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Sep 21, 2017

CAFOD WASH Consultancy in Uganda




Task: Conduct a research on causes and impacts of low access to WASH services and  extent of citizenry involvement in local government budgetary allocations to WASH sectors and policy. 

Coverage areas:
Kitgum, Kotido, and Moroto District Uganda.

Project life: 01st July 2016  to 30th June 2019
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND: CAFOD is the official development arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Across the World, we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none. 

Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world. 
CAFOD and implementing partners are implementing a WASH project titled which aims to increase sustainable access to improved water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) facilities and services for 334,000 (F 174,400; M159, 600) beneficiaries in rural disadvantaged communities in the DRC, Zimbabwe and Uganda. In Uganda, which is the focus of this assignment, the project targets to reach 79,400 (42,007 Female, 37, 393Male) beneficiaries in rural disadvantaged communities. 

This project is jointly funded by and DFID and CAFOD. CAFOD is working with the Catholic dioceses of Gulu, Kotido and Moroto. The project is being implemented in Kitgum, Kotido and Moroto districts in Northern Uganda. 

This research will target the project beneficiaries supported by Caritas Kotido, Caritas Gulu and Caritas Moroto.
Direct project beneficiaries includes women and men in WASH underserved villages including people with disabilities, women’s groups, school children, community water user associations and local leaders. 

The project works closely with the local government, CSO’s and  other stakeholders.
The project contributes to four interrelated outputs as listed below:
  1. Women and men have improved, equitable and sustainable access to safe water and sanitation
  2. Women and men are reached with better information on good sanitation and hygiene practices
  3. Communities, local authorities and leaders have better knowledge, skills and relationships to engage in participatory planning, management and delivery of WASH services(Advocacy)
  4. Communities and relevant stakeholders have better knowledge and skills for management of water resources and catchments
  • Profile and analyse key historical and current factors (such as attitudes, practises, perceptions etc) contributing to low uptake, adoption and use of WASH access from diverse stakeholder perspectives (including project beneficiaries, local governments, CSO’s, partner staff, water user committees, VHT’s etc
  • Find and analyse consequences and impacts of low WASH service access among the project beneficiaries.
  • Map out the triggers, drivers, trends and patterns of WASH practises in study areas.
  • Conduct a policy audit and identify key policy issues constraining adoption and uptake of WASH services in the region.
  • Gauge the extent of citizenry engagement in local government efforts to address the WASH challenges including planning, participation, budget allocations and utilisation etc in response programs.
  • Investigate extend of change in attitudes, practises and perceptions, 1 year on after project started vis a vis a comparison of implications of this and its overall effect on the dominant historical and prevailing factors undermining uptake of WASH.
  • Make actionable recommendations to stakeholders involved in the sector based on the research findings.
Research methods should include primary data from target beneficiaries (both direct and indirect beneficiaries), secondary data, and qualitative data. 

All data, qualitative and quantitative, collected through the assessment will be disaggregated by location, age and sex.  

The applicant is expected to outline in detail proposed methodologies to be used.

  • Develop the ToRs for the policy research.
  • Organise and facilitate field logistics
  • Mobilise the project beneficiaries.
  • Guide the discussion process to ensure linkage with on-going and future work on budget advocacy.
  • Develop contract for the consultant based on this ToRs
  • Data collection tools
  • Train the enumerators
  • Lead field data collection
  • First draft of the research report.
  • Final report of the study
a) Review of relevant documentation including but not limited to Year 1 report, 2017 June survey report, 2016 baseline report, partner’s advocacy evidences, project Proposal, and the project log frame.
b) Design the research methodology including data collection methods/tools, sampling methods and, data processing and analysis.
c) Train and lead the data collection team which will consist of CAFOD staff, implementing partner staff and enumerators.
d) Support pre-testing of data collection tools to ensure they are linguistically and culturally appropriate and are suitable for the study objectives.
e) Supervise and manage data collection per the agreed research methodology, locations and schedules; ensuring timely completion and delivery.  
f) Analyse, present study findings and recommendations to the relevant stakeholders for clarification and input.
g) Prepare first draft of Research Report and submit to CAFOD for review, comments and feedback.
h) Finalize the Report with comments from CAFOD and partners consolidated. The report should be of high quality standard not exceeding 30 pages (excluding appendices).
i) Submit all electronic and hard copy of data and final report to CAFOD Nairobi office.

The consultancy is estimated to take a total of 31 days.

The composition of the team or individual is expected to be as follows:
  • The lead researcher must have a post-graduate degree in social science or another relevant field and least 5 years of work research experience relevant to the assignment.
  • Demonstrable experience in leading or supporting policy  analysis and advocacy work.
  • Track record in conducting research, analytics and developing data collection systems in rural settings in ASALs
  • Conversant with application of cross cutting themes like gender mainstreaming, M&E, research ethics, Advocacy and child protection.
  • Understanding of country and local government policies, frameworks and strategies and experience in interacting with local communities, local /national government and NGOs and international development actors.
  • Experience in storing and analysing large and diverse data sets
  • Available to stay in the field during the survey period.
  • Excellent interview, teamwork and communication skills and experience of delivering results under pressure
  • Ability to write, read and speak clear, concise reports in English
1.8 MODE OF PAYMENT: As per contract that will be signed.

The consultant is accountable to CAFOD through the Programmes Manager and will work in collaboration CAFOD programme staff and partner staff.
Interested applicant/s should email technical and financial proposals, personnel profile, and CVs by midnight 22nd September 2017 to CAFOD. 

Consultants/Firms that meet the requirements should submit an expression of interest to [email protected] copied to [email protected] and [email protected]

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