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External evaluation of the systemic social investment (SSI) strategy

Deadline date
13 Sep 2021
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In December 2015, the FirstRand Foundation (FRF) and FirstRand Empowerment Foundation (FREF) – two separate legal entities associated with FirstRand Bank Limited, as outlined in the diagram below – jointly adopted systemic social investment (SSI) as their overarching approach to driving social change in South Africa.

SSI aims to influence the education system in South Africa – from early childhood until young people enter the world of work – with the aim to bring about wide-scale, systems-level change for the country. The FRF and FREF utilise their expertise, energy, experience and (limited) resources to target high-potential leverage points that can unlock outsized impact in South Africa’s education system, thus realising nationally significant, permanent change in the country’s education trajectory.

Evaluation objectives

This evaluation seeks to establish the extent to which the design and implementation of SSI have led to intended outcomes. The specific objectives of the evaluation are to: 1. ascertain whether the SSI design and implementation are sufficient to achieve the intended impacts; 2. identify any factors contributing to the success of SSI, or hindering the potential impact of SSI; 3. provide findings and recommendations to strengthen the implementation of SSI going forward; and 4. determine whether there are early indications of systemic change and/or adoption across the education continuum, directly related to SSI activities.

Expertise required

The service provider is required to specify the evaluation team members, their areas of expertise and their respective responsibilities. The team must possess relevant qualification(s), and each team member should possess at least one postgraduate degree (with the exception of junior team members). The team leader must have at least 10 years’ experience in evaluation, including some specific focus on similar systemic activities. Team member CVs should be included as part of the application.

FirstRand Supplier Code of Conduct

The applicant needs to comply with the FirstRand Supplier Code of Conduct, which is available on the company’s website:

Proposal submission information

A comprehensive proposal to carry out the evaluation must be submitted by 13 September 2021. The proposal should be emailed to [email protected].

Attached is the complete RFP