Call for Proposal: UN Habitat’s Public Space Implementation Project (USD 80,000 grant)

Competition Grant / Award
  • Apply Before : November 2, 2020

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 74753
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 14 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English

Opportunity Description


UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme (GPSP) is calling for proposals to seek partnership in the implementation of innovative public space projects in the countries such as:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

About GPSP

The UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme seeks to improve the quality of public spaces worldwide. UN-Habitat defines public spaces as sites that are accessible and enjoyable by all without a profit motive and take on various spatial forms, including parks, streets, sidewalks, markets, and playgrounds. Good public spaces, indeed, strengthen community cohesion and promote health, happiness, and well-being for all citizens.

Project key information

Project title: UN-Habitat Public Space Project Implementation | City-wide program and COVID-19 Recovery

Submission deadline: 2 November 2020, 5:00 PM East Africa Time

Lead Organization Unit: Planning, Finance and Economy Section, Global Public Space Programme (PFES-GPSP) UN-Habitat

Reference Number: CPF/1-2020/PFES-GPSP

Duration: 14 Months

Expected Start Date: 1 March 2021

Country/territory: the above-listed countries


  • The organizer of the project awards a grant of a maximum value of $80,000 to the successful proposal presenters and entities to implement their project(s).
  • Good policies and practices are featured through its global network of around 100 partner organizations.
  • Implementing multifunctional public space projects can contribute to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG11.7.

Objectives of the project

The proposals should aim to achieve the following expected result:

  • Influence cities to realize the importance of localized city-wide public space network and policies and to maximize public space areas at a city level.
  • Efficient creation, preservation, design, and management of public spaces, particularly in underprivileged communities in speedily urbanizing cities and towns, as critical preconditions for poverty decline and the fulfillment of human rights in urban areas.
  • Re-build confidence about being out in urban and public places following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Improved local policies, plans, and designs for secure, inclusive, and accessible public spaces for all.

Eligibility criteria

  • UN-Habitat is looking for implementing partnerships with national and local governments as well as non-profit organizations that can manage and deliver groundbreaking public space upgrading and regeneration projects at the city level.
  • Interested applicants can either submit a project demonstrating the importance of stakeholder engagement, citizen participation, valuations, quality design, policy and management for the development of multifunctional public space or a series of smaller projects (around 5-10) that demonstrate how smaller public space policies can more largely impact the neighborhoods and cities.
  • Applicants can also apply for small-scale projects that support Covid-19 recovery through public space implementation and place-making.
  • All projects proposed must also set out how children and youth or girls and women or older people or people with disabilities can benefit from every aspect of the project implementation.

For more information about what necessary and complete information and documents you should provide, please go here.

Main activities and outputs

  • The Implementing Partners will be carrying out major activities as follows (but not limited to):
  • Implementation of public space demonstration projects that illustrate how public space can be designed and improve the use and overall quality of life;
  • Public space surveys at the city level and site-specific assessments;
  • Organization of meetings and capacity building workshops on the institutional and operational arrangements to facilitate public space planning, delivery, and maintenance;
  • Organization of participatory workshops that address the design, development, and maintenance of public spaces;
  • Communications campaigns that highpoint the significant role public spaces play in the lives of citizens;
  • Cooperation with both international and local planning/design experts in the production of concept designs for the pilot sites;
  • Identification of opportunities for further scaling-up of the project;
  • Monitoring of public space construction works;
  • Development and certification of public space tools and methodologies;
  • Provision of in-kind support to this implementing partnership

Instructions to applicants

  • Proposals received after the above deadline will not be considered.
  • Proposals and supplementary documents must be submitted to the provided email addresses.
  • Any clarification queries and correspondences should also be sent by email.
  • Incomplete proposals will be disregarded.
  • Applicants’ email applications must clearly indicate the CFP reference: “CFP/1-2020/PFES-GPSP” in the subject line of the email.
  • All prices must be in US dollars.
  • Proposal language is the English language. It also accepts submissions in French and Spanish language.

Evaluation criteria

  • Technical Capacity (score weight: 20%)
  • Technical Proposal (score proposal: 50%)
  • Financial and Administrative Management Capacity (score weight: 10%)
  • Financial Proposal (score weight: 20%)

How to apply?

To apply, applicants should send their proposal by email to Christelle Lahoud and Rizwan Kasmani as per the emails below:

Submission emails: and

The email must quote the call for proposal reference in the email subject: CFP/1-2020/PFES-GPSP.

For more information about this call, please refer to the official link.


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