Request for a proposal to support a ‘livelihood pathways’ facilitation methodology for:

Women and Youth in Sustainable Enterprise (WAYSE)



1. Background

SaveAct and partners are developing relevant support measures for 5 000 savings groups, comprising 100 000 members in six provinces in South Africa. More than 90% are women residing in rural, underdeveloped regions. Support measures need to be sensitive to gender and climate change. They need to be accessible to a diverse range of vulnerable groups, including youth, the elderly and disabled. They also need to be adaptive and scalable, and capable of being reinforced by remote digital communication with members

Over time, SaveAct has increased and diversified the support it provides to savings groups across the provinces that it works in. A key area of interest for savings group members is the pursuit of sustainable livelihoods.

2. Required focus

As the programme has grown, so has the need to upskill SaveAct and partners’ field teams. Facilitators are required to make use of  tools to assist savings group members to assess their options and adopt a livelihood pathway plan for themselves and their family.

SaveAct works with asset and capability-based economic and social development frameworks. It anticipates that the livelihoods pathway methodology will be grounded in this kind of development framework. WAYSE seeks to provide a safe and reflective space for savings group members to map their personal and community livelihood risks and opportunities, drawing on community-wide asset and opportunity-based  plans. The pathway methodology should enable participants to translate this enquiry into practical and realisable actions. Actions should reference local, regional and national challenges and opportunities across the informal and formal sectors of the economy and enable members to make informed decisions with limited and/or remote digital support facilities[1].

2. Requirements

SaveAct seeks an experienced organisation/ service provider that can:

  • put forward a methodology that is sufficiently flexible to be applied in pandemic and non-pandemic circumstances;
  • enable WAYSE partners to refine and co-create a set of tools that are flexible and relevant to a range of contexts;
  • synthesise and test the adapted methodology;
  • package the methodology and tools into a a user-friendly training guide, accessible to field staff and community-based facilitators;
  • co-develop ways of monitoring and measuring the relevance and effectiveness of the guide and its application amongst savings group members
  • conduct a set of multi-day ‘training of trainers’ sessions for field staff .

The proposing party should outline the composition of their team, their respective qualifications and relevant experiences, motivating why they would be well equipped for the work.

3. Proposed intervention

The service provider will work interactively with a livelihood pathways working group. The work will need to align with and cross-reference/speak to other support activities that form part of the WAYSE initiative. These include: financial literacy (established), savings group formation (established), asset-based community-based planning (ABCD), and food security support and enterprise development work, with an emphasis on localised/ circular economy support.

The work will start in early February 2022 and will be conducted over a 6-month period. This will include finalising a tested training guide, the training of trainers in two multi-day events in two regions.

4. Expenses and timeframes

Proposers are required to submit an activity plan and budget. Costs of personnel are to be detailed according to daily rates per phase of work and levels of seniority. Expenses associated with travel and accommodation and the training venue for WAYSE staff will  separately.

5. Submission

If you are interested, kindly submit a 2-3 page proposal, outlining:

  • Your experience and why you would be a good candidate for this work;
  • A proposed plan for how you would do the work;
  • An estimated work plan with the period and days per step;
  • An associated budget;
  • CVs of the team and evidence of statutory compliance, including VAT.


Kindly submit these documents by email to by 15 December 2021. SaveAct reserves the right to not make an appointment.

[1] The proposer is not expected to provide the digital platform or content.