Aoibhneas: Request for Tender to Develop Strategic Plan 2022 – 2027


Aoibhneas is seeking proposals for a consultant(s) to lead the organisation in the development of its Strategic Plan 2022-2027.


Aoibhneas Domestic Abuse Support for Women and Children (“Aoibhneas”) was established to respond to the immediate needs of domestic abuse victims and survivors. Over the years, Aoibhneas has adapted and expanded its service provision to provide a holistic approach in tackling the societal issue of domestic abuse.

Aoibhneas was established in 1988. At that time Dublin Corporation provided Aoibhneas with a three-bedroom flat in Ballymun, to carry out its work. In 1994, Dublin Corporation made notification of a decision to grant planning permission to Aoibhneas for a purpose-built facility for families fleeing their home as a result of domestic abuse.

In 1997, Aoibhneas relocated to a ten-unit purpose-built facility in Coolock. Aoibhneas runs the one of largest refuges in Ireland providing crisis accommodation to 10 families at any one time.

Over three decades, Aoibhneas has grown from supporting the immediate needs of domestic abuse victims and survivors into a multi-responsive domestic abuse support agency that provides:

  • Self-contained refuge accommodation
  • a 24-hour helpline
  • a range of community-based supports, including:
    • A Community Outreach Service
    • Education and Training
    • A Court Accompaniment Service
    • Therapeutic and Empowerment Support Services
    • Drop-in Service and,
    • Post Refuge Support Service.

Aoibhneas is core funded by TUSLA Child and Family Agency. The organisation is a company limited by guarantee with charitable and approved housing body status.

Our Mission

We at Aoibhneas aim to empower each person to live in freedom and safety from domestic abuse through a healing process that nurtures and enables positive growth and societal change.

Our Vision

To centre stage women and children who are, or have been, affected by domestic abuse in providing a complete continuum of care arrangement within a service of excellence.

A complete continuum of care arrangement provides access for women and children to supports at earliest intervention through:

  • provision of prevention and awareness raising programmes,
  • community-based support,
  • refuge accommodation,
  • transitional accommodation and
  • post refuge/transitional support.

Primary Aim

Aoibhneas intends to develop a five-year strategic plan for the period 2022-2027. This plan will guide the Board and Management team and inform the organisation’s annual business plans during this period. Aoibhneas intends to appoint an independent consultant to undertake this project.

Aims & Objectives

The overall aim will be to develop a five-year strategic plan for Aoibhneas. This can be broken down as follows:

  • Undertake a review of the outcomes and impacts of the organisations most recent Strategic Plan (2019-2021).
  • Develop a profile of the target group with whom Aoibhneas works with and alongside and develop a profile that recognises future demographic trends that relate to this target group.
  • Undertake a materiality assessment, through engaging with stakeholder groups and identify key areas of focus for the organisation over the next 5 years.
  • Map current company management structure and approaches required to successfully deliver on the Strategic Plan to the end of 2027.
  • Factor sustainability into all aspects of the Strategic Plan.
  • Collate information from the research and develop a Strategic Plan that will detail time realistic, achievable, and measurable goals.
  • Identify relevant KPI’s for each goal identified.
  • Identification of the resources needed to meet goals set out in the Strategic Plan.
  • Identify resource gaps and outline ways and timeframe to fill these to achieve outcomes of Strategic Plan.
  • Provision of a written Strategic Plan in report format along with soft copy for stakeholder circulation and website display which will include a breakdown of yearly targets which will inform each Business Plan over the next five years.

Methodologies to be employed

Methodologies employed will be in agreement with Aoibhneas Board which will be inclusive of and sensitive to all stakeholders.


  • Interested consultants will furnish Aoibhneas with a breakdown of their proposed work, timeframe, costings, and copies of previous work by 5pm on Monday 31st January 2022.
  • Aoibhneas Board will aim to appoint its preferred candidate in February 2022 and work can commence in March 2022.
  • Aoibhneas Board will expect a final draft of the plan to be completed and presented by 30th September 2022.

Areas for consideration

All Consultants tendering for this piece of work should include.

  • A minimum of 2 references of previous pieces of similar research / plans.
  • A CV and plan that outlines methodology and approach.
  • A comprehensive breakdown of charges, timeframes, and a clear deadline date.
  • If a conflict of interest arises all consultants tendering must declare this in their tender application.
  • The Consultant contracted should ideally understand the work undertaken by Aoibhneas. Additionally, methodologies employed over this process will enable the Consultant to communicate/engage directly with stakeholders within an action-oriented, developmental and transparent context.

Proposals will be considered against the follow criteria:

  • Quality of the tender document submitted, succinct and well written, with clear and realistic timelines and project plan.
  • Consultants understanding of Aoibhneas, Domestic Abuse and Homelessness, the NGO sector, and the need for relevant stakeholder consultation.
  • Experience of having previously conducted similar strategic planning and review projects.
  • The project’s value for money and price competitiveness.

Payment will take place in three instalments:

  • On completion stakeholder engagement / data collection process.
  • When the first draft is submitted
  • On ratification of the completed strategy by Aoibhneas Board

All expressions of interest should be emailed to or posted to Aoibhneas PO Box 5504, Dublin 17 by no later than 5pm on Monday 31st January 2022.

All information supplied in connection with this Tender shall be regarded as confidential and by submitting an offer, the Tenderer agrees to be bound by the obligation to preserve the confidentiality of all such information.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
25th Nov, 2021
Expiry Date
25th Jan, 2022