1.0 Background:

The Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC) is an umbrella network of grass root ermerging female sex worker (FSW) led organisations. AWAC was established in 2015 by champions of the female sex worker movement. We exist to promote the voices and work of grassroot FSWs led organisations based in rural and peri-urban settings. Our core target constituency are female sex workers including those with intersecting vulnerabilities such as FSWs using drugs; FSWs living with HIV/AIDS; refugees FSWs in urban setting; FSWs living with disability; elderly FSWs; children of sex workers and adolescents surviving in the sex work settings in Uganda. AWAC has successfully mobilized her members to challenge stigma, discrimination and criminalization of all forms, has championed access to integrated quality HIV/SRHR/GBV and mental health services, led legislative advocacy campaigns, conducted operational research, capacity building programs on leadership and grassroot movement building in Uganda. Our geographical areas of implementation are: slum areas, Islands, landing sites, transit routes, mining, quarrying, plantations, road construction sites and boarder areas in Uganda. Our work is implemented at grass-root, district, national level in Uganda, and seeks to impact practices, processes and policies at all levels. We work collaboratively with grass root communities, health and human rights organizations and professional and associations as well as relevant government ministries and departments.

AWAC’s core purpose are: acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG); addressing stigma, discrimination & challenging criminalization of all forms using the Community Led Monitoring(CLM) and Score Card (SC) Model; providing and championing access to integrated quality HIV/SRHR/TB/Gender Based Violence (GBV)/Mental health and harm reduction interventions services; including access to preventive biomedical innovations; advocacy for gender equality and equity and campaigns; conducting operational research and documentation; capacity building in feminist transactional leadership, mentorship and grassroot advocacy movement building to strengthen grassroot community structures; social economic empowerment (SEE) to diversify female sex workers and those with intersecting vulnerabilities’ income through her innovative models in Uganda.

AWAC also work in collaboratively with other individual and organisation which serve as referral points for services that it does not directly offer. These include grass root communities, health units, professional and associations, social welfare departments of government, law enforcement officers, non-governmental organizations- especially human rights organizations and other donor funded projects. With her head office is in Kampala-Mengo Kayuwa Zone, Off Balintuma roads-on Nabulagala road, but also with physical field offices/Drop in Centres in Kyotera, Masaka, Busia boarder, Terego-Rhino based Camp and Luwero districts- Wobulenzi highway.

AWAC’s geographical areas of implementation are; slum areas, Islands, landing sites, transit routes, mining, quarrying, plantations, road construction sites and boarder areas in Uganda. AWAC implements at the grass-root using the bottom up approach across the country in Uganda, and seeks to impact practices, processes and policies at all levels in 47 districts of implementation include; Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Busia, Tororo, Kabale, Isingiro, Kyotera, Masaka, Rakai, Lyantonde, Mbarara, Kasese, Kabarole, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Bundibugyo, Mbale, Jinja, Terego, Arua, Yumbe, Adjuman, Hoima, Gulu, Nakasongola, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Lira, Kitgum, Pader, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Moroto, Soroti, Kotido, Nepak, Luwero, Kabongo, Napiripiti, Mityana, Buikwe, Iganga, Mayuge, Bugiri, Namayingo and Kalangala.

AWAC Mission: “To build a resilient movement of female sex workers’ that advocates for sustainable integrated universal health care, promotion of human rights and social protection, economic justice for FSWs and those with intersecting & Compounded vulnerabilities in Uganda”.

AWAC Vision: “An inclusive policy and social environment where grassroots FSWs and those with intersecting & compounded vulnerabilities live healthy and productive lives that are free from human rights abuse in Uganda”.

AWAC Strategic Objectives
1) To strengthen the economic security and social protection of FSWs and those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
2) To contribute to attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 8,10, 16, 17 by enhancing social mobilization and promotion of human rights among FSWs and those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
3) To advance SRHR services so that all FSWs, including those with intersecting and compounded vulnerabilities exercise their bodily autonomy, consent and control over their choices and decisions.
4) To strengthen a resilient female sex workers’ movement to leverage on their capacities to demand for an enabling environment, equitable services and hold duty bearers accountable on existing development programmes.
5) To enhance access to integrated universal health care services among FSWs & those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
6) To strengthen the institutional capacity of AWAC and her network members to effectively deliver the strategic plan.

