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 Sustainable Communities of Real Excellence (SCORE) Programme (2014-2017)


Terms of Reference for the SAfAIDS Mid-term Programme Review




1       Introduction

1.1 SCORE Programme Overview


The Sustainable Communities of Real Excellence (SCORE) programme is a three-year (July 2014 – June 2017) regional programme that is implemented by SAfAIDS through strategic regional and national partners in six countries namely Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The programme seeks to address HIV, TB, Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) needs of young people (10 – 24 years), women aged 25 years and above and key populations especially sex workers, and prisoners in the six countries. Specific target areas include informal sectors around the mining areas, farming areas and prisons. Since July 2014, SCORE activities were delivered at national and regional levels. The primary targets for the program include: high risk and vulnerable groups that include young people aged 10-24 years, women aged 25-49 years who live in the informal sectors around mines, young offenders and women in prisons, men as critical stakeholders in preventing HIV, GBV and upholding the rights of women and girls; and key populations to reach 10 million people over 5 years in 6 countries in southern Africa. Since July 2014, the programme has reached over 45 000 boys and girls with information on HIV prevention and SRHR through interpersonal communications.


1.1.1      SCORE Programme Goal and Objectives

The Goal of the SCORE programme is to contribute to a sustained 50% reduction in new infections and improved positive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes for communities in Southern Africa by 2017


1.1.2    SCORE Strategic Objectives

The programme has 3 strategic objectives stated below;


Strategic Objective 1: Promote access to strategic, evidence-based HIV, TB, SGBV prevention and SRH&R information and services that enhance preventative behaviours and demand for SRHR services by young people aged 10-24 years (in and out of schools, in prisons and informal settlements surrounding mines) in southern Africa by 2017


Strategic Objective 2: Scale up SRH&R interventions that promote prevention of HIV, TB and GBV and enhance referrals and uptake of key SRH services for vulnerable women 25-49 years (in prisons and informal settlements surrounding mines and farms) in southern Africa by 20187


Strategic Objective 3: Promote the rights of key populations to address human rights issues of key populations to prevent HIV, TB, GBV, and homophobia to enhance access to non-stigmatized SRH & Rights information and services


1.1.4    Key Programme Activities Implemented

Table 1 below shows the geographical (country and districts) of key programme activities implemented since July 2014 to date. These activities are further grouped by strategic objective and primary target population.


Table 1: Key Interventions by Strategic Objective, Country and Districts

Strategic Objective

Key Interventions



Strategic Objective 1

  • Radio listening and reading clubs
  • Hop- On Taxi Dialogues
  • Intergenerational dialogues
  • Music bashes and sports galas
  • Youth advocacy sessions
  • Referrals for HIV and SRH services
  • KKA dialogues

South Africa





Hhoho, Manzini



Kabwe, Kitwe


Mutare Rural, Mberengwa, Chivi South, Bindura

Strategic Objective 2

  • Intergenerational dialogues
  • Hop- On Taxi Dialogues
  • Referrals for HIV and SRH services
  • Men as Protectors speak out dialogues
  • Women Health days
  • HIV and GBV prevention campaigns


Leribe, Berea


Phalombe, Nsanje

South Africa



Kabwe, Kitwe


Mutare Rural, Mberengwa, Chivi South, Bindura


Strategic Objective 3

  • Regional and national advocacy dialogues on the rights of key populations
  • Training sex worker champions



2       Purpose and Objectives of the Mid Term Program Review

2.1       Purpose

The primary purpose of the proposed Mid-term Programme Review (MTPR) is to assess the progress achieved to date by the SCORE program towards the overall results. This is a midterm review and therefore the primary purpose is not a full evaluation of the impact of the program. Rather, the MTPR should assess the progress made towards achievement of the final results at the midway point. Findings from this review will help SAfAIDS and its funding partner (Sweden) to identify possible changes that are required midway through the program to enhance the impact and outcome of the programme by 2017. Against this background, primary users of the findings of this review will be SAfAIDS and Sweden and any other interested stakeholders.

2.2       Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of the program review are to:

  1. Assess the relevance of the program in line with the beneficiary needs of the region and countries where the program is being implemented
  2. Assess the extent to which the selected methodologies and partners are effective in delivering the desired results by the end of the program
  3. Assess the capacity of the implementing partners, in a selection of countries, as an appropriate vehicle for achieving the intended results
  4. Assess whether the right target groups are being reached by the programme through the intended activities and to what extent the expected changes are beginning to take place at the beneficiary level.
  5. Assess the progress made by the programme to date with regards to the program targets and outputs as set in the log frame and against some selected baseline results.
  6. Generate recommendations for programme improvement in the remaining time period to ensure achievement of results at end line.

3       Methodology

3.1       Study Design, sampling, data collection and analysis

Due to financial limitations, the review will be undertaken in at least 3-4 of the 6 countries to include Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Lesotho. The proposed countries are implementing either all or some of the program objectives. The review should be designed as a participatory review process that uses both a desk review and a structured interview approach. The consultant should provide more details in their technical proposal the proposed methodology (data collection methods, sampling, and analysis of results)

3.2       Deliverables

The following are the key deliverables for this assignment;

  1. Technical proposal detailing methodology, data collection matrix, data analysis plan, program review team, work-plan and proposed budget;
  2. Inception report detailing specific data collection methods, sample size, costed work-plan & exact timelines and data collection tools;
  3. Draft report and
  4. Final report.


The exercise should be completed within 40 days from the date of contract signing. To facilitate attainment of these deliverables, SAfAIDS will support the consultant through provision of all the necessary documents, sensitisation and mobilisation of key stakeholders and communities where the program review will be conducted, and provide technical support throughout the process through the Monitoring, Program review and Research Team Leader.

4       Consultant’s Qualifications and Experience

The consultant should have at minimum a Master’s Degree in Public Health or Social Sciences or/and Economics. In addition, the consultant should possess the following

  • At least 7 years demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting and facilitating development project monitoring and program review processes with NGOs.
  • Knowledge and experience in using participatory approaches and innovative facilitation techniques especially with young people
  • Well versed with SRH, HIV prevention and GBV programming.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
  • Strong understanding of the development context in Southern Africa.
  • Clearly stated references for works previously performed. 



5          How to Apply

Applicants with the experience, skills and expertise for this assignment should submit a technical proposal to and not later than 15 April 2016. The technical proposal should detail the following:

  • Understanding of the ToR
  • A capacity statement including demonstrated ability to handle the assignment
  • A detailed plan of conducting the exercise, with clear description of the methodology and sampling procedure
  • Budget breakdown detailing consultancy and data collection costs
  • Matrix detailing data collection methodology and tools
  • A list of three recent organizations where similar services of the consultant have been utilized including contact details and title of assignment.
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