Expression of Interest (EOI)

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Expression of Interest (EOI)

Expression of Interest (EOI)

Demonstration and promotion of Treated Bamboo Housing Solution services and development, strengthen, and scale-up of market actors and entrepreneurs of treated bamboo housing services in Eastern Terai Region of Nepal.

Type of ServiceProfessional Service- Technical service (Firms/Organizations)Market actor (private business entity) working in bamboo housing product. 
Habitat for Humanity International Country and LocationSanepa, Lalitpur, NEPAL
Assignment durationJuly 2022 – January 2023

1. Background

Habitat for Humanity Nepal’s (Habitat Nepal) Impact 2026 project Phase II (January 2021 – December 2022) will lay the foundation for scaling the adoption of safe (disaster-resilient), durable and affordable treated bamboo housing solutions among low-income families of the Eastern Terai, Nepal. Critical to scaling bamboo housing will be the successful identification and validation of strategies for reaching sustainability. Phase II follows Phase I (July 2019 – December 2020), which focused on researching market barriers and improving bamboo treatment and house designs. 

The goal of the Impact 2026 Project is: Adoption of safe (disaster-resilient), durable and affordable bamboo housing solutions is significantly increased among low-income families of the Eastern terai over the next seven years.  

An integral component in Phase II is a scalable market-based strategy for selling bamboo housing solutions. This component will require significant research, testing, and innovation, and will involve engaging low-income households, financial institutions, and other market actors to collectively promote sales of bamboo housing solutions – which might include incremental constructions or improvements. Solutions that improve acceptance and use of treated bamboo by low-income households will be given particular attention, as consideration and acceptance of this technology is one of the biggest barriers inhibiting use. 

Despite favorable legal and political contexts, broad market adoption of bamboo construction remains a challenge. Perceptions that bamboo is a “poor family’s material,” lack of awareness of treated bamboo as a viable building material, and rudimentary bamboo construction practices all contribute to the slow adoption.  Houses built via projects with Habitat Nepal are accepted, though not yet replicated. 

Habitat Nepal’s primary reasons for promoting bamboo as a preferred house construction material are the following: 

  • A familiar and widely available material. Bamboo is native to Nepal, where several varieties grow that are particularly suitable for construction purposes and is commonly utilized as a vernacular (or traditional), multi-purpose, and easily available construction material.  
  • Affordable option. Bamboo is a lower cost option than similarly utilized materials, such as wood or concrete. Treated bamboo, which resists insect-related damage and deterioration, is less expensive than other locally available alternatives for housing. 
  • An environmentally friendly construction material. Cultivation is low-cost, and plants grow quickly. Bamboo is both renewable and biodegradable. 
  • Disaster-resilient properties. Bamboo’s lightweight and flexible properties make it particularly suitable to resisting earthquake-related damage. Furthermore, bamboo cultivation is effective in preventing soil erosion, which can help to mitigate the effects of seasonal flooding.

2. Objectives

  • Assist to develop and strengthen the market system of treated bamboo housing solution for accessing affordable, safe, and durable houses.
  • Build involvement of market actors to offer treated bamboo housing solution products and family got options to choose bamboo housing solution as affordable construction materials. 
  • Train treatment centers and relevant bamboo market actors/suppliers to produce treated bamboo housing materials in quality standard.

3. Scope of Work

The scope of work shall include as following. However, it should be revised based on the findings 

  • Build mutual confidence of treated bamboo holders/suppliers and other market actors.
  • Product Identity/Positioning 
  • Market actors strengthen and creation (Supply Side –core actor) 
  • Demand Generation (Demand Side activities) 
  • Research and Development of new house design as per market assessment.

4. Activities

Believe that interested party will work for strengthen market systems of treated bamboo housing solutions together with local level market actors. Thus, treated bamboo will be promoted as an affordable and durable housing material for low/middle income families and producers and suppliers will be actively worked for offering treated bamboo in the market. Including this the following are the specific outputs  

  • Conduct 2 events of treatment procedure training to treatment center (Producer) and develop treatment procedure manual based on training. 
  • In collaboration with treated bamboo actors develop introductory message and IEC materials about treated bamboo housing materials
  • Undertake awareness campaign in 1 location and 1 event of information dissemination workshop. 
  • Develop business plan of treatment center and technical backstopping to produce quality treated bamboo and market promotion.  
  • Develop joint market promotional plan with treatment centers and partner NGO and undertake planned activities.

