1. Introduction

Unprecedented urbanization imposes many environmental challenges to cities. Solid waste, inevitably generated by human activities, is one of them, polluting our living environment and threatening our health. With the increased urbanization trend, global solid waste generation is expected to double by 2025. However, many countries and cities are failing in the proper management of waste and are now overwhelmed by their own garbage. Currently 2 billion people globally do not have access to regular waste collection. Uncollected garbage blocks urban drainage and cause floods and spreads infectious diseases. Littering and dumping into rivers are the main causes of increased ocean garbage, threatening the environment and livelihoods. Open dumpsites are major sources of air, water and soil pollution as well as Green House Gases (GHG). Many of the poorest of the urban poor working in open dumpsites picking up recyclables to sell are exposed extreme levels of pollution and health hazards.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets goals and targets to address this. There are several targets and indicators related to waste. The table below shows the different waste related SDG targets and indicators.

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable




By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

11.6.1 Proportion of municipal solid waste collected and managed in controlled facilities with regard to the total waste generated by the city

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns




By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses

12.3.1.a Global food loss index
12.3.1.b Global food waste index


By 2020, achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

12.4.1 Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous and other chemicals and waste that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement

12.4.2 Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment (including e-waste)


By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

12.5.1 National recycling rate, tons of material recycled


UN-Habitat, as a custodian agency for SDG Indicator 11.6.1, developed a Waste Wise Cities Tool based on SDG indicator 11.6.1 monitoring methodology. The Waste Wise Cities Tool enable cities to understand how much waste is generated, collected and manged in controlled facilities, with waste composition. GIZ, together with partners, developed a tool Waste Flow Diagram, to measure potential plastic leakage of the city, based along with the SDG 11.6.1 methodology. The methodology is designed to also provide necessary data for 12.3.1 on food waste index and 12.5.1 on national recycling rate. In 2019 the tool was pilot-tested in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya and Mahe, Seychelles and UN-Habitat also facilitated local waste management stakeholders workshop to identify key intervention areas. As a result, action plans with several project concept notes and recommendations were developed for better municipal solid waste management in these cities. These processes were compiled as a waste SDG capacity development package.

The project is to disseminate Waste Wise Cities Tool and Waste Flow Diagram through capacity development and training for applying in Africa and Asia. The capacity development involves trips to cities to conduct on-site trainings and provide assistance for the tool application in the field, as well as facilitation of local stakeholder workshop to identify key intervention areas based on the data collected. Capacity development activities also include the establishment of the online support system for cities to support the process remotely.


  1. Proposed Capacity Building Projects

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from Not-for–Profit Organizations or Governmental and Inter-Governmental Organizations to support target cities in rapid SWM assessment using Waste Wise Cities Tool and Waste Flow Diagram for the identification of key intervention areas for

The project aims at enhancing municipal solid waste management in cities and Africa and South East Asia by building the capacities of cities officials in gather information on their solid waste status (e.g. % of municipal solid waste generate, collected, recycled, managed in controlled facility) and identify key evidence-based intervention areas to improve their MSWM systems.

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

  1. Package Waste Wise Cities Tool training modules and set up online reporting and support system
    1. Develop an introductory video for Waste Wise Cities Tool for Monitoring SDG 11.6.1
    2. Finalize the Step by Step training module for Waste Wise Cities Tool with automated excel sheets for data recording
    3. Develop a guide to identify key intervention areas and appropriate technology from assessment results through participatory approach
    4. Online data reporting system for collected data and online support system is set up
  2. Support cities in Africa for waste data collection and identify key intervention areas to improve SWM
    1. Provide trainings workshop for Waste Wise Cities Tool and Waste Flow Diagram application, local stakeholder engagement, key intervention areas identification and project concepts development in Nairobi in the end of May and Cape Town in the beginning of June for Anglophone countries and Dakar (timing is TBD) for Francophone countries in close communications with partners including GIZ
    2. Provide online support for African cities in data collection using the tools after the training workshops
  3. Support five cities in the Philippines (Cagayan de Oro, Calapan, Davao, Ormoc, San Carlos), for waste data collection and identify key intervention areas and pilot projects to improve SWM to prevent plastic pollution
    1. Provide a training workshop for Waste Wise Cities Tool and Waste Flow Diagram application, local stakeholder engagement, key intervention areas identification and project concepts development in Manila
    2. Send at least 2 waste management experts to each target city in the Philippines and provide technical assistance for city officials to collect data through Waste Wise Cities Tool and Waste Flow Diagram
    3. Facilitate local stakeholder workshops in target cities in the Philippines and identify key intervention areas and possible pilot projects in
    4. Compile the results of survey and local stakeholder workshops as city profiles with data dashboard and database


  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;
  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.


  1. Overall Timeframe

The work outlined in this EOI is scheduled to commence in May 2020 and to be completed by 30 November 2020.


  1. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 11 May 2020 to the e-mail address given below:;


  1. Contact Information

Nao Takeuchi

Waste Management Expert

Urban Basic Services Section

Urban Practice Branch

United Nations Human Settlements Programme


P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 762 3214


  1. Budget

UN-Habitat will contribute financial resources towards Agreements of Cooperation of up to USD160,000.


  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.