Nelson Mandela Children's Fund: SeVISSA External Evaluation

Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 25 October, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for papers

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund) is an advocacy development agency and a leading champion for the general well-being of children, founded in 1995 by the former statesman Mr. Nelson Mandela. To make the life of children a celebration, the Fund is undoubtedly honoured with the task of continuing the legacy of its founder. The key message that goes with carrying out this honoured task is found and embedded in the vision of the Fund, which is: “Changing the way society treats its children and youth.”
The Fund believes that children should enjoy the absence of hunger, abuse, exploitation and homelessness. This is underpinned by a clear notion that the eradication of poverty and its systemic causes are the ultimate desired change, rather than amelioration of difficult and unchanging circumstances in which targeted beneficiaries find themselves. It is possible to have a world where children live with dignity, are safe, nurtured and their voices are heard and that the transformation needed to create such a world needs every part of society to play its role.

The Fund with twelve of its implementing partners formed a consortium made of four coalitions to tackle issues of Sexual Violence in Schools in South Africa (SeVISSA. The Gauteng coalition based in Diepsloot consist of four organisations which are Africa-Tikkun , that also serves as a lead organisation in the coalition, Childline, Southern Africa Youth Projects and Education with Enterprise. Responding the driver on “Unhealthy dependency of girls and women on boys and men in Diepsloot” The Limpopo coalition based in two villages of Madodonga and Tshisaulo consist of three organisations which are Far North Community Care and Development that also serves as a lead organisation, Umtapo Centre and Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy.

The coalition is responding “ to promote social justice, access to education and human rights for girls and women in Vhembe district by addressing issues of Gender Based Violence, misrepresentation of culture, economic deprivation, access to justice, and policy gaps.”The Western Cape coalition consist of three organisations which are Women on Farms Project acting as a lead organization, Goedgedacht and FASFacts. Responding to the driver “reducing the impact of historical socio-economic injustices and inequalities, making farming and rural communities vulnerable to gender base violence”. The Eastern Cape Coalition consists of two organisations which are Khula Community Development Project and Umtapo Centre Durban. Responding to “Poor response to sexual violence against women and girls in Peddie.
The SeVISSA program promotes social justice, access to education and human rights for girls and women, by addressing gender-based violence, cultural misrepresentation, leadership, skills development, economic deprivation, access to justice, policy gaps and empowerment of women and girls. To measure and evaluate progress in SeVISSA, a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework was developed to provide benchmark information. Integral components of this MEL framework including the Theory of Change (ToC), the plan for routine monitoring and evaluation, the baseline study, routine, periodic surveys, the learning and the application of contemporary online technology for populating data, storage and report generation.
Rational for the evaluation
The rational of the evaluation is to establish and document the impact and effectiveness of project interventions to render accountability to donors. The evaluation is expected to provide data on the performance, impact and sustainability of project interventions. The findings and recommendations will contribute to a learning process which enables The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, its beneficiaries and its stakeholders to draw lessons from its experience in order to improve the quality service to intended beneficiaries, assessing the extent to which the outcomes of the project have been achieved, determine Relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the interventions/project and document new knowledge

The evaluation will also help to assess the effectiveness of beneficiary accountability and mechanisms that were used during the project implementation period. A team of independent, external consultant will be contracted to assess the performance and results against the mandate that was set in the project design, and to determine the reasons for success or lack thereof, draw lessons and recommendations for improved performance in future similar interventions.

  • To assess the impact of the programme in building the capacity of women and girls in dealing with sexual violence, gender based violence and misinterpretation of culture
  • To assess if the programme was able to keep girls in school, increased women economic status
  • To provide information in terms the extend women and girls have been empowered to respond to  take leadership role in both schools and communities  
  • To assess the progress made towards achieving the project’s goal and objectives, design and monitoring data; outcomes and goals.

Scope of work
The scope of this Terms of Reference is to provide a framework for planning and conducting the Final Evaluation for the SeVISSA program. The evaluation will assess how the four coalitions consisting of now 12 organisation were able to meet the objectives of the pilot programme.  The Final Evaluation will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to ascertain the impact of the project. It will also assess what factors enhanced and/or limited achievement of project targets as well as documentation of the results achieved and lessons learned for future similar programs. An external evaluation will provide a view of the project that is considered more objectively by the intended users. It is further expected that the evaluator will conduct an all-inclusive evaluation. The staff of the partner organizations, coalitions and beneficiaries involved will have the opportunity to have their voices heard and may want to contribute to the evaluation. An external evaluation will be perceived as more credible, unbiased and objective to all relevant parties.
Required Qualifications, plans and skills

  • The company/consultant should have relevant skills in research and documentation
  • Professional experience in similar work for at least two years
  • Prior experience working with NGOs and communities
  • Ability to project manage the task
  • A clear and elaborate work plan.
  • Proposed evaluation budget that include the schedule of payments.
  • Organizational capacity statement, experience and activities related to Project Evaluations.
  • Curriculum Vitae for all the consultants and proposed capacity of any complementary staff (CVs submitted should of staff that will be on this assignment).
  • Names, addresses, telephone numbers of three organizations that will act as professional referees.
  • Full particulars of a contact person of the consultancy
  • Submit similar work that was undertaken in the past two with reference to the work

Required Competencies

  • Ability to work within set timeframes
  • Discretion in dealing with women, children and vulnerable people
  • Knowledge and understanding of ethical standards pertaining to children and vulnerable people
  • Good writing and interviewing skills


  • Inception Report

The inception report will create the basis of the evaluation. It should highlight the evaluator’s understanding of the programme, theory of change and its deliverables. It should include the following:

  • Evaluation purpose and scope – a clear statement of the objectives of the evaluation and the main aspects or elements of the initiative to be examined
  • Evaluation questions
  • A clear and detailed methodology on how evaluation will be conducted
  • Data collection tools
  • A clear and detailed evaluation plan on how evaluation will be conducted
    • Present a draft report of the findings of the external evaluation
    • Presentation of initial findings to the team
    • Final evaluation report
    • (Sections of the report will be stipulated in a contract of the successful or chosen evaluation team)

Source Document

  • Desktop review of the reports or documents on the interventions, baseline report, end line report, coalition reports, reports to Comic Relief, Best Practice report, girls symposium reports, learning and sharing report session report


The budget will be negotiated based on the interpretation by the consultant and effective costing of the implementation plan that will be approved by the Fund’s team
Payment schedule

  • 30% at the beginning of the assignment
  • 40% at the submission of the draft model
  • 30% after satisfactory submission of the final model

The consultant undertakes to maintain confidentiality on all information gathered and discussions held with all stakeholders. They will not share any part of this information prior to authorisation of the Fund and other stakeholders involved with the project.

The consultant is expected to provide references of organisations previously worked with and a sample of the similar work done in the past two years
Proposed presentation of the proposal

  • Name of the organisation/ if a consultant is working without registration provide proof residence, tax registration
  • Legal registration
  • Previous Experience (samples of similar work)
  • Qualifications of key personnel/teams
  • Brief CVs of personnel/ team
  • Interpretation of the brief covering, presentation, methodology
  • Implementation plan
  • Budget break down (activity based budget)

Time frames: The assignment if for 4 weeks starting 28th October to the 22nd November 2019.

  • To be submitted to the Fund on the 25th  October 2019 

For all inquiries contact Ms Mampe Ntsedi at 011 274-5600 or email

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