Needs Assessment, including gender-based (GBA+ analysis) on the criminal justice and civil society's response to human trafficking in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

Type: Consultancy
Location: Central America's Northern Triangle countries
Application Deadline: 2023-05-12T17:00:00
Duration: A period of 14 business days, during the months of May to June 2023.


The Justice Education Society of British Columbia (JES) is a non-profit organization with more than 30 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, JES helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about their justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems and increase access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Canada, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and diverse sources of funding including provincial, federal, and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at:


Justice Education Society of B.C. of Canada (JES) is an institution with extensive experience in the development and implementation of programs focused on strengthening justice systems in a holistic manner. In March 2023, the Government of Canada signed an agreement with JES for the implementation of the project "Regional Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking and Deliver Justice for Women and Girls in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras" with funding from the Government of Canada's Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP).

The project’s purpose is to strengthen the work of justice sector institutions in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America to combat human trafficking and organized crime by improving technical capabilities in investigation, analysis, and prosecution, as well as strengthening regional collaboration and strategies. The project aims to provide justice to victims of transnational human trafficking and organized crime, particularly women, girls, and other vulnerable communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

The project is focused on three main areas: improving coordination by the national commissions; increasing the adoption of gender-sensitive, victim-centered and trauma-focused practices; and improving regional coordination and knowledge exchange between Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.


Conduct a diagnostic analysis and consultations, using gender-based analysis, examining each country of the Northern Triangle of Central America including the current processes, weaknesses and training needs to improve the identification and prevention of human trafficking in each country, especially the protection of women and girls.


3.1. Specific objectives:

  1. Conduct consultations with relevant institutions to generate the basis for negotiation with key judicial institutions and agree on the terms of cooperation for the project.
  2. Define a contact directory of key institutional personnel for the implementation of the project's strategies.
  3. Provide quality information that allows the project to identify key actors and efforts in the fight against human trafficking.
  4. Identify challenges for inter-institutional collaboration, weaknesses in the technical skills of key actors in the region, and the gendered nature of the crime as an explicit objective of the analysis.
  5. Learn about the coordination processes of the Regional Coalition against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (CORETT).
  6. Identify, through a SWOT matrix, adequate resources and practices with a gender perspective and human rights approach, centered on the victim and focused on trauma within the justice system.
  7. Establish a strategy for the implementation of capacity-building actions for institutions in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras within the framework of the project, as well as for the Panama region in the area of human trafficking.


  1. Prepare a work plan for the development of the consultancy, for review and approval.
  2. Elaborate the methodological proposal for the elaboration of the diagnostic analysis of the issue of trafficking in the Northern Triangle.
  3. Presentation to JES project leadership on the methodology to be developed for the validation of the mandated activities.
  4. Analysis and interpretation of the data obtained with information provided by the key institutions of the project.
  5. Participate in coordination meetings with JES and identified counterparts.
  6. Document and systematize the processes of the activities.
  7. Submit the documents generated for review and input for validation processes within the framework of the consultancy.
  8. Present the final results in writing and digitally in Word and PDF formats at the end of the consultancy.
  9. Carry out other activities that, in accordance with the implementation needs of the counterparts, are assigned within the framework of the consultancy and subject to approval by the JES Project Director.






Work plan and schedule

Consider planning activities using gender-based analysis and a cross-cutting approach as the main tools.


Instruments and application methodology for Guatemala

Identify through a SWOT matrix the strategies for a criminal justice response to human trafficking cases in each country; also identify the technological, methodological and training needs of the institutions involved in the consultancy and other criminal justice system institutions to address cases of human trafficking.


Application tools and methodology for Honduras


Application tools and methodology for El Salvador


Final Report

Develop a situational diagnostic document that provides recommendations to JES and its counterparts to improve the sustainability and scope of results in the Northern Triangle.


The consultancy will take place for a period of 14 business days, during the months of May to June 2023, during which time the consultancy deliverables must be submitted. Each deliverable must be validated by the Justice Education Society (JES), who must issue corresponding certificates approved to the complete satisfaction of each and every one of the consultancy’s deliverables.

There is freedom in developing the agenda for the consultancy period, according to the needs of JES. The frequency of meetings will depend on the agenda that is jointly worked on. It is mandatory for the consultancy to participate in meetings, workshops, events and activities as required.



  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in relevant area (law enforcement, criminology, social studies, judicial sciences, gender studies, etc.).
  • Studies in Human Rights or 5 years of work experience in the field (required)
  • Postgraduate degree in human rights, victimology or related fields (desirable)

Demonstrable work experience

  • Experience in working with gender analysis and human trafficking (required)
  • Knowledge of the justice systems in the region, with emphasis on attention to victims in vulnerable conditions (required)
  • Experience in strategic situational analysis in the field of human rights, gender analysis and/or human trafficking, at least in the Northern Triangle region (required)
  • Experience working with RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Additional requirements

  • Availability of schedule to attend activities or requirements of the consultancy.  No causes of incompatibility that compromise the independence of work with the counterparts (required)
  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data (required)
  • Experience in report writing and presentation of results (required)
  • Spanish and English language, high level (preferred)
  • Canadian nationality (required)


The applicant must submit a technical and financial proposal. Payments will be based on deliverables.


This call for applications closes on May 12th, 2023. Applications s must include the following documents in a single PDF format:

  1. A letter of interest highlighting relevant experience and qualifications, describing an understanding of the assignment and challenges.
  2. Curriculum vitae that includes the documents or links to visualize the requirements outlined in section 4 of these terms of reference.
  3. Work Plan.
  4. A financial proposal, restricted to honorarium (any travel expenses outside of Canada will be reimbursed separately by the project), indicating the daily rate in Canadian dollars (CAD).

After the selection of the people who fully meet the profile applicants will be invited for an interview.


Applicants who meet the selection criteria should submit all documents to:, with the email subject: Needs Assessment JES/ACCBP-EC-1-111A-2023