6 May 2013
Call for proposal
baseline assessment of the Hotazel Manganese Mine Education Trust’s (HMMET) Primary and Secondary Schools Programme, 2013
Tshikululu Social Investments
Date: 2 May 2013
Submission deadline: 14 May 2013
Tshikululu Social Investments is South Africa’s leading social investment manager, and provides a comprehensive service for private sector entities, including the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund, the De Beers Fund, and the FirstRand Foundation, to undertake comprehensive community grantmaking.
Tshikululu focuses on identifying and partnering with champions of social change within the education, health, and social development sectors.
On behalf of the Hotazel Manganese Mine Education Trust, Tshikululu wishes to appoint a consultant to conduct an independent baseline evaluation of its Primary and Secondary Schools Programme.
Background and rationale
The Hotazel Manganese Mine Education Trust (HMMET) is managed by Tshikululu Social Investments NPC (Tshikululu). The Primary and Secondary Schools Programme is among the three programmes funded by the HMMET. The overarching goal of the Primary and Secondary Schools Programme is to improve the teaching and learning of literacy, numeracy and mathematics in the Joe Morolong local municipality in the Northern Cape.
In order to achieve this goal, the following objectives have been adopted by the Trust:
- To provide capacity building for grade 5, 6 and 7 educators to improve literacy outcomes of learners in those grades;
- To provide capacity building for grade 9, 10 and 11 educators in mathematics and physical science; and
- To implement extra-curricular programmes for grade 9, 10 and 11 learners in mathematics and physical science.
Tshikululu would like to appoint a service provider that will conduct a baseline assessment to inform a strategy for the programme determining which relevant teacher and learner interventions to invest in and the resources required to achieve such efforts.
The baseline evaluation should be conducted with a sample of primary schools; intermediate schools; and secondary schools in the Joe Morolong local municipality (formerly known as Moshaweng), Northern Cape.
Aim and objectives
The Primary and Secondary Schools Programme has just been conceived and requires information that enables informed decision making on the relevant intervention projects, resources required, and potential partnerships that could be leveraged to achieve the objectives of this programme. Therefore the objectives of this study are as follows:
- To determine the overall learner performance in the primary and secondary schools of the Joe Morolong local municipality;
- To identify the root causes of poor learner outcomes in the primary and secondary schools of the Joe Morolong local municipality;
- To identify the potential teacher and learner interventions that will improve literacy and mathematics outcomes of the primary and secondary school learners;
- To outline the associated costs of implementing teacher and learner interventions that will improve literacy and mathematics outcomes of the primary and secondary school learners;
- To identify the current interventions that are being implemented in the primary and secondary schools; and
- To identify potential partnerships that could be leveraged in order to achieve the objectives of the programme
The activities required of the evaluators for a successful evaluation to be undertaken include but are not limited to the following:
- Organising logistics with all the relevant stakeholders;
- Coordinating all the logistics relating to the evaluation projects;
- Collecting data from relevant stakeholders in the primary and secondary schools;
- Capturing, collating, and analysing the data;
- Compiling one comprehensive programme report and individual primary schools; intermediate schools; and secondary schools reports; and
- Sharing the reports with both the schools and the trustees
- One comprehensive evaluation report
- Individual schools’ reports
The service provider should have the appropriate knowledge and experience in the field of education and schools development interventions, and specifically have a track record of having conducted evaluations in a similar sector.
Role and responsibilities of Tshikululu Social Investments NPC
Tshikululu is responsible for the following:
- Obtaining permission to conduct the evaluation in the primary and secondary schools from the Northern Cape Department of Basic Education;
- Introducing the evaluators to the primary and secondary schools and the donors; and
- Providing all the necessary information that will facilitate effective evaluation implementation
The evaluation proposal is due on 14 May 2013 and the baseline evaluation report is expected in June 2013.
Tshikululu is responsible for contracting the consultant and paying for the professional fees.
The consultant will work with and report to Tshikululu. Formal reporting by the consultant to Tshikululu shall be on monthly basis during the project’s contractually agreed duration, or as often as directed by Tshikululu during and after the project’s duration.
Contract award criteria
Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Quality of proposal
- Relevance to specified requirements;
- Clear workplan with realistic milestones;
- Clear deliverables; and
- Probability of success
- Details of contractor
- The extent of infrastructure;
- Project planning and management;
- Past evaluation experience in education programmes/projects; and
- BEE credentials: The HMMET gives preference to suppliers with strong empowerment credentials
- Reasonable and competitive; and
- Strategic approach
- How the outputs and deliverables will be achieved and exceeded
Completed proposals, together with supporting documents, should be sent to Ms Mokibelo Ntshabeleng, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Tshikululu Social Investments, at email@example.com.
Please submit the proposal; BEE certificate; proof of company registration and profile; and resumes of the team by no later than 14 May 2013 – proposals received after the closing date will not be considered.
Any questions regarding this request for proposals should be directed to Ms Mokibelo Ntshabeleng by email (as above) or telephone 011 544 0300.
Tshikululu reserves the right not to award this contract, in whole or in part.
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