AWAC Core Values:
 Mutual Respect and Integrity.
 Empowerment and Meaningful involvement
 Transparency and Accountability
 Appreciating diversity and non-discrimination
 Innovation, Excellence and Team Work
 Human rights and evidence based programming

Background and Justification of the project

Learning from post COVID-19 effects AWAC embarked on a campaign – #HerLegacyInitiative to strategically sustain and accelerate investments towards establishing and furnishing AWAC Hub of Holistic Transformation (HHOT) even after donor funding is no more. Through the Community Health Livelihoods and Enhancement Groups (CHLEGs) Model, AWAC is establishing a Female Sex Workers’ (FSWs) led Sacco/Micro-Finance Bank for & by FSWs living with multiple and intersecting vulnerabilities and their children. The model will champion innovation and economically empower FSWs to diversify their income so that they are able to cater for their basic needs even after retirement such as education, shelter/housing, business including income generating activities and food security- since sex workers have very limited opportunities to access government social protection benefits such as National Social Security Funds (NSSF)/gratuity or pension. Among the avenues for raising resources towards this initiative include; staff contribution, consultancy services, donor contribution, membership fees and Donations both online and in-kind contributions, car washing, expos/exhibitions, Dinners, Marathons and Research. The HHOT will provide survivors of violence with a safe space for healing, sharing, learning, carrying out recreational activities, occupational therapy and vocational facilities. AWAC HHOT will also be a hub of excellence in trauma informed care comprised of a Mental Health Wellness Centre; Economic Empowerment Centre; Research & Innovation Centre, Trainees’ & Volunteers’ facility, Conference/workshop/retreat facilities and a literacy center for FSWs living with multiple and Intersecting vulnerabilities and their children in Uganda.

The intended project results/Expected deliverables are;
1. Document indicating comprehension of the task including; 1. Understanding of the deliverables, 2. Proposed Methodology and approach to the task, 3. Time Frame to handle the task, 4. Bank details and the TIN and Consultant’s profile with previous work experience related to this task
2. Developed AWAC Community Health and Livelihood Enhancement Groups (CHLEG) business costed concept – aimed at establishing a Female Sex Workers led Sacco/Micro-Finance Bank for Sex Workers and their children to cater for their basic needs
3. Developed AWAC HerLegacyInitiative costed concept to accelerate investments towards establishing and furnishing AWAC Hub of Holistic Transformation (HHOT) including a costed architectural digital plan to strategically sustain and accelerate investments towards fulfilling AWAC’s mandate even after donor funding is no more.
4. Make physical presentations to the AWAC team and online presentations to the steering committee of the HerLegacy Initiative, on the drafts and final deliverables

Purpose / objectives of the consultancy
1. To support AWAC develop Community Health and Livelihood Enhancement Groups (CHLEG) business costed concept – aimed at establishing a Female Sex Workers led Sacco/Micro-Finance Bank for Sex Workers and their children to cater for their basic needs.
2. To support AWAC develop HerLegacyInitiative costed concept to accelerate investments towards establishing and furnishing AWAC Hub of Holistic Transformation (HHOT) including a costed architectural digital plan to strategically sustain and accelerate investments towards fulfilling AWAC’s mandate even after donor funding is no more.

Methodology
The consultant will use participatory approaches to execute the assignment. S/he will be responsible for developing specific and friendly facilitative techniques (brainstorming sessions) that are appropriate to meet purpose of this assignment.

Roles of AWAC
1. Contract the consultant to lead the process.
2. Mobilize participants to attend the meetings and brief them about the entire process.
3. Provide the consultant with related documents for review
4. Organize field logistics including for meetings.
5. Support a rapporteur to capture all proceedings/processes
6. Provide a dedicated team working with the consultant

Specific roles of the consultant
Work with AWAC and keep timely communication flow in the process of executing the assignment
1) Develop 2 drafts and present to AWAC staff and the steering committee specifically:
a) AWAC Community Health and Livelihood Enhancement Groups (CHLEG) business costed concept – aimed at establishing a FSWs led Sacco/Micro-Finance Bank for Sex Workers and their children to cater for their basic needs; b) AWAC HerLegacyInitiative costed concept to accelerate investments towards establishing and furnishing AWAC Hub of Holistic Transformation (HHOT) including a costed architectural digital plan to strategically sustain and accelerate investments towards fulfilling AWAC’s mandate even after donor funding is no more.
2) Develop final a) AWAC Community Health and Livelihood Enhancement Groups (CHLEG) business costed concept – aimed at establishing a FSWs led Sacco/Micro-Finance Bank for Sex Workers and their children to cater for their basic needs; b) AWAC HerLegacyInitiative costed concept to accelerate investments towards establishing and furnishing AWAC Hub of Holistic Transformation (HHOT) including a costed architectural digital plan to strategically sustain and accelerate investments towards fulfilling AWAC’s mandate even after donor funding is no more.

To apply, submit your Expression of Interest (one page), CV (3 pages max), one reference/recommendation letter from previous consultancies to info@awacuganda.org and copy in, kyomukamar@awacuganda.org and ssemakulam@awacuganda.org no later than 15th April