About DCAF and the EU-funded Project “Support to the Security Sector Reform in The Gambia”. 

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, known as DCAF, is dedicated to improving the security of people and the states they live in within a framework of democratic governance, rule of law and human rights. DCAF assists partner states, and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices. DCAF provides policy advice, promotes norms and good practices, and supports capacity-building of governmental and non-governmental security sector stakeholders, as well as of intergovernmental organizations, to support security sector reform processes. DCAF’s project in The Gambia seeks to contribute to meaningful security sector reform and greater accountability, leading to improved peace and security for the Gambian population. The 18-month EU-IcSP-funded project is organized along two main lines of intervention interlinked through an inclusive vision of SSG/R. It focuses on two objectives: 1) supporting the government of The Gambia in its efforts to launch a deep and inclusive SSR process; and 2) enhancing external oversight of the security sector by state and non-state actors.

Population Based Study - Objectives

The general objective of the Population Based Study is to ensure that the SSR process is tailored to the population’s security and justice perceptions and needs. Specific objectives include: 

  1. Assess the security and safety concerns citizens have in their communities;
  2. Assess the security and safety challenges citizens experience, and the use of the available mechanisms to access security and justice;
  3. Generate findings on the level of trust of the population in security and justice actors and existing  mechanisms;
  4. Assess the expectations of citizens with respect to the government’s sustained efforts to reform the security sector;
  5. Determine the challenges individuals encounter when approaching security and justice actors, including difficulties experienced by diverse members of the population.

Result framework

Immediate outcome: Qualitative and quantitative data generated by the perception study are used by national stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions on the SSR process, including reform needs and priorities.

Output: A Population Based Study of Security and Justice needs and priorities will be available to inform the national SSR policy.

Scope of work and main deliverables

The selected applicant will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Draft a comprehensive and suitable survey instrument and methodology. The suggested sample size out of the total population is to be drawn at 95% confidence interval and 5% margin of error;
  2. Develop specific questionnaires for each target group to assess relevant indicators (previously agreed with the DCAF team), which recognize the political realities and context on the ground. The questionnaires should both the “perception” of security by respondents and their actual experience (as victim or witnesses).
  3. Draft the final report of survey which will consist of presentation of the findings, analyses of the findings, challenges experienced during the survey, and lessons learnt.
  4. The study should be conducted across the entire country.
  5. Draft public communications material (short report that can be published).
  6. Disseminate results and findings as requested.
    Consultancy Implementation Arrangements

The consultant will design and conduct all the activities of the survey and be responsible for all the logistical arrangements.

Duration of Assignment

The assignment will be for a period of three (3) months commencing in the first quarter of 2019.

Main Required Qualifications and Experience of Key Staff

Key Staff 1 (Team Leader):  Team leader with Master`s degree in social science or relevant field and five years’ relevant experience

Key Staff 2 (Deputy Team Leader): Deputy Team Leader with master`s degree in Social Science or in relevant field with 3 years’ relevant experience or bachelor`s degree in social science and 10 years’ similar experience

Key Staff (Coordinator): Coordinator with bachelor`s degree in social science or in relevant field and 5 years’ similar experience

Scope of the survey

Applicant should explain its understanding of the scope of this Assignment in their own words.

Background and experience

The applicant should clearly explain its capacity and previous experiences to undertake this assignment. Moreover, the applicant must allow DCAF to contact the relevant references to confirm the validity of such progress and work experience in the past.


The applicant should explain its methodology and approach to the survey, including demonstrating an understanding of the survey objectives and suggest key research questions for the survey.

Quality Assurance Plan

The applicant must explain its quality assurance mechanisms for each stage of the survey process.

Project Management

The applicant is expected to explain the project management approach during the implementation process. This should include, but not be limited to staff, monitoring and evaluation mechanism, training and progress reporting.

Work plan

The applicant should provide a tentative work plan, including time frame, with list of activities required and resources needed.

Application Procedures:

In the first instance, interested individual consultants should contact DCAF for a full copy of the RFP.

Interested individual consultants must then submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Letter of interest.
  2. Updated personal CV highlighting previous experience in similar assignments and with contact details of two to three professional references.
  3. Approaches and methodologies for undertaking the study/ survey.
  4. Technical and financial proposal with a budgeted workplan.
    All applications should be addressed directly to the Country Team Leader, DCAF Banjul Office, Emporium III, Kairaba Avenue; an e-copy should also be sent to
    Closing date for submission is 25th January 2019.

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