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Defending Human Rights Defenders


Consultant to review and update the human rights defenders training manual


Organisational Background:

The Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRCU) is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organisation that was established in November 2008 with the main aim of contributing to the protection and promotion of the rights of human rights defenders in Uganda. It works towards improving the environment in which human rights defenders operate in Uganda. HRCU carries out its mandate nationally in Uganda through regional networks and coalitions. From the time of its formation, the Centre has had steady growth and registered success at different levels through three major focus areas namely capacity building for HRDs to understand their rights, responsibilities and the mechanisms available for their protection at national, regional and international level; research, documentation and reporting on the environment in which HRDs operate and; advocacy for an enabling operating environment for the work of HRDs in Uganda.  

In its efforts to equip civil society organisations and human rights defenders in Uganda with relevant skills to facilitate them in their work such as digital and physical safety skills , HRCU’s is seeking the services of a highly professional and experienced consultant to take lead in the review and in updating the HRCU’s human rights defenders training manual.

Purpose of the Training Manual

HRCUs human rights defenders training manual was developed in 2015. The manual was developed in response to increasing reports indicating that HRDs needed to enhance their capacity to investigate, monitor, document and advocate against human rights violations. The manual outlines a training of trainers’ workshop which aims at providing trainees with skills to equip others with the necessary tools for human rights education, investigation, monitoring and documentation of violations, advocacy, and security and safety. The manual has been designed for use by trainers and facilitators to prepare and conduct the workshops.

Due to new developments in the context and continuous assessment of the needs of HRDs, there is need to update the modules for example on safety, and security. The manual will be updated and printed in the first quarter of implementation and used in the training of CSO members and HRDs in the selected districts particularly on safety and security skills to address the ever changing times currently faced by HRDs and CSOs in Uganda.

Overall Objective

To review and update the current HRCU’s human rights defenders training manual published in 2015

Specific Tasks

In close collaboration with the HRCU, the consultant will undertake the following activities:

  1. Prepare a detailed inception report articulating the understanding of TOR, proposed methodology and work plan for undertaking the consultancy
  2. Prepare an analysis report outlining the current short-comings in the manual. Methodology for developing such report should involve review of current manual and other relevant reference documents, meetings with the HRCU programmes department and other key stakeholders. This process should also involve desk review and interviews with selected human rights defenders focal persons in various regions
  3. Hold a review meeting with critical stakeholders such as human rights defenders and CSOs who are the beneficiaries of the training as part of reviewing the current manual and identify areas requiring major changes and incorporate inputs
  4. Finalize the manual and submit both soft and hard copy to HRCU

Expected deliverables




Prepare a detailed inception report articulating your understanding of TOR, proposed methodology and work plan for undertaking the assignment

A detailed inception report that outlines, methodology, and work plan for undertaking the assignment

5 days

Prepare an analysis report outlining the current short-comings in the manual

Analysis completed and report submitted.

5 days

Hold a review meeting with critical stakeholders and identify areas requiring major changes and incorporate inputs

Review meetings held and areas requiring major changes identified.

5 days

Finalise the manual and submit both soft and hard copy to HRCU

Manual finalized and submitted

5 days


Total duration

21 days


The consultant will work closely with the HRCU Programmes Department. Formal supervisor will be the senior programme Officer Research and Training.

Skills and Competencies

  1. Degree in law, human rights,  governance or other relevant field
  2. Minimum of 10 years’ experience with focus on human rights law, research, advocacy or other related fields
  3. Excellent understanding and experience in human rights  and human rights defenders
  4. Experience in planning and designing participatory meetings and trainings with engaging facilitation methods and activities
  5. Excellent process planning, organizing and facilitation skills including in relation to development of manuals
  6. Extensive experience in developing manuals, analysis and report writing
  7. Excellent writing and presentation skills and excellent command of the English language

General conditions

  1. HRCU  will not provide any material or logistics support not provided in the contract agreement
  2. The consultant will not be entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement
  3. Payments will be based on the successful completion of deliverables
  4. Under the consultancy agreement, a month is defined as 21 working days. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays

Other Key Information:

Timeline: It is expected that the work will start shortly after the signing of the contract.

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, comprehensive curriculum vitae including three contactable references and technical and financial proposal to: and c/c to

Deadline for this application is 08th March 2018

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

HRCU is an equal opportunity employer

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