DVV International: Call for Evaluation - Popular Education Programme

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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 17 November, 2017
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Call to undertake an external evaluation of the work of the Popular Education Programme

DVV International South Africa has decided to conduct an external evaluation of the work carried out by our lead partner, the Popular Education Programme (PEP). Accordingly, the organisation’s country office calls for applicants who are capable and experienced to conduct the evaluation as described below.

It is generally accepted that education can serve different purposes and therefore, the approach to adult education in South Africa has often aligned to different phases of change in the education system during the period of democracy. DVV International recognise these changes as both dynamic and as the result of the different influences that have shaped the system. These include a range of local, national and global developments to which education often tries to respond. Over the years, DVV International and its partners have intersected with the processes of change.

For the past seven years DVV International South Africa has supported the Popular Education Programme as it carried out its work in a number of communities, partnered with a range of civil society organisations across the country while also having developed a degree of international reach.  The work of the Popular Education Programme in turn has supported and advanced popular education by networking with like-minded organisations in civil society, with universities and, by working in collaboration with DVV International partners and associate organisations. The current White Paper on Post School Education (PSET) espouses a new and more inclusive community education approach. Much of what it speaks to seem to align to the non-formal popular education approaches adopted by the Popular Education Programme and other DVV International partners.

Purpose of the Evaluation
As already referenced above, the purpose of the evaluation is to consider the work that the Popular Education Programme has carried out over the past seven years via its own programmes and in association with other adult education organisations in the sector as well as social movements. The evaluation will also consider the changing context in which the popular education programme has operated and its relevance in the adult education landscape of South Africa today.  A key focus of the Popular Education Programme’s work it to further develop the capacities of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) which we describe as meso level activities. In turn, local activities carried out by CBO’s (and PEP) is the thrust of the micro level work. Experienced practitioners are engaged by PEP to reflect on good practices that influence macro level developments, policy and otherwise. The findings and recommendations of the evaluation will feed into the ongoing nature and support for youth and adult education, in particular popular education, by DVV International in South Africa.
Objectives of the Evaluation
The objectives of the evaluation will be to;

  •  Consider effectiveness of the Popular Education Programme in relation to;
    • The youth and adult education context in the country
    • The current policy frameworks that seek to support the youth and adult education sector
    • The efficacy of partnerships and linkages to universities and social movements
    • The extent to which the Popular Education Programme’s approach speaks to the socio-economic and political context at the local community level
    • Support provided to Community Based Organisations (CBOs) insofar as it enhances CBOs abilities (skills and knowledge) to work more effectively in communities
  • Provide findings pertaining to the points above as well as make recommendations on the current focus in relation to;
    • The current South African context, socio- economic and political with reference to PEP’s education purpose & practice.
    • The youth and adult education policy framework, with reference to the non-formal popular education relevance as described in the PSET White Paper.
    • The youth and adult education approaches, with reference to PEP’s significance as a sector organisation.

The evaluation will apply Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability to be applied when presenting the findings.

The examination of additional questions related to coherence, complementarity and coordination are to be taken up as individual criterion or integrated into other criteria. 

Questions concerning poverty* reduction (among others, a feature of the criteria relevance and impact) as well as cross-cutting issues have to be focused on:

  • Promoting gender equality / gender justice
  • Participatory development and good governance
  • Crisis* prevention
  • Combating destructive social conditions

Poverty* - beyond physical deprivation, as a multidimensional social phenomenon
Crises* - rather than being reactive, developing community capacities seek to obviate potential crises
Furthermore, the evaluation shall comply with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) / Development Assistance Committee (DAC) principles for evaluations:

  • Impartiality and independence (as external evaluator)
  • Credibility (e.g. through comprehensible, substantiated findings)
  • Participation (e.g. through involvement of representatives in the partner country,
  • Organisations & target groups)
  • Usefulness (e.g. by putting forward practical recommendations)

Evaluation approach
The evaluation will consist of both desk-top and field study.

Required qualifications of evaluator(s)
The consultant(s) we are looking for should

  • be (an) experienced professional(s) in the field of evaluating international development programmes and organizations
  • demonstrate sound knowledge of evaluation methods and instruments
  • experience in the field of adult education will be an advantage
  • be fluent in spoken and written English

Applicants should submit their expressions of interest with a short resume of similar work undertaken and provide an outline of the proposed evaluation methodology (max. 3 pages) as well as a CV by 17 November, 2017 to f.hunter@dvv-international.co.za

 Duration of the Evaluation
The evaluation will be conducted in about 20 days from 27 November 2017 – 22 December 2017.

Evaluation Fee
R40 000.00 - includes delivery of a final report and will include all incidental costs while carrying out the evaluation.  Local road travel costs can be claimed by agreement for travel to be undertaken at DVV International travel rates. Any agreed travel will be arranged in advance with the DVV International country office.

Evaluation Report
The draft evaluation report is to be submitted by the 22 December 2017 (soft copy)
The final printed evaluation report will be completed by 12 January 2018.

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