Call for Proposals: Research Consultant

The New loveLife Trust
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 20 August, 2018
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

The New loveLife Trust is the South African Youth Centered Non -Profit Organisation (NPO) with a primary focus on youth development and promotion of healthy and active lifestyles.  LoveLife has evolved extensively over the past 18 years to programmatically respond to youth issues during the specified period starting with HIV Awareness, education and inspiration for health living.  In 2017, loveLife developed a new strategy for the period 2017-2021. This programme strategy is a combination of medical, behavioural and structural interventions targeting adolescent girls and young women as well as boys and young men between the ages of 10-24 nationally.

LoveLife Programme Offerings:

LoveLife is a Youth Focussed organisation with three pillars as follows: 

  • Adolescent and Youth Health - focussing on HIV prevention (new infection) and promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Active Lifestyle - to ensure adolescent and youth are physically active to prevent obesity, non- communicable disease like Hypertension
  • Youth development - Young people have the perception of highly scant opportunities due to high unemployment and as a result they drop out of school making them vulnerable to high risk behaviours.

LoveLife uses the groundBREAKERs programme to implement its activities nationally:
The groundBREAKER programme was established in 2001, and is one of the most well-recognised youth focused HIV prevention programmes in the country. The programme forms the backbone of the organisation’s historic and continuing mission of HIV prevention and focuses on improving the lives of young people. LoveLife is determined to improve its impact on their broader communities for years to come.

To deliver on its mandate, this national corps of youth volunteers (groundBREAKERs aged between 18 and 25) and younger volunteers (Mpintshis) implement the various loveLife programmes, including life-skills, healthy sexuality and skills development training, at various locations including schools.
 
Overview:

loveLife formed partnerships with Microsoft and Telkom to continue with the support towards the sustainability of the implemented Digital Education Programme (Cyber Ys) is essential and critical in the advancement of the young people we serve. The project is threefold as it focuses on developing:

  • Digital literacy skills which are the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive
  • and technical skills.
  • Computational skills which are guided by the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solution(s) in such a way that a computer, human or machine can effectively carry out.
  • Basic coding skills which teach people how to control, instruct and command computers.

To provide the context, it is worth noting that South Africa has some of the highest rates of illiteracy and a lack of adequate ICT education amongst young people as a result of poor educational policies and inadequate infrastructural development in rural, townships, informal settlements and peri-urban areas.
 
The New loveLife Trust is looking to appoint a research consultant to conduct Impact Assessments and to capture lesson learned and document recommendations of the Microsoft & Telkom project offerings within the implementing areas which are: (Free State) Botshabelo, (Northern Cape) Kimberly, (KwaZulu Natal) Mandeni, (Gauteng) Orange Farm, (Eastern Cape) KwaNobuhle, (Mpumalanga) Emalahleni, Acornhoek and (Limpopo) Lenyenye as agreed between loveLife and Microsoft & Telkom. The impact assessment should be evaluating whether loveLife computer programmes effectively increased the knowledge of young people and contributed to youth empowerment and access to employment and business opportunities.
 
The successful bidder should be able to use the following criteria along the rating indicators to measure the Impact made by the programs: 
 

Criteria                                                           Ratings
4 3 2 1
Coding training (Main Intervention) 5000 young people trained At least above 2500 young people trained Slightly below 2500 young people trained Below 2000 young people trained
YouthSpark (Event) All participants attending the event enrolled for coding classes Half the number attending the event enrolled for coding classes Slightly below half the number attending the event enrolled for coding classes Only a 3rd of participants attending the event enrolled for coding classes
Motivational Workshops (Event) All participants attending the event enrolled for coding classes Half the number attending the event enrolled for coding classes Slightly below half the number attending the event enrolled for coding classes Only a 3rd of participants attending the event enrolled for coding classes
Code-a-thons (Event) All participants attending the event enrolled for coding classes Half the number attending the event enrolled for coding classes Slightly below half the number attending the event enrolled for coding classes Only a 3rd of participants attending the event enrolled for coding classes
DigiGirlz (Event) All participants attending the event enrolled for coding classes Half the number attending the event enrolled for coding classes Slightly below half the number attending the event enrolled for coding classes Only a 3rd of participants attending the event enrolled for coding classes
         
Youth who got jobs All young people who were trained got jobs Half the number of young people who were trained got jobs Below half the number of young people who were trained got jobs Only a 3rd of young people who were trained got jobs
Youth who pursued computer training elsewhere All young people who were trained enrolled for further computer studies Half the young people who were trained enrolled for further computer studies Below half the number of young people who were trained enrolled for further computer studies Only a 3rd of young people who were trained enrolled for further computer studies
Youth who started business ventures All young people who were trained started business ventures Half the young people who were trained started business ventures Below half of the young people who were trained started business ventures Only a 3rd of young people who were trained started  business ventures

Proposal Specifications

The proposal should include the following specifications:    
 
A full comprehensive Methodological Appropriateness, that includes (but not limited to):

  •    A demonstration of an Evaluability Assessment process to inform a Causal Model: Presenting the most relevant and appropriate methodology to conduct this process.
  •    A full description of field data collection, tools, personnel for data collection and analysis
  •    A demonstration of Internal Validity process to establish a credible counterfactual process. This must also be accompanied by both constructive validity and conclusion validity
  •     Methodological Transparency

Sound Data Collection Measures and Tools

  • A description of data management systems to be applied for the assessment.
  • The Methodology that will be used to conduct the assessment.
  • A description of the proposed data analysis.
  • A description of the data collection plan and of coordination management structures.
  • A description plan of data collectors /fieldworkers training.

Assessment Reporting Format

  • Capture lessons learned
  • Document recommendations

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree or Equivalent in Public Health, Development Studies or Social Sciences
  • Sound Knowledge and experience with track record in conducting impact assessment studies
  • SETA ACCREDITATION in similar work or in Training and Development
  • Sound Knowledge and application of in digital education is a pre-requisite

How to Apply: 
Interested candidates are requested to submit an application to loveLife via email to hr@lovelife.org.za

Including:

  • Organization details outlining Relevant Experience
  • Organization Name and Contact Details
  • Brief Motivation Letter
  • Short Proposal outlining how you will undertake the proposed project (based on proposal specification above)
  • Organizational Evidence of similar work

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The New loveLife Trust reserves the right to OR not to make appointment of the service provider.

For more about the New loveLife Trust, refer to www.lovelife.org.za

To view other opportunities, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/other-opportunities

Location: 
Sandton

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