Terms Of Reference: Programme Evaluation Consultant

Tshintsha Amakhaya
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 31 January, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Terms Of Reference – Programme Evaluation

Tshintsha Amakhaya (‘improving livelihoods’ in isiZulu and isiXhosa) is a civil society alliance of ten NGOs supporting rural communities in their struggles for land, water and food justice. The NGO affiliates are situated in four Provinces and two with national reach:

• Eastern Cape: Border Rural Committee (East London), Transkei Land Services Organization (Mthatha)
• KwaZulu-Natal: Association for Rural Advancement (Pietermaritzburg), Farmer Support Group (Pietermaritzburg)
• Limpopo: Nkuzi Development Association (Polokwane)
• Western Cape: Support Centre for Land Change (George), Surplus People Project (Cape Town), Women on Farms Project (Stellenbosch)
• National NGOs: Legal Resources Centre (Johannesburg), Trust for Community Outreach and Education, (Cape Town)

Tshintsha Amakhaya is looking for a consultant(s) to undertake a formal evaluation. The evaluation is part of the contract agreement with our funding partners Brot fuer die Welt and CCfD for Phase 3 that runs from January 2017 until December 2019.

Purpose of the evaluation

The purpose of the evaluation is to determine to what extent the programme has achieved its overall objective and specific objectives against key indicators. Overall programme objective: Working together for land and agrarian change through movement building, joint campaigns and creating and promoting alternative pathways driven from below.

Specific objectives Indicators

Rural women, youth, and men are self-organized and act upon their rights

  • At least 30% of members of local formations and Clusters act independently on human rights violations
  • An annual status report on self-organization, campaigns, movement building, and human rights violations (evictions, gender-based violence, no service delivery etc.) is published to which at least 30% of Cluster members have contributed
  • At least 70% of participants of the Leadership School (of which 50% women and youth) start to independently recruit members, offer rights education, and/or implement new ideas which strengthen local formations

The mobilization from local to national level with regards to the demand for the implementation of rights is successful. TA and/or cluster members develop/implement at least two national action plans

  • At least two joint campaigns let by a collective of local formations or cluster are initiated annually to improve labour conditions, living conditions, secure access to land, water justice, gender justice, and/or agro-ecology for food sovereignty
  • At least 3 local movements independently and effectively use the mobilizing funds to support their demand for the implementation of their rights with regards to land, water, and food

The TA Alliance engages in effective policy advocacy and litigation to defend the right to land, food and water The court accepts at least one case of policy advocacy or litigation case in this period

  • The Alliance has contributed to at least one other (non-TA) local and one international initiative, movement, or campaign each year
  • A joint lobbying and advocacy strategy has been developed and implemented to raise awareness of and confront rights violations

Some of the key questions to be addressed in the evaluation are:

  • What significant changes have members of local formations, Clusters and NGOs experienced?
  • What has been the added value of the TA Alliance?
  • What insights can be gleaned from achievements and challenges experienced in Phase 3?
  • What main shifts and key focus areas can be proposed for Phase 4 of Tshintsha Amakhaya?
  • How do we measure impact analyzing TA’s role in change process; how change happens; what strategies worked and did not, in order to rethink our strategies, interventions and impactful change?
  • How do we adjust and reposition ourselves in a rapidly changing context?
  • What is the Is the current structure of TA working in advancing the TA’s objectives, if yes how, and if not why and how can this be changed? 
  • mpact of resources allocated to our interventions?
  • Do the members of TA feel that TA is claiming its political space and if yes, in what ways and if not why?


The consultant(s) is/are expected to employ an evaluation methodology that allows active engagement and critical self-reflection by TA affiliates - and other stakeholders – from local to national level. We expect a mixed-mode approach of desktop study (TA reports, current strategy, context related thought pieces, policy submissions, etc.) interviews (face-to-face, telephone and/or Skype), and fieldwork.

Fieldwork will include:

  • On-site engagement with two NGO affiliates, their local formation(s) and other local stakeholders
  • Engagement with one of the 3 Clusters
  • Engagement with some members of the TA’s Steering Committee
  • Engagement with the TA coordination unit
  • Engagement with TA EXCO

Evaluation must be conducted in line with the OECD/DAC standards with emphasis on the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact of interventions as well as the sustainability of initiatives.

Check the following site for OECD standards: http://www.oecd.org/dac/evaluation/daccriteriaforevaluatingdevelopmentas...

Evaluation must integrate gender perspective and use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Structure and governance of TA

  • AFRA BRC FSG Nkuzi
  • TRALSO Legal Resource Centre (National) 

The successful consultant(s) will work closely with the National Coordinator and some members of the steering committee, and is accountable to TA’s Executive Committee. The contract will be signed with the Surplus People Project, which is the host organization of Tshintsha Amakhaya. The consultant(s) is expected to present their first draft and final report to TA’s Steering Committee.


31 January 2019: Closing date for proposals
15 February 2019: Appointment of consultant(s)
25 February -15 March 2019: Evaluation
1 April 2019: Draft report
8 April 2019: Presentation to and discussion with TA Steering Committee
15 April 2019: Final report

Candidates are invited to submit a budget and maximum of 4 pages outlining proposed process with time frames by Thursday 31 January 2019 to Rishqa Bassier at rishqa@spp.org.za /021 448 5605.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

For more info on Tshintsha Amakhaya , refer to www.amakhaya.org

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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