Call For Proposals: Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters: Honiara

he United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) hereby solicits your proposal for the above subject, in accordance with this document and annexes attached. This Call for Proposal (CFP) consists of this document and the following annexes: 1. CFP Instructions and Guidelines 2. Technical Proposal Template 3. Budget Proposal Template 4. Sample of Agreement of Cooperation (AOC) and General Terms and Conditions1 Documents 2-4 can be downloaded here. A complete set of Technical and Budget Proposals including all the required documents listed in the CFP Instructions and Guidelines must be received by UN-Habitat ROAP no later than October 3rd, 2018 to the following address via mail or email:
UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
ACROS Fukuoka, 8th Floor
1-1-1 Tenjin Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0001 Japan
Email: habitat.fukuoka@un.org
Please indicate the CFP Ref. No. in this letter in your email subject. Proposals must be submitted in English language and UN-Habitat reserves the right to reject any proposals which are not received by UN-Habitat ROAP by the above-stated deadline. For queries on this CFP, please contact Mr. Bernhard Barth, HSO, at email Bernhard.Barth[at]un.org and Silvia.Gallo[at]un.org.
1 The selected Implementing Partner will be issued with an Agreement of Cooperation (AOC). This is for reference only and need not be completed.

< Community, ward and city level resilience enhancement actions and capacity building - Honiara>
Purpose of CFP: To contribute to project components 1 to 5 of the project: “Enhancing urban
resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters: Honiara”, which aims at developing
community, ward and city level resilience enhancement actions and capacity building.
Submission Start Date: September 4th, 2018
Submission Deadline Date: October 3rd, 2018
Project Key Information
• UN-Habitat Project title: Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural
disasters: Honiara.
• Locations
o Country: Solomon Island
o Town/City: The project will focus on Honiara urban area
• Anticipated start date: November 5th, 2018
• Estimated duration of project in calendar months: 12 (1 year)
• Maximum proposed value in US$: 440.000 (including directly implemented activities, potential
sub-contracts to local implementing partners and activities implemented by identified
Executing Entities, separately contracted by UN-Habitat)
• Lead Organization Unit: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)

Brief Background of the Project
Context and climate change vulnerabilities
Solomon Islands is considered to be one of the world’s fastest urbanizing countries. The capital,
Honiara, located on the north-western coast of Guadalcanal, is the major centre of economic activity
and as such, attracts increasing numbers of youth and adults from other islands seeking employment.
The city has a growing urban footprint and is the only settlement exceeding 10,000 inhabitants. This
large movement of people is overstretching the urban development and planning capacity of
government entities, resulting in rapid unplanned urbanization and associated growth of informal
settlements and a lack of adequate infrastructure.
Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as Solomon Islands are amongst the most
vulnerable countries to climate change. Honiara’s coastline is vulnerable to sea level rise and lacks
sufficient natural or artificial defences against the increasing intensity of storm surges and cyclones,
resulting in loss of habitats and livelihoods. With a topographically difficult terrain and limited urban
infrastructure, the rugged hills and valleys are facing increased occurrences of landslides due to higher
frequency and intensity of extreme rainfall.
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey (MLHS), Honiara City Council (HCC) and the Ministry of
Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology (MECDM) requested the United
Nations Human Settlements Programme’s (UN-Habitat) support to develop the Honiara Urban
Resilience and Climate Action Plan (HURCAP). Following the plan development, the key partners
agreed to jointly mobilize resources in support of the implementation of its priority actions.
Project objective
In line with and in support of the Honiara Urban Resilience and Climate Action Plan, the overarching
goal of the “Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters: Honiara”
project is to enhance the resilience of the city and its inhabitants to current and future climate impacts
and natural disasters, putting a particular focus on pro-poor adaptation actions that involve and
benefit the most vulnerable communities in the city and a special emphasis on youths, women, girls,
the elderly, and people with disabilities. A link to the project document is provided here:
Objectives of the project focus on the three identified implementation dimensions, as follows.
Community-level
1) To support the implementation of prioritized resilience actions in vulnerability hotspot
communities.
2) To strengthen the capacity of local communities to respond to climate change and natural
hazards through awareness raising and capacity development training.
Ward-level

3) To support the implementation of resilience actions that target women, youth, urban agriculture and food security, and disaster risk reduction.
4) To strengthen the capacity of ward officials / councils to lead climate change adaptation and DRR planning activity, in support of increased urban resilience.
City-wide
5) To strengthen institutional arrangements at the city-level to respond to climate change and natural disasters through mainstreaming, improved partnership working
This will be achieved through the following six work packages/project components:
Program components Expected outputs Outcomes
1. Community level actions
1.1. In addition to existing community action plans developed as part of the HURCAP process, complete community climate action plans for White River and Gilbert Camp informal settlements
1.2. In-depth community profiling for the hotspot case studies
1.3. Scoping and feasibility studies of prioritized local actions for each hotspot community
1.4. Implementation of screened / agreed resilience actions in each hotspot community (hard)
Strengthened awareness and ownership of adaptation and climate risk reduction processes and capacity to implement at local level (AF Outcome 3)
Increased adaptive capacity within relevant development and natural resource sectors (AF Outcome 4)
2. Community level capacity strengthening
2.1. Training on conducting community profile self-assessment
2.2. Awareness and capacity development support, including workshops relating to key issues (CCA/Community Early Warning/DRR/Health)
Strengthened awareness and ownership of adaptation and climate risk reduction processes and capacity to implement at local level (AF Outcome 3)
3. Ward level actions
3.1. To develop a women-focused climate risk communications program
3.2. To integrate climate change into educational programs for youth and children
3.3. Ecosystem-based adaptation options, in particular for food security, sustainable livelihoods, flood mgt. etc. implemented (hard)
3.4. Climate resilient community spaces developed, including productive open spaces and community evacuation centres (hard)
Strengthened awareness and ownership of adaptation and climate risk reduction processes and capacity to implement at local level (AF Outcome 3)
Increased ecosystem resilience in response to climate change and variability-induced stress (AF Outcome 5).
Increased adaptive capacity within relevant development and natural resource sectors (AF Outcome 4)
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4. Ward level capacity strengthening
4.1. Provide ‘Planning for Climate Change’ training for nominated ‘resilience officers’ in each of Honiara’s wards, and integrate training with DRR knowledge (what to do and where to go)
4.2. Pilot best practice participatory approach to city government, NGO, and community collaboration in climate action planning
4.3. Assess locally appropriate land administration options for peri-urban locations
Strengthened institutional capacity to reduce risks associated with climate-induced socioeconomic and environmental losses (AF Outcome 2)
5. City-wide governance and capacity strengthening
5.1. Capacity development needs assessment to be conducted in Honiara with focal Ministries and HCC
5.2. Develop and run capacity development workshops for planners and other urban and related professionals in support of urban resilience: planning, land administration and GIS risk mapping. To be held at RMIT in Melbourne
5.3. Employ a climate adaptation and resilience officer, and constitute a multi-stakeholder steering group and provide support for regular meetings
5.4. Develop and support more effective partnership networks, including for cross-border issues, and provide support for increased participation
5.5. Policy and stakeholder mapping, and a whole-of-govt. review to identify areas for mainstreaming of climate change considerations across urban policy (including land use plans and building codes)
Strengthened institutional capacity to reduce risks associated with climate-induced socioeconomic and environmental losses (AF Outcome 2)
6. Knowledge Management and Advocacy
6.1. Climate change training and knowledge exchange
6.2. Advocacy materials
6.3. Knowledge sharing platform
6.4. Project learning mechanism
Project implementation is fully transparent. All stakeholders are informed of products and results and have access to these for replication;
Main activities and outputs / what are we looking for in this partnership?
The implementing partner (IP) will support the start-up activities at the community, ward and city level, contributing to work packages 1 to 5, as detailed in the following section. Specifically the Implementing Partner will be undertaking activities as follows (but not limited to):
Community level actions and capacity building (maximum proposed value USD 180.000)
1. Identification of key issues and prioritization of actions for two additional hotspot case studies (Nggosi and Panatina wards) and updated to existing community action plans developed as part of the HURCAP process. The IP will develop two new local action plans based on previous methodology for White River and Gilbert Camp informal settlements and will update all plans with findings from community profiling activities and scoping and feasibility studies of prioritized local actions, completing community climate action plans for all the settlements.
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2. In-depth profiling of all hotspot communities: the IP will identify suitable surveyors, establish and train local survey teams and conduct household and community-level surveys to establish baselines. The IP will provide tablets and software and will present options to integrate satellite, drone and community mapping.
3. Carry out scoping and feasibility studies for all communities. The IP will assess the cost, feasibility and partnerships that will be needed to implement the actions suggested by the community. IP will be in charge of organizing community consultations and mobilizing international and local experts on themes such as land tenure; water, civil and humanitarian engineering; housing; waste management; DRR and any other relevant matter.
4. Training on surveys, data recording, and data management addressing community members for community profile self-assessment and monitoring. This activity is to be carried out in link with the assessments and studies above mentioned in points 2 and 3.
5. Awareness and capacity building activities relating to key community issues (Climate Change Adaptation, Early Warning Systems, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health, etc.). Part of these sensitization and awareness campaigns should take the form of workshops to be carried out during visits for other activities.
Key outputs and contribution to the Project Knowledge Management, Advocacy and Communications Strategy: 5 comprehensive, publishable community vulnerability assessments. 5 comprehensive, publishable community action plans.
Ward level actions and capacity building (maximum proposed value USD 160.000)
1. Work with women’s groups in Honiara to determine the most effective means of communicating about climate risk strategies, and which actions are likely to be most successful given the local context, such as theatre performances, radio broadcasts, and community newsletters, with a gender sensitive approach and specifically focusing on women..
2. Conducting training and piloting of closed-loop organic waste and urban food production activities, and reducing climate vulnerability through ecosystem services (enhancing food security, reducing storm water run-off, and reduced sensitivity to climate extremes due to reduced waste and rubbish accumulation in the local area).
Key outputs and contribution to the Project Knowledge Management, Advocacy and Communications Strategy: at least 3 publishable projects’ drafts
3. Support the development of climate resilient community spaces, including productive open spaces and community evacuation centres. The IP will engage with Honiara City Council to identify and promote climate resilient public spaces e.g. using floodplains as sports areas, planting trees to increase shading in community spaces to combat heat stress, and the
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rehabilitation of community centres for use as safe places for evacuation. The expertise required from the IP to ensure adequate support the creation of community spaces includes planning, housing, landscape architecture and DRR. Activities included into this call for proposal are mainly scoping and preparation of the following 2 years’ actions (physical implementation).
Key outputs and contribution to the Project Knowledge Management, Advocacy and Communications Strategy: options of suitable spaces and sketches for centers’ design
4. Organization and provision of a ‘Planning for Climate Change’ training for nominated resilience officers in each of Honiara’s wards, including climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The IP will also provide a platform for whole of city regular meetings and capacity building activities.
5. Assessment of locally appropriate land administration options for peri-urban settlements and households, around Ngossi and Panatina wards. Proposed option will seek to account for both Western and Customary laws when dealing with urban growth; the IP will suggest options to secure and safeguard legitimate tenure rights, and inform decisions on resettlement. Mobilization of international land tenure experts, community consultation and workshops are expected to be organized as part of this activity.
Key outputs and contribution to the Project Knowledge Management, Advocacy and Communications Strategy: publishable report
City level actions and capacity building (maximum proposed value USD 100.000)
1. Capacity development needs assessment to be conducted in Honiara in collaboration with focal Ministries and Honiara City Council. The IP will be in charge of assessing specific needs on planning, GIS risk mapping, land administration, engineering, data management, climate change adaptation, media and communications). The initial assessment will take place during scoping technical visit (community level actions, point 3).
2. Development and running of tailored capacity development workshops for planners and other urban and related professional staff of HCC and focal Ministries in support of urban resilience: planning, land administration and GIS risk mapping.
3. Policy and stakeholder mapping, and a whole-of-government review to identify areas for mainstreaming of climate change considerations across urban policy (including a review of land use plans and the introduction of possible building codes).
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Produced documents and reports need to be presented in a publishable manner. Moreover, the call for proposal should indicate how the IP intends contributing to the project’s Knowledge Management, Advocacy and communication strategy beyond the activities and outputs above.
Throughout these activities the implementing partner is expected to examine whether particular individuals and groups may be differentially or disproportionately affected by the sub-project potential adverse impacts because of their disadvantaged or marginalized status, due to such factors as race, ethnicity, gender, age, language, disability, sexual orientation, religion, political or other opinion, national or social or geographical origin, property, birth or other status including as an indigenous person or as a member of a minority. Where such individuals or groups are identified (through the vulnerability assessment), recommend targeted and differentiated measures to ensure that the adverse impacts do not fall disproportionately on them.

Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018