Development of the Citizens’ Development Agenda 2021 – 2026 

Background

The Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF) is a National Platform for NGOs in Uganda whose mission is to provide a sharing and reflection platform for NGOs to influence governance and development processes in Uganda and enhance their operating environment. UNNGOF envisions an NGO sector that is coherent, respected and well informed in Uganda, actively contributing to citizens’ wellbeing and safeguarding their rights.

UNNGOF’s main programming is anchored around two strands;

(a) Civil Society Strengthening, and
(b) Policy Advocacy and Engagement.

Over the past six years, the Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP), has been implementing a program called the Citizens’ Manifesto Initiative. Conceived in 2009 and implemented through a six-year period between 2010 and 2016, the initiative broadly sought to facilitate citizen-leader interactions and engagements. It was birthed in response to challenges in Uganda’s governance, some of which are connected to various iterations in the country’s history. One of the ingredients of this governance context was the fact that while citizens would want to hold their leaders accountable, there was no existing basis on which to do that.

The Citizens’ Manifesto was thus designed as a response to an increasingly less responsive leadership and apathetic populace. The Citizens’ Manifesto places effective citizen organisation and a citizen-led agenda at the centre of society mutating from a crippling democracy to a flourishing one. As a process, the initiative is an organised political enterprise that fosters regular organic citizen-leader interaction while as an output, it outlines the aspirations and demands of citizens to inform and change policies that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.

Building on a time-tested Citizens’ Manifesto (CM) initiative conceived by the Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP) in 2009 and used to rally citizen action in the 2011 and 2016 pre and postelection period, we aim to strengthen a movement for political accountability (MOPA) that can set the agenda for the 2021 elections and the period after - all impacted by a raging pandemic whose effect on the socioeconomic and political landscape of Uganda will last for years to come.

Overall Objective

The main objective of the exercise is to develop a comprehensive citizens’ development agenda for the period 2021 – 2026.

Specific Objectives

  • Carry out an analysis of the 2016 – 2021 Citizens’ Manifesto to develop ideas for the 2021 – 2016 citizens’ development agenda;
  • Analyze and develop a political audit of promises made in the previous election cycle coming to an end in 2021; 
  • Analyze and highlight the key political decisions made in the 2016-2021 election cycle and political implications;
  • Document, analyze and share critical information relating to resources committed to COVID-19; 
  • Undertake an analysis of the implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on key sectors in Uganda and prepare a clear citizen demand for action;
  • Facilitate discussions of diverse groups of political accountability actors and build a collective movement agenda and validate the draft political audit, analysis of political decisions and critical information relating to covid-19;
  • Carry out analysis and prepare a clear set of Citizen issues that the Political Leadership must prioritize for the 2021-2026 Political period based on the 2016 – 2021 Citizens’ Manifesto;
  • Convene regional level meetings to generate regional issues as well as validate the draft citizen demand for action;
  • Develop a final 2021 – 2026 citizens’ agenda based on expert reference group consultations and regional citizens’ inputs; 
  • Present and be part of discussions to disseminate the 2021 – 2016 citizens’ agenda especially at the National Launch.

4. Outputs and Deliverables

  • Analysis of the 2016 – 2021 Citizens Manifesto to develop ideas for the 2021 – 2016 citizens’ development agenda
  • Analysis and audit of promises made in the previous election cycle coming to an end in 2021
  • Analysis of the key political decisions made in the 2016-2021 election cycle and political implications
  • Analysis of critical information relating to resources committed to COVID-19 5)
  • Analysis of the implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on key sectors (i.e. agriculture, education and health) in Uganda and prepare a clear citizen demand for action
  • Draft 2021 – 2026 Citizens’ Agenda
  • Final 2021 – 2026 Citizens’ Agenda

Organization of Work and Duration

Place of Assignment 
The place of this assignment is Kampala

Duration/Work plan
The assignment will cover a duration of 60 person days spread across a period of three months.

Reporting
The Service Provider will report to the Executive Director and day to day management of this activity will be through the Coordinator, Civic Space and Governance Monitoring. 

Requirements

Education
Preferably advanced degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, Political Science, Development Studies, Development Economics, or other relevant fields.

General Competence

  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience in governance work and development processes in Uganda
  • Previous engagement and interaction with the Citizens’ Manifesto Process is an added advantage
  • Experience with process facilitation including community, and expert group discussions
  • Relevant experience in working for non-governmental organisations on consultancy assignments;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders.

Submission

Full technical and financial proposals should be sent via email by close of business Thursday 08th October 2020 to:

Executive Director
Uganda National NGO Forum
Email: info@ngoforum.or.ug