KNH: Evaluation of ACAT's ESDP Programme and a Comparision of SHG & SACCO saving models in Eswatini

Kindernothilfe (KNH)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 31 October, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Kindernothilfe (KNH) has been working with children for more than 20 years. We need your help to reach more children, but we are working hard at funding our overhead costs. Find out more about our Sustainability Projects.

German-based KINDERNOTHILFE (hereafter referred to as KNH) and its Eswatini partner organisation Africa Co-operative Action Trust (hereafter referred to as ACAT) are looking for a qualified consultant or agency to conduct an evaluation of ACAT's ESDP Programme and simultaneously a Comparision of their SHG and SACCO saving models. KNH was founded in 1959 as a Christian organisation and became one of the largest child rights organisations in Germany. The overall goal of KNH is to contribute to form a world in which children and young people can live a life of human dignity, develop personal talents and, together with their families and communities take their development into their own hands. Today, KNH supports more than 2,1 million children and young people in 32 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
ACAT is a local NGO that has been in operation since August 1982. Established and registered in November 1982 as a rural development agency to enable grassroots rural people to improve and sustain their quality in life. ACAT’s main focus from its inception in 1982 is working to improve the standard of living for the marginalised rural people through the promotion of savings, agrobusiness activities and improved agricultural productivity for increased household food security and the country at large.

KNH is a long-term donor of ACAT and is currently funding the Enterprise and Skills Development Program (ESDP) in a six-year contract which comes to an end in 2022. KNH and ACAT have agreed to undertake a mid-term evaluation of the ESDP work in the 8 target communities. Next to the ESDP programme, KNH is also indirectly funding the Self-Help Group (SHG) approach of ACAT through our national SHG coordination office (NCO) hosted at Imbita Women Trust in a separate four-year contract. Monitoring and reporting of the SHG approach is channelled through the NCO.

The overall purpose of the ESDP and the SHG programme is to enable disadvantaged families to
overcome poverty in a sustainable way and to influence and assist others to achieve the same. ACAT’s ESDP staff work in the following communities: Bulekeni/Ntontozi, Ekukhanyeni, Hlane, Hosea, Mhlambanyatsi, Shiselweni 1, Shiselweni 2 and Zombodze/Emuva. ACAT’s SHG staff work in the following communities: Dzakasini, Gege, Jericho, Kukhanyeni, Ngudzeni and Sigwe.

The evaluation is to focus on the work that ACAT has done and was scheduled to do in the period from 1st March 2016 to 31st October  2019 (3,5 years) with KNH funding and what has been achieved to date. Reference may be made to KNH funded work prior to March 2016 but this is not the primary focus of the evaluation. The comparison is to focus on SHG and SACCO groups which are currently supported by KNH through the ESDP project and indirectly through the SHG programme under the NCO.

The consultant is expected to engage existing beneficiaries, previous beneficiaries (where needed), community stakeholders and partners, existing ACAT staff and fieldworkers, and the KNH Country Coordinator and SHG National Coordinator to gather relevant information to inform their findings and recommendations.

The role of the consultant is to conceptualise the evaluation and comparison, conduct the data collection, data analysis and writing up of the report. The consultant(s) should be able to communicate with the target groups in siSwati otherwise an interpreter would be required. ACAT will provide all documentation from the reporting period and any other documentation required. ACAT will facilitate access to any stakeholders and target groups requested by the consultant. ACAT and the KNH Country Coordinator will provide feedback on the inception report and draft report. KNH will also provide feedback on the draft report. The KNH Country Coordinator based in South Africa will facilitate the contract signing and payments to the consultant.

KNH and ACAT prefer the evaluation and comparison to be conducted and completed between 1 February and 30 June 2020; the field work must be conducted on dates in March/April 2020 that are suitable for ACAT and the target communities for the evaluation and comparison.

The full Terms of Reference (ToR) is available on request. Consultants or agencies interested in conducting this assignment are requested to submit their proposals by email with detailed technical and financial information. Applications are to be sent by email to the KNH Country Coordinator for South Africa and the Kingdom of Eswatini:

Application deadline is 31st October 2019 at 17h00. No late submissions will be accepted. 

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