National Consultancy-Terms of Reference on Implementation of Uganda’s UPR 3

call for proposals


The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) is a registered organization of various organizations and individual Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) that was formed in 2013. It seeks to strengthen the work of HRDs throughout the country through synergy and collaboration at national and international level to enhance the protection mechanisms for HRDs and their capacity to effectively defend human rights. NCHRD-U focuses its work in all regions in Uganda.

NCHRD-U’s purpose is to protect and promote the work of HRDs in safe and secure environment through linkages with national, regional and international entities. Individuals and organizations working to promote the protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) in Uganda. Further information about the Organisation and what it does, can be found on our website:


During the Human Rights Council twenty-sixth session from 31 October to 11 November 2016, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, established in accordance with resolution 5/1, undertook the review of Uganda during its 7th meeting, on 3 November 2016. The delegation of Uganda was led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sam K. Kutesa.  On 8 November 2016, at its 13th meeting, the Working Group adopted the report on Uganda.  The process which was rapporteured by the troika of Mongolia, Morocco and Portugal attracted list of questions prepared in advance by Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was transmitted to Uganda through the troika to inform the review.  During the interactive dialogue with the Government of Uganda, 82 delegations from 82 countries made various observations, comments and eventually recommendations to Uganda.

Uganda accepted 143 recommendations from the various States. It deferred 18 recommendations and rejected 65 touching on various aspects of human rights. Among the many all of the recommendations were some that have a great impact on the working environment of human rights defenders in Uganda.  Uganda is currently in the implementation stage of its 2nd cycle of the UPR review. It is anticipated that around or during January/February 2022, Uganda will undergo end-term review to assess the progress of the implementation of the recommendations, examine the challenges being faced in its quest for implementation and come up with potential solutions/recommendations that can be employed to guide Uganda in its efforts to implement to improve the human rights situation in the country.


As CSOs, it is vital, in tandem with their critical role of monitoring, documenting and reporting on the progress of recommendations to undertake an assessment of the progress of the State in implementing the same, with a view to engaging the State strategically to contribute or compliment to its efforts of implementation.  As the coordinating entity of the CSO National Stakeholders’ Forum on the UPR, the National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders in Uganda seeks to engage the services of a consultant to compile the National CSO Stakeholders’ UPR assessment report for the period 2016-2021.


The purpose of the assignment is to generate and compile the final shadow CSO report working in consultation with the 23 cluster convenors coordinated by the NCHRD-U. This will be undertaken through a technical assessment of the State’s implementation of the UPR recommendations to Uganda with a thorough review of cluster reports and regional consultations. The Consultant needs to be cognizant with the nexus between the SDGS under the UPR recommendations.


The required outputs from this consultancy shall include but not limited to;

  1. A National CSO Stakeholders’ assessment report on the status of implementation of the 2016 UPR recommendations to Uganda and detailing emerging contextual issues;
  2. A report of findings from the five Regional consultative meetings
  • A matrix describing the Summary of the state of implementation of the 2016 recommendations to Uganda for advocacy purposes and easy dissemination;
  1. A country recommending matrix to ease interactions with diplomatic missions on potential advocacy on Uganda at the review.
  2. A power point presentation detailing a summary of the assessment report on the status of implementation of the 2016 UPR recommendations to Uganda.


The assignment is expected to be carried out over a period of 30 working days from the inception date.


The Consultant should have the following competencies:


  1. University degree in relevant field of development studies, social sciences, law and Masters in any of the aforementioned field shall be an added advantage;
  2. Over 5 years’ experience working in human rights, rule of law, and good governance field with particular attention to skills in monitoring, documentation and reporting on State implementation of its regional and international human rights system obligations;
  • Experience in the understanding and workings of the UPR process under the United Nations Human Rights System.
  1. Excellent research, writing and presentation skills;
  2. Demonstrated ability to complete multifaceted tasks in an apt manner and convey quality results.

Interested and qualified consultants should submit their application which should include the following:

  1. A technical proposal including a proposed work plan and details of similar tasks completed successfully;
  2. A financial proposal in detail (avoiding where possible, block figures)
  • Current Curriculum vitae
  1. Submissions should be made under reference NCHRD-U CONSULTANCY UPR NO.1/2021 via email to or hand delivered to Plot 148, SEMAWATTA ROAD, NTINDA. KAMPALA
  2. The closing date for receiving both the technical and financial proposals is Tuesday 8th June,2021 at 5:00pm.

Only short listed consultants/fi