Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST Uganda) and AFIC are recruiting two Assurance Professionals to support their programmes in Uganda. The main objective of the task is to verify information which is currently being disclosed to the public since the inception of CoST in Uganda. At-least two construction projects shall be subjected to the Assurance Process. This consultancy service is procured with the following major objectives: To assist the MSG to liaise with the Procuring Entities (PEs) managing the selected projects to ensure the publication of the relevant data as outlined in the Disclosure Tables in Annex A. To verify the accuracy and completeness of data disclosed on all or a subset of CoST projects, as required by the MSG. To produce reports that are clearly intelligible to the non-specialist, outlining the extent and accuracy of information released on CoST projects. To analyze disclosed and verified data on all or a subset of CoST projects in order to make informed judgments about the cost and quality of the built infrastructure. To produce reports that highlights any cause for concern revealed by the analyzed information. Please follow this link for detailed ToR

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AFIC is looking for a consultant to design and develop CoST Uganda Website; Africa Freedom of Information Center (AFIC) and the Management Stakeholders Group for Construction Transparency Initiative Uganda (CoST) are looking for a consultant (s) with good public etiquette and skills to design and develop CoST Uganda programme web site. The Website is expected to provide information about Ugandan enabling environment in regard to public contracts in infrastructure sector (laws, regulations, stakeholders, etc. the policies, laws and regulations affecting the procurement and delivery of infrastructure projects. Provide information about CoST Uganda (description of projects, activities, results) and provide a platform for exchange of ideas, good practices, foras and events related to public contracting among others. AFIC will provide the necessary information. The consultant(s) should possess: A degree in Computer science, Information Technology with over 5 years experience in website design and maintenance, a Master’s degree or relevant professional certification in Computer science will be an added advantage. A bly understands the infrastructure, governance, transparency and accountability sectors in Uganda; A proven experience in website design, hosting, maintenance and management. The consultant (s) who meets these requirements should submit a maximum of 10 pages expression of interest. The deadline for proposals is on the 22d of November 2016 at 5.00 p.m.  Please email proposals or inquiries to, CoST Uganda Project Officer at olive@africafoicentre.org Terms of Reference 1.     Background The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) works with governments, the private sector and local communities around the world to get better value for money in public infrastructure investments. By increasing transparency and accountability, CoST is a catalyst for reform. The initiative improves efficiency and reduces mismanagement, corruption, and risks posed to the public from poor construction. CoST increases transparency by disclosing data on public infrastructure projects. Forty data points are disclosed at...

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AFIC is looking for a consultant to conduct CoST Uganda scoping study; Africa Freedom of Information Center (AFIC) and the Management Stakeholders Group for Construction Transparency Initiative Uganda (CoST) are looking for a consultant (s) with good public etiquette to conduct a scoping study to inform CoST Uganda programme. The study will provide a baseline of transparency on the various aspects of current levels of disclosure of data on publicly funded infrastructure projects. The findings will be compared with the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard (IDS) to provide a point of reference against which to assess changes in the level of disclosure over time. It will also provide valuable early messages and recommendations for designing a suitable CoST programme for Uganda. The consultant(s) should possess: A degree in Social Sciences, Public Procurement, Public Management or other relevant field, a master degree with focus on Public Procurement is highly valued. A proven background in infrastructure, governance, procurement, transparency and accountability in Uganda. A proven experience in conducting timely studies using common set of research methodologies including interviews, quantitative surveys, desk reviews, focus groups among others. Experience of effective interactions with local and national organizations, government, procurement entities and international actors. The consultant(s) who meets these requirements should submit a maximum of 10 pages expression of interest. The deadline for proposals is on the 22d of November 2016 at 5.00 p.m.  Please email proposals or inquiries to, CoST Uganda Project Officer at olive@africafoicentre.org Terms of Reference 1.       Background The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) works with governments, the private sector and local communities around the world to get better value for money in public infrastructure investments. By increasing transparency and accountability, CoST is a catalyst for reform. The initiative improves efficiency and reduces mismanagement, corruption, and risks posed to the public from poor...

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Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) and Citizens Watch IT (CEWIT) in partnership with OXFAM are seeking a consultant to carry out an assessment of existing accountability structures at national level and seleddistricts in Uganda as per this Terms of Reference (ToR).   The Consultant should have at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in carrying out social impact assessments, mapping, and research. Qualified and interested applicants should submit approach memoire with CV to charity@africafoicentre.org with CC to mugisha@cewit.or.ug not later than close of business on Wednesday October 12, 2016. Both approach memoire and CV should not exceed 6 pages.  

