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ORAM Research Consultant

Consultant Terms of Reference

Title: ORAM Field Research and Needs Assessment Consultant

Dates: October 1st, 2022 through March 31st, 2023

Location: Uganda – Kampala, Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyangwali, Kyaka II, Rwamwanja settlements.  

Reporting lines: Consultant will be reporting to Senior Program Manager, based in Berlin, Germany, with support from ORAM’s Project Officer based in Nairobi, Kenya.


The contractor will be based in Kampala, Uganda with travel to other sites as necessary, and will provide consulting services over the period of six months from October 1st, 2022 through March 31st, 2023.

About the Project

About ORAM

ORAM protects and empowers exceptionally vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees globally, creating sustainability and systemic change. We assist vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees on every step of their journey, working along displacement routes and in transit countries. We connect individuals with the resources and opportunities they need to build safe, stable and empowered lives.  


​About the Project

Vulnerable and marginalized groups often live on the edge of society, in isolation, and are therefore often unable to access available services. ORAM will be conducting an in-depth needs assessment in order understand the unique challenges and needs vulnerable and marginalized asylum seekers and refugees face in the refugee settlements in Uganda. A gap analysis of existing services will be conducted to understand what support is available to vulnerable individuals and what support is still needed. The information from the needs assessment will provide the basis for a series inclusion training session, which will be provided to service providers and duty bearers in the settlements, providing them with the tools to ensure their programmes meet the needs of everyone they serve.

  • Purpose and Objectives


  • To identify the understanding of inclusive programming and the level of accessibility of program services to marginalized and vulnerable groups for more inclusive programing in target refugee settlements– Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyangwali, Kyaka II, Rwamwanja settlements.

  • To identify needs and barriers accessing services for marginalized and vulnerable refugees and host communities – Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyangwali, Kyaka II, Rwamwanja settlements.

  • To provide recommendations for more inclusive programming in target refugee settlements– Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyangwali, Kyaka II, Rwamwanja settlements for ALIGHT and other service providers/ actors; as well as recommendations for a subsequent training with service providers.

Specific Activities

  • Inception report for the planned research, including a dissemination plan for the report

  • Liaison with UNHCR and OPM on the planned research to obtain input and buy in on the research design; as well as any necessary permission required from OPM for the research

  • Conduct a do no harm approach and risk assessment for the research; as well as signposting for support/ services in case this is needed for research participants following the research

  • Identify extremely vulnerable and marginalized asylum seekers and refugees to participate in the research

  • Draft data collection tools and finalise these based on input from ALIGHT, UNHCR and OPM

  • Conduct Key Informant Interviews with service providers and actors in the target settlements

  • Map the marginalized community by geography and size and other pertinent characteristics;

  • Hire data collectors to aid in the data collection

  • Conduct the data collection with extremely vulnerable and marginalized asylum seekers and refugees assessing their needs, barriers to accessing services and their needs being met by service providers;

  • Draft report on findings and recommendations for inclusive programming and good practices that can be scaled up by key stakeholders;

  • Share the report with respective stakeholders to receive feedback on findings and recommendations;

  • Liaising and working closely with UNHCR and hold stakeholder roundtables to discuss the report;

  • Finalise the report including feedback from ALIGHT, UNHCR, OPM and other stakeholders

  • Work closely with the ALIGHT Uganda office, ORAM’s parent organization and partner on the ground on coordination and support.

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Deliverables Timelines

Payment Mile-stones -these will be confirmed with amounts per milestone with the consultant

Desired Skills include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Relevant research qualification

  • Experience in conducting field research, ideally in refugee settings, with demonstrated evidence with 2 examples of relevant work

  • Proven ability to conduct inclusive and sensitive needs assessments;

  • Proven high level of written English;

  • Proven experience in report writing;

  • Knowledge on the humanitarian setting, asylum and migration in Uganda;

  • A good understanding of the humanitarian principles and operations of the UNHCR in Uganda, as well as other key stakeholders in the field;

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues facing the most vulnerable and socially marginalized asylum seekers and refugees;

  • Proven ability to work with diverse communities;

  • Dedication to inclusion of marginalized communities;

  • High level of professionalism;

  • Creativity and strong problem-solving skills;

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;

  • Ability to work remotely;

  • Ability to connect with a wide range of stakeholders;

  • Discipline, strong organizational skills and attention to detail required;

  • Knowledge of French and / or Swahili a plus.

  • Experience in data analysis, presentation methods and data analysis.

Submission guidance:

Please submit a CV, 1-page letter of motivation, written response to the ToR with budget, two examples of written work, two references to, by the 19th of September 2022.

ORAM is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment and internships without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. ORAM complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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