CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:Nourishing a Resilience Champion

Purpose of Call for Expression of Interest: The overall objective of this CFP is to find the strongest partner organization to support UN-Habitat in raising awareness for resilience action led by local and regional governments and to increase the number of local resilience strategies. The City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT) developed by UN-Habitat shall function as the enabling methodology for this objective and guide local governments to better deal with current and future stresses and shocks. Furthermore, the collaborative initiative can form part of and contribute to the Sendai Framework.
 
Submission Deadline Date and time: 18th September 2019, 5 P.M. Barcelona, Spain.
Project Key Information
• Project Title: Nourishing a Resilience Champion 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: Eleven (11) 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 partners 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:
 
• Learning methodology: provision of a learning methodology that mobilizes further local governments, their associations and enables spill-over effects regarding local resilience strategies.
• Expanding stakeholder network: IP knowhow will aim to integrate the corresponding local government association and other important partners and stakeholders in the initiative
• Raising awareness on importance of resilience at the local, national and regional level through the facilitating of spill-over effects and potential up-scaling in the corresponding country and region
• Outreach: The Implementing Partner will lead outreach efforts to communicate the initiative to the wider network and to link the project to its wave of action for DRR and the Sendai Framework.
• Staff time: for technical assistance and support liaising with implementing partners, the Implementing Partner will commit the equivalent of 50% of one person to this initiative
 
Main Expected Result: One local government will become a resilience champion through the application of the UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Tool.
 
On Development of the ´Nourishing a Resilience Champion´ project
 
• Identify a city that is well-positioned to develop a resilience strategy with the help of UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Tool
• Support the selected city to become a resilience champion and beacon in the region through participation in peer learning activities, outreach efforts reporting on the initiative • Involve the local government association of the selected city in the initiative and ensure its participation in peer learning events
• Provide technical expertise to the selected city during its implementation of the CRPT and support UNHabitat with essential knowhow
 
On Overall Programme Management and Coordination:
 
• To liaise with UN-Habitat’s CRPP, other potential Implementing Partners, partner networks and key stakeholders such as the local government involved in the initiative
• To consult with UN-Habitat’s CRPP and other potential Implementing Partners on at least a monthly basis regarding the status of the cooperation
• To prepare 3 quarterly progress reports, 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

 

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 Implementation (call for city candidates, selection of final candidate, participation in events)
       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.
 
Selection Criteria
 
Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 10 September 2019 to Craig Laird at the following email address: craig.laird@un.org, copying israel.barroso@un.org. All related questions or clarifications must also be coursed through this email address. 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.
 
Notes:
 
• 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 Proposals 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