United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
Community Based Stabilization Programme for Resettlement and Integration of Refugee Communities in Kalobeyei, Turkana County
Call for Expressions of Interest from Non-Profit Organizations

DEADLINE for submissions: 19 May 2017
DURATION: 7 months, tentative starting date 5 June 2017

The UN-Habitat Programme is seeking EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI) from qualified and registered international Non Profit Organizations for developing shelter design supporting UN-Habitat in achieving the “a sustainable human settlement that integrates refugees and host communities” and “countering conflicts between refugees and host communities, and promote a minimum socio-economic stability” within the project Community Stabilization Programme for Resettlement and Integration of Refugee Communities in Kalobeyei, Turkana County.

1. Background

The mandate of United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) aims to support provision of adequate shelter for all, and sustainable human settlements development in an urbanizing world. In line with this mandate, UN-Habitat has been supporting member states including Kenya in developing well-planned and efficient human settlements, with adequate access to housing, infrastructure, and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation.

Turkana County is the largest, yet among the poorest counties in Kenya and home to thousands of refugees fleeing from civil strife in the neighboring countries. In 2016, UN-Habitat partnered with UNHCR and Turkana County Government to prepare an integrated spatial development framework including a spatial plan for Kalobeyei Settlement that would reduce conflict and promote social cohesion among communities. Following the settlement plan developed, UN-Habitat will further be involved in planning durable shelter and infrastructure for the settlement and piloting improved and new models.

UN-Habitat seeks to offer alternative, emergency housing that can be transformed for long-term sustainability of the settlements. In order to improve the outreach of the project, preference will be given to renowned organizations with broad exposure and extensive experience in the relevant field.

2. Planned activities:

The intervention seeks to address the temporary, transitional and durable shelter issues for both refugees and host communities. The following activities are key to implementing the shelter component:

(i) Liaison with UN-Habitat and partners in assessing the shelter needs and alignment with local development plans concerning land use, shelter and urban development;
(ii) Develop shelter design concept proposals, based on the extent socio-economic and land use data available through UN-Habitat;
(iii) Conduct participatory design workshop with the community, with the support of UN-Habitat;
(iv) Develop 20 shelter design models;
(v) Supervise the demonstration project on shelter construction;
(vi) Assign a permanent full time staff to the project, with expertise in shelter design and construction;


3. The statement of experience and capability, and the indicative budgets should contain, but need not be limited to the following:

A. Institutional and Technical Information:
- Description of the organization`s main activities;
- A description of the methodology, addressing social, technical and sustainability aspects included in a tentative work plan;
- Copy of the organization statute;
- At least two consecutive years financial statements;
- Proof of certification as a nonprofit organization
B. Indicative Budgets

Interested parties should email their Expression of Interest and supporting documents (preferably PDF format) to oana.baloi[at]unhabitat.org, with cc to kenya.urbanplanning@unhabitat.org before Friday 19 May 2017, COB.

Expressions of interest should be referenced as “Expression of Interest – Shelter Design”. Successful applicants will be invited for further discussions on possible involvement in the project.