CSA: Production of A Booklet On - Funding, Savings And Investment For Rural Youth And Youth Entrepreneurs

Conservation South Africa (CSA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 12 July, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals


Conservation South Africa (CSA), as a local affiliate of Conservation International (CI), is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development—one that considers and values nature at every turn and improves human well-being through the conservation of healthy ecosystems and the goods and services they provide.  CSA seeks to influence policy, develop markets, engage the private sector and support communities to develop and implement conservation- based economic growth models and long-term human well-being. 

CSA and Pathways to Sustainable Enterprise  

Most economic development opportunities in small towns and villages in South Africa are linked to the natural environment, and SMME opportunities for ecotourism, agriculture, and natural product value chains are significant.  Renewable energy and technology for conservation are also increasing areas of potential for small towns in South Africa and these projects require management and technical skills that could be sourced from the local area.  But currently youth in small towns do not have the opportunity to study these fields and build these skills to expand the economy of small towns and avoid needing to migrate to urban areas where there is already a shortage of jobs.

To reduce youth unemployment and promote sustainable development in South Africa, Conservation South Africa (CSA) aims to develop a range of alternative community learning programmes to engage and build skills of 2473 South African marginalized youth in programmes that promote entrepreneurship, sustainability and green business development.  These programmes will support the development of sustainable green economies and encourage youth to learn from, and ultimately become, local entrepreneurs with a focus on sustainability and building green economies in small towns. 

Services to be provided:

CSA is seeking an external service provider to finalize production of a booklet on: Funding, Savings and Investment for rural youth and youth entrepreneurs. There are 2 draft booklets that have already been developed that need to be synthesized and finalized into a single booklet. In this regard the following services are required:

  • Editing and recrafting of plus-minus 40 pages of client-provided copy where needed; includes fact checking of statistics and whether information provided is current and the associated websites functional/active.

Design and layout

  • Preparation of print proofs and print-ready files
  • Editing, touchup & resizing of client-provided images/photos
  • Page layout A5 (estimated 40 pages) Magazine-styled layout for youthful target market
  • Aligning the concept design to that of the E-Green booklet (the latter is taken as a point of departure for the current publication and a copy will be provided for reference)


  • 1000 x 40-page booklets: Size: A5 portrait (148.5 x 210 mm)
    • Paper: 100 gsm
    • Full colour throughout
    • Folded and saddle-stitched

Skills Required

The service provider must:

  1. Be familiar with the rural SMME development context in South Africa
  2. Understand education context of rural youth in South Africa
  3. Have a strong understanding of how youth learn
  4. Have a proven track record in developing digital print content
  5. Have knowledge of South Africa funding, savings and investment for SMMEs, context

Consultancy Deliverables

Upon conclusion of the consultancy, the following should be delivered:

  1. Full-colour booklet, no less than 40 pages, A5 size
  2. Downloadable digital version in pdf format with embedded and active hyperlinks for online dissemination

Duration of services: 20 calendar days.

Available Resources and Right Access

The service provider will have access to project personnel,  in-house developed materials such as the Rural SMME Toolkit, E-Green Guide to Green learning and any other relevant reports as identified during the consultancy.


By accepting this invitation to take part in the bid process, you agree to keep in confidence all information provided to you, whether written or oral, in relation to the bid process and/or in relation to the organization’s business generally which is not already in the public domain, to use it only for the purposes of this bid and for no other reason and not to disclose any of the said information to any third party.

Bid Process

Applications responding to this Request for Proposals (RFP) are due, via e-mail, by 16:00 on Friday, 12 July 2019 and should be made to csajobs@conservation.org. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The application should include:

  • A proposal including the qualifications, experience and capacity of the applicant/s;
  • Details of any added value that the applicant could bring to the contract;
  • A project work outline for achieving the deliverables under this RFP;
  • A tax clearance certificate;
  • Signed confirmation that the applicant agrees to accept the terms and conditions of the contract as described in this RFP.
  • A cost breakdown for the delivery of the services (please note that this feasibility study is donor funded and thus reasonableness of the cost will be a factor in selection of the successful proposal due to budget constraints)

Upon approval of the proposal, the successful service provider will be required to sign a service contract.

Inquiries should be directed to kmatthews@conservation.org

Applicants who have received no response within 7 days of the closing should kindly 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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