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

Facilitating a Study Tour on Integrated Mobility Planning to Bogota, Colombia

Date first published: 5th June 2018

Deadline for submissions of EoI: 22nd June 2018

  1. Introduction

Bus Rapid Transit systems are emerging as a viable solution in many cities that are facing the difficulties of traffic congestion. BRT can achieve high capacity and speed at relatively low cost by combining dedicated bus-lanes, off –board fare collection, platform level boarding and bus priority at intersections. BRT systems can be established with relatively smaller capital investments and more quickly than other urban transportation systems such as Metro and Light rail. To maximize its benefits and to achieve “last and first mile connectivity”, BRT should be properly integrated with better facilities for walking and cycling. UN-Habitat has commenced a feasibility study of the first BRT demonstration corridor in Cairo. In collaboration with UN Women, UN-Habitat is currently conducting feasibility studies for two BRT corridors as well as a study of gender aspects of mobility to enable better mobility and accessibility of women and vulnerable groups.

There is strong commitment of counterpart officials to improve the public transport operations and to benefit from international best practice. The public transport system of Bogota enjoys recognition as being of the most successful, and yet cost-effective systems ever implemented. It also provides many lessons learnt on managing an increasing public transport demand and integration with walking and cycling facilities. UN-Habitat – with support from the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) – is organizing a study tour to Bogota to demonstrate to Egyptian government officials the transformational change that the BRT has had on a city with similar characteristics to Cairo in terms of rapid population growth, density and high motorization rates.

  1. “Study Tour Package” to Bus Rapid Transit in Bogota, Colombia

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from Not-for–Profit Organizations or Governmental and Inter-Governmental organisations to undertake and facilitate a study tour to the Bus Rapid Transit system in Bogota, Colombia. Activities will include the following key elements:

  1. Identification of a suitable study tour programme based on the demand and recommendations of the Government of Egypt and UN-Habitat;
  2. Facilitation of the study tour and provision of technical inputs to relevant agenda items, with a focus on integration of Bus Rapid Transit with Active mobility such as walking and cycling;
  3. Liaison with local partners such as TransMilenio operator, Ciclovia, mayor, local experts;
  4. Support of local travel logistics of participants (visa support, hotel recommendations etc.);
  5. Ensure translation services during the study tour.

In addition to the above, the implementation partner is expected to support any other tasks required for a successful execution of the study tour that might occur during project implementation.

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

  1. Overall experience of the organization in the area of interest;
  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.

Background and relevant documents related to UN-Habitat’s work on Sustainable Mobility can be found at the following link:

  1. Overall Timeframe

The work outlined in this EOI is scheduled to commence in June 2018 and to be completed by 31st July 2018. The study tour to Bogota is tentatively scheduled from 8th to 11th July 2018. The delegation will consist of approximately 15 people.

  1. Submission Requirements

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 22nd June 2018  to the e-mail addresses given below:

  1. 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

Salma Mousallem

Project Officer

UN-Habitat Egypt

1 Ismail Abaza St

Cairo, Egypt

Tel: +2(02) 2794 5271 ext 110

  1. Disclaimer

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.