Size of grant: 150,000 US$

Purpose of CFP: Promoting integration of host and refugee communities is a part of UN-Habitat’s engagement in planning the development of Kalobeyei settlement. To this regard, an implementation partner is sought to support maintenance activities at Kalobeyei Community Centre and to implement business and vocational trainings geared at building COVID-19 resilience and strengthening host-refugee integration.           

Project Key Information
  • UN-Habitat Project title : Building Resilience Amid COVID-19 through Business and Vocational Trainings and Supporting Kalobeyei Community Centre for a Strengthened Conflict-Resolution Strategy for Refugee-Host Community Integration in Kalobeyei’
  • Locations
    • Town/City: Kalobeyei
    • Country: Kenya
  • Anticipated start date: 1st August 2021
  • Estimated duration of project in calendar months:  12
  • Maximum proposed value in US$: 150,000
  • Lead Organization Unit: Planning Finance and Economy Section, Urban Practices Branch
Brief Background of the Project

UN-Habitat’s work has been instrumental in promoting good practices for promoting integration between refugee and host communities. In line with this mandate, UN-Habitat has been supporting member states including Kenya in developing well-planned and efficient human settlements, with adequate access to housing, infrastructure, and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation. 
In 2016, UN-Habitat partnered with UNHCR and Turkana County Government to prepare an integrated spatial development framework including a spatial plan for Kalobeyei Settlement that would reduce conflict and promote social cohesion among communities. UN-Habitat was engaged in designing to address host community stabilization and development including addressing the continued influx of refugee and host communities or risk of unplanned growth around the settlement which could undermine long-term sustainability imperatives which would bring about land-conflict issues between refugee and host communities.

The purpose of this call is to impart vocational and business skills among women and youth with the objective to promote their livelihoods and in turn build their resilience amid COVID-19. It also aims to support maintenance activities and promote sustainable infrastructure solutions at Kalobeyei Community Centre to promote host-refugee community integration.

Main activities and outputs

The primary components of this project include: (ⅰ) Conducting business and vocational training to women and youth (ii) Implement construction of an underground water tank/storage facility (iii) Implementation of maintenance activities at the Kalobeyei Community Centre.

The implementing partner will undertake main activities as follows, but not limited to:

  • Plan and prepare business and vocational training content targeting host and refugee community trainees.
  • Implement a two-month business and vocational training targeting host and refugee community women and youth.
  • Conduct follow-up engagement workshops to ensure that the trainees are able to use the skills to improve their livelihoods through establishment or enhancement of business and service provision.
  • Prepare and implement strategies to ensure sustainability of initiatives implemented by the host and refugee community trainees.
  • Prepare detailed workshop and engagement reports from the vocational training activities and follow up sessions.
  • Carry out a detailed assessment of the state of facilities and structures at the Kalobeyei Community Centre.
  • Implement priority repairs to promote access and inclusivity to services amid COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Prepare a detailed report detailing the assessment and priority repairs.
  • Work closely with UN-Habitat to design and implement an underground water storage facility, to bridge the water demand gap and to promote compliance with set COVID-19 regulations.
  • Ensure close collaboration with UN-Habitat office to align the implementation process with UN-Habitat approaches and to facilitate community participation in all aspects of the project.
  • Plan and prepare training with host and refugee community members on the management of the underground water storage facility.
  • Prepare a detailed report detailing the design and implementation process of the underground water storage facility.
  • Provide logistical support necessary to implement the project,
Risk Analysis

Operational risk, where locally controlled groups can go on strike or attempt to sabotage the process.


International staff/consultants will take the computer-based training "security in the field". The training makes the staff/consultants aware of the possible risks and how to deal with them

Armed conflict might at a certain stage cause postponement or delay at work.

Low / Medium

Depending on UNDSS report on conflict areas, the staff will stop visiting the sites until they are cleared by UNDSS

Social, cultural risks relevant to the possible tension between refugees from different ethnics among these groups themselves and with hosting communities.


Preventive measures to be considered in the community mobilization, training sessions and other organized events in addition to support together with local partners

Health risks due to Covid - 19


Measures recommended by WHO, Kenyan ministry of health, JMS and other applicable medical and government agencies to be adhered to strictly.

