STCSA: Endline Evaluation for Happy Living and Learning Project

Save the Children South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 20 November, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) secured funding from our partner, Save the Children Italy, to introduce a holistic Early Childhood Development project in selected communities in Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal over a two (2) year period. The project, which started in February 2018, has enabled SCSA to for the first time comprehensively address child development needs in these communities focusing on children’s rights in the context of Education, Health & Nutrition and Child Protection.
 
The target populations of the grant are children, ECD Practitioners and parents/caregivers in Gauteng (Ekurhuleni and City of Johannesburg), KwaZulu-Natal (uGu District Municipality – across 4 Municipalities) and Mpumalanga (Gert Sibande District – in Albert Luthuli Local Municipality). The project is being implemented in 46 community-based ECD centres, 30 home-based ECD centres. They have directly reached 3809 children, 160 ECD practitioners, 828 parents/caregivers, 54 stakeholders; and indirectly reached 10680 children, 106 ECD practitioners, and 1018900 adults. New centre buildings were constructed for 9 community-based ECD centres, and infrastructure renovations have been done in 7 community-based ECD centres.
 
SCSA is in need of a consultant that can provide services in documenting, reviewing and evaluating the Happy Living and Learning project.
 
2. Purpose of the consultancy:

The purpose of this consultancy is to document, review and evaluate the Happy Living and Learning Project.
 
3. Scope of work: 

  • Document the project interventions and their implementation;
  • Assess the relevance and effectiveness of the intervention approaches;
  • Assess the quality of implementation of the intervention approaches;
  • To gather feedback from beneficiaries and project staff that could demonstrate impact;
  • To identify lessons learnt in the implementation of the project;
  • Identify good practice and poor practice in the project design and implementation; and
  • Make recommendations to Save the Children South Africa for future integrated programming in both the geographical (at provincial, district or community level) and content areas (in terms of the Health and Nutrition, Education and Child Protection themes).

4.Timeline

Start date: 25 November 2019. End date: 18 February 2020.
 
5. Required Expertise and Experience

The consultancy should possess the following expertise and skills as a minimum:

Experience in designing and delivering high quality evaluations; Good analytical and writing skills; Extensive experience in working in the ECD sector in South Africa, including experience in conducting evaluations on development work in the sector; Ability to deliver quality work within the specified timelines; Experience in conducting and analysing qualitative data collection. The lead consultant(s) should possess a tertiary qualification.
 
While both individual, independent consultants and consultancy teams are welcome to apply, the nature of the review requires extensive time to be spent in the field and on the project over the contract period. It is preferable that the individual responsible for writing the report be intimately involved in the collection and analysis of the qualitative data.
 
6. Advertising date and closing date:

Advertise on 2019/11/11 and close on 2019/11/20 at 16:00pm.
 
Terms of Reference

Endline Evaluation of the Happy Living and Learning Project

 Assignment: Happy Living and Learning (HLL): Endline Evaluation
Start date:25 November 2019
18 February 2020
(constitutes 42 available working days)
End date:
Available Budget: R300,000
Reporting to: Save the Children South Africa: MEAL Head
Contract period end date: 29 February 2020

Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) secured funding from our partner, Save the Children Italy, to introduce a holistic Early Childhood Development project in selected communities in Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal over a two (2) year period. The project, which started in February 2018, has enabled SCSA to for the first time comprehensively address child development needs in these communities focusing on children’s rights in the context of Education, Health & Nutrition and Child Protection.
The target populations of the grant are children, ECD Practitioners and parents/caregivers in Gauteng (Ekurhuleni and City of Johannesburg), KwaZulu-Natal (uGu District Municipality – across 4 Municipalities) and Mpumalanga (Gert Sibande District – in Albert Luthuli Local Municipality).

The project is being implemented in 46 community-based ECD centres, 30 home-based ECD centres. They have directly reached 3809 children, 160 ECD practitioners, 828 parents/caregivers, 54 stakeholders; and indirectly reached 10680 children, 106 ECD practitioners, and 1018900 adults. New centre buildings were constructed for 9 community-based ECD centres, and infrastructure renovations have been done in 7 community-based ECD centres.
SCSA is in need of a consultant that can provide services in documenting, reviewing and evaluating the Happy Living and Learning project.

2. Project objectives and outcomes

The project’s overall objective is that young children under 5 years of age enjoy a safe, stimulating and quality early living and learning environment to reach their full potential.

Specific Objective: Improving the developmental outcomes along the domains: physical, cognitive, socio-emotional and language of children in the 90 targeted ECCD centers, and 30 day mothers.

Objective 1: Improving the knowledge, skills, practice and support materials of ECCD practitioners, day mothers and parents/caregivers to deliver/support quality early learning, stimulation and ‘healthy life’ services.

