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Call for Proposals: Black Sash External Evaluation for the period of 2019 to 2021


The Black Sash is a 66-year-old veteran human rights organisation advocating for social justice in South Africa. It is working towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution 1996, with an emphasis on social security and social protection for the most vulnerable particularly women and children. We will, in the course of our work, explore options to significantly reduce poverty and inequality.

The Black Sash believes the implementation of socio-economic rights demands open, transparent and accountable governance (state, corporate and civil society). To this end we promote active civic engagement by all living in South Africa made possible by a strong and vibrant civil society comprising community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, coalitions and movements.

See the Black Sash website for more details.


The Black Sash is undertaking an external evaluation of its work and three key programmes namely: Advocacy in Partnership, Community Based Monitoring and Research, and Rights Education and Training.
The overall purpose of the evaluation is to review and evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, sustainability and impact of the work of the Black Sash contained in the Strategic Plan (2019 to 2021) and the annual Operational Plans.

The evaluation should cover both programmatic (external) and organisational (internal) aspects. Issues to explore are detailed below:

  • External: What has been achieved against set objectives for the Black Sash overall and its three main programmes. Explore the relevance, effectiveness and the impact of the programmes, strategies and Theory of Change.
  • Internal: Review the internal functioning of the Black Sash including leadership, human resource capacity, staff well-being, structure, governance, sustainability and organisational development including strengths and weaknesses. Explain how all these variables influence the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation.
The evaluation ought to include contextual analyses taking into account trends, risks, opportunities, threats and future scenarios by specialists covering the following key topics:
  • Social-political context including the triple challenges of Inequality, Unemployment and Poverty and the advancement of socio-economic rights in South Africa;
  • Social Security/ Social Protection including the status of social assistance and social insurance within the socio-economic rights context;
  • Funding environment for non-profit organisations; and
  • The implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for civil society and human rights.
The external evaluation will guide the next three-year strategic plan of the Black Sash and provide direction for internal organizational issues.


The service provider is required, in its proposal, to provide:

  • a company profile and/or CVs of the evaluation the project team including their experiences to undertake such work;
  • a declaration of any potential conflict of interest;
  • its overarching evaluation principles and methodology which could include a detailed review of documentation, as well as interviews with external stakeholders, partners and participants in Black Sash’s programmes, funders, trustees, management and staff. Specific consideration must be given to cross cutting issues.
  • a detailed programme with clear timelines for delivery
  • a budget detailing fees and ancillary costs.


Interested service providers are required to submit their proposals along with a budget by Friday 23 July 2021 and must be prepared to commence work from 16 August 2021. It is expected that the 1st draft evaluation report will be delivered by 20 September 2021. The final report must be delivered by 18 October 2021.


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