Call for Legal Consultants (Re-Advertised)

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RE-ADVERTISED: KITUO CHA KATIBA PROJECT ON ELECTORAL JUSTICE AND REFORM IN UGANDA 

A CALL FOR LEGAL CONSULTANTS

I.0 Project Background

Kituo cha Katiba: Eastern Africa Centre for Constitutional Development (KcK) is implementing a project on electoral reform and justice in Uganda, aimed at contributing to enhancing electoral democracy in the country. The project involves 3 major components: monitoring compliance by the Attorney General with the orders of the Supreme Court in a public interest litigation (PIL) case (Civil Application No.05 of 2019) that challenged the Attorney General’s non-compliance with the orders of the same court made in Presidential Election Petition No.1 of 2016 and public awareness creation about the PIL case; a comprehensive study of the 10 electoral reforms proposed by the Supreme Court in the 2016 Presidential Election Petition; and a critical review of the 2016 parliamentary election judgements to ascertain their consistency and legal basis with a view to improving future adjudication of electoral disputes.

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Director and in close consultation with the Programme Manager, KcK intends to hire three (3) legal experts as individual consultants or firms, to undertake the above project. KcK seeks to hire Consultants (both as individuals or/and firms) to monitor the compliance of the AG; be part of a team that will participate in high level media engagements on electoral reform in Uganda and the place of the Supreme Court recommendations and orders on the same; and/ or author a paper on selected recommendations on electoral reform out of the 10 made by the Supreme Court in 2016, drawing on best practices from elsewhere and the ongoing parliamentary process on electoral reform in Uganda.

2.0 Duties and Responsibilities (Scope of Work)

The 3 legal experts will undertake specified tasks under the thematic categories below as follows:

  1. Monitoring the implementation of the Supreme Court orders on electoral reform spelt out in the 2019 PIL case:
  1. Review and analyze legal and political implications of the 2019 PIL Supreme Court ruling on the governance trajectory of Uganda.
  2. Analyze the AG reports made in response to the orders of the Supreme Court in the 2019 PIL case, to assess their compliance with the orders of the Court;
  3. Actively participate and engage in discussions on the PIL and AG’s reports to the Supreme Court on electoral reforms;
  4. Present and defend the paper analyzing the 2019 PIL ruling and  its legal and political implications on the governance trajectory of Uganda at a Legal Experts Forum;
  5. Actively participate and engage in discussions on the PIL and AG’s reports, at the Legal Experts Forum;
  1. Increase public awareness on the 2019 PIL, the 10  recommendations on electoral reform made by the Supreme Court in 2016, and recent electoral reforms passed by Parliament:
  • Compile/contribute to the compilation of 2 newspaper articles on PIL in English (later to be translated to 4 local languages);
  • Participate in 3 high level Radio panel discussions on PIL in English and Luganda;
  • Make a presentation at and/participate in a national Stakeholders Symposium on electoral reforms and PIL;
  • Make a presentation at and/participate in an awareness forum on electoral reforms and PIL for the Media fraternity;
  • Make a presentation at and/participate in an awareness forum on electoral reforms and PIL for Artists.
  • Attend 5 Forums to explain the 2019 Supreme Court PIL ruling to different key stakeholders.
  1. Increase evidence/information on the 10 Supreme Court recommendations on electoral reform arising out of Election Petition No.1 of 2016:    
  1. Conduct a study on the 10 recommendations for electoral reform made by the Supreme Court in 2016, the electoral reforms proposed and contained in the various 2019 Bills tabled in Parliament, the reforms passed by parliament; and evolve a thematic working paper; 
  2. Present the thematic working paper for peer review to a group of researchers and legal experts in electoral and constitutional law from Uganda and East African region;
  3. Present the working paper before selected government entities and constitutional bodies with a view to influencing electoral legislation and practice;

3.0  Expected Outputs and Deliverables

  1. A paper analyzing the 2019 PIL ruling of Supreme Court and its implications on the governance trajectory of Uganda
  2. A paper analyzing the state of compliance by the AG with the orders of the Supreme Court in the 2019 PIL.
  3. A paper presented at a National Stakeholders Symposium on electoral reforms and PIL;
  4. Publishable thematic working papers critiquing selected Supreme Court recommendations on electoral reforms made in 2016, recent electoral reforms passed law by the Parliament of Uganda in 2020, with best practices from elsewhere including Eastern Africa.

4.0 Competencies/Requirements

 

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Law  OR
  • In case of a law firm, over 7 years’ experience in handling public interest or Strategic impact litigation, electoral justice and constitutional matters.

 

Work Experience;

  • 7 years of professional research in the areas of good governance, rule of law, constitutionalism and electoral democracy. Evidence of published articles in the above fields is desirable;
  • Experience in litigating as a team or individual on matters of electoral justice, constitutionalism and rule of law at the Constitutional and Supreme Courts of Uganda;
  • Knowledge of emerging Court interventionist orders in augmenting electoral democracy such as Structural interdicts;  OR
  • In case of a law firm, over 7 years’ experience in handling constitutional matters, litigating constitutional disputes and public interest or Strategic impact litigation.

Skills:

  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and proofreading skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal  and communication skills;
  • Ability to be flexible and adjust to task changes resulting from project reviews and feedback processes.
  • Fluency in written and spoken in English.

5.0 Intellectual Property

All information collected under the project and outputs derived, shall remain the property of KcK for which it shall enjoy exclusive user rights. 

6.0  Duration of the Assignment

The assignment will be spread over a period of 3 months, starting on 1st June, 2020.  

7.0 Consultancy Fees

Each consultant will receive an accumulated pay based on an agreed daily consultancy fee for a maximum of 36 working days for conducting the assignment.

8.0 Application Procedure  

Interested individuals should submit their detailed CV and a letter of interest clearly indicating for which component they are applying for (Post-PIL Monitoring and Public Awareness or/and Research) to the Executive Director, Kituo cha Katiba, Plot 7, Estate Link Road, Naguru, or by email to: ekibalama@kituochakatiba.org and copied to kituo@kituochakatiba.org and james.nkuubi@kituochakatiba.org by close of business on  30thApril, 2020.