Request for Proposal | Habitat for Humanity Tanzania Strategy Development | April 2024

April 15, 2024
Application deadline closed.

Job Description


Habitat for Humanity is the world’s largest affordable housing civil society organization. With programs in more than 70 countries and thousands of communities, our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works collaboratively with communities, government, and the private sector to find housing solutions. We are recognized for the meaningful change our programs have in communities. However, we recognize that the housing deficit is far greater than what any one organization can accomplish on its own. To that end, we are building our capability to influence the broader systems that affect access to housing to ensure greater access to affordable, resilient housing for all.

Habitat for Humanity Tanzania (HFHT)

Habitat for Humanity Tanzania (HFHT) founded in 1986, it is affiliated to Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). HFHT currently implement its program through partners in three geographical locations: Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, and Arusha region with plans to expand to Pwani region in the near future. Habitat for Humanity Tanzania’s work focus on bringing people together to build community, families, homes and hope for the low-income families. We do our work based on Four Housing Programming Pillars: Affordability, Habitability, Basic Services and Land Tenure.

Housing Deficit background information

Habitat for Humanity Tanzania exist to collaborate with other Housing actors to address the housing deficit challenges, this is because the housing sector is marred by several pressing issues, each with far-reaching consequences for the country’s residents. There are many challenges existing in Tanzania that need joint efforts to address them. HFHT has supported various research/study to ensure there are evidence-based need outlines for the government and other stakeholders to collectively respond/address to the challenges.

According to Housing Eco-System study report (May 2022) the following challenges were highlighted: Housing deficit***:*** The report highlights that the magnitude of housing deficit is still substantial. Housing and overall wellbeing of low-income households: Access to decent and affordable housing for most low-income households is still a critical challenge, particularly in urban