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Nal’ibali: Story Materials Evaluation (Tender)

Deadline date
27 Jan 2023
Contact name
Dr Katherine Morse
Contact email address


Nal’ibali works towards this goal by equipping reading role models, increasing access to high-quality reading materials in African languages, and creating opportunities for children to engage with reading and stories – in homes, preschools, schools, and communities. Whilst we build a groundswell of literacy activity from below, we also wish to equip political and business leaders to bring pressure for change from above. In this way we hope to move South Africa towards a tipping point of participation in a reading culture.

Proposal Format

The proposal should include:

  • Preliminary project background and literature review incorporating Nal’ibali’s own prior research findings and any pertinent information from external research or relevant programme implementation.
  • Proposed method, considering our desire to consult carefully with beneficiaries and provide them meaningful feedback on the findings. Survey instruments used previously by Nal’ibali can be reviewed and incorporated, if appropriate.
  • Timelines, deliverables, and reporting frameworks
  • A detailed budget
  • Background of the Respondent and staffing qualifications and experience. Indicate how these qualifications and experience relate to the proposed functional areas applied for.
  • Capability Statement describing the Respondent’s work history and/or experience with similar projects in the past five (5) years.
  • An authorized individual representing the Respondent will sign and date the proposal cover sheet. The signatory agent’s printed name, title, name of the organization, address, phone and fax numbers and email address must be provided.
  • Include at least two (2) current references and their contact information from organizations that have used Respondent’s services within the last 2 years.

Specific Focus of the Service required

The evaluation plan should include:

  • Consultation with the target audience to assess what they would like to read, where they would like to source the material and in what language
  • An audit of existing material in the Nal’ibali story repository by length, themes and language complexity.
  • An assessment of how well Nal’ibali is meeting market needs. This assessment should consider the costs of production and potential reach for various materials.
  • Identification of potential gaps and recommendations to increase uptake of our materials via changes to provisioning strategy, delivery platforms, delivery formats and / or delivery content.
  • The recommended strategy needs to be specific to each age group and designed to scale.

How to apply

You are welcome to request a preliminary meeting and access to relevant background documents. Send your queries and completed application to Dr Katherine Morse - [email protected] by 27 January.