Consultant – Prevention of Sexual Violence

Position Type: Consultant
Language: English and French required
Closing Date: 5pm on February 23, 2021


Terms of Reference


In October 2019, Crossroads launched an organizational Policy and Code of Conduct to mitigate, investigate and respond to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse that applies to employees, volunteers, contractors, sub-contractors, board members and partner organizations (referred to as stakeholders) and that aligns with labour legislation in Ontario and Quebec, the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge, the GAC eligibility requirement and encompasses best practices at the national and international levels.

In April 2020, Crossroads launched the Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) 2020-2027. The 2020-2027 VCP includes a significant increase in volunteers, an expansion into new countries of operation and a significant increase in the number of local partner organizations. This growth and expansion are supported by a growth in Crossroads’ staff, in both Canada and Africa, and notably the solidification of the Crossroads’ office in Senegal, plus the opening of offices in Ghana and Tanzania.

In this context, Crossroads is cognizant of the need to ensure that the approaches, tools and processes for the prevention, investigation and response to sexual violence need to be realigned to reflect the new organizational structure for the VCP. Additionally, Crossroads’ staff, partner organizations and volunteers will require capacity-building on the Sexual Violence Code of Conduct and Policy, as well as on the associated tools and processes. To support the capacity-building with VCP partner organizations, Crossroads will engage volunteers with skills and experience in the area of sexual violence prevention to work directly with partner organizations in Crossroads’ countries of operation. Furthermore, Crossroads is anticipating that the operationalization of the Sexual Violence Code and Policy across staff, VCP partner organizations and volunteers, including workshops on preventing, mitigating and responding to sexual violence as a standard component of Crossroads’ VCP program, will result in an increase in VCP volunteers, staff, project beneficiaries and partner organization members reporting incidents of sexual violence, as well as seeking a range of support services and options, including, but not limited to physical health services, mental and emotional support services and legal options.



  • Develop an organizational Sexual Violence Reporting and Investigations Response Process and Procedures Guide, including a Sexual Violence Incident Registry, and a Monitoring Framework reflecting the new VCP 2020-2027 decentralized organizational structure,
  • Revise & align the VCP Sexual Assault Response Support Guide with the Sexual Violence Code & Policy and in relation to the new VCP decentralized organizational structure,
  • Develop and deliver differentiated capacity-building sessions on the Sexual Violence Code of Conduct & Policy and supporting documents, including the Sexual Violence Reporting and Investigations Response Process and Procedures Guide, and the Sexual Assault Response Support Guide for diverse stakeholder groups including:
    • Crossroads’ VCP Senior Leadership,
    • Crossroads’ staff & volunteers who are VCP Prevention and Response Focal Points,
    • Crossroads’ VCP staff in general,
  • Develop a Sexual Violence Prevention and Mitigation Guide for Crossroads’ VCP Partner
  • Develop and deliver differentiated Sexual Violence Train the Trainer sessions to:
    • Crossroads’ VCP staff responsible for volunteer training,
    • Volunteers responsible for delivering Sexual Violence Training sessions to local partner organizations,
  • Update the Sexual Violence Baseline Support Analysis (including physical health, emotional health, and legal support) to reflect changed organizational structure,
  • Analysis of the costing implications for varying models of support,
  • The final set of deliverables includes a Gap Analysis and Sustainability Road Map for each of the above elements.




  • Advanced University Degree (ideally master’s degree in gender studies or other related fields)


  • Experience in managing projects/programs aimed at reducing and responding to sexual violence,
  • Experience in reviewing strategies/policies on sexual assault and harassment at institutional level including their legal implications,
  • Experience in developing processes and procedures for reporting and investigating sexual violence,
  • Experience with international NGOs, ideally experience with volunteer-sending organizations,
  • Solid experience in the design and delivery of capacity-building workshops on sexual violence.

Language skills:

  • Excellent written and spoken English and French,
  • Strong oral and written communication skills


timing and duration

  • The assignment will take place between March 2021 and December 2021.



  • The consultant will be based in a home office.
  • Training sessions will occur virtually, however if travel restrictions and COVID guidelines permit, some training sessions may occur in Crossroads’ offices in Toronto and Montréal. Transportation costs in consultant’s city of residence will not be reimbursed.

the organization

Crossroads International is a leader in international cooperation and has been advancing equality for 60 years. Crossroads works in some of the world’s poorest nations in Africa, with local partner organizations to create decent jobs and to empower women to become leaders and live free from violence.  Every year, we engage experienced volunteers and staff North and South who apply their expertise locally to address global issues. Together we are leveraging knowledge, expertise and dollars to create a more just and equitable world.

Crossroads is a registered charity supported by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), other government and non-government funders, and many individual donors around the world.

Crossroads is committed to principles and values of access and equity. Expressions of interest from individuals of diverse groups are encouraged to apply.



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EXPRESSIONS of interest

If you are interested in this consulting opportunity, please submit a 2-page (maximum) proposal including a workplan with associated timelines and consulting fees, along with your CV before 5pm on February 23rd, 2021 by e-mail to Expressions of interest must include “Sexual Violence Prevention Consulting Proposal – Your Name” in the subject line of the e-mail. All applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Crossroads is an equal opportunity employer.  Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment. Crossroads is committed to diversity in the workforce and individuals from all minority groups are encouraged to submit a proposal.

We thank all applicants in advance, however only those selected for consideration will be contacted.