Conservation SA: Request for Proposals - Revision and Design of Veld Sanitation Training Manual and Materials

Conservation South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Purpose: Empowering communities to adopt improved sanitation and hygiene practices in rural South Africa
The “WASH in Watershed” approach integrates water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and freshwater ecosystem conservation to address water and health challenges in a holistic manner.  Conservation South Africa (CSA) is applying this framework in some of South Africa’s most bio-diverse ecosystems: the high grasslands of the Eastern Cape, the arid regions of Namaqualand and the lowveld savannah of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.   
CSA and partners engage communities in a livelihoods-focused model for securing the water sources on which they depend, improving water resource sustainability and resilience to threats, including climate change.  When people’s most basic, daily needs are not met, they are forced to make decisions based on short-term thinking, often resulting in degradation of the natural ecosystems on which they rely.  These water resources often have high bacterial counts from poorly maintained upstream infrastructure, which can result in illness outbreaks downstream. 

Livestock often uses the same water points, increasing the chance of animal-human disease transmission. Some diseases, such as tapeworm, do not impact livestock health but do prohibit market access, therefore, reducing communal farmers’ incomes. Rural areas often have reduced awareness of sanitation and hygiene practices and limited facilities. Disease outbreaks are common and place significant pressure on the few health facilities and services available.  

Link to Project: 
The Organisation intention is to motivate behaviour change around improved hygiene practices to increase people’s understanding of how sanitation and hygiene practices are connected to protecting water resources. CSA has developed a draft ‘Veld Sanitation’ guide for rural communities which pairs introductory messaging about good sanitation and hygiene practices with best practices for the management of the natural environment and how these link to health.
Scope of Work: 

CSA requires the selected consultant to write and edit content, layout and design a high quality “CSA Veld Sanitation Guide” (A5, maximum 30 pages double sided full colour). The final product should be made available in a digital e-mailable low-resolution version and a high-resolution version for printing (1000 copies).
The guide will be used as a capacity building tool for peer-to-peer education within rural communities, including school children, women’s groups, herders and livestock owners. Therefore, this guide must be written and designed in a user-friendly manner, using simple language and where necessary make use of diagrams, photos, infographics or animations that explain the content to a rural audience who may have low levels of literacy and or English.  

  • Review existing draft, revise content, re-design the illustrations and create infographics in the draft guide for the South African context. This is to be achieved with reference to developing communication and existing methodologies for behavior change related to hygiene and natural resource management
  • The revised ‘Veld Sanitation’ draft materials will be tested by CSA field teams through focus groups with representatives from rural communities living in the CSA supported landscapes. This is to establish the relevance of the messages, their applicability in the different environments and to identify any messages that may have been missed
  • Revise the guide accordingly based on feedback from the focus groups
  • Finalise design and layout for printing

The following information should be reflected in the guide:

  • Importance of handwashing for disease prevention and good hygiene
  • Use of hand soap and/or hand soap alternatives (such as ash)
  • Suggested or possible low-cost infrastructure for handwashing (e.g. a tippy-tap)
  • Sanitation and hygiene best practices for community members and herders when far from sanitation facilities and resource
  • Importance of the separation of water access points for livestock and for human consumption
  • Water gathering, transportation and safe storage options in rural communities
  • Importance of preserving and maintaining wetland areas
  • Basic information related to relevant and common water-borne diseases and vector-borne conditions that impact on human and animal health in rural South Africa
  • Introduce linkages on alien invasive plants and freshwater supply: how invasive plants affect underground water recharge and surface water flow

Suggestions for supplementary materials will be welcomed, e.g. factsheets, posters, stickers, pamphlets with separate costing.

Selection Criteria:

  • Experience and examples of researching environmental, health or other relevant communication materials that include clear behavior change messaging.

Requirements for Proposals:
Applications closing date: 26 June 2019
This is a re-iterative process which will require at least two drafts before finalization based on technical input from CSA and consultations with the target groups.

The project will start in July 2019, with the first draft to be completed by 15 August, focus group testing by end August, amendments finalised in September with the final design, layout, print, and delivery by 30 October 2019.
Interested parties should submit a short (2-page max) motivation addressing the scope of work and to include the following appendices to Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • A CV including details of the service provider or team, relevant skills and at least one example of recent work illustrating previous experience 
  • A work plan including proposed start and completion date with timeframes for deliverables and estimated costs against which payments can be made
  • A current tax clearance certificate
  • A current BBBEE certificate or affidavit
  • A detailed budget for the work including fees, number of days, and other disbursements as individual line items

This contract is donor-funded and thus reasonableness of cost will be a factor in the selection of the successful proposal
Upon approval of the proposal, the successful service provider will be required to sign a service contract.
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Applicants who have not received a response within seven days of the closing date should assume that their bid was unsuccessful.

CSA reserves the right not to appoint a service provider if the applicants do not meet the required standards.
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