Call for Applications - Evaluation of a Family and Community Strengths Programme

Kindernothilfe (KNH)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 19 April, 2018
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

German-based KINDERNOTHILFE and its South African partner organisation ST MARY’S DEVELOPMENT AND CARE CENTRE are looking for a qualified consultant or agency to conduct an evaluation of St Mary’s DCC Expanded Family and Community Strengths programme in Grahamstown (Eastern Cape).

KNH was founded in 1959 and is currently one of the largest Christian organisations in Europe focused on children. 

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 1 500 000 children and young people in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. 

KNH has worked in South Africa for almost 40 years. St Mary’s DCC is a non-profit organisation, established in 1982 and is based in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Services offered by St Mary’s DCC includes before and after school care for vulnerable children, their families and the community. 

The Family and Community Strengths (FCS) programme is a personal sponsorship programme with a focused set of interventions for the child, their family and the community to promote greater agency and realization of children’s rights. It is run by the St Mary’s Development and Care Centre (DCC) that has been working with children from deprived backgrounds for 35 years in a small town in one of the poorest provinces in South Africa. 

With support from KNH and its sponsors, the DCC began a journey five years ago towards a more developmental approach. This has seen the DCC working with significantly more children each day to become the largest children’s organization in Grahamstown. It is now also the first to engage parents directly in their homes. The DCC has also drawn on other service providers, volunteers and partners to create a busy hub giving children new opportunities for play, learning and positive life experience. At the end of 2016, 155 children were enrolled at the DCC. The number increased to 200 at the beginning of 2017. All these children participate in several programmes each week. The DCC’s reach is extended by partner organisations now using materials and campaigns the DCC introduced to Grahamstown. 

The evaluation of St Mary’s Family and Community Strengths programme is requested by KNH. St Mary’s is currently in the third year of a five-year funding cycle from KNH. 

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess if, and to what extent, the projects’ stated purpose, objectives, strategies, implementation and impact have been achieved to date; and to enable St Mary’s DCC to improve service delivery for the benefit of the target groups by assessing the performance, impact and effectiveness of the projects. 

The evaluation is to focus on the work that St Mary’s DCC has done and was scheduled to do in the period from 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2018 with KNH funding and what has been achieved to date. The role of the consultant is to conceptualise the evaluation, conduct the data collection, data analysis and writing up of the report. The consultant is expected to engage existing beneficiaries, previous beneficiaries, community stakeholders and partners, and existing staff and ‘volunteers’ to gather relevant information to inform their findings and recommendations. 

KNH and St Mary’s DCC prefer the evaluation to be conducted and completed between 1 May and 31 July 2018. 

The fieldwork must be conducted during the end of May or early June 2018 on dates suitable for St Mary’s DCC. National and Eastern Cape-based consultants or agencies interested in conducting this assignment are requested to submit their proposals by email, with detailed technical and financial information. 

The full terms of reference can be requested from the KNH Country Coordinator for South Africa: Mr. Phil Donnell 0846248448. 

Applications are to be submitted by email by latest 19 April 2018.

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