Output 1: Increased ECCD centres and day mothers’ knowledge of quality Emergent Literacy and Mathematics (ELM) intervention for children aged 3-5
Output 2: ECCD practitioners and day mothers trained and supported to provide a quality ECCD programme within the classroom environment
Output 3: Positive discipline methods and techniques used in daily practice by practitioners, day mothers, supervisors and parents/caregivers based on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching (PDET).
Output 4: Increased availability of books in children’s home languages
Output 5: Practitioners and day mothers trained in identifying and addressing malnutrition

Objective 2: Improving the safety and quality of ECCD learning environments Intermediate Outcomes

Output 1: More children have access to safe and quality ECCD centers.
Output 2: Increased knowledge and compliance of ECCD norms and standards by supervisors
Objective 3: Increase the access to ECD services for deprived / marginalized children through improving parent/caregiver and community attitudes, knowledge and practices in early childhood care and development

Output 1: Community and ECD forums sensitized to advocate for access and quality ECCD services
Output 2: Increased community awareness of health and nutrition needs and support for children 0-5
Output 3: Increased parents’/caregivers knowledge and practice in providing quality early learning, stimulation, safe home environment and ‘healthy life’ for young children through Save the Children support groups

Objective 4: Improved local and provincial, alignment & harmonization of services for early childhood care and development

Output 1: Advocacy materials developed and distributed 
Output 2: Strengthened coordination of policy and stakeholders around ECCD policy and its implementation
Output 3: Increased support / interest from key decision makers at provincial and national level on ECCD
 
The following intervention approaches were used:

Target group Approach
ECD Practitioners Training and mentoring on the following:
  • Early Literacy and Maths (ELM)
  • Positive Parenting Awareness
  • Classroom Practice
  • Managing a Small Scale ECD Service
  • Health & Nutrition Guidelines including Gardening
  • Road to Health Booklet
  • Child Rights Governance
Parents/caregivers and their under-5 year old children Training on the following:
  • Early Literacy and Maths (ELM) at home
  • Positive Parenting Awareness

 
Home visits by change agents focusing on:

  • Positive Parenting Awareness
  • Health & Nutrition
  • ELM at Home
  • Information, Education and Communications material distribution

 
Community awareness:

  • Radio shows
  • Child Health Awareness Days
ECD centres
  • Infrastructure development
  • Practitioner development

3. Scope of work

The purpose of this consultancy is to document, review and evaluate the Happy Living and Learning Project.
For each of the intervention approaches and in alignment with the project’s objective and outputs, the consultant will be expected to:

  • Document the project interventions and their implementation;
  • Assess the relevance and effectiveness of the intervention approaches;
  • Assess the quality of implementation of the intervention approaches;
  • To gather feedback from beneficiaries and project staff that could demonstrate impact;
  • To identify lessons learnt in the implementation of the project;
  • Identify good practice and poor practice in the project design and implementation; and
  • Make recommendations to Save the Children South Africa for future integrated programming in both the geographical (at provincial, district or community level) and content areas (in terms of the Health and Nutrition, Education and Child Protection themes).

8.Proposed approach

The consultant will be expected to complete the scope of work using a number of methodologies:

  • Review of project documentation
    • Project reports
    • Training material
    • Project proposal, results framework, MEAL plans and infrastructure design plans
  • Collection of primary data through:
  • Face-to-face interviews with beneficiaries and implementation staff
  • Focus groups with beneficiaries
  • Review of secondary data collected by SCSA
    • Endline assessments of ECD centres
    • Monitoring data collected on the interventions
  • Inspection of ECD centre infrastructure – the consultant may need to include someone with the relevant expertise on building infrastructure and safety 

NOTE: Secondary data collected by SCSA - Quantitative baseline data from the ECD centres, including practitioner profiles, infrastructure, centre management, etc. was collected at the beginning of the project. SCSA will collect similar quantitative data on the ECD centres for the endline. This data will be analyzed and the findings shared with the consultant. The consultant will be expected to integrate these findings into their report.

9.Key deliverables

  • Inception report: Following the inception meeting with the core project team, the inception report should cover the proposed methodology and timelines.
  • Draft Report: A draft version of the narrative report, integrating findings from all data sources and subject to review by the project team.
  • Final Report: A final narrative report with detailed findings and recommendations, integrating feedback from the project team.

10.Reporting

  • The consultant will report directly to the contract manager, in this instance, the MEAL Head.
  • The consultant will be expected to engage with additional relevant staff, including the Project Manager, Provincial Manager, MEAL Advisor, Research Manager and implementation staff in each of the provinces.
  • All reports are to be written in English. The consultant will provide an electronic version of all the required deliverables. The reports will be completed upon acceptance by SCSA based on quality, content and format expected.

