DGMT: Call For Proposal

DG Murray Trust (DGMT)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

PROCUREMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER TO IMPLEMENT SECTOR FUNDING POLICY REFORMS IN TWO PROVINCES TO ENHANCE OUTCOMES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF TRANSFERS TO NPOS
 

Client/Project Owner: The DG Murray Trust (DGMT)
Project name: Sustainable Financing Approach for Social Welfare Services (SWS) in South Africa
Project aim: To improve overall outcomes related to the management of transfers to NPOs in two provinces

1. BACKGROUND

For the last 6 years, the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) has been working with the National Department of Social Development (NDSD) and National Treasury (NT) to improve policies and processes for the financing of social services for the most vulnerable citizens in South Africa. The overall goals of the project are to contribute to: (i) increased funding, (ii) improved efficiencies and (iii) improved targeting within the provision of SWS.

The NDSD has spent the last few years redrafting its Sector Funding Policy (SFP). This policy takes into account issues of transformation, partnerships, planning for the delivery of services, budgeting, allocation and management of transfers to Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs). The challenges related to the management of NPO transfers has been raised as a critical factor that undermines the relationship between the department and NPOs.

As NPOs provide the bulk of social services, it is crucial that the relationship between provinces and NPOs is strengthened. The implementation of the SFP has the potential to improve this partnership through a range of new proposed reforms that aim to “put in place clear, predictable procedures that are transparent and fair, and above all to ensure that payments are made on time, and thereby minimise the scope for inconsistent and discretionary practices”.

The aim of this consultancy is to:

  • Collate existing work and develop a baseline process map for management transfers to NPOs in pilot provinces;
  • Identify the service delivery gaps and other implementation challenges related to the management of NPO transfers in pilot provinces;
  • Support the provincial change management process by implementing a package of catalytic reforms tailored to provincial circumstances in order to create alignment with the SFP and improve efficiencies across the overall NPO transfer system;
  • Monitor the implementation against key indicators and assess implementation success and sustainability of reform measures;
  • Identify the key lessons learnt and develop a package of reforms that can be replicated in other provinces.

 2. EVALUATION PROCESS

Service providers submitting proposals for this work will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Provincial reform and change management experience
  • Experience in social development sector
  • Methodology and approach
    • Sustainability of new reforms implemented and mainstreamed in the pilot province(s);
    • Innovativeness of approach;
    • Suitability of methodology in light of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions
    • Draws on lessons learnt from previous reform efforts by DSD and other sector departments; and
    • Development of appropriate indicators to support the monitoring of reforms.
  • Proven experience of core members’ working directly on similar projects in the past
  • Cost effectiveness

 3. SUBMISSION

Individuals and organisations responding to this request for proposal should submit a bid detailing the following:

  • A suitable approach or methodology to the TOR.
  • Sufficient reflection on how the project will be implemented in the context of Covid-19 restrictions.
  • A project plan to include timelines, deliverables, responsible persons and detailed all-inclusive budget.
  • Proposed team members, together with a summary of key experience and qualifications relevant to this study.
  • Case studies/portfolio of evidence of relevant previous work.
  • An indication of possible risk factors associated with this assignment, based on the perception and experience of the contractor.

 4. PROJECT DURATION

The project is expected to commence in January 2021. The project duration is at the discretion of the client but is likely to be over a period of 12 months.

CONTACT DETAILS

All questions for clarification and requests for the full Terms of Reference (TOR) may be sent to procurement@dgmt.co.za by Wednesday, 16 September 2020. Please quote the reference (Provincial Implementation TOR) in all correspondence. Proposals should be submitted by Friday, 30 September 2020 by email to procurement@dgmt.co.za

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