1. Introduction

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in African cities affects the vulnerable, especially informal waste pickers in hazardous conditions without sufficient protection. Protecting those people from infection is the important measures for preventing the further spread of and mitigate the wider impacts of COVID-19. Besides, evidence-based data for policy intervention and infrastructure investment as well as local governments and community driven solutions in waste management need to be designed to mitigate negative effects of COVID-19.

UN-Habitat, in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will conduct data collection surveys to support municipal solid waste management, through analysing the impact of COVID-19 and the linkages to opportunities for JICA’s potential support for urban areas in Kiambu. Building upon the “Waste Wise Cities”, and the established African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP), this project aims to conduct a survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Solid Waste Management, UN-Habitat informs the countermeasures toward the challenges, through conducting basic data collection on risks and idea of infection control in solid waste management. In addition to identifying waste management challenges, connecting the assessment results with an effective use of the Fukuoka method landfill already installed in Kiambu also needs to be featured.


  1. Proposed Project of the Waste Wise Cities Tool (WaCT) application in Kiambu county

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from Not-for–Profit Organisations and Governmental Institutions to conduct a waste assessment in Kiambu County by applying Waste Wise Cities Tool (WaCT), an assessment tool for city’s municipal solid waste management performance through SDG indicator 11.6.1 monitoring methodology developed by UN-Habitat (see attached for more detailed information).  In addition to this, COVID-19 impact assessment in waste management chain will be conducted. Such waste management survey will include organising a local stakeholder meeting as well as developing action plan and potential project through identifying the key intervention areas and infrastructure investment.

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

  1. A waste data collection and monitoring survey through applying WaCT in Kiambu county;
  2. Calculation of municipal solid waste received by recovery facilities in Kenya;
  3. An impact assessment of the COVID-19 through interviews to key waste management stakeholders using the questionnaire that JICA and UN-Habitat developed;
  4. Coordination of a Local Stake holder Workshop – waste flow analysis and identification of policy intervention and infrastructure investment gaps based on the results of WaCT application; and
  5. Report on action plan and potential project development on waste management in the county to build back better from COVID-19 impacts.

It is expected that the implementing partner will work with the relevant authorities including Kiambu County Government in ensuring compliance with applicable standards and regulations. The selected Implementing Partner will also work with community groups and consult with civil society organisations appropriately.     

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.


  1. Expression of Interest

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 from 1st November 2020 and complete by 31st of January 2021.


  1. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 16 October 2020 to the e-mail addresses given below:  and


  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 33,000.


  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.