United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

“Application of Social Tenure Domain Model for Sustainable Utilization of Community Grazing Land Resources in Bomet County and Community Irrigation Water in Kirinyaga County – Kenya”

Call for expression of Interest from local NGOs

DEADLINE for submissions: 29th May 2017
DURATION: seven months from May to November 2017

The Land and Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Unit of UN Habitat is seeking Expression of Interest from qualified duly registered local (Kenya) Nonprofit Organizations for the implementation of the “Application of Social Tenure Domain Model for Sustainable Utilization of Community Grazing Land Resources in Bomet County and Community Irrigation Water in Kirinyaga County – Kenya”.

Project Background

Land (access and tenure security) is important for the fulfilment of human rights, especially human right to food, water and housing. The importance of security of tenure to land and land-based resources is clearly vindicated in the global development frameworks, particularly, the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda (NUA), and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT).

The New Urban Agenda (NUA) clearly acknowledges in the central role of land in promoting inclusive housing rights and fostering resilient and sustainable settlements. In order to implement these global and regional development frameworks on the ground, there is need for tools.

Established in 2006, the GLTN with its Secretariat hosted by UN-HABITAT, is a partnership network of over 70 organizations, representing mainly land professional bodies, research and training institutions, civil society, intergovernmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners, dedicated to development, testing and application of pro-poor and gender-appropriate land tools for promoting tenure security for all. Within the framework of continuum of land rights, GLTN has over the past decade developed a suite of over 20 pro-poor and gender-sensitive tools that have been tested and adopted for application in various countries in both urban and rural settings.

One of the flagship land tenure tools developed by the GLTN is the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM). STDM is a software package that enables the recordation and visualization of the ‘people - to - land’ relationships and other related information. These relationships can be expressed in terms of persons (or groups of persons) having ‘social tenure relationships’ to spatial units, where a spatial unit can represent a parcel of land, building or a given natural resource such as a river or forest. It is an ISO-approved Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) (ISO, 2012). STDM has been tested and implemented in a number of countries, especially developing countries, where there is very little cadastral coverage in urban areas with slums, in rural customary areas or in complex situations like post crisis context areas.

This assignment is a continuation of GLTN’s application of the STDM to varied contexts in an effort to address land and natural resources tenure security issues and unleash sustainable development. Within the framework of the GLTN’s regional project Land and Natural Resources Learning Initiative for Eastern and Southern Africa (TSLI- ESA), STDM has been applied in Uganda, Malawi and Kenya. In Kenya, a pilot phase was completed in 2016 in Bomet and Kirinyaga counties. Building on the pilot phase this assignment has three objectives:

  1. a) To customize and apply STDM for participatory enumeration and mapping of out-grower rice paddies and farm households, including developing an STDM-based database for use by the irrigation water user association in distribution of irrigation water efficiently.
  2. b) To customize and apply STDM for participatory enumeration and mapping of communal grazing land and water resources for efficient resource use and control of degradation and encroachment.
  3. c) To develop, customize STDM as a GIS component of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, including spatial data collection and integration in the M&E systems of two selected development project of GLTN partners in Bomet and Kirinyaga.


The Project will run for seven months from May to November 2017.

Geographical Coverage

The project targets areas are Bomet and Kirinyaga counties in Kenya.

Requirements to submit the Expression of Interest

The Expression of Interest from interested local organizations should submit a cover letter and supporting contain the following:

  1. A concept paper comprising a detailed methodology, activities, tools and resource requirements, budget and timelines for delivery (10 pages max).
  2. A portfolio of the organization that includes the organizational profile (showed by brochure or website), a description of the projects within the scope of the EOI (land and natural resource governance), detailing experience of the organization in implementing similar projects (max 4 pages);
  3. A copy of constitution and/ or by- laws of the organization and a copy of the registration/ incorporation of the entity as applicable.
  4. A detailed list of completed projects including project description, clients, amount of award, implementation period;
  5. The CVs of the professional team to implement the project;
  6. Copies of statement of annual budget and annual reports of the previous 5 years;
  7. Copies of the two latest audited reports;
  8. Governance and organizational structure and proof of non-profit nature of the organization.

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 29th May 2017 to Solomon Mkumbwa at the following email address: solomon.mkumbwa@unhabitat.org

Disclaimer: Please note that this notice does not constitute a solicitation and UN‐Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel the project at any time in the process. Submitting a reply to an EOI does not guarantee that the submitting organization will be selected to carry out the implementation of the project.