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Terms of reference


1. Background

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), through its Citizen Security program, and the police advisory program in Honduras of the Geneva Center for Governance of the Security Sector (DCAF), have been supporting the Secretary of Security (SEDS) and the National Police of Honduras (PNH) in different institutional aspects related to the police service. One of the axes of work is related to the mainstreaming of gender equality, where it is proposed to support institutional strengthening by addressing the current needs of the National Police on gender issues.

The general objective of the consultancy is to support the PNH in carrying out a gender self-assessment, applying and adapting the “gender self-assessment guide” developed by DCAF to the context.

2. Deliverables
In collaboration with the PNH:

  1. Work plan (to implement the gender self-assessment), including contact list of all members of working groups.
  2. All documentation related to the data collection (data collection tools, respondent lists, list of references/sources, etc.)
  3. Gender self-assessment report (including findings, conclusions, and recommendations)*
  4. Two-year gender action plan (including an evaluation plan)*
  5. Financial reports for activities conducted (as required from DCAF Honduras)
    *The consultant is expected to send drafts of these deliverables for comment/feedback from DCAF, prior to formal submission to the PNH.
    Deadlines for deliverables must be identified in the workplan (to implement the gender self-assessment)

3. Duration of Assignment

The expected duration of the assignment is 9 months (at 50% FTE). This duration may be extended if there are delays in the implementation of the gender self-assessment.

4. Methodology
The basis for the consultancy will be the “Gender Self-Assessment Guide for the Police, Armed Forces and the Justice Sector” (2011) developed by DCAF but must be adapted for the PNH context. Link to DCAF’s Gender Self-Assessment Guide:
Research methods for the gender self-assessment will include (but are not limited to):

  1. Documentary research
  2. Surveys
  3. Semi-structured interviews
  4. Focus groups
  5. Qualitative and quantitative data collection

5. Process

The Gender self-assessment will consist of several stages, which represent the main activities of this project:

  1. Develop terms of reference with PNH.
  2. Support to the working group that leads the self-evaluation
  3. Work on the 6 themes and the 16 dimensions
  4. Adaptation of the DCAF self-assessment guide  
  5. Data collection
  6. Analysis of findings
  7. Development of the gender self-assessment report
  8. Development of an action plan (including an evaluation plan)
  9. Review/validation of the gender self-assessment report and action plan to the police 
  10. Internal publication of the gender self-assessment report and action plan (copy-editing, layout, etc.)
  11. Formal delivery of the gender self-assessment report and action plan to the police.
    The consultant is expected to conduct the gender self-assessment in partnership with the PNH and under the supervision of DCAF by reporting to DCAF Honduras on the progress and challenges related to the process.

6. Required qualifications

This consultancy is open to legally constituted national or foreign institutions with a strong background in the gender field, installed in the country or independent consultancies.
The consultant must meet the following skills and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated professional experience working on gender and security institutions (such as the police, armed forces, etc.)
  • Experience in facilitating qualitative and quantitative research techniques and methods (e.g., interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, etc.)
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Specialism in social or political sciences, gender or women's studies or related areas.
  • Knowledge in gender equality and women's rights: international and national legal frameworks.
  • Good level of English language is an advantage.

7. How to Apply

Institutions (research institutes, universities, study centres, civil society organisations, women's organisations and others) or individuals must present:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) (for institutions: the CV of the principal investigator)
  2. Contact information of three professional references (address, phone number, email address). 
  3. Cover letter explaining the experience and knowledge in performing similar activities, how the individual/organization meets the established requirements
  4. Technical proposal on how DCAF’s Gender Self-Assessment methodology will be applied to the PNH. Maximum length 3 pages
  5. Financial proposal including full cost of consultancy, incorporating travel and all other foreseen costs, and any tax issues for Honduran nationals or internationals. This must be delivered in a separate and protected document.
    Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    Applications and questions are to be sent to, with the subject heading “Honduras GSA”.
    Deadlines for applications is the 10th of April 2020

8. Selection Process

Evaluation criteria for proposals

Relevant professional experience: 30 points

Technical proposal: 50 points

Financial proposal: 20 points

Maximum points: 100 points


DCAF will select the applicant with the highest point score, who will then be invited for interview prior to final decision-making.

Final documentation will be shared with the Honduran National Police who will have an opportunity to voice their view before finalising contracts. If the final applicant is not validated by the Honduran National Police, contracting will proceed with the applicant with the second highest score.

Given the high number of applicants that DCAF receives, it is not possible to inform each candidate who is not selected or give feedback on individual applications.

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