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  Job description   Hosted by Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (Uganda) is a Chapter of the International Construction Sector Transparency Initiative based in United Kingdom. CoST Uganda is recruiting to fill the position of Programme Officer. The appointment is for an initial 8 months. Details of the position and responsibilities are provided below.   JOB TITLE:                                       Programme Officer   RESPONSIBLE TO:                         Chairman, Multi-Stakeholder Group with assistance from Head of Host Institution of CoST Uganda   PURPOSE OF THE JOB:                To manage the delivery of the CoST Uganda Implementation Plan within budget and advise the Multi-Stakeholder Group accordingly to ensure a successful country programme.   Responsibilities   1       Financial Management   1.1.   Prepare annual budget and funding applications to deliver the activities specified in the CoST country Implementation Plan.   1.2.   Manage the preparation of quarterly management accounts for the Multi-Stakeholder Group and the International Secretariat.   1.3.   Manage the preparation of end of year accounts in line with current legislation and in consultation with auditors.   1.4.   Manage income including updating donor records, handling donor relations preparing payment requests to donors.   1.5.   Monitor the income and expenditure of funding, preparing reports as required.   1.6.   Approve payments to suppliers and consultants in accordance with agreed procedures.   1.7  Ensure payroll is functioning   2          Administrative Management   2.1        Lead on the preparation for Multi-Stakeholder Group Meetings such as consulting on the agenda and advise the Multi-Stakeholder Group on key issues.   2.2        Manage the delivery of all other meetings such as disclosure events, annual general meeting etc.   2.3        Maintain appropriate insurance cover for CoST and its activities.   2.4        Maintain and develop office systems and procedures.     3          Project management   1.7  In partnership with the Multi-Stakeholder Group,...

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AFIC is seeking a fundraising and financial sustainability specialist to support the development of a practical and effective fundraising strategy that reflects the organisation’s goals and context and supports the implementation of its strategic plan. The strategy will contain practical steps that AFIC can follow to pursue and secure funds. The specialist will also prepare the organisation with practical skills to implement the strategy by strengthening its skills in resource mobilisation, donor identification and donor relationship-building. Please follow this link for ToR Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV to AFIC Coordinator and Head of Secretariat at info@africafoicentre.org by 14th October, 2016.

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Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) wishes to engage the services of an audit firm for the purpose of auditing the “Enhancing Good Governance through Citizens’ participation in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi” Project as stipulated in the agreement between AFIC and SIDA. The audit shall be carried out in accordance with international audit standards issued by IAASB. Please find details in Terms of Reference here  

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Are you passionate about citizens access to information, social accountability, open contracting or open government? You could be the person AFIC is looking for. Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is a pan- African membership civil society organisation and resource centre promoting the right of access to information, open government and open contracting across Africa. It currently has a membership of 39 civil society organisations from 23 African countries. AFIC has an Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and actively uses this platform to engage the Commission on various freedom of information and expression issues in Africa. AFIC regularly uses international mechanisms such as ACHPR and UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review through shadow reporting. AFIC is also a member of the Steering Committee of African Union-European Union civil society partnership on human rights dialogue and democratic governance through which agenda-setting and information sharing on the human rights situation is done. As a resource centre, AFIC’s strategic plan includes promoting application of the right to information in various sectors and thematic groups. It is also charged with developing tools and methodologies to assist its members and partners to apply the right to information. In this regard, AFIC is implementing social accountability initiatives on key areas as open contracting and access to information in sectors like health, education and extractives. Programme Officer is pivotal to the realisation of this strategy and is expected to play the following responsibilities. Key responsibilities Develop and implement RTI and social accountability programmes and activities in line with AFIC strategic plan Coordinate implementation of existing programmes on access to information and social accountability Train AFIC members and partners on various social accountability models and approaches Document and disseminate key experiences and lessons from AFIC’s RTI and social accountability initiatives...

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Africa Freedom of Information Centre Terms of Reference for Financial Audit for the Year 2015 A. Introduction The Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) seeks to engage the services of an Audit firm to audit its accounts for the period of January 01, 2015 to December 31,2015 in respect to its policies. Details are found below. i. Background The Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is a pan-African membership, Non-Governmental resource centre promoting the right of access to information in Africa. The organization was established in 2006 in Nigeria before it was moved to Kampala in 2010. AFIC currently has 35 members in 22 African countries with a goal to advance freedom of information in Africa as a key pillar in the strengthening of a culture of human rights, sustainable development, and open and accountable governance based on the rule of law. ii. Organisational Purpose AFIC’s mission is to advance freedom of information in Africa by engaging selectively with continental level actors, institutions and processes and sub-regional organizations through: monitoring international, continental and regional treaty commitments and compliance related to access to information; co-ordinating and amplifying the voice of its members at a continental and regional level; aggregating the skills and experiences of its members in support of one another trans-nationally; and by acting in solidarity with the advocacy efforts of its members. During the life of its strategic plan AFIC hopes to achieve the following outcomes; 1. The value of FOI as a human right, as a tool to advance sustainable development, and as means to promote accountable governance and the rule of law, is    understood and recognized in key African forums and influential institutions and organizations. 2. International, continental and regional treaty commitments relating to FOI are respected and compliance with such FOI instruments increases. 3. More Freedon...