Eligibility Criteria


Submission Details/ Documents Required



Legal Status

Organization profile and details

  • Clear organization profile and structure of the organization indicating:
    • Organization’s vision, mission and objectives
    • Management structure
    • Members of the Governing Board and their Designations duly certified by the Corporate Secretary, or its equivalent document
    • Proof of membership to professional associations if any.
  • Provide a certified copy of the organization’s constitution or by-laws.
  • Evidence of experience working in refugee settlements such as Kalobeyei
  • Provide copies of project monitoring policies and procedures
  • Provide copies of procurement policies and procedures
  • Description and key features and controls of the accounting system used
  • Provide location and list of office facilities, vehicles and office equipment locally available to implement the project


Financial Capacity

Exclusive bank account

  • Is the organization willing and able to have a separate bank account for the funds provided by UN-Habitat?

Integrity and Governance

Selection Criteria




Submission Details/ Documents Required



1.   Technical capacity



1.1 Does the organization have the relevant experience and proven track record in implementing activities in the areas of the project?

Has it managed in the past projects of similar technical complexities and financial size?

Is the project linked with the core business of the IP?


1.2 Does the organization have qualified technical staff with the experience and the technical skills required by the project?

What is the staff size, type, qualification and education background?

  • CVs of key management staff, technical and non-technical staff that will be involved on the project
  • How many technical staff do you have in the concerned Country for implementing the project? Is there reasonable assurance that such technical staff required by the project will continue to be available as needed in the Project?


1.3 Does the organization have a clear and strong link with an identifiable constituency relevant to the targeted population of the project?

Does it have the ability to impact on the targeted population and on the issues?

Does it have strong presence in the field and for how long?

Does it have adequate capacity to work in key areas/regions where the proposed field activities will be implemented?


1.4 Does the organization possess adequate physical facilities, office equipment, transport, etc. to implement the activities?


1.5 Does the organization have formal procedures to monitor project execution (e.g. milestones, outputs, expenditures…)



2.   Financial and administrative capacity



2.1 Has the organization been in operation over a period of at least 2 years to demonstrate its financial sustainability and relevance?


2.2 Does the organization have qualified staff in Finance? Is the current accounting system computerized and does have the capacity to collect and provide separate financial reports on the activities executed under the Agreement of Cooperation?

Does it have systems and practices to monitor and report whether the project deliverables and expenditures are within agreed time and budget?

Does it have minimum segregation of duties in place (separation between project management, finance/accounting and executive office)



2.3 Does the organization have the capacity to procure goods and services on a transparent and competitive basis? (if applicable) check for procurement unit with experienced staff


2.4 Does the organization have formal procedures and controls to mitigate fraud such as multiple signature signatories on bank accounts, reporting and prosecution of incidences of fraud?


2.5 Does the organization have capacity to provide in-kind, financial, personnel contribution as UN-Habitat Implementing Partner in this present project? Please give details of contribution nature and size.



3.   Financial Proposal




3.1 Is the budget for each component of the activity to be performed by the Implementing Partner

(i) cost-effective (i.e. the cost should be economical and prudently estimated to avoid any under/over estimation)

(ii) justifiable/well supported and

(iii) accurate and complete


Budget Proposal <>

  • BOQ (if applicable)
  • Other supporting documents



4.   Technical Proposal




4.1 The technical proposal is sound and responds adequately to the specifications and requirements?

Technical Proposal document <>



Cumulative score for ratios




  1. Interested Organizations must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochure, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc).
  2. The CFP and accompanying documents must be received in accordance with instructions provided. Applications to be sent to with cc to, and CFP submitted to a different email address other than the specified one will not be considered.
  3. CFP from applicants failing to provide the complete information to fulfill the basic eligibility criteria will be considered non-responsive.
  4. CFP received after the above deadline will not be considered
  5. Organizations will be selected in accordance with the procedure set out in the UN-Habitat IP Management policy and Standard Operating Procedures.
  6. CFP from applicants failing to provide the requested information will be disregarded.
  7. This CFP does not entail any commitment on the part of UN-Habitat, either financial or otherwise. UN-Habitat reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Proposals without incurring any obligation to inform the affected applicant(s) of the grounds.
  8. All documents that the Partner has obtained externally must be certified as true copies of the originals by a Notary Public (NP), Commissioner of Oaths (CO) or its equivalent.
  9. All prices must be in USD.

Call for proposal (PDF)