Terms of Reference
Consultancy for Capacity building and support: Implementation of the Advancing Gender Equality through Civil Society (AGECS), COVID-19 support: Financial resilience and management for women groups in West Nile
About Aga Khan Foundation
For nearly 50 years, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been partnering with communities, governments and local leaders to harness the best from people from all backgrounds to improve the quality of life. The Foundation’s work is rooted in core values of self-reliance, pluralism, and respect for human dignity. AKF is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks. The AKDN’s integrated approach makes long-term investments, builds permanent institutions, and cultivates an active civil society, impacting tens of millions of people annually in 30 countries. Alongside its sister AKDN agencies, the AKF implements innovative, community-driven solutions that are based on decades of experience, learning and evaluation.
GBV in West Nile stands at 43.4%, compared to the national figure of 39.6%. Various sources have reported a significant increase in cases of SGBV since April 2020 especially attributed to Economic insecurity and poverty -related stress as well as quarantines and social isolation, Economic insecurity and poverty-related stress as well as quarantines and social isolation, Non-operational support services, and trivialization of GBV . COVID-19 has had significant impact on the informal sector of which women make up 85.6%. The reduced earnings that have been exacerbated by the government lockdown have and will continue to significantly the incidence of poverty rates among women who are primary care givers for their families. Women and girls with disability face even more heightened risk during a pandemic like COVID-19 due to systemic barriers to equality and inclusion, limited visibility in disability and gender equality laws, policies, and practices. Women with disabilities are three times more likely to have unmet needs for health care; three times more likely to be illiterate; two times less likely to be employed
The Aga Khan foundation as part of its strategy seeks to minimise impact of COVID-19 on women and girls with disabilities through initiatives that will build their resilience and enhance their protection and participation within their communities.
Purpose of the training assignment: Financial planning and resilience
The contribution of women with disabilities in sustaining the livelihood of communities is necessary as well as crucial to families and communities. However, despite this, there remain several barriers to their contributions and in many instances their contribution is not being recognized or seen. Accordingly, the vulnerability of women and girls with disabilities in the economic sector is becoming a major factor that impacts women’s wellbeing as well as that of their families and communities.
This capacity building exercise aims at supporting women’s community groups in their contributions to the economic systems their communities in Adjumani, Moyo, Yumbe and Arua. AKF has developed a manual and financial literacy for Community Based Savings Groups with which associations and women groups with disabilities will be engaged.
The training intends to equip women with basic skills, practice and awareness that encourages and assists women to start plan for and utilize financial resources, including some technical and management requirements. The association members should also be able to build consensus around key actions that enhance their ability to receive and plan for and manage financial resources.
The consultant shall have the following primary responsibilities and key tasks:
The capacity building consultant is expected to conduct the following:
- Prepare a proposal and corresponding work plan towards capacity building for TOTs and association, incorporating the adaptation of the AKF financial literacy and linkage banking for CBSGs training module to suit the COVID-19 Context for women groups with disabilities.
- Develop a financial resilience and financial management tool kit for small groups based on previously established and evaluated capacity gaps.
- Engage the association leaders during preparation of training schedules and planning for training sessions.
- Ensure full participation of TOTs and association members in all capacity building activities through records taking.
- Ensure proper documentation of all training sessions, including membership participation, feedback, post training analysis reports.
- Roll out of a ToT and capacity building activities using appropriate modalities and language to ensure West Nile Women Associations and groups leaders in each of the 4 districts, have the capacities to deliver training to other association members and community-based paralegals.
Deliverable 1: Once the contract is agreed, the training consultant will conduct a needs assessment exercise and share a report with detailed capacity gaps, methodologies to address these gaps, and descriptions of the final deliverables to be provided.
Deliverable 2: Financial resilience management toolkit that indicates practical and sustainable financial management practices
Deliverable 3: Financial resilience and management training-of-trainers (ToT) curriculum and post-training report.
4 months (August to November 2020)
Terms and Conditions:
The consultant will use her/his own office/resources/materials and computer in the execution of this assignment.
Supervision and Reporting: The consultant will be responsible to keep Aga-Khan Foundation abreast of progress through bi-monthly updates, as well as time sheets S/he will be supervised by the Project Manager, Civil Society.
Training Consultant Specifications:
The training consultant can be an organisation, or an individual based in the West Nile region, Uganda, and must be able to speak or outsource individuals who speak Lugbara and Madi.
The Consultant must inquire of the special needs of the training participants, in order to ensure full participation.
Significant experience in gender equality and social inclusion programming in West Nile, Uganda
Devise the most ideal and cost-effective training modalities to deliver training to the TOTs and associations.
How to apply
Consultants that interested in this unique career opportunity with AKF should submit an expression of interest and proposed methodology of delivery, work plan as well as their CV not later than 5th of August 2020, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Financial resilience and management for women groups in West Nile” in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org)