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TERMS OF REFERENCE BASELINE STUDY 1.    Background Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is implementing a project in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda. The project has the goal is to promote good governance, accountability and address corruption. The objective is to promote citizens access to information, strengthen engagement between citizens and anticorruption agencies as well as deepening and broadening knowledge base on ATI and anticorruption. The main target groups are civil society organizations, public officials, journalists, anti-corruption institutions and oversight bodies. The objective is to empower communities, government and other institutions on the promotion and effective implementation of right to information frameworks and disseminate its application on the fight against corruption. This project is the inception stage of a larger program planned for mid 2016. This project recognizes that there is certain level of awareness of communities on the right to information and that the different legal frameworks affect the different advocacy strategies on the right to information and fight against corruption. 1.1.        Project’s specific objectives The general objective of this project is to enhance accountability and service delivery though effective access to information. The specific objectives are (1) to strengthen citizens’ capacities to demand for public information, (2) enhance capacities of public agencies to implement right to information and, (3) to improve collaboration between citizens/CSO and anti-corruption institutions. 2.    Context of the consultancy 2.1.        Overall objective The objective of this consultancy is to conduct a baseline study to provide AFIC and partners with appropriate and in-depth understanding of the socio-economic and political environment under which civil society and public institutions promote and use the right to information in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda. The baseline study should establish the challenges faced on the promotion of right to information among the targeted audiences in order to inform the successful implementation of the...

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Introduction The Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is initiating the process of updating its policies to bring them in line with national laws as well as international best practice. In this regard AFIC seeks the services of a consultant to audit Ugandan employment laws and study previous audit reports with a view of supporting the revision of AFIC’s Policies Background AFIC is a pan-African civil society organization and resource center that promotes the right of access to information on the continent through comparative research, coordinating regional advocacy, facilitating information-sharing and capacity building. AFIC is a membership organization with 35 civil society organizational members in 21 African countries that started operations in 2010. Most of the work is involves technical support to national actors to ensure effective advocacy for the right to information; also conduct advocacy with governments and multilateral organizations on the continent. AFIC has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right. Over the years, the character and needs of the organization keep changing in order to meet the diverse and growing needs of members and partners across the continent. Key to this is the need to meet language and regional contexts of the African continent. Institutional policies are central to providing a conducive environment that is essential to address needs of members in a dynamic environment while at the same time complying with national laws and policies governing immigration and employment. In 2010 AFIC adopted institutional policies governing the management of its finances, procurement and human resources. Evaluation of Africa Freedom of Information Centre recommended strengthening and expanding number of staff to meet dynamic and growing needs of a growing organization. AFIC seeks services of a consultant to carry out an audit of Ugandan employment and immigration laws and policies with a view of...

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TERMS OF REFERENCE M&E COORDINATOR ON SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY INTERVENTIONS Africa Freedom of Information Centre
 Kampala, Uganda 1. Background 1.1. General description of AFIC AFIC is a pan-African civil society organization and resource center that promotes the right of access to information on the continent through comparative research, coordinating regional advocacy, facilitating information-sharing and capacity building. AFIC is a membership organization with 35 civil society organizational members in 21 African countries that started operations in 2010. Most of the work is involves technical support to national actors to ensure effective advocacy for the right to information; also conduct advocacy with governments and multilateral organizations on the continent. AFIC has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right. AFIC will lead the implementation of a 4 years project in Uganda financed by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) of the World Bank. The project Enhancing Accountability and Performance of Social Service Contracts in Uganda, is implemented in partnership with Transparency International Uganda, INFOC Uganda and Uganda Contracts Monitoring Coalition will institutionalize citizen-government engagements to solve key governance and contracting issues in education, health and agriculture. The project will be implemented in five Ugandan districts (Lira, Oyam, Arua-northern, Kabale and Ntungamo- western) where it will further support constructive engagement between CSOs and governments to generate meaningful responses to citizen concerns regarding public contracting such that the accountability loop is closed. Activities will include development of monitoring tools, training and supervision of community monitors, monitoring of contracts and services, and the facilitation of cooperation between government and civil society. In addition, the project incorporates two more components on Knowledge and Learning where knowledge creation, capture, sharing and collaboration will be the core element of the project. The other focus of the project will be to strengthen the capacity of Uganda Contracts...

