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Ujamaa group photo February 2015, read more about the workshop

A welcome note from the Director's desk






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The call - Ujamaa is looking for suitably qualified organisation or individuals to conduct an external evaluation for its program on Theology and Community Development.


Evaluation team - The members of the evaluation team possess a mix of evaluative skills and thematic knowledge. Gender balance is considered and the team includes professionals. The evaluators will be external, have degree of independence of the evaluators from the policy, operations and management function of the Ujamaa, its implementers and its beneficiaries. The evaluators will be able to openly and honestly address possible conflicts of interest.


Important areas – The evaluation team should complement each other and possess the following specific areas of specialisation:

  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the faith sector and at least 5 years’ experience of work in the ecumenical movement;
  • Experience of working with contextual Bible Studies and Theological praxis;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in community development work and knowledge in development paradigms;
  • Past experience in projects evaluation;
  • Fluency in English and IsiZulu;


Criteria - The following criteria are taken into account when selecting consultants: evaluation and methodology skills, specialist know-how, honesty, communication skills, professional approach, intercultural and gender competence and costs. In order to ensure independency, it is ascertained that the team members were not previously involved in planning or carrying out the development measure being evaluated and that no other conflicts of interests exist. If there are limitations as regards independence, these must be declared upfront and documented. As far as possible, consultant teams should consist of both qualified women and men. A written contract will be concluded and signed with the successful consultant(s) covering the agreed services to be rendered.



Respond by the 20th of April 2015

Prof S R Kumalo

University of KwaZulu Natal

School of Religion, Classics and Philosophy


e-mail: kumalor@ukzn.ac.za

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Prof. R Simangaliso Kumalo
Associate Professor: Religion and Governance
Director: Ujamaa Centre

School of Religion Philosophy and Classics
University of KwaZulu-Natal 
Tel: +27 (33) 260 5850; Fax: +27 (33) 260 5858 
Email: kumaloR@ukzn.ac.za 




Mrs Comilla Laban, 
Administrator and Financial Officer of Ujamaa Centre 
Tel: +27(33)260 6295, 
Email: labanc@ukzn.ac.za 

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