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

Providing Capacity Building on Gender-Sensitive Public Transport in Kenya

Date first published: 5 June 2018

Deadline for submissions of EoI Extended to: 2 July 2018

  1. Introduction

Addressing the mobility challenge calls for a paradigm shift in urban planning, encouraging compact cities and mixed-land use as a way to increase accessibility and to reduce the need for transportation altogether. Understanding that the purpose of mobility is to gain access to destinations, activities, services and goods, mobility planning should therefore be resident-centered and inclusive, providing mobility services for all.

There is need for urban centers in African countries to improve gender-sensitive transport services and infrastructure – not only to ensure accessibility to opportunities for all incl. women and girls, but also to improve safety for women. Promoting gender-sensitive transport services ensures the growth of just, inclusive and sustainable cities.

Well-functioning institutions and a high level of political support are essential for creating and inclusive mobility infrastructure and systems. A strong strategic planning and coordination from national and local governments as well as transport operators is needed - who are capacitated to provide enabling legal frameworks and policies, and address mobility in light of accessibility and inclusivity.

The Urban Basic Services Branch works with national governments and local authorities in developing and implementing sustainable urban development solutions by offering a comprehensive package of knowledge, advocacy tools and technical assistance including innovative urban development solutions. Through the Urban Mobility Unit, the Branch offers technical support to partner cities to advance transport policies, improve public transport systems, promote safer walking and cycling and improve access to sustainable transport systems for all. On-going and previous activities include providing technical assistance to develop efficient public transport systems in partner cities, focusing on Bus Rapid Transit, Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP), and other initiatives to promote equitable access to public transport, walking and cycling. 

  1. Proposed Capacity Building Projects

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from Not-for–Profit Organizations or Governmental and Inter-Governmental organisations to undertake capacity building activities with regards to the following project:

Project Title: “Toolkit on Developing Gender-Sensitive Minibus Services and Transport Infrastructure for African cities”

Public Transport is a highly gendered field and notoriously unsafe for women and other vulnerable groups. Efforts are needed to increase the visibility of women’s needs in the male dominated field of public transportation in order to reflect a more equitable and sustainable public transport system.

The aim of the project is to develop a toolkit with the objective to build capacity among the public transport industry and advocate for women’s rights in a male dominated sector. The project is also expected to contribute to advocacy efforts and dissemination of gender and transport issues and bring them to the attention of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and other stakeholders. The project will focus on the Kenyan context.

Expected activities under this project will include the following key elements:

  1. Develop a toolkit on “Gender-Sensitive Minibus Services and Transport Infrastructure” with the objective to build capacity among the public transport industry and advocate for women’s rights in a male dominated sector;
  2. Launch of the toolkit at one major international event while ensuring wide media coverage;
  3. Bring the toolkit to the attention of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders for wide dissemination;
  4. Provide technical advice to government and industry stakeholders on gender-sensitive design of transport infrastructure and services.
  1. Expression of Interest

In addition to the above, the implementation partner is expected to support any other tasks required for a successful project execution 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;
  • 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.

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

  1. UN-Habitat will make a contribution to the tune of USD 10,000 towards this initiative. In addition, UN-Habitat will provide expertise and knowledge including examples of good practices on public transport in the consultation processes.
  1. Overall Timeframe

The work outlined in this EOI is scheduled to commence in June 2018 and to be completed by 30 November 2018.

  1. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 2 July 2018 to the e-mail address given below:;

  1. Contact Information

Debashish Bhattacharjee

Human Settlements Officer

Lead, Urban Mobility Unit

Urban Basic Services Branch

United Nations Human Settlements Programme


P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 254-20-7625288; 7623668

Stefanie Holzwarth

Associate Human Settlements Officer

Urban Mobility Unit

Urban Basic Services Branch

United Nations Human Settlements Programme


P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 254-20-7625432

  1. Budget

UN-Habitat will contribute financial resources towards Small-Scale Agreements of Cooperation of up to USD 10,000 (only for Academic institutions, Not for Profit, Governmental and Inter-Governmental Organisations).

  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.