Local Researcher/Consultant

  • Development
  • Anywhere
Organization: ZOA
Closing date: 15 Feb 2021

We Are Able! – Scoping study Uganda

Terms of Reference for local researcher/consultant

Assignment **

Conducting a scoping study for We Are Able! Programme in 2021. The scoping study will be carried out in three of the six WAA! Countries (Ethiopia, Uganda and DRC). This ToR applies to the Uganda scoping study.

Background of the WAA! programme

We Are Able! works in six African States (Burundi, DR Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia) as well as in the Netherlands and has as main objective ‘Co-creating inclusive governance for access to basic resources that leaves no-one behind’.

We Are Able! wants to see People with Disabilities (PWDs) improving their right to land and food security by creating an enabling environment for action at grassroots level.

In Uganda the We Are Able! Consortium consists of (I)NGOs, namely ZOA as lead, NUDIPU and Light for the World (LftW). In addition, The Hague Academy (THA) and Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenten Internationaal (VNGi) have been subcontracted under this grant.

We Are Able! is being financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Power of Voices subsidiary framework and runs from January 1st 2021 until December 31st 2025.

We Are Able! focuses on lobby and advocacy by and for People with Disabilities and other marginalized groups to increase their access to basic resources such as land and water as detailed in the Theory of Change for the WAA! programme. We Are Able! will be working with individuals directly as well as through their representative organizations, such as Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) and mainstream Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Formal and informal authorities at local, national and international level will be involved to promote dialogue and a conducive enabling environment for change that ensures food security for those most at need in countries affected by conflict as well as by the impact of the COVID19 pandemic.

Background of the assignment and expected results

The project includes a research component, to contribute to filling the knowledge gap on the challenges and problems faced by men and women with disabilities to access services and resources; to critically reflect on the assumptions and discourses guiding interventions to assist men and women with disabilities; and to enhance learning with partners and develop adaptive programming.

In close engagement with the partners in the 6 countries, a series of scoping studies will be conducted, including research in three of these countries, and workshops to discuss findings in all of them:

· To explore the different notions/assumptions/theories of change guiding intervention practices, and preliminary experiences with those in practice;

· To define the research agenda for later years of the project, taking into account country specific challenges and intervention practices

Aim of this assignment

· Through document analysis and a series of interviews over a period of 3 weeks, conduct research on the opportunities and challenges to access to services and resources in Uganda; intervention practices and rationales of interventions by national and local government, civil society, and intervening organizations; and how these are being assessed by diverse stakeholders –beneficiaries, government, civil society.

· Together with WAA! Uganda Senior MEL officer (currently being recruited) and in consultation with the overall Knowledge Management coordinator (Netherlands), co-organize the discussion on the findings with consortium members, and key stakeholders in WAA! Uganda to arrive at exchange of experiences and lessons learned; and an identification of key themes for further study in the years to follow.

· With the guidance of a senior researcher appointed by ZOA, co-author a policy note on the findings from Uganda the discussion workshops

Activities to be performed

· Design scoping studies framework and tools in collaboration with the senior researcher

· Conduct data collection in collaboration with country team

· Synthesize, analyse and interpret the data collected in collaboration with the senior researcher and Uganda WAA! partners

· Present the results/findings to the Uganda partners and MEL-KM team

Outputs (expected deliverables)

· Notes on interviews

· Report on findings

· Presentation and discussion of findings during knowledge sharing workshops (including power-point)

· Develop a policy paper

Minimum qualifications


· Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Development studies, Cultural Anthropology, Public Administration, Economics, or other relevant field.

Professional experience

· Extensive experience in qualitative research and interviewing;

· Knowledge of the inclusion of marginalized groups in development programmes and governance in fragile settings;

· Experience with organizing and facilitating interactive research and workshops;

· Knowledge of the socio-cultural context in Uganda and specifically the West Nile and Acholi regions

· Experience of working with People with Disabilities is an advantage


· Fluent in English both speaking and writing, and fluency in local languages (West Nile and Acholi) is an advantage

· Gender sensitive

· Excellent reporting and advising skills

· Strong analytical skills

· Excellent facilitating and presenting skills

Approximate number of working days and planning = 22 days

In consultation with the senior researcher:

· Document review + finalization of topic guide : 2 days

· Planning and organization of the interviews: 1 day

· Conducting interviews with representatives of intervening organizations (8), government (8), civil society (10), and beneficiaries (10) : 10 days

· Data analysis and synthesis : 3 days

· Writing report on findings : 2 days

· Share and discuss your findings with country team, KM coordinator and identify key concerns and questions for workshops : 1 day

· Draft policy paper : 3 days


  1. The first instalment (50% ) equivalent to 11 days of work will be paid after the submission of the research report.

  2. The second (final) payment (11 days) will be made upon the completion of the policy paper.

Period of the assignment

01 February 2021 – 30 October 2021

The 22 days work can be spread over this period – see below

Place of the assignment


Time frame

  1. Sign ToR: – February 2021

  2. Briefing meeting with KM coordinator and Senior researcher – Feb/March 2021

  3. Preparation of the consultancy – June 2021

  4. Conducting interviews- July 2021

  5. Delivery of report of findings and input to knowledge sharing events – August 2021

  6. Delivery of the policy paper – October 2021

How to apply:

· Interested applicants should be Uganda-based consultants, researchers or students with relevant experience in conducting studies, and writing policy papers.

· Applicants must be available for the period of the assignment, and able to conduct desk-based research and carry out interviews and online meetings with stakeholders and key informants.

· Applicants should have their own laptop/phone/internet access for the assignment and will be home based for the assignment.

· Interested applicants should submit:

  1. CV (no more than 2 pages) showing relevant experience

  2. Cover letter explaining suitability for the role

  3. Outline work plan, based on the above schedule, including any additional suggestions or considerations to support the scoping study

  4. Proposed budget for the assignment, based on a day rate calculation

Above information should be submitted to ZOA through CV Selection using the link https://cvselection.net/Local-Researcher-Consultant-ZOA-UGD before Friday 15th February 2021.


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