United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Call for Expressions of Interest for Cooperation Partners for Agreement of Cooperation

Sustainable Transport for East African Cities

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Date first published: 7 February 2017

Deadline for submissions of EoIs: 24 February 2017

1.  Introduction

The Global Environment Facility supported project “Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East African Cities” – SUSTRAN aims to reduce growth in the use of private motorized vehicles, thus reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the three capital cities of Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya. The strategic response is to upgrade the transit system, introduce Bus Rapid Transits (BRT), implement improved non-motorized transport (NMT) infrastructure and apply travel demand management (TDM) as well as other supporting policies. Substantial GHG reductions can be expected through citywide upgrading of the transit systems.

In Addis Ababa, at present, under the leadership of the Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau (AARTB) the detailed design of a demonstration BRT corridor (B2 BRT Corridor) is currently underway. UN-Habitat through collaboration with its implementing partner, the Transport Research Laboratory has provided support in development of the designs and the operational plans for the demonstration corridor, in addition to advice on other aspects of mobility in the city; e.g policy on parking, current and conditions affecting non-motorised transport.

During a regional workshop on the SUSTRAN project held in November 2016 and in subsequent consultations with the AARTB, the need for a city-wide overview of the broad feasibility of a network of BRT corridors and a strategy for non-motorised transport emerged as strategic priorities. 

2. Proposed Conceptual Plan for city-wide BRT and an NMT Strategy for Addis Ababa

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from Not-for -Profit Organizations or Governmental and Inter-Governmental organisations to undertake the following activities:

1) A conceptual overview of a BRT based Public Transport Network in Addis Ababa;

2) A NMT Strategy for Addis Ababa;

3) Advice on the ongoing design and construction of the B2 BRT corridor (that is financed by AFD);

In addition to the above, the implementation partner is expected to support training and capacity building of Government staff for planning and executing BRT systems as well as the design of NMT features that are better integrated with public transport. In developing its recommendations the implementation partner is also expected to review and take into consideration the on-going work supported by external agencies such as C40 Cities, the Bloomberg Global Road Safety Initiative and the World Bank.     

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

  1. Overall experience of the organization in the area of BRT;
  2. A short conceptual proposal on how the organisation plans to develop and implement this initiative;
  3. 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)
  4. Copies of statement of annual budget and annual reports of the previous 5 years;
  5. Copy of two latest audited reports, and
  6. Governance and organizational structure; experience and qualifications of key professional staff and infrastructure facilities of the organization.

3. Overall Timeframe

The work outlined in this EOI is scheduled to commence 6 March 2017 and completed by 31 December 2017.

4 . Budget

UN-Habitat will contribute financial resources to the tune of USD 60,000 in total towards this initiative. Prospective implementation partners are expected to contribute in cash/ in-kind contribution to this joint undertaking.

Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format not later than 24 February 2017 to the e-mail address given below:


5. Contact Information

Debashish Bhattacharjee

Human Settlements Officer

Lead, Urban Mobility

Urban Basic Services Branch

United Nations Human Settlements Programme


P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 254-20-7625288; 7623668


6. 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.