11.Timeline

The consultancy will be for the period November 2019 – February 2020. There are 42 days available for the full project evaluation and the consultant will be expected to fit the scope of work within this timeframe.

A detailed timeline per deliverable will be developed during the inception phase of the project with the core project team. It is crucial that the consultant and the consultant team be available to conduct the work during the period of the contract with an understanding that many ECD centres might not be open over the Christmas period.  

12.Required Expertise and Experience

The consultancy should possess the following expertise and skills as a minimum:

  • Experience in designing and delivering high quality evaluations
  • Good analytical and writing skills
  • Extensive experience in working in the ECD sector in South Africa, including experience in conducting evaluations on development work in the sector.
  • Ability to deliver quality work within the specified timelines
  • Experience in conducting and analysing qualitative data collection
  • The lead consultant(s) should possess a tertiary qualification

While both individual, independent consultants and consultancy teams are welcome to apply, the nature of the review requires extensive time to be spent in the field and on the project over the contract period. It is preferable that the individual responsible for writing the report be intimately involved in the collection and analysis of the qualitative data.

13.Code of Conduct and Confidentiality

The consultant team will at all times abide by the SCSA Code of Conduct and Child Safeguarding policy. In particular, the consultant will maintain strict confidentiality and an appropriate degree of anonymity and sensitivity regarding the information and knowledge that may come into his/her possession, so as to prevent any secondary victimization of the subjects. The consultant team may only divulge such information to authorized recipients as defined by SCSA and specified in the contract.

14.Confidentiality Statement

All data and information received from SCSA for the purpose of this assignment is to be treated confidentially and only to be used in connection with the execution of this Terms of Reference. All intellectual property rights arising from the execution of this Terms of Reference are assigned to SCSA. The contents of written materials obtained and used in this assignment may not be disclosed to any third parties without the expressed advance written authorization of SCSA.

15.Terms and Conditions

Prices quoted will not be changed after order is issued. Time frame proposed will be adhered to any change can lead to cancellation of order. Delivery changes should be agreed upon with contract manager.

16.SCSA Disclaimers

SCSA may cancel solicitation and not award. SCSA may reject any or all responses received. Initiation of solicitation does not constitute award commitment by SCSA. SCSA reserves the right to disqualify any offer based on offer or failure to follow solicitation instructions. SCSA will not compensate costs for response to solicitation. SCSA may choose to award only part of the activities in the solicitation, or issue multiple awards based on the solicitation activities. SCSA reserves the right to waive minor proposal deficiencies that can be corrected prior to award determination to promote competition

17.SUBMISSION AND EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS

Kindly submit any technical enquiries about the TOR or deliverables in writing AND your relevent proposals as prescribed below by email to chomann@savethechildren.org.za.

Submission of Proposals:

The proposals must be submitted in TWO (2) separate attachments. One will be marked “Technical Proposal” which will contain your proposal and CVs on all technical related aspects as covered, prescribed and requested for in the Terms of Reference (TOR). Please include 3 contactable references.
 
The second attachment will be marked “Financial Proposal” which will contain your detailed and comprehensive financial offer. The financial proposal should indicate the total number of person days spent as well as the daily rate per resource/person. All support costs including travel and accommodation should be included in the financial offer.

Your proposals can be submitted as per above requirements via email before or by 16:00 on the closing date of 20/11/2019.
 
Evaluation of proposals:

The 80/20 principle is applicable to this requirement. 80 points will be allocated for price and 20 points will be allocated for BBBEE points. Subsequent to meeting pre-qualifying criteria, the proposals will be evaluated in two (2) phases, namely:
 
Pre-qualifying criteria:

To be considered, the consultant must include an extract of a report of an evaluation that the consultant led or contributed to in the ECD field. The submission must include contactable references, to show and support their experience. If the documented proof is not submitted, the proposal will not be evaluated.
 

  • Phase 1:

This will be a technical evaluation of the proposals where a supplier must score more than 70 out of 100 in order to proceed to the next phase, during Phase 1 only the technical proposals will be opened and evaluated. The technical proposals will be evaluated according to the below stipulated criteria. SCSA may require a presentation and or interview based on the proposal submitted.

  • Phase 2:

During this phase, the financial proposals and the BBBEE credentials of the suppliers who scored more than 70 out of 100 will be opened, evaluated and scored. The successful supplier will be the supplier that scores the highest points out of 100 during Phase 2.

The technical evaluation criteria for Phase 1 will be as follows:

Criteria: Points allocated:
Experience in designing and delivering high quality evaluations. 30
Extensive experience in working with the ECD field 30
Evidence of good analytical and writing skills 30
Feasible timeframe and human resource allocation to enable completion of the work within contract dates

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