1. Introduction

Waste Pickers are amongst the poorest sections of society and face extremely hazardous conditions while working in dumpsites. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated these risks as waste pickers may be picking contaminated materials including medical waste from dumpsites. In collaboration with the Government of Kenya and Nairobi Metropolitan Services, UN-Habitat is seeking to mitigate these risks by promoting better hygiene, in particular, frequent hand washing by waste- pickers and the proper use of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE).  

The Dandora dumpsite is the biggest formally operated dumpsite in Nairobi. Spread over 30 acres, this dumpsite adjoins the informal settlements of Korogocho, Baba Dogo, Mathare and Dandora. While the dumpsite was declared as having been filled to its full capacity in 2001, it continues to operate and attracts poor urban residents to come and collect recyclable materials to sell. 


  1. Proposed Project of Establishment of Water Facilities

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from Not-for–Profit Organisations and Governmental Institutions to assess the risks faced by waste pickers in the Dandora site particularly in the light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and develop and implement a comprehensive proposal  to mitigate these risks. Such mitigation actions will include raising awareness of the hazards amongst the waste pickers and the wider community; awareness raising and education on safe practices as well as the provision of adequate water supply facilities to ensure regular hand washing as well as the proper use of PPEs. Initial assessments by UN-Habitat indicate that five (05) such handwashing facilities will be needed at the Dandora Dump Site.

The activities expected under this project include but are not limited to the following key elements:

  1. A risk assessment - of current waste picking activities in the Dandora site, with specific reference to the COVID-19 Disease;
  2. An assessment of the current levels of awareness amongst waste pickers of the risk;
  3. Development of a risk -mitigation action plan;
  4. Develop and implement hygiene awareness programme for waste pickers and their host communities;
  5. Design, procurement and installation of hand-washing points conforming to relevant national standards;
  6. An operation and maintenance plan for the hand washing facilities including for example, cost -sharing plans for O&M costs;
  7. Procurement and distribution of PPEs; and
  8. A comprehensive report on the planning and implementation of this initiative for wider dissemination and replication.

It is expected that the implementing partner will work with the relevant authorities including Nairobi Metropolitan Services in ensuring compliance with applicable standards and regulations. The selected Implementing Partner will also work with community groups and consult with civil society organisations such as the Kenya Association of Waste Recyclers in all stages of the project.     


  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.  A certified true copy of the original Audited Account Statement for the last two years and latest annual report; and
  5. 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 as soon as possible and complete by December 2020.


  1. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 17 August 2020 to the e-mail address given below:



  1. Contact Information

Shiho Jinno

UNV Waste Management Officer

Urban Basic Services Section, Urban Practice Branch, Global Solution Division

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 794 669 754



  1. Budget

UN-Habitat will contribute financial resources towards Agreements of Cooperation of up to USD 19,500.


  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.