Stronger Together SA
Stronger Together is a business led, multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative whose purpose is to support organisations to tackle forced labour within their businesses and supply chains. We are a not-for-profit organisation and provide clear guidance through pragmatic resources and training to support employers and labour providers in at risk sectors to deter, detect and deal appropriately with forced labour, labour trafficking and other hidden labour exploitation, as well as facilitate sector and country collaboration.
In 2017 Stronger Together was contracted by the UK Home Office to deliver a two-year project to address the issue of forced labour in the wine and fruit growing industry in South Africa, in 2019 we were successful in being awarded another two years of funding for Phase II of the programme, from May 2019 – March 2021. Phase II will come to an end on 31st March 2021. The programme has been delivered in partnership with the Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trading Association (WIETA) and the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA), as well as with support and commitment from many international retailers, South African businesses and response and remedy organisations. The programme delivers the following:
- Free pragmatic ‘Tackling Forced Labour’ introduction and next steps workshops for South African agri-businesses and labour providers which inform and equip attendees with an understanding of what forced labour is, how it affects them and their business and straightforward guidance for mitigating those risks.
- Free resources to support businesses and labour providers to take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of forced labour including a comprehensive toolkit, an awareness raising short film and a free online self-assessment tool which enables users to assess and report on their progress to tackle forced labour.
- Facilitation of three steering groups who input and support the programme, which are the: Global Supply Chain Steering Group, South African Businesses Steering Group, and Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group.
- Awareness raising sessions with response and remedy providers including provincially based multi-stakeholder meetings and specific government department sessions.
- This evaluation is part of the end of the second phase of the programme and will be used to assess the impact of the current phase of the programme (2019-2021) as well as inform learning and best practice and guide the ongoing work of Stronger Together South Africa. The evaluation should include the following considerations:
- The impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic on the programme including the operational delivery, the impact on the programme stakeholders and how that may have impacted engagement in the programme and therefore the programme outcomes, and the ability of the programme to adapt to Covid-19 and the success of those adaptions and recommendations to improve the programme’s response to Covid-19 in the future.
- How the programme has impacted the intended end beneficiaries/rights holders and recommendations on how the programme could improve monitoring and evaluation of end impact. As well as recommendations for engagement of end beneficiaries/rights holders into the programme design for instance, whether Worker Driven Social Responsibility could be incorporated into the programme model and the potential impacts of that on programme
- design, delivery and engagement.
2. Evaluation Purpose and Objectives
The evaluation will be centred around six criteria from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
and Development – Development Assistance Committee (OECD – DAC) to direct the study.
The following evaluation criteria should be reviewed in relation to the following overarching
- What changes / outcomes / achievements have taken place?
- How have these changes / outcomes / achievements been brought about?
- How are these changes being sustained?
- What improvements could be made to further the impact of the changes/ outcomes/achievements?
a. Relevance: Is the intervention doing the right things?
- Did the programme activities meet the needs and priorities of the intended beneficiaries/rights holders?
- Did the programme ensure participation of partners, relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries throughout the implementation?
- What relevant context factors affected the programme outcomes and were these considered in the planning and implantation of the programme?
b. Coherence: How well does the intervention fit?
- Did project activities overlap or duplicate other similar interventions or activities taking place within the sector?
- Are there more efficient ways and means of delivering more and better results with the same available inputs?
c. Effectiveness: Is the intervention achieving its objectives?
- Did the activities outlined in the Project Plan result in the outcomes and targets outlined in the Results Framework
- What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
- Were programme learnings taken on board and used to direct future programme activities and materials?
- Was the programme able to successfully engage the intended stakeholders? If not, why not and how did the programme aim to resolve any barriers to engagement?
d. Efficiency: How well are resources being used
Was timely provision of support, goods and services achievement according to the perception of the stakeholders?
e. Impact: What difference does the intervention make?
- What evidence is available that the programme activities have contributed to an increased understanding in agri-businesses (for both the employers and the workers) of forced labour, the impacts to their business and steps they can take to reduce the risk of it affecting them, as well as an implementation of the guidance to deter, detect and deal with forced labour as provided in the workshop and toolkit?
- Were there other direct or indirect outcomes from the programme that met the end objective but weren’t planned as part of the programme activities?
- What are the short and long-term effects produced by the programme intervention?
- What different elements, activities or stakeholders need to be added to the programme in order to achieve greater impact in line with the current objectives (e.g., end beneficiaries/rights holders)?
- Were the appropriate efforts made to ensure the right groups were engaged (i.e. members of each of the steering groups, relevant industry bodies, producers from agri-businesses)?
- What are the ongoing needs for the programme to continue?
- Will the programme outcomes and benefits continue and sustain after the completion of the phase II of the programme?
- Has the learning and best practice from the programme been effectively captured?
- Were programme sustainability considerations effectively taken into account and addressed throughout the programme implementation
The Evaluation outputs will be used to:
Provide insight, learnings and best practice that can be used to guide strategy and future activities of the programme.
The evaluation should follow a collaborative and participatory approach that engages stakeholders and draws on existing and new quantitative and qualitative data to answer the evaluation questions including first and secondary information analysis:
Desk review of relevant programme documents and reports
Field visits to selected sites and/or telephone calls to conduct surveys, gather qualitative evidence (e.g. stories of most significant challenge/ stories of most significant change) / conduct interviews and/or focus group discussions with partners, beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders.
The evaluator must conduct their activities with consideration and with appropriate sensitivity to the programme partners, beneficiaries and stakeholders.
The evaluation report should contain:
- Executive summary
- Findings based on the considerations and criteria set out above
- Specific actionable and prioritised recommendations for future planning
- 25-30 page evaluation report (without annexes) with the findings of the evaluation including clear recommendations for the next phase of the programme and where relevant for the rolling out of similar international supply chain programmes to tackle forced labour based on the same model. Audience: internal
- A 5 page overview of the findings that can be shared with relevant programme stakeholders and participants. Audience: External
- A ½ day workshop to present the findings of the evaluation to Stronger Together, WIETA and SIZA.
5. Time line (Subject to change)
Thurs 28th Jan: Appointment
W/c End Jan - Mid-Feb: evaluation
1st March: Deadline draft report and guidance note
w/c 22nd March: Workshop to explain results
26th March: Deadline final evaluation report
6. Consultant background
We are looking for a consultant(s), preferably based in South Africa, with the following knowledge, skills, experience:
- Degree in a relevant field, preferably in social science
- Strong analytic and critical skills
- Experience undertaking evaluation work for similar programmes and in similar contexts
- Knowledge of designing and evaluation approaches for human rights programmes
- Experience in networking, building contacts and liaising with representatives from businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Strong organisational and planning skills
- An understanding of the South African culture and business models/ethical behaviour
- Capable of sensitivity, flexibility and tact in professional work
- Fluency in English and Afrikaans
- Strong computer skills
- Familiarity with the DEC evaluation approach
- Established contacts and networks in the agricultural industry in South Africa and/or previous work experience conducting research in agricultural industry in South Africa
- Experience conducting interviews with range of stakeholders
- Understanding of worker driven social responsibility models.
The budget is max. GBP 9,000 to include all costs and expenses.
8. Application process
If you are interested to apply, please submit an Expression of Interest, which should include:
- Your CV(s) (max. 2 pages)
- Short proposal (max. 3 pages) including a brief description of anticipated activities, indicative timeline and budget allocation
- Two references
- Examples of similar work
Please send your Expression of Interest for the attention of Katy Winkworth | firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions: 25th January
Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview by phone/Skype.