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 United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

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

Action Plans for Better Urban Air Quality: The Role of Electric Mobility and Better Urban Planning 

  Date first published: 19 August 2016

Deadline for submissions of EoIs: 09 September 2016

  1. Introduction

Air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. According to WHO in 2012   around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. The numbers are expected to continue increasing given the rising indoor and outdoor air pollution levels in many parts of the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries, which are witnessing massive increases in outdoor air pollution levels in their rapidly growing cities. According to WHO, 98% of cities in low- and middle- income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality guidelines. Transport is a significant source of air pollution that is also exacerbated by increasing motorization and congestion in urban areas. 

Electric Mobility, particularly in conjunction with clean and renewable sources of energy and better urban planning, focusing on compact and mixed land uses and planned city extensions, may offer a viable strategy for many developing country cities to reduce air pollution while also making the city more accessible to all. The benefits include better health and mitigation of climate change due to reduced emissions. Several cities, in Europe for example, have effectively adopted such strategies. 

  1. Expert Group Meeting on Action Plans for Better Urban Air Quality : The Role of Electric Mobility and Better Urban Planning

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from academic or research institutions; Not-for-Profit Organizations; Governmental and Inter-Governmental organisations to convene an EGM featuring the participation of leading experts on Health, Air Quality, Transport and urban planning together with the participation of policy makers and representatives of Government and to prepare an Experts “ Communique” setting out actions in the areas of urban and transport planning, national urban policies and city level energy and transport action plans that can address the growing problem of transport related air –pollution in developing and middle-income countries. Results from the collaboration will include the following:  

  1. A Background paper bringing out urban air pollution and transport issues in a country or developing country region of focus;
  2. An Expert Group Meeting conducted; featuring participation of acknowledged experts in the fields of Health, Air Quality, Transport and urban planning;
  3. Recommendations of the Expert Group formulated as an “ Action Plan”
  4. A dissemination and advocacy plan for the recommendations.

Note: It is expected this collaboration will focus on a country or a developing country region e.g. South or South East Asia, East Africa or LAC.  

  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;
  2. A short conceptual proposal on how the organisation plans to develop and implement this initiative including scope and nature of work; clearly describing its potential impact.
  • 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. Copies of statement of annual budget and annual reports of the previous 5 years;
  2. Copy of two latest audited 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 to the tune of USD20,000 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 01 October 2016 and completed within three 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 no later than 09 September 2016 to the e-mail address given below:

Priscilla Muchibwa

Urban Basic Services Branch

United Nations Human Settlements Programme


P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 254-20-7625043 


  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.