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Application Deadline 21 February 2020
Location: South Africa



A number of evaluation recommendations in government are not fully implemented due to a host of constraints, and thus the opportunity for learning and improvement are lost. These relate to time-constraints (delays in completing evaluations), financial challenges (evaluations are costly) and the lack of human capacity (general lack of experienced evaluators in the country). Additionally, challenges in programme/policy implementation and monitoring, country governments continuously faces emergencies requiring timeous and informed intervention strategies.

As part of the Twende Mbele Partnership Programme, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (in South Africa) designed a set of rapid evaluation tools.This scoping phase resulted in a ‘toolkit’ for designing rapid evaluations, and a draft Foundation Guideline for Rapid Evaluation. The objective of incorporating a rapid evaluation approach into the existing government approaches is to provide more timeous feedback for decision-making to improve service delivery and programming. This is particularly oriented toward political principles.


The evaluation aims at assessing the current programme design of the District Development Model (DDM), the underlying theory of change with a view of improving it and strengthening its implementation. The evaluation is also expected to guide and provide necessary recommendations for the scale up of the programme.


A consultant is needed to work with DPME to conduct a rapid evaluation on the District Development Model, focusing on the three Municipalities the President has launched for piloting: OR Tambo (Eastern Cape), Ethekwini (Kwa-Zulu Natal), Waterberg (Limpopo). This assignment may require travel to these locations (travel to be covered by DPME). The consultant will be using the rapid evalutions tools developed by DPME and Twende Mbele. These will be made available upon appointment.


  • Professional degrees and post-graduate qualifications in governance, evaluation, planning and development studies or other relevant fields.
  • 10 Years experience in evaluations or similar assignments with a speciality in rapid assessment.
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain excellent relationships with key partners, especially in distance working relationships.
  • Knowledge of the national, provincial and local government sphere.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills.


Applicants are required to submit a maximum 10-page proposal including rapid evaluation approach and methodology, team composition, and budget. Please include CV of relevant team members.

Read the full terms of reference by clicking here…..

Submit proposals to cara.waller@wits.ac.za by the deadline date of February 21st.

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