CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Global Publication on Urban Resilience

Purpose of Call for Expression of Interest: To find the strongest partner organization that will substantively support UN-Habitat to create and publish the world’s premier report on urban resilience. The EoI process will identify and engage an organization that can provide knowledge, case studies and data relevant to the topic of urban resilience. This report will build on the Trends in Urban Resilience 2017 flagship report and other relevant global urban resilience reports to boost discussions, understands and practice on the topic hereby supporting the achievement of the vision for resilient cities set out in the Agenda 2030.
Submission Deadline Date and time: 18th September 2019, 5 P.M. Barcelona, Spain.
Project Key Information
• Project Title: Global Publication on Urban Resilience o Location: ES
• Specific Location Site for this Call for Proposal o Barcelona, Spain
• Anticipated start date: September 2019
• Maximum proposed value in US$: 55,000
• Estimated duration of project in calendar months: Nine (9) months
• Lead Organization Unit: Risk Reduction Unit, RRR Branch
Brief Background of the Project
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer and healthier places with better opportunities. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector.
As the main UN Agency responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of cities, towns, and other human settlements, UN-Habitat is strategically placed to coordinate the humanitarian and development efforts of multiple actors and policy makers at all levels in the common pursuit of urban resilience. UN- Habitat’s approach to strengthening urban resilience as a key determinant for ensuring the effectiveness of response interventions during times of crises, and subsequent sustainable development, is embodied in its City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP).
The CRPP goes beyond conventional approaches to ‘risk reduction’, delivering a forward-looking, multi- sectoral, multihazard, multi-stakeholder model for building resilience that recognizes the complexities and unique value of cities, and the inherent interdependencies of each part of an urban system. UN-Habitat focuses on supporting local capacities from crisis-prone cities, and humanitarian partners, in measuring their resilience status and have an action plan in order to build resilience.
The present call for expression of interest is part of a broader process of improving understanding of, and capacity to address, disaster risk at the local level in crisis-prone cities. The Implementing Partner is expected to contribute by collaborating and combining the networks and efforts of all parties and build on key initiatives from UN-Habitat, in particular the flagship publication Trends in Urban Resilience 2017, to produce a global report on urban resilience. To reach those goals, the implementing partners shall agree to join efforts and to maintain close working relationships in order to achieve the objectives of the Project.
Main Outputs and Activities
In close collaboration with UN-Habitat (regional and country offices), Risk Reduction Unit, government and provincial authorities, and other land stakeholders, the Implementing Partner will be undertaking the following key interventions and activities as follows:
On Consolidation of Processes, Experiences and Strategies:
• To strengthen the extraction and validation of experiences, data, and lessons learned in building local urban resilience through story telling from cases around the globe
• To engender debate and collaboration on the identified common challenges and opportunities in practice at different scales, towards various hazards, and by multiple agents
• To support the consolidation of existing processes, experiences, lessons learned and strategies worldwide in building urban resilience through international outreach sessions
Main Expected Result: To create and publish the world’s premier report on urban resilience. The report will boost global discussions on urban resilience and promote effective action towards achieving the vision of resilient cities as per Agenda 2030.
On Development of the Global Publication on Urban Resilience:
• Conduct data analysis on the status of resilience and adaptation worldwide sourced from global reporting system such as the Climate Registry
• Coordinate the outreach publication on urban resilience, drawing on a public call for case studies and best practices
• Convene power to organize an outreach session the World Urban Forum 10 (February 2020)
On Overall Programme Management and Coordination:
• To develop a communications and outreach plan for a public call for case studies and the final publication
• To liaise with UN-Habitat’s CRPP, other potential Implementing Partners, partner networks and contributors in the soliciting, compiling and reviewing of case studies as well as in the drafting of the Global Report on Urban Resilience
• To consult with UN-Habitat’s CRPP and other potential Implementing Partners on a bi-monthly status update
• To contribute to editing and graphic design of the Global Report
• To prepare a progress report, including audit and financial reporting
• To analyze, document and disseminate the experience, good practices and lessons learned
Risk Analysis
The following potential risks may occur, so the suggested mitigation factors need to be considered. Constant monitoring is also essential.

Risk Assessment

Mitigating Factors

Inadequate commitment by government authorities at various levels, and key local partners and communities

Sensitization process and dialogues with government authorities, local partners   and communities

Inadequate interest and/or capacity of               partner networks and key stakeholders       to develop local resilience               strategies

UN-Habitat and implementing     partner  to build awareness, knowledge        and capacity with essential partners from       networks and key stakeholders

Inability to identify and/or promote a Resilience Champion

UN-Habitat and implementing partner to support the development of an  outreach strategy and its  implementation.              



Eligibility Criteria



Submission Details/ Documents Required

Legal Status

• Certificate of registration/incorporation or charter  from Academic  institutions         

• Proof  of registration in Country of Origin.

• Proof  of registration of Country of operation

• Proof  of country operational    presence

• Certified true  copy of Audited financial accounting statements   for the   last two years

• Certified true  copy of proof of non-profit

• Annual report

• A copy of the constitution or by laws.

Organization profile and details

• Clear  organization profile and structure of the organization indicating:

o Organization’s vision,  mission and objectives

o Management  structure                            

o Members of the Governing Board and their Designations duly certified by the Corporate Secretary, or its equivalent document

o Proof of membership   to professional associations if any.         

Financial Capacity

• Audited company financial statements (balance sheet and income statement) and auditors report  for the last two years

Integrity and Governance

• The organization should complete and submit a signed Partner Declaration Form (Form to be provided upon request).

• Provide information about the structure or the organizations (HR,    Organogram)

• Provide the profiles of the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Head of the               Organization and Chief of Finance.

Submission of Technical and Financial Proposal
A technical proposal should be submitted presenting:
- Proposed activities in the areas of
  o Data collection
       o Call for case studies
       o Outreach and promotion
- Related publications or works by the organization that are related to this project
- CVs of main staff members that will be working on the project
- Key milestones, outputs, activities and timelines for delivery (10 pages max)
A budget proposal should accompany the technical proposal which includes the proposed budget per output/activity per different expense class or budget categories and estimated cash and/or in-kind contribution from implementing partners. A template is available as a guide upon request.
Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 10 September 2019 to Craig Laird at the following email address:, copying All related questions or clarifications must also be coursed through these email addresses. Upon request to this email address, all related forms and templates will also be shared.
Disclaimer: Please note that this notice does not constitute a solicitation and UN-Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel this project at any time in the process. Submitting a reply to an EOI does not guarantee that the submitting organization will be selected to carry out the implementation of the project.
• Interested Organizations must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochure, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc).
• The Technical Proposal and accompanying documents must be received in accordance with instructions provided. Technical Proposal submitted to a different email address other than the specified one will not be considered.
• Technical Proposal from applicants failing to provide the complete information to fulfill the basic eligibility criteria will be considered non-responsive.
• Technical Proposal received after the above deadline will not be considered
• Organizations will be selected in accordance with the procedure set out in the UN-Habitat IP Management policy and Standard Operating Procedures.
• Technical Proposal from applicants failing to provide the requested information will be disregarded.
• This Technical Proposal does not entail any commitment on the part of UN-Habitat, either financial or otherwise. UN-Habitat reserves the right to accept or reject any or all expressions of interest without incurring any obligation to inform the affected applicant(s) of the grounds. • All prices must be in USD
Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019