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Introduction The Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is seeking the services of a consultant (s) to develop a right to information training / resource manual for public officials Background The right to information is established as fundamental human right under international law. It is enshrined in African human rights instruments as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right (ACHPR); Article 9 (1) of the Charter states thus: “Every individual shall have the right to receive information”. In addition, other treaties adopted by the African Union in the last 10 years have provisions on the right o information. In particular, Article 6 of the African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration holds that, 1. Public Service and Administration shall make available to users information on procedures and formalities pertaining to public service delivery. 2. Public Service and Administration shall inform users of all decisions made concerning them, the reasons behind those decisions, as well as the mechanisms available for appeal. 3. Public Service and Administration shall establish effective communication systems and processes to inform the public about service delivery, to enhance access to information by users, as well as to receive their feedback and inputs. 4. Public Service and Administration shall ensure that administrative procedures and documents are presented in a user-friendly and simplified manner. All member states of the African Union have ratified the ACHPR, recognizing the right of citizen to access information in the hands of government. 17 African countries have constitutional provisions on the right to information while 13 have adopted specific legislations to support the enjoyment of the right to information. Despite this progress in the development of legal frameworks on ATI in Africa, full enjoyment of the right by ordinary citizens remains a challenge. On the demand side, the main factors affecting enjoyment of...

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The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is a continental network of free expression organisations.  The vision of AFEX is “An Africa where all peoples are free to express themselves”. Its mission is to increase the effectiveness of African free expression organisations in addressing freedom of expression challenges on the continent.  AFEX is currently made up of freedom of expression organisations in Africa that are members of the Toronto-based global network, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX). Its Secretariat is hosted by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in Accra, Ghana. AFEX is calling for applications from eligible candidates for the position of a NETWORK CO-ORDINATOR. JOB SUMMARY The Co-ordinator of the AFEX network will work under the day-to-day supervision of the Executive Director of the MFWA and under the strategic direction and guidance of the AFEX Steering Committee. The Co-ordinator will be responsible for the coordination, implementation and management of AFEX programmes, projects and operations as approved by the AFEX Steering Committee. The position also involves networking with key stakeholders and fundraising for the Network. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: •    Advancing the work, goal and objectives of AFEX by facilitating networking and information exchange among members, other organisations and individuals working in fields relevant to the AFEX’s mandate; •    Acting as the primary point of contact for all AFEX-related issues; •    Expanding partnerships with various international, regional, and national governmental and non-governmental organisations. •    Facilitating, organising logistics and preparing materials for Steering Committee and General Meetings of AFEX, whether physical or virtual, including taking and circulating minutes of such meetings; •    Creating mechanisms to ensure that information about AFEX and its activities is adequately disseminated amongst members and the general public through the use of strategic communication processes and tools including websites, newsletters, journals, bulletins, reports, among others; •  ...

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Position Information Institution: African Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) Job title: Legal/ Research Officer Duration: Initial one year full time with three months probation Duty station: Kampala, Uganda Entry date: As soon as possible Deadline of application: April 17, 2014 Job Purpose: Under the supervision of the Head of Secretariat, the Legal/ Research Officer will focus on the implementation of AFIC’s strategic plan through access to information comparative research, advocacy and litigation support to members. Key Responsibilities Carry out ATI comparative research across countries and ATI issues Support national campaigns through review of draft bills and analysis of laws In coordination with members and partners, produce and provide regional and international mechanisms with shadow and other monitoring reports Support national campaigns with advocacy as requested by members Develop tools and resources in support of different stages of RTI Provide opinion on ongoing online and other debates around RTI on regional and international level Carryout fundraising activities Elaborate and lead implementation of AFIC’s RTI strategic litigation strategy Develop and implement regional RTI capacity building programmes for members and partners in such areas as strategic litigation, RTI implementation, monitoring and reporting Coordinate with members and partners in implementing legal RTI research PERSON SPECIFICATIONS Education and Experience: Postgraduate degree or Diploma in Law, Political Science, Public Administration, International Development, Media or Communications Studies or Humanities, or related filed; First degree in law Must have at least three years relevant experience in legal research, access to information or humanrights Experience of programme planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and reporting within a nongovernmental organization Experience of litigation, training and capacity building to partners. Practical experience of preparing proposals and reports for institutional donors Experience of living and working in Africa. Skills: Excellent communication skills in both verbal and written English and French. Cross cultural sensitivity...

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