Room to Read South Africa
The goal of this feasibility study is to verify the strategic recommendation and rationale for which district(s) in a province to target implementation over the next 3-5 years, based on key targeting criteria, provide a platform for understanding opportunities and risks associated with the target districts and offer a starting point for steering longer term planning. The Feasibility Study will involve visiting recommended districts to meet with district education authorities, potential partners and observing a small sample of schools.
1. Objectives of the Feasibility Study include establishing
- Organisational Alignment
- Schools work in circuits; circuits have several schools with the same language of instruction;
- We have a program in the language of instruction;
- Children speak the language of instruction proficiently;
- Ability to conduct a library period in schools;
- Children travel more than one hour to school
- Availability of comparable blocks of control schools (for quality RM&E)
2. Operating Environment
- The accessibility of the district(s); i.e. primary infrastructure - roads
- The closeness of schools from the district office and Room to Read office;
- That there is momentum of interest by the Provincial Department of Education (PDE) at both provincial and district level in the work of Room to Read;
- That opportunities exist for partnerships.
- The number of primary schools that have a school library which is functional or dysfunctional
- The number of primary schoolsin the district that have a structure that may be turned into a school library
- Identifying Circuits that have great concentration of schools?
- Establishing the average distance from one school to another in circuits that have high concentration of schools
- Establishing whether or not the district has other Literacy/Library projects?
- Level of interest in the work of Room to Read by the PDE?
3. Need/Value Added
- That Room to Read will start the intervention from a scratch i.e. there are few literacy. programs/projects in the identified circuits and that there is potential for growth and impact;
- Potential for impact – number of students and teachers (primary), number of grade 1 and 2 classes
- Number of primary schools with Grade R attached;
- Average ANA scores for Literacy (Grade 3);
- Access to Resources and Funding
- Ability to recruit, train and retain high-calibre staff –from the local community
- Opportunities exist for partnerships:
- NGOs working in the district (past and present);
- NGOs working in literacy (past and present);
- NGOs working in math and/or science (past and present);
- Ability to cost share with the education district ;
- Ability to cost share or receive challenge grants from schools;
- Ability to attract private sector funding from local industries or corporations (e.g. tourism, mining, agricultural plantations, etc.);
- Ability to receive bi-lateral or multi-lateral funding for literacy
4. Social/Cultural conditions
- Favourable social conditions in the district:
- Supportive government rules and regulations;
- High level of transparency/limited corruption;
- High level of social cohesion/limited amount of social tension;
- Detailed Action Plan with related timeframe and deadlines.
- Tools for data collection
- Leading field work and data collection and analysis covering areas highlighted in the objectives of the Feasibility Study.
- Initial draft report for review by the team at Room to Read South Africa, where any further improvements shall be made by the contractor at no further cost.
- Final report and recommendations
- Presentation/debriefing for the Room to Read South Africa program team and other staff members and stakeholders, as relevant.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE OF THE PROSPECTIVE CONSULTANT
- The consultant should possess the following as a minimum:
- Relevant graduate qualification
- A good understanding of the South African school system
- Knowledge of DBE policies and initiatives on Foundation Phase literacy
- Experience in working with children will be an added advantage
- Ability to conduct a Feasibility Study
- Excellent analytical and writing skills
- Ability to work in diverse cultural backgrounds and respect fordifferent viewpoints on what constitutes knowledge
SUBMISSION AND EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS
All proposals should be submitted by email to Elson Mkhoma (email@example.com) by close-of-business on Monday 16th October 2015. Please ensure the email subject-line states “Proposal – Feasibility Study”.
Proposals must include the following:
- Project work plan reflecting the key outputs/deliverables and proposed timeframe
- CV and References
- Outline budget
Selection of the Consultant will be based on:
- How well the proposal meets the requirements set out in the Terms of Reference
- Relevant skills and experience
- Value for money
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Room to Read reserves the right not to appoint a consultant for this Feasibility Study.