United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for Cooperation Partners for Agreement of Cooperation

“Reclaiming Space for Pedestrians: Better Street Designs in Kiambu Town, Kenya 

 Date first published: 01 March 2017

Deadline for submissions of EoIs: 28 March 2017


  1. Background

The uncoordinated urban growth in many urban settlements, coupled with the rapid growth in private motor vehicles results in numerous urban mobility challenges. Often cities lack a holistic approach to street planning resulting in marginalization of pedestrians and cyclists. Adoption of complete streets that can cater for all street users, especially with a focus on non-motorized transport and the integration of pedestrians and cyclists with the public transport can go a long way in addressing the mobility challenges faced in urban areas. Incorporation of footpaths, cycle tracks, segregated pedestrian zones and additional elements such as street furniture, parklets, trees and vending spaces are some of the important considerations for better urban mobility.

UN-Habitat is supporting the County Government of Kiambu in Kenya to improve the transport environment. A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) focusing on Ruiru town in Kiambu County was developed. The SUMP, aims to support Kiambu County in creating an urban transport system which ensures all citizens are offered transport options that enable access to key destinations and services; improving safety and security; and contributing to enhancing the attractiveness and quality of the urban environment and urban design for the benefits of citizens, the economy and society as a whole. A pilot project linked to the SUMP was identified, where street designs were developed for specific streets in Ruiru town centre to demonstrate how people centered and participatory approaches in planning in combination with site-specific technical solutions can result in greater accessibility and increase in social interaction and economic activities. To guide in the transformation of the urban mobility environment, UN-Habitat is also supporting development of a County Transport Policy and a guideline to street design. The ‘Reclaiming Space for Pedestrians: Better Street Designs in Kiambu Town, Kenya’ Project will complement these on-going interventions in Kiambu County.

  1. Scope of Agreement of Cooperation

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from academic or research institutions; Not-for-Profit Organizations; Governmental and Inter-Governmental organizations for an Agreement of Cooperation (AOC) that will cover the following broad tasks:

  1. In liaison with the County Government, identify and select suitable streets and public spaces to demonstrate innovative people centered and participatory approaches to street and public space design;
  2. Undertaking site-specific design of street/public space elements to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, accessibility and street-vending, ensuring community participation in the design process;
  3. Review the parking situation in Kiambu town and work with the County Government officials to suitably re-organise parking and to develop formal management systems for on-street parking;
  4. Building capacity of County Government staff on street designing for sustainable transport systems.  

  The EOI should contain, but not be limited to the following:

  1. Overall experience of the organization in the area of Road Safety, Public Transport and Non-motorized transport, Street Design and ;
  2. A short conceptual proposal on how the organization plans to develop and implement this initiative including scope and nature of work;
  • The support/ contribution the organization is willing to make including cash and in kind; (contribution in terms of staff time, office space and equipment and other support in cash and in-kind should be expressed in monetary terms.)
  1. Annual report;
  2. Copy of two latest audited financial reports; and
  3. Governance and organizational structure; experience and qualifications of key professional staff and infrastructure facilities of the organization.
  1. Budget

UN-Habitat will contribute financial resources of up to USD 50,000 towards this Agreement of Cooperation (only for Academic institutions, Not for Profit, Governmental and Inter-Governmental Organisations).

  1. Overall Timeframe

The work outlined in this EOI is scheduled to commence by 05 April 2017 and completed within 10 months.

  1. Contact Information and Application Deadline

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format addressed for the attention of the Human Settlements Officer, Lead Urban Mobility Unit no later than 21 March 2017 to the e-mail address given below:

E-mail: Priscilla.Muchibwa@unhabitat.org

Urban Basic Services Branch

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya
Office: 254-20-7625043

Cc: Elizabeth.Makeba@unhabitat.org

  1. Other

Please note that this EOI notice does not constitute a solicitation. UN-Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel this requirement at any time in the Expressions of Interest/or solicitation process.

Submitting a reply to an EOI does not guarantee that a Cooperation Partner will be considered for receipt of the solicitation when issued and only Cooperation Partners who are deemed qualified by UN-Habitat upon completion of evaluation of submission, will receive the final solicitation document.