Project Title: “Development of an Updated Gender Strategy for GLTN Phase III”

Date of publication: 20 June 2017 

Duration: nine (9) months from July 2017 to March 2018

Deadline for submission: 4th July 2017


The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), as facilitated by UN-Habitat, is an alliance of more than 75 international, regional and national partners working together to “securing land and property rights for all” through the development of pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and approaches within the continuum of land rights framework. It supports the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries (VGGTs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda.

GLTN aims to strengthen existing land networks and increase the level and dissemination of knowledge and skills to promote tenure security at scale. It does this by developing, testing and promoting pro-poor and gender-responsive land management and land tenure tools. It advocates the establishment of a continuum of land rights, rather than just focusing on formal land titling. Additionally it aims to improve global and regional coordination on land by catalysing and promoting a shared agenda and multi-faceted partnerships through the Network itself and by strengthening other key land actors and networks. To support its aims and agenda, GLTN prioritizes 18 land tools and eight cross-cutting themes for development, grouped under five priority themes. The five thematic areas are (i) access to land and tenure security; (ii) land management and planning; (iii) land administration and information; (iv) land-based financing; and (v) land policy and legislation. As these land tools cannot be implemented in isolation, GLTN has also identified eight key cross-cutting issues for the development and use of land tools: (a) capacity development; (b) conflict / disaster; (c) environment; (d) gender; (e) grassroots; (f) Islamic aspects; (g) land governance; and (h) youth.  Human rights food security and economic development are also considered as key cross cutting themes for the Network.  (For more information see

 GLTN’s Work on Gender

Securing tenure for all, particularly for women, the poor and vulnerable groups is at the center of the GLTN’s strategy. Since 2006, when the GLTN’s gender agenda was adopted, partners identified a set of methodologies and strategies for developing land tools that promote equal tenure security for both women and men.  They recognised that women are not a homogenous group with regard to land and that –different groups of women have different interests and face different situations. The first phase of operations (Phase I, 2006-2011) showed significant progress made by GLTN in the gender and land agenda. This was confirmed and described by a Mid-Term Assessment (2010) and in ‘Handling land: Innovative tools for land governance and secure tenure’, a book jointly written by 20 representatives of GLTN partners. In Phase II, GLTN also continued to address global and regional needs and priorities, particularly in influencing global and regional land actors and international organisations to shift their operations and policies towards recognition of the continuum of land rights and pro-poor and gender responsive land policies, tools and approaches.

This call for expression of interest therefore aims at taking GLTN’s gender and land agenda further by updating the body of knowledge on gender and land and build a more comprehensive strategy that responds to new and emerging opportunities and challenges for interventions of the Network  in anticipation of the Phase 3 of GLTN work.  The work should involve various GLTN partners with a view to inform GLTN’s strategic response to implementation of the SDGs and the NUA in addition to re-aligning its priorities and key interventions on the gender and land dimension.


The overall objective of this initiative is therefore to adapt and respond to changing practices and emerging needs of the Network in response recently endorsed global frameworks (SDGs, NUA, etc) on the gender and land discourse through:  

  1. Reviewing the collective body of work/materials of GLTN partners since 2006 on strengthening gender equity in land governance;
  2. Making an inventory of existing GLTN land tools and identifying gaps in engendering tool development/implementation;
  3. Drawing lessons from selected countries in implementing gender-responsive and pro-poor land interventions;
  4. Exploring mechanisms for GLTN partners to address gender related land issues within the global agenda; and
  5. Formulating a strategic road map on gender and land towards implementation in anticipation of GLTN Phase 3 (2017-onwards…).

Expected outputs:

  • Updated Gender Strategy document to guide GLTN partners on addressing woman land rights.


The Project will run for nine (9) months from July 2017 to March 2018.

Geographical Coverage

The project target area is global with specific focus on selected countries where GLTN land tools have been implemented.

Requirements to submit the Expression of Interest

The Expression of Interest from interested organizations championing gender responsive land governance and is Not-for-Profit should submit a cover letter and supporting documents containing 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 3 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 4th July 2017 to Rebecca Ochong at the following email address:

Disclaimer: Please note that this notice does not constitute a solicitation and UN‐Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel this 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.