Call for Proposals: Study on interventions for the prevention of unintended early pregnancy in South Africa & Malawi

Governance and Human Rights

The Embassy of France in South Africa is inviting bids for a study aimed at assessing the relevance, effectiveness, coherence, and adequacy of interventions to prevent early and unintended pregnancy in South Africa and Malawi.

The prevalence of unintended pregnancy amongst adolescent girls remains high in both countries, despite a multitude of stakeholders involved and interventions rolled out to attempt to prevent and manage these situations. Therefore it appears useful to reflect on the relevance, effectiveness, coherence and adequacy of the interventions deployed, as well as the volume of resources dedicated to prevention.

This study will be commissioned to generate much-needed factual and analytical information about existing prevention interventions, so as to inform decision-making and future programming by stakeholders concerned (governments, civil society, etc.)

This study falls under a framework cooperation programme funded by the Embassy of France in South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi in 2022-2023, to support the strengthening of the prevention of unintended early pregnancy in South Africa and Malawi. The programme consists of three work streams and activities, including research, intended to add value and complement existing interventions in both countries.

The study will be commissioned to a research organisation in South Africa and/or Malawi.

Download the Terms of Reference (ToR) spelling out the requirements for the study.

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The framework cooperation programme “Strengthening of the prevention of unintended early pregnancy in South Africa and Malawi” stems from France’s commitment as global leader of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health (SRHR), and responds to Malawi and South Africa’s key concern for the prevention and management of unintended early pregnancy.

This framework programme aims to contribute to the prevention of unintended early pregnancy among young girls and adolescents women in South Africa and Malawi. To this end, the programme’s three work streams are designed to strengthen existing prevention mechanisms and interventions, to foster the exchange and upscaling of best practices between Malawi, South Africa and France, and contribute to building partnerships between actors committed to tackling the issue:

  • Work stream 1: Support the identification and exchange of expertise on early pregnancy prevention approaches in South Africa and Malawi.
  • Work stream 2: Foster better stakeholder consultations on adolescent and youth SRHR, and greater youth participation in the design of early pregnancy prevention strategies
  • Work stream 3: Strengthen prevention programmes and capacities in and around schools.

The research conducted under the first work stream, will inform activities in the other two work streams.


Interested candidates must submit the following documents/ information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Technical proposal (max. 20 pages)
    1. Explain their understanding of the work and deliverables,
    2. Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work, including a tentative schedule;
    3. Explain why they are the most suitable to perform the evaluation work.
  • Financial proposal, based on the template in Annexure 2.
  • CV of all lead researcher(s), highlighting past experiences in similar research projects.
  • At least 2 references.

Further information about the project may be obtained from the SCAC. Requests should be addressed by email to by 28th of July 2022.

Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic copy of their expression of interest/ proposal with the subject REF: “Study on the prevention of unintended early pregnancy – [name of Bidder]”.

Proposals to be submitted by email to before 7 August 2022.


Based on the proposals received, the Embassy of France will engage short listed applicants to discuss their technical and financial proposals further.

The Embassy reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal, and to annul the selection process and reject all proposals at any time, without incurring any liability to the applicants.


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