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

The UN-Habitat Programme is seeking EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI) from qualified and registered local and international Non Profit Organizations for the implementation of community mobilization 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.

EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions:  28 April 2017

DURATION: 12 months, tentative starting date 1 May 2017


      1. Background

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.

UN-Habitat is engaging in a second phase of the project, designed to address host community stabilization and development. UN-Habitat is seeking to support sustainable livelihoods development complementing the County Government efforts geared towards improving livelihoods of the host community and refugees. The new approach aims to respond with improved services and public facilities for the refugee and host communities in order to minimize conflict over resources and livelihoods opportunities between refugees and host communities. Supported sustainable livelihoods development for refugees and host communities will contribute to increasing opportunities to achieve skills and to increase the capacity of refugees and host communities to further develop and maintain their livelihoods.

Generally, women from both refugees and host communities have low access to social amenities, educational and technical facilities. To increase the exposure and capacity of women to organize and conduct such activities, a Women Centre will be designed and constructed in Kalobeyei. The design and construction processes will include public participation at all stages and will link local skill training and capacity development to the implementation process.

     2. Planned activities:

The activities will provide support for women empowerment though offering a space for conducting activities. The space will comply with the national building regulations and will include public participation in all stages of implementation. The following activities are key to implementing the Women Centre design and construction:

  • Ensure close collaboration with UN-Habitat Kakuma office for aligning the process with UN-Habitat approaches;
  • Design a resilient Women Centre using public participation, while supporting innovation;
  • Facilitate construction skills development and local job creation;
  • Empower existent women groups to contribute to manage and administer the women centre;

     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 (PDF format, preferably) to oana.baloi[at]unhabitat.org with cc to  unhabitat.intern749[at]unhabitat.org before Friday  28 April 2017, COB.

Expressions of interest should be referenced as “EOI Design and Construction of a woman centre in Kalobeyei, Turkana County”. Successful applicants will be invited for further discussions on possible involvement in the project.