5. Deliverables expected from party

The party will deliver the following: 

  • Detailed Implementation plan, including methodology, tools to be used, and timeline. 
  • IEC materials and their dissemination plan and event report. 
  • Technical training syllabus to Treatment Centers (TCs) and training delivery report
  • Bamboo treatment manual, quality assurance and control guidelines. 
  • Business plan of treatment centers
  • Monthly progress report

6. Specific inputs from Habitat Nepal  

Habitat Nepal shall be responsible for backstop party for implementation of proposed plan for strengthen market system of treated bamboo and promotion of treated bamboo housing solution. Addition to this, the specific inputs from Habitat Nepal will be as following:  

  1. Inputs on development of work plan and implementation approach 
  2. Provide technical support for the implementation of work plan 
  3. Orientation on project structure and log-frame
  4. Facilitate identifying and organize consultation meetings with local experts, actors and stakeholders as required
  5. Support to develop collaboration with local partners and stakeholders
  6. Provide project related documents and data/information as requested by the consultant 
  7. Provide inputs and comments on reports, findings, and study
  8. Release budget as per agreed payment schedules

7. ETHICAL PROTOCOLS: The firm/organization must consider the safety of local partners/stakeholders. Please note, at a minimum, the proposed approach should comply with international good practice with regards to ethics and protocols, particularly with regards to safeguarding of vulnerable groups. 

Throughout the assignment engagement, the firm/organization are expected to adhere to HFHN Code of Conduct including the Safeguarding Policy, ensuring that all measures are taken to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of the individuals and communities involved.

8. QUERIES ON TOR 

A copy of this ToR is available at www.habitatnepal.org/career

In case of any confusion or clarification in this TOR, the professional firms/organizations send their issues, questions at info@habitatnepal.org.

9. Payment

Please present the payment that includes travel costs, accommodation & food expenses, expert fee, etc. The budget will be paid in reimbursement in monthly basis as per progress review and evaluation.

Note: Please be informed that Habitat Nepal will withhold applicable Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) and please include 13% VAT in your budget in the financial proposal.

10. Qualification and experiences required 

Habitat Nepal wishes to have the following profiles for the interested firms or organization: 

  • Business entity having at least 3 years of experience in treated bamboo housing products. 
  • Presence in national level market with good reputations
  • Private firms working in bamboo product and bamboo housing in Nepal. 
  • Having expert teams/staff working in Bamboo products.
  • Interested to work in market development of bamboo housing sectors.

11. Process and Deadline 

Interested firms meeting the above qualifications are invited to submit an expression of interest letter in the form of hardcopies in a sealed/closed envelope. Please send the sealed Expression of interest to National Director at Habitat for Humanity International- Nepal, Sanepa Chowk, Lalitpur – 2, P.O. Box: 24037, Kathmandu, Nepal no later than 14th June 2022. The main body of EOI should include the following:  

  • A cover letter showing an expression of interest 
  • Tentative plan and deliverables, providing details where possible and needed. 
  • Estimated budget based on proposed activity
  • Organization’s brief profile.

Legal documents required

  • A copy of registration certificate
  • A copy of tax clearance certificate
  • A copy of PAN/VAT certificate

Human Resources Department, Habitat for Humanity International Nepal

In accordance with its foundational mission principles, Habitat for Humanity International is committed to the highest ethical standards and opposes all forms of discrimination, exploitation, and abuse. We intend to create and maintain a work and living environment that is safe, productive, and respectful for our colleagues and for all we serve. 

Habitat for Humanity International Nepal is an equal opportunity organization. Women, persons with disabilities, marginalized and disadvantaged communities, and local candidates are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further steps in recruitment. Habitat for Humanity International Nepal reserves the right to accept or reject any applications without assigning any reasons.

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