Call for expert – project “BeSecure-FeelSecure”

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“Benchmarking exercise:  regarding the use of the BSFS evaluation-categories on the real or perceived security at the local level”

– Call for applications – 

The BeSecure-FeelSecure (BSFS) project is a new type of project as it was selected in the framework of a specific “Call for Proposal” centred around the topic of ‘urban security and related innovative solutions’, under the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA). The BeSecure-FeelSecure project promotes a holistic approach towards urban security to tackle security related issues in Piraeus (GR). The project aims to develop tools and strategies that are to be used both in the physical and cyber space in order to reinforce urban security. As a partner, Efus is in charge of transferability, dissemination and the sharing of experience and expertise. 

Efus contributes to BSFS by being the project’s main transferability channel. Based on its expertise and network of local and regional authorities Efus offers a great dissemination potential at the EU-level and thus plays the role of an impact multiplier. Hence, Efus will play a critical role in disseminating the project’s results to urban security stakeholders across the EU. Efus leads the activity on the “standardisation and best practices” of the project. 

Who we are

Efus is the only European network dedicated to fostering discussion, cooperation and support among local and regional authorities in the field of crime prevention and urban security. Founded in 1987, it brings together nearly 250 cities and regions from fifteen countries. Recognised for its expertise by national and European institutions, Efus is a network that represents the diversity of territories and promotes the exchange of experience between local and regional authorities beyond political divisions, according to the principle of “cities help cities”. Regarding its objectives, Efus seeks to: 

  • promote a balanced vision of urban security combining prevention, sanctions and social cohesion; 
  • support local and regional authorities in the design, implementation and evaluation of their local security policy; 
  • reinforce the role of local elected officials within national and European governance.

Project objectives

The proposed ‘BSFS-solution’ consists of three interrelated elements:

  1. a governance innovation through the creation of a Local Council for Crime Prevention (LCCP)
  2. an ICT system for Collaborative Urban Risk Assessment (CURiM) for the collection and analysis of crime-related data
  3. a number of social interventions (e.g. trainings) and spatial measures (Prevention Through Spatial Design) to improve security.

Activity in question: benchmarking exercise 

In the framework of the expert’s involvement a two-level benchmarking exercise shall be carried out related to the following evaluation-categories of the BSFS project that seek to provide local authorities with precise knowledge related to the level of real or perceived security in their respective context.

  • Perception of safety 
  • Fear of crime 
  • Individual participation in community-based crime policy 
  • Intention to participate in community-based crime policy 
  • Citizens’ trust to local authorities regarding urban security matter

The two-level exercise concerns :

  1. a benchmarking on the following: if the different cities include in the analysis of their security situation (Audit process) the above-mentioned 5 categories and if they involve the analysis of these categories in the evaluation process of their urban security initiatives/policies. This benchmarking exercise shall be carried out in minimum 5 pre-selected European Member States. 
  2. the creation of a comparative table on the benchmarking information collected: the type of data/information necessary to be collected related to the 5 above-mentioned categories, the source of the data/information and the tools that facilitate the collection process.

Subject-matter of the contract

The terms of collaboration between Efus and the expert chosen as part of the project “BeSecure-FeelSecure” will be as follows.

The expert will:

  1. Carry out a comprehensive research on: 
    1. the involvement of the above-listed categories in the local security audits of the cities and in the evaluation process of their urban security initiatives/policies;
    2. the type and source of data/information that shall be collected with regards to these categories and the tools that facilitate the collection process.
  2. Create a comparative table on the benchmarking information collected: the type of data/information necessary to be collected related to the 5 above-mentioned categories, the source of the data/information and the tools that facilitate the collection process.
  3. Provide practical recommendations to local authorities and highlight the key attention points concerning the collection of information and the tools that can  be used for this purpose
  4. Produce:
    1. comprehensive report in English  of approximately 15 pages on the above-mentioned research, recommendations and examples or description of tools. The comparative table shall be added to this report. 
    2. as well as thematic Practice Sheets/per Member State on the findings

Profile of the expert

  • The expert must demonstrate extensive knowledge on local security audits and the use of the above-mentioned categories at the local level;
  • The expert must demonstrate a strong interest in the European dimension, as well as a strong ability to adapt to information being exchanged in a transnational context; 
  • The expert should possess strong analytical and writing skills; 
  • The working language of the project is English. Therefore, the expert should be able to work fluently in English.

Funding and duration

A contract (terms of reference) will be drawn up by Efus, it becomes valid when the two parties sign it and will stay valid for two months.

The project’s funding covers: 

15 working days are foreseen for this work. The remuneration will be decided with the expert after analysis of the CV and the cover letter and according to the remuneration basis of the European Commission. The payment will be made at the end of the missions within 10 (ten) working days

  • The payment will be made once the receipt of the invoice is issued by the expert and sent to Efus, at the end of the project,when the above-mentioned tasks are carried out. 

Selection Procedure:

Efus invites those interested by this call to send their application by email to Eszter Karacsony, Programme manager:

  • A detailed CV including recent publications; 
  • A cover letter summarizing why you want to be part of this project 
  • Financial proposal with respect to the remuneration basis of the European Commission


  • Deadline for submission of applications: 29 January 2021
  • Estimated date for choosing the expert:  5rd February 2021
  • Start of the mission, with an  online with : 11th February
  • Deadline for the draft version of the deliverables – 28th February 2021
  • Deadline for the final version of the deliverables – 12th March 2021

Intellectual Property Rights

If one – or several – of the documents produced in the context of this study are linked to intellectual property rights, the expert’s contract will stipulate the relevant modus operandi.

As a general rule, it is to be known that the content generated by European Union co-funded projects are under joint ownership of the members of the consortium and the European Union. The precise conditions will thoroughly be explained in the contract of the expert in charge of this benchmarking exercise. 

The expert agrees that the results of the comparative study will be used for the production of the deliverables of the BSFS project. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

For further information concerning the call for applications, contact Efus : +33 (0)1 40 64 49 00 or