Call for tenders: civil society workshops on unintended early pregnancy in South Africa

Governance and Human Rights

The Embassy of France in South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi is inviting bids for the organisation of workshops with civil society organisations (CSO) working on the drivers of early pregnancy in South Africa.

These workshops are planned under the Embassy of France’s cooperation programme ‘Strengthening the prevention of unintended early pregnancy in Malawi and South Africa’, which aims at supporting the strengthening of the prevention of unintended early pregnancy in these two countries, by adding value and complementing existing interventions by governments, civil society and other development partners. The programme consists of three work streams:

  • research & exchange of expertise;
  • multi-stakeholder engagements and youth participation on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); and
  • capacity-strengthening of practitioners, including CSOs working to advance adolescent SRHR.

Purpose of the workshops:

  1. foster practical knowledge sharing amongst practitioners on the prevention of unintended early pregnancy;
  2. strengthen the design of interventions directly or indirectly contributing to the prevention of unintended early pregnancy.

The workshops will build on lessons learned by participating CSOs from their own interventions, as well as evidence gathered through research and multi-stakeholders engagements supported under the French Embassy’s programme. The workshops will focus on interventions in the following sectors:

  • Personal development of adolescents, including management of their sexuality / sexual and childbearing behaviours (incl. CSE);
  • Interventions addressing the economic drivers of early pregnancy;
  • Early-warning & support systems (at household, school, community levels);
  • other areas / issues that may emerge from engagements with partners and from the findings of the research commissioned by the French Embassy.


At least 15 CSOs operating in South Africa, with interventions that directly or indirectly (intentionally or not intentionally) contribute to preventing unintended early pregnancy, in the broader context of improving adolescent SRHR.

Services required from the successful bidder:

  • Assist the French Embassy with the identification of CSOs working to advance adolescent SRHR in South Africa
  • Conduct a survey to determine the expectations and needs of CSOs in the sector, which will inform the programme of the workshops.
  • Organise and run the workshops in South Africa (minimum 2), including:
    • Development of the workshops’ programmes;
    • Identification of facilitators and experts as needed;
    • Invitation and selection of participants to each workshop (minimum 2);
    • Logistics and payments to service providers and participants as needed (bookings, transport allowances, etc);
    • Facilitation of the workshops.
  • Report – narrative and financial – to the French Embassy on the workshops’ proceedings and outcomes (assessment and feedback from participants, lessons learned, emerging trends, etc).

The workshops must be completed by the end of November 2023.

Download the Terms of Reference (ToR) spelling out the purpose of these workshops and the services required.

Interested bidders must submit the following documents/ information:

  • Technical proposal (max. 10 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 suitable to perform the evaluation work, incl. experience in similar activities and in the sector concerned.
  • Financial proposal.
  • 2 references.

Further information about the project may be obtained from the Embassy. Requests should be addressed by email to by 14th of April 2023.

Interested bidders are requested to submit an electronic copy of their proposal with the subject REF: “Workshops on unintended early pregnancy – [name of Bidder]”.

Proposals to be submitted by email to before 5 May 2023.


Based on the proposals received, the Embassy of France will engage short listed bidders 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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