Posted on :
28 Feb, 2020
28 Feb, 2020
I Care, a Durban, South Africa, based NGO was formed in 2002 by the founder, the late Graham Cochrane. He saw the plight of street children and how quickly new ones were marginalised after coming to the streets. It has been established, by internal statistics, that children (ages 8 – 17) end up on the Durban streets due to family conflict, poverty and abuse and that young people (ages 18 – 24) come to the streets seeking employment.
The Human Science Research Council (HSRC) completed a survey in 2016 and determined that over 4000 homeless people live on the streets of Durban but children under 18 were not accurately counted. Street children tend to be rather nomadic, is the main reason for the discrepancy. They soon become homeless and turn to drugs to cope with street life. We work with approximately 55 to 70 boys each month through our Drop-in Centre in central Durban as well as outreach projects in the surrounding areas.
Job Title: Terms of Reference LHC
Location: South Africa
With a staff compliment of 24; I Care offers a hope of a future. Our programme is a unique holistic cycle beginning with Outreach on the streets, a Drop-in Centre supporting the boy’s basic needs and a 12-week live-in rehabilitation. The process ends in the following ways; possible reunification with their families, return to education and placement into safe living. For the older boys, practical skills training or college education is the gateway to independent.
The successful rehabilitation of youth substance abusers is difficult and the Social Development Department is reluctant to persist with this. I Care have an in-house program with a 70% success rate and have a follow-up program to monitor those who have been reunified with their families or housed in secure housing. The programmes used within each of these projects are documented and profiles of each beneficiary are created.
We are partially Government funded (30% of expenses) and the remainder of funding is sourced via CSI initiatives, trusts, corporate and individual funds.
We work closely with complimentary NGO’s who provide support and shared resources. Local Government is supportive of our projects and rely on our services within the City and surrounding areas. We currently have the tender (Street Children services) in the City of Durban and have been awarded this for the second time for a period of 3 years each time.
Rationale for this programme
As an Organisation, we have grown in numbers and size in the last few years, we need to ensure what we are doing is working, both for the beneficiaries and the stakeholders. It would be invaluable to have an external opinion on the matter.
We are seeking to engage an independent research consultant, consortium of consultants or a research organisation to conduct the evaluation study in order:
Our learning ambitions will be refined with the evaluators and staff in due course and will be informed by the Theory of Change. However, at this stage, we have identified a few potential areas of focus
Our learning ambitions are:
Suggested Approach and Deliverables:
Budget and Timing
We have funding for this 3 year evaluation process. The start date is 01 April 2020 and ending 31 March 2023. This should include all fees, expenses, and taxes applicable to South Africa.
Responses should cover the following in up to four sides of A4
1. Background and relevant experience of the individual/organisation that would be leading the work.
2. A summary of your proposed approach to this evaluation project
3. An estimated delivery timeline
4. A clear indication of who will lead the project for communication and collaboration purposes.
5. A budget/quote for the project
6. Details of two referees
The tender response should be submitted by email:
To: [email protected],
Application Deadline: 4.00pm on 03/03/2020