Survey on Citizen's Perception on the Amendment of Article 26 of the Constitution of Uganda | Freedom House

Survey on Citizen's Perception on the Amendment of Article 26 of the Constitution of Uganda

PART I - Terms of Reference for Consultancy

Title of Assignment

Survey on public perceptions on amending Article 26 of the Constitution of Uganda on compulsory acquisition of private property by the state.

Geographical scope



Four weeks

Start/End date

From: 10/22/2018

To: 12/07/2018

Background and Justification

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Rights and Rule of Law (RRL) is five-year Activity implemented by Freedom House. The Activity supports the advancement of judicial independence, effective civil society human rights advocacy and media freedoms in Uganda. The Activity combines technical assistance and financial support to achieve results in three primary areas: supporting judicial independence, fostering constructive human rights advocacy, and advancing the free flow of information. The Activity’s goal is to maintain judicial independence and cultivate a more legitimate and functional rule of law framework. To achieve this, the activity is designed around four main objectives as indicated below;

Strengthening Judicial Independence

Interventions under this objective are consistent with the Government of Uganda’s commitment to strengthening institutions that safeguard and uphold citizens’ fundamental rights, as evidenced by coordinative platforms and country strategies such as the Justice, Law and Order Sector’s Strategic Investment Plan III. The Activity contributes to jurisprudence that protects human rights by supporting continuous professional development, legal aid for indigent women, youth and persons with disabilities, public outreach and public interest litigation. Judges and magistrates benefit from regional peer exchange programs intended to share experiences on economic, social and cultural rights and regional mechanisms.

Civil Society Evidence-based Advocacy

In advocating for state and non-state institutions’ accountability, Uganda’s human rights civil society and legal community are supported to produce evidence-based advocacy positions. The Activity supports campaigns that foster citizen engagement and civic advocacy on human rights and rule of law. Platforms for engagement between civil society and the Government of Uganda are supported to promote reforms and collaborative action.

Media Capacity Enhancement

Under this objective, the Activity assists in building media institutions’ and practitioners’ knowledge and skills to better monitor, advocate against and report on abuses of public authority and human rights violations, thus contributing to greater accountability for state and non-state institutions. Continued professional development and training for the media is focused on enhancing core proficiency training and specialized reporting on human rights. Public outreach on access to information and initiatives to protect freedom of expression activities are also supported.

Organizational Capacity Development

Under this objective, the Activity provides Organizational Capacity Development (OCD) support to its partners with the main aim of strengthening institutional systems and structures to better deliver on human rights and rule of law interventions in Uganda. The Activity infuses approaches that allow for meaningful participation and inclusion of women, youth, and persons with disabilities and that strengthen local institutions to build local ownership and local solutions.

Under Objective two, the Activity intends to support a group called the Game Changers to carry out advocacy campaigns to influence the ongoing process to amend Article 26 of the Constitution of Uganda on compulsory acquisition of private property by the state. To be able to effectively support the group in these advocacy campaigns, Freedom House intends to carry out a National Household Survey to gauge the Ugandan citizen’s perceptions on the issue stated above. The overall objective of the national household survey is to ascertain how citizens of Uganda feel about the proposed amendment of Article 26 and what their suggestions are towards the stated proposed amendment. Specific objectives of this survey include:

a) To ascertain the level of awareness of Ugandans on the proposed Constitutional Amendment of Article 26 on the compulsory acquisition of land by the State.

b) To ascertain citizen perception on the Constitutional Amendment of Article 26 on compulsory acquisition of property by the State.

c) To determine whether citizens support the proposed Constitutional Amendment of Article 26 on compulsory acquisition of property by the State.

d) To collect citizen’s suggestions and recommendations on the proposed Constitutional Amendment on Article 26

Data gathered from the survey will be considered as evidence to support CSOs advocacy strategy aimed at influencing the outcome of the proposed amendment by presenting sufficient argument against passing of the stated Bill. 

Scope of Work

The survey consultant will work under the overall supervision of Freedom House Advocacy Specialist. The consultant is expected to develop a detailed methodology, sampling tools, conduct the survey and produce a final report analysing the findings. Specific tasks include:

Inception Report

Draft and present an Inception Report to be reviewed by Freedom House. The report will include:

  • The consultant’s interpretation of the task and his/her approach to how task (s) will be executed.
  • Methodology including sampling/selection procedures for selecting respondents/informants to be interviewed, and districts to be visited.
  • A detailed work plan showing a timeline for each consultancy activity to be undertaken, including the field work and allocation of expertise efforts as well as the methods to be used.
  • Detailed analysis plan/map for each of the task, including the proposed data extraction methods.
  • Draft instruments for data collection.

Conduct Survey and Report Writing

  • Manage the administering of the survey tools and collecting respondents’ information from an appropriate, national-level sample as per the set scope.
  • Coordinate the data collection, tabulation/analysis and data management (data cleaning, entry and analysis)
  • The consultant will further analyze and process the data collected into viable interpretations that will be represented in the final report for use by FH, CSOs and other interested stakeholders.  


  1. Inception report of no more than 10 pages in Times Roman font size 12
  2. Filled out questionnaires for future reference
  3. Dataset with final survey data
  4. Draft report (of no more than 25 pages in Times Roman font size 12)
  5. A presentation of draft report to the FH team and USAID representatives
  6. Final Report on the survey findings (of no more than 25 pages in Times Roman font size 12) at the end of the contract period

The total duration of the contract is 45 days commencing 10/22/2018 to 12/07/2018

Desired Competencies, Technical background and Experience

  • The team leader or lead consultant should possess at least a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Demography, Statistics, Epidemiology or any other related technical field with special expertise in survey sampling;
  • At least 8 years’ experience in designing samples and questionnaires for household surveys, preferably with experience in multi topic surveys;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting similar public opinion surveys on politically sensitive topics in Uganda preferred;
  • Must be familiar with the sampling methodology of MICS and/or governance and rule of law surveys;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships with intra national partners;
  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial and supervisory ability;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to all regions in Uganda;
  • Respect for diversity;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in English; and
  •  Experience working with USAID project is an added advantage.

Administrative issues

Freedom House technical team (the Chief of Party, and the Advocacy Specialist) will provide quality assurance and oversight for the consultant’s work with substantial feedback on the quality of the data processing reviews.


  • The survey consultant will work off site using their own equipment and stationary.
  • The consultant will be paid per Freedom House regulations.
  • The contract will not commence unless signed by both Freedom House and the consultant.

Payment will be made as follows:

i.   25% payment upon receiving and approving the inception report
ii.  50% payment after receiving draft report and presentation of the said report to FH and USAID representatives
iii.  25% payment after receiving and approving the final report.

The candidate(s) selected will be governed by and subject to Freedom House’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a CV of no more than 3 pages in Times Roman font size 12, a Statement of Interest of no more than 3 pages in Times Roman  font size 12 that proposes a methodology and  work plan; and an indicative budget of no more the one page in Excel. Applications submitted without a budget and those not meeting the requirements conditions will not be considered. Statements of interest should be submitted to:

Dr. Rukare Donald
The Chief of Party
Freedom House/USAID Rights and Rule of Law Activity
Email address: [email protected]
With copy to: [email protected]

All applications should be sent by 10/12/201