Request for proposal: independent consultant sought to evaluate programme

07 January 2014 | Opinion

On behalf of the WesBank Fund, part of the FirstRand Foundation, Tshikululu wishes to appoint a consultant to conduct an independent outcome evaluation for the second round of funding of the Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods Programme 2014 (FSALP2).

The full request for proposal can be downloaded via the link below.

Background and rationale

The WesBank Fund operates under the umbrella of the FirstRand Foundation, and is managed by Tshikululu Social Investments NPC (hereafter Tshikululu). The FSALP2 is the sole funding programme of the WesBank Fund. The overarching goal of the FSALP2 is to create food security through sustainable household micro-farming.

It aims to do this by empowering individuals and communities with the knowledge and skills to plant and maintain their own home or community food garden, helping to create food security and sustainable livelihoods at the micro level.

Project scope

The evaluation of the FSALP2 should cover the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014. This covers the first two years of the current three-year funding programme. The programme has twenty programme partners spread across all nine of South Africa’s provinces. A sizeable minority of these projects had received funding support from the WesBank Fund since 2007 and others since 2008, as part of the first round of funding (FSALP1).

The service provider is expected to establish a pseudo-baseline of the FSALP2 from the first proposals submitted by programme partners for funding. This baseline will need to factor in the possibility of outcomes that have been achieved by programme partners through WesBank Fund support received prior to 1 January 2012 (for those projects so funded). Thereafter, the service provider would be expected to conduct a comparative analysis to assess whether the programme partners have grown in terms of the programme(s) funded by the WesBank Fund and whether they have met the programme objectives and their current milestones.

Completed proposals, together with supporting documents, should be sent to Ms Mokibelo Ntshabeleng, monitoring and evaluation specialist, Tshikululu Social Investments, on

Please submit all proposals by no later than 24 January 2014 – 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.