DefendDefenders is the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project established as a regional NGO based in Uganda in 2005. We seek to strengthen the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) throughout the region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights. DefendDefenders works in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (together with Somaliland), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
DefendDefenders serves as the secretariat of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, which represents hundreds of members consisting of individual HRDs, human rights organisations, and national coalitions that envision a sub-region in which the human rights of every citizen as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are respected and upheld.
A region in which the human rights of every citizen as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is respected and upheld.
To maximize the protection of HRDs working in the sub-region and to enhance the awareness of human rights work through linkages with national, regional and international like-minded entities.
DefendDefenders holds consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
DefendDefenders is registered under Registration No. S.5914/5983 as a Non-Governmental Organisation under the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Statute, 1989 of the Republic of Uganda.
BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT
The Bread for the World project grant is a 3-year project funded by the Protestant Agency for Diakonia and Development Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service and runs from January 2016 to December 2018. The project was developed against a background where HRDs in East Africa work in hostile environments by both state and non-state actors, which constrain the effectiveness of their work and threaten the security of individual HRDs, their organizations, and often times their families. This is worsened by abusive arrest and detention, restricted freedom of assembly, association and expression, judicial harassment, killing reprisals are common across Africa.
The Project was developed to ensure that East African HRDs are better protected and have skills to mitigate threats. Specifically, the project aims to ensure that East African HRDs are capable to defend their issues at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) und participate actively in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process; and improved security for HRDs.
The project targeted to directly reach: human rights defenders, with focus on member organisations of the East Africa region i.e. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Burundi especially women HRDs. An estimated 600 HRDs would have improved their capacity to protect themselves and defend the rights of others more efficiently. Similarly, the project targeted to strengthen sharing of knowledge with an estimated 5,000 grassroots NGOs. Indirectly, the project targeted to reach policy and decision-makers in the different countries covered under the project. DefendDefenders estimated to reach at least 100 of these beneficiaries through national workshops and advocacy activities aimed at national authorities and regional and international bodies such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), Uganda National Human Rights Commission. DefendDefenders also targeted cooperation with the already existing national coalitions of HRDs to ensure the relevance and applicability of the activities to local needs.
This constituency aims to contribute to inclusiveness and local ownership providing a better chance to achieve expected results. The activities will further enable DefendDefenders to broaden its membership base and make its services available to a wider group of defenders.
- Training on Universal Periodic Review in the East of Africa Region
- Advocacy missions at national and regional level
- Advocacy missions and participation to ACHPR and UN HRC meetings
- Conduct research and publication of Advocacy material
- Provision of emergency protection to HRDs at risk
- Training on security management
- Technical assistance on security management
- Women human rights defenders digital safety trainers network
- Organisational Rebranding
The end of project evaluation the bread of the world project will deliver the following objectives
Overall Evaluation Objective
The overall objective of the external end of project evaluation is to assess the level of progress made in attainment of project objectives and impact accruing from the project implementation.
Specific Evaluation Objective
a) To assess the progress made in attainment of project objectives and targets including the indicators.
b) To assess the relevance of our interventions to the HRDs, their needs and aspirations.
c) To assess the project efficiency especially on whether or not the project was implemented in the most efficient way compared to alternatives.
d) To identify enabling factors and obstacles that may have accelerated/inhibited the progress towards attainment of the project objectives, and how these factors have influenced results either positively or negatively.
e) To assess the effectiveness of our project implementation approaches
f) To analyze the potential impact accruing from the project interventions and their prospects of sustainability.
g) To identify and document important lessons and good practices from the current progress and make recommendations for improvement of future programs and enhancement of organisational learning.
h) Examine emerging opportunities and risks to our programming and propose possible responses.
Key Evaluation outputs
- Inception report detailing the Consultants’ understanding of the terms of reference, methodology of how the review will be conducted and the various tools to be used.
- Draft End of project evaluation report responding to all the objectives in Section 3.2.
- Deliver a presentation on draft findings for validation of the preliminary findings.
- Final end of project evaluation Report.
METHODOLOGY AND TEAM COMPOSITION
The consultant should suggest methodology that supports generation of information protecting the confidentiality of human rights defenders. The evaluation design should be appropriate to enable generation of quality information within the human rights dispensation. The methodology should specify the evaluation design, data collection and analysis methodology, sampling methodology and sample sizes; time frame of the assignment.
Team composition, experience and qualifications
The assignment requires diverse competences in program development and management; M&E and Results Management and Human Rights programing. The consultants must possess a minimum of a Master’s Degree in any or a combination of the above mentioned areas. However the team leader should have a minimum of 10 years in program development and evaluation.
FORMAT OF TECHNICAL PROPOSAL
See attachment below.
Please find a full description and the request for proposal documents here:
In response to this request, the bidder must submit a technical and financial proposal.
Both the technical and financial proposals should be addressed to and sent to:
Human Rights House, Nsambya
Email: [email protected]
Proposals/bids should be submitted before 12:00am (Ugandan local time) on Sunday 4th
Late submissions shall not be accepted.