The general aim of the Yearbook is to offer a broad overview of housing in the MENA region, with special emphasis placed on the key challenge of ensuring access to adequate housing for all, especially low-income households and vulnerable groups.
The Urban Housing Practitioners Hub in Middle East and North Africa (UHPH-MENA) is an open platform, convened by Habitat for Humanity International, for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge and best practices regarding housing and urban issues in the MENA region.
The MENA Adequate Housing Yearbook is a flagship publication of the UHPH-MENA, and aims to prove an annual update of developments in the MENA region’s housing sector, reflecting the dynamic change in each country separately, and also providing a snapshot of MENA sub-regions and of the region as a whole.
The year 2023 will mark the launch of our Pilot Edition, which will contain two country profiles (Egypt and Lebanon), and two regional overviews (North Africa and the Levant), and will be published in English.
Within this frame, we are currently calling on applications from interested individuals to author the following:
Since this is a pilot edition, the detailed structure of country profiles and regional overviews will be developed in collaboration with the consultants. However, a tentative basic structure of the regional overview is suggested in Annex A, and a tentative basic structure of the country profile is suggested in Annex B.
The MENA Adequate Housing Yearbook aims to present a detailed overview of:
The research will rely primarily on secondary data, and authors are expected to access public databases, previous reports and studies, and online information such as real estate price listings, social housing programme eligibility criteria, etc. Data sources used should incorporate the most updated data available on the housing sector in each of the countries and regions included in the pilot edition, and should be agreed upon jointly by the consultant and UHPH-MENA. Authors are expected to obtain all data themselves, and should not rely on obtaining any data from UHPH-MENA.
Authors are expected to supplement the secondary data research with interviews when necessary, but should not rely solely on interviews for quantitative information.
In collaboration with UHPH-MENA, authors are expected to set up an Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) who will review the profile and overview and provide feedback. The EAC should mostly consist of national and regional experts based in the MENA region. The UHPH-MENA is open to including at most one to two experts from outside the region in the committee.
The deliverables are as follows:
The assignment will begin September 1st and submission of the draft country profile and regional overview is due on November 1st. Submission of the final profile and overview is due on November 30th 2023.
6. Project Cost and Payment Arrangements
The proposed budget must include all costs, including any purchasing datasets, any planned field research, and the workshop.
Invoicing will occur upon submission, approval and acceptance of the deliverables, based on the schedule below:
7. Specific Requirements and Competencies
This consultancy is open to individuals. The applicant must have at a minimum the following qualifications:
8. Proposal submission
The proposals must be submitted by email to uhphMENA@habitat.org. Please submit the following:
A. Technical Proposal:
A narrative proposal should include the following sections:
B. Financial proposal:
The financial proposal should include at least a summary budget narrative. The cost estimates used to prepare the budget should be presented in US dollars.
The deadline for submission of applications is 15th August 2023, 5 PM CLT (Cairo Local Time).
Annex A: Tentative Basic Structure of Regional Overviews
Annex B: Tentative Basic Structure of Country Profiles