Community mobilisation and participatory planning in support of pilot projects to improve living conditions in nine neighbourhoods in Greater Conakry, Guinea

Submission Period: 18 October – 31 October 2021

Description
1. Introduction
In order to make a significant contribution to the reform of urban governance policy in Africa for the improvement of the living environment of the population, particularly in the cities of Guinea, the EU is financing the "Urban Development and Sanitation Programme in Guinea" (SANITA) under the 11th EDF, in collaboration with the Government through the Ministry for Cities and Regional Planning (MVAT).

Implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the first of the two components of this programme, called the SANITA Sustainable Cities Project, aims to strengthen urban governance at the local and national levels.

Thus for the implementation of this component, five specific results are expected, namely:
 Result 1 (R1): Institutional capacities for the implementation and monitoring of urban planning documents are strengthened;
 Result 2 (R2): A national urban policy defining the strategic orientations, roles and responsibilities of the different actors is developed and validated;
 Result 3 (R3): The implementation of the 1991 National Spatial Planning Scheme (SNAT) is evaluated and new strategic orientations (white paper) are defined and validated;
 Result 4 (R4): Urban planning documents for the capital city, with appropriate action plans that take into account climate change aspects, are developed and validated in a participatory manner;
 Result 5 (R5): Priority pilot projects are developed and implemented through the creation or strengthening of inclusive consultation spaces and multi-stakeholder dialogue.

The challenge of preventing and reducing slums in our cities cannot be met without the direct involvement of the vulnerable populations concerned (young people, women, people living with disabilities in particular) in the identification, design and implementation of priority pilot projects as set out in the five results detailed above. It is in this perspective that the implementation of Result 5 of the SANITA Sustainable Cities Project has been the subject of a partnership agreement with the Land, Habitat and Housing Section of UN-Habitat, which has recognized expertise in the management of a Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP). The aim is to considerably improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of vulnerable neighbourhoods and to bring about a lasting change in the behaviour of citizens through the empowerment of women and young people.

To this end, three essential activities are recommended for the implementation of this component. These are :
a. Analysis of the profiles of the neighbourhoods and public spaces of Conakry;
b. Facilitating the participation of youth, women and people living with disabilities in pilot projects;
c. Concerted implementation of pilot projects to improve the living environment.

With the first activity already executed since January 2020, the focus is now on the process of conducting the last two.

2. Proposed projet

The Implementing Partner will work in the field in close coordination/concertation with the Institut Supérieur d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme (ISAU) and UN-Habitat's Expert Consultants to conduct community mobilization support activities, provide advice and various logistical support for the organization of community planning exercises in the nine neighbourhoods selected for the implementation of pilot projects aimed to improve the population's environment.
Specifically for this support, planned activities include, but are not limited to, the following key elements:

 Design the community-based neighbourhood planning workshops and their objectives in collaboration with UN-Habitat and ISAU team;
 Identify and make available a community room in each pilot district (or explore the possibility of renting one);
 Inform the beneficiary communities about the objectives, content, date and location of the workshops (in total: 2 half-day and two full days per neighbourhood, 50 persons each);
 Conduct community awareness campaigns on participatory planning, incl. conception and printing of posters;
 Identify and mobilize participants for community planning workshops;
 Facilitate the setting up and organisation of Pilot Project Management Committees (PMCs) in each district, made up of community representatives who will participate not only in the management of projects to improve the living environment of the population, but also in participatory planning workshops;
 Organise and manage the logistical support for participatory planning exercises, incl. all purchase of materials and modest catering;
 Inform the community about the results of the workshop after validation;
 Support the collection of community data in the field and their validation afterwards by the communities.

The Implementing Partner will also propose and submit for validation to the UN-Habitat team, a plan for conducting activities in the field; write and submit monthly narrative reports to the UN-Habitat team on the technical progress of field activities; make field expenditures within the allocated funds and prepare financial reports for transmission to UN-Habitat; and participate in the various technical meetings initiated by UN-Habitat, if necessary.

3. Expression of Interest
Interested Not-for-Profit Organizations (NGOs, CSOs) must provide information (documentation in French) indicating that they are qualified to perform the expected services (brochures, references concerning the execution of similar contracts, experience in similar conditions, availability of the necessary knowledge and qualifications among its staff or its network of experts if any, human and financial resources).

The submission should also contain, but not limited to the following:
1) A short conceptual and financial proposal on how the organization plans to develop and implement this project;
2) 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);
3) A certified true copy of the original Audited Account Statement for the last two years and latest annual report; and
4) Governance and organizational structure.

4. Overall Timeframe
The activities described in this EOI are expected to commence as soon as possible and to be completed by May 2022.

5. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

The expression of interest must be submitted in electronic format no later than 31st October 2021 to the e-mail address indicated below: gwendoline.mennetrier@un.org

6. Contact Information
Gwendoline Mennetrier
Senior Programme Management Officer
UN-Habitat Guinea Conakry
DATU, Route du Niger, Coléah lanseboundji KM4,
Commune of Matam, Conakry
Telephone: +224 629 48 45 94
gwendoline.mennetrier@un.org

7. Budget
UN-Habitat will contribute to a maximum of US$ 29,000 to the financial resources of the cooperation agreement.

8. Other
Please note that this EOI does not constitute a solicitation. UN-Habitat reserves the right to modify or cancel this requirement at any time during the EOI/solicitation process.
Submission of a response to an EOI does not guarantee that a cooperating partner will be considered for receipt of the EOI when it is issued. Only those cooperating partners deemed qualified by UN-Habitat following the evaluation of the submission will receive the final bidding document.

Fecha límite / Fecha de cierre: 
Domingo, October 31, 2021