus on market women, the work which it has championed since 2015 to date through the various pillars of the program on; voice and power, self-discovery and awareness, transformative leadership skills development, Business mentorship, financial literacy and management, cooperative formation, promoting positive change in gender relations, accountability, conscietization and innovation for business.

Through IST studies and number of interfaces with informal sector market women, many unanswered policy questions keep emerging necessitating the need for IST to step up efforts and pro actively position its work engage in strong advocacy in influencing policies that address the needs of market women and other others in informal sector categories. The need to strengthen advocacy to influence better policies and effective implementation is one of our key areas in IST strategic plan 2019-2023. IST is taking a strong step to scale up and navigate into higher policy spaces to influence better policies and other decision making processes enabling the voices and need of the market women to be heard.

IST is also strongly steering the processes to engender the proposed markets bill aimed at  repealing  the current regressive Markets Act Cap 94 1942 and replace with progressive law proposed entitled; The Establishment and Management of Markets Bill 2019. A number of consultations have been carried out and at the different levels including that with key stakeholders like the market women and leadership, CSOs, Line ministries and Policy makers. These are intended to garner support from market women and men to ensure that the proposed law is fair and gender responsive and that the views and concerns of stakeholders are made integral in the drafting process.

IST being a key player   and a champion of efforts to improve better work conditions for women in markets, Advocacy is important to bring about policy changes at the different levels of policy while also promoting local campaigns for awareness on the right of women in the informal sector primarily the market women.

It is in light of the above that IST seeks to hire a consultant/team of consultants to support in the development of “Advocacy Strategy” that will provide guidance/ roadmap on its advocacy actions for market women for the next five years.

  1. Objectives of the Assignment

The overall objective of the consultancy will be to develop an “Advocacy Strategy for IST and her network which will guide and inform effective engagements targeted at influencing government policies and best practices for improved access to safe working spaces in Ugandan Markets.

The consultant will be expected to;

  1. Review IST and networks current advocacy initiatives and identify gaps, potential priorities and areas of focus
  2. Carry out consultations with IST staff and networks key staff to identify advocacy capacity gaps as well as priority areas of advocacy
  3. Carry out consultations with some current advocacy networks to identify areas for potential collaborations.
  4. Develop an advocacy strategy, outlining clear objectives, targets, activities, allies, deliverables and indicators
  5. Develop an implementation plan

Aspects to be covered in the strategy:

  1. Identification and analysis of advocacy issues
  2. Identification and analysis of stakeholders
  3. Formulation of measurable objectives
  4. Developing core advocacy messages
  5. Developing the strategy ( approaches, techniques, messages and materials)
  6. Developing an advocacy action plan
  7. Planning for monitoring and evaluation
  8. Facilitate a validation workshop to be attended by the key project stakeholders especially those consulted during the assignment. During this workshop the consultants shall present the findings to the assignment.
  9. Key Deliverables / Expected Outputs

The following are the expected deliverables during the consultancy period:-

(i). Inception report: This should be submitted two days after signing of the contract

The report should  include; a clear understanding of the terms of reference, budget, and description of the methodology, including data requirements, data sources and methods of collection, and a clear work plan with a proposed time frame for start and end of the assignment

  (ii). Submit the 1st Draft of the Advocacy Strategy Document: After conducting a comprehensive desk review to gather data with reference key documents from reliable sources and with engagements with IST team and other stakeholders, a draft advocacy strategy should be submitted within the agreed timelines.

(iii). Submission of the Final study report with the advocacy strategy and action plan:  This will be done after generating feedback from the comments of the draft document and the validation meeting

 

  1. Methodology and Scope of Work

The methodology will be proposed by the consultant. However, the consultant will be expected to use the participatory and interactive methods and approaches. The consultant will work closely with the project staff. These will include but not limited to the following; the use of desk review and engagements with IST staff, market women and the leadership in formulation of the indicators. This must be provided in the inception report. 

  1. Time Frame & Reporting

-Upon successful identification, the awarded consultant should be willing to start work immediately and the assignment is expected not to take more than 25 working days.

-The Consultant will report directly to Ag. Executive Director and shall work closely with the Programme Officer as the Immediate supervisor throughout the assignment period. 

Facilitation:

  1. The total amount as professional fees for the assignment shall be agreed upon by both parties upon understanding of the task. Statutory Deductions, the consultant will be responsible for declaration of the income for income tax purposes (6% from the gross payment) payable to Uganda Revenue Authority in accordance with the income tax regulations of the republic of Uganda.
  1. Required Experience and Competencies
  • The successful consultant/teams must have the following;
  • Master degree or its equivalent in Social Sciences, Law, or Human rights, with at least 5 – 10 years of experience in policy research and advocacy.
  • Knowledge and experience in understanding of the legal and policy frameworks related to gender equality is a priority requirement.
  • Be knowledgeable and in touch with contextual understanding of gender issues, women rights and legal analysis in Uganda
  • Must possess strong skills in analysis, communication/presentation, research methods and writing skills
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure with strict deadlines
  • Must be willing to work with others in a team and with ability to meet tight deadlines

 

 

Apply Now:

Interested Individuals or Teams who meet the above criteria and ready to start work immediately should submit a cover letter supported with a current CV, with Two (2) Referees, technical and financial proposals by Tuesday 11th August 2020 5:00pm. These should be submitted to the Ag. Executive Director on email address: isocialtransformation32@gmail.com or moureenwagubi@gmail.com

  • Statement of how you suggest to support, and the indication of availability to carry out the tasks.
TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AN ADVOCACY STRATEGY FOR INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION (IST)

Legal Counsel

Institute for Social Transformation strives to develop capacity of women and youth to champion gender justice, and equality, transformational leadership, and learning through capacity building, innovation and advocacy. It envisions a society where people value and enjoy socio economic and gender justice. IST values, Equality Professionalism, Integrity, Accountability, Innovation A non-government organization founded and registered in 2006.

Job Description

The Institute for Social Transformation is seeking for a lawyer to provide services in the key broad areas of legal and advisory services, factual investigation, legal research, and analysis. The objective is to provide comprehensive legal support to the management and governance of the organization. The services will be hired on the basis of a retainer arrangement.

Experience

2 – 3 Years

Employment Type

Full Time

Who are you?

The Consultant will provide legal services

  • Offering written and oral legal opinion on legal matters that arise from time to time.
  • Offering evaluation and self-diagnosis.
  • Draft legal documents and process them through the required stages.
  • Review contract templates as well as sample of existing or past contracts of staff and external service providers and make recommendations for enhancing these to better reflect the requirements of relevant country legislation. The sample of contracts and the recommendations may include those for which there were or are ongoing disputes.
  • Prepare and submit for discussion, a report of the findings of the contract review and contract management process at the coordinating unit and recommendations for their enhancement.
  • Prepare and submit enhanced contract templates for use in various areas.
  • Prepare and submit for discussion, a report of the findings of the contract review and contract management process and share recommendations for their enhancement.
  • Legal research and analysis as and when required.

Submission of proposal

Eligible Consultant(s) should submit technical and financial proposals by electronic format.

Proposals not more than 5(five) pages should also include:

  • Statement of how you suggest to support, and the indication of availability to carry out the tasks.
  • Proposals should be delivered not later than 16:00hrs on October 2nd 2019 at the address below:

    Plot 390 Sebowa Zone
    Kiwatule, Kampala Uganda.