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Call for Proposals: Mid-Term Project Evaluation of the Careers for Youth with Disabilities in South Africa Programme

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 17:04
Disability Workshop Development Enterprise
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, January 27, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

The Disability Workshop Development Enterprise (DWDE) works to develop people with disabilities, employment opportunities, enterprises, and products made by people with disabilities. DWDE do this in a number of ways through capacity building and skills development programmes.

The Careers for Youth with Disabilities in South Africa (CYDiSA) is a career guidance programme that helps young people with disabilities on the path to their future careers. CYDiSA is supported by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA).

The first phase of CYDiSA implemented by DWDE in the Western Cape is half way and therefore DWDE now wants to evaluate the project to identify successes and challenges and look at the way forward.

DWDE is calling for proposals from an experienced evaluator for the Mid-Term Project Evaluation of the Careers for Youth with Disabilities in South Africa Programme.

Project Title: Careers for Youth with Disabilities in South Africa – Realising Article 27 in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

Project Description

CYDISA was launched in December 2010 to address the high unemployment rate for youth with disabilities in the Western Cape. The project’s target groups are:

  • Youth with all types of disabilities;
  • Large and medium-sized employers, employment agencies and DPOs and NGOs;
  • Policy makers and duty bearers in the different government departments;
  • The general public including parents and teachers through awareness raising and advocacy campaigns; and
  • Training institutions.
The career guidance programme is open for all youth with disabilities who seeks it. The project will however, focus on the geographical areas where most of DWDE activities are already well rooted namely in the historically disadvantaged areas such as the townships in Cape Town namely Guguletu, Khayelitsha, Athlone, Michells Plain and in the rural areas covering the Municipal Areas of Eden, Overberg, West Coast and Winelands where poverty is a widespread problem. The population in the township areas is predominantly black and coloured. The YWDs from these areas are particularly disadvantaged in seeking career opportunities as they seldom have much support from the family and the surrounding community, they have little or no education, often no formal work experience and are dependent on others e.g. family, community and NGOs. DWDE will therefore especially encourage the youth from these areas to participate in the career guidance programme and they will also have priority in the training.

Description of the work to be done:

Based on the action plan and log frame matrix of CYDISA, the mid-term evaluation intends to assess objective one which includes the following: 

Whether DWDE is running a well functioning Career Programme with staff-members able to:

  • Guide and counsel youth with disability; and
  • Provide skills that enable them to be active members of the South African workforce.
The evaluation should also identify lessons learned and make recommendations that project partners and stakeholders might use to improve the design and implementation of the rest of the programme.

Scope of the Evaluation

The evaluation is expected to cover the following project components:

The project has the following objectives:                                                                          

  • DWDE has expanded its capacity to adequately prepare, equip and motivate Youth with disabilities (YWD) in Western Cape Province to actively seek career possibilities;
  • Private and public actors of the Western Cape Province labour market are actively contributing to creating employment for Youth with Disabilities (YWD) in terms of jobs and business that suit their skills level and interest;
  • DWDE is effectively advocating on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities especially Article 26, 27 and 28.
The evaluation will focus on objective 1 as articulated in the LFA.

This mid- term evaluation has the following principal tasks:

  • Assess the career programme design in terms of its relevance to the overall development situation at the provincial and national level; relevance to national strategies, and relevance to beneficiaries;
  • Assess the relevance and efficiency of training interventions;
  • Assess relevance and effectiveness of the project’s strategy and approaches for the achievement of the project objectives;
  • Assess performance of the project in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, and timeliness of producing the expected outputs as articulated in the LFA;
  • Assess the quality and timeliness of inputs, the reporting and monitoring system and extent to which these have been effective;
  • Identify advantages, bottlenecks and lessons learn with regard to the functioning of the career programme;
  • Analyse underlying factors beyond DWDE’s control that affect the achievement of the project results;
  • Provide recommendations to key project stakeholders for follow-up activities.
Deliverable

The output will be the evaluation report in English. The structure and content of the report should meet the requirements of DWDE. The length of the Report should not exceed 30 pages in total (excluding the annexes).

The report should:
  • Contain an executive summary (mandatory);
  • Be analytical in nature (both quantitative and qualitative);
  • Be structured around issues and related findings/lessons learnt;
  • Include conclusions;
  • Include recommendations.
Timing and Duration

The total duration of the evaluation will be 7 days commencing early February and must be completed by latest the 17 February 2012, according to the following plan:

Preparation: 
  • Collection of and acquaintance with the project document, project progress reports and other relevant project-related materials;
  • Designing the detailed evaluation scope and methodology (including the methods for data collection and analysis);
  • Communication with the Project Team to clarify any other matters.
Presentation of the proposed structure of the evaluation report and content for approval and comment:

  • Briefing with the project team;
  • Data-collection process;
  • Presentation of preliminary evaluation results to key project stakeholders.
Elaboration of the draft report
  • Additional desk top review;
  • Completion of the draft report;
  • Presentation of draft report for comments and suggestions;
  • Additional information and further clarification with project Team and CEO.
Elaboration of the final report:

  • Incorporation of comments and  additional findings into the draft report;
  • Finalisation of the report;
  • Submission of the final report;
Required Qualification
  • Knowledge of disability in South Africa;
  • Knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation of disability projects;
  • Understanding of disability and employment issues;
  • Writing skills; and
  • Fluency in English required.
7. Proposals should include the following:
  • A summary of the consultant’s skills;
  • A detailed curriculum vitae;
  • Three written references;
  • Descriptions of three relevant projects with which the consultant has been associated;
  • A proposed methodology including both quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • A Budget proposal.
Submit your proposal to the Chief Executive Officer, Undere Deglon at udeglon@artefact.co.za.

For more about the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise, refer to www.dwde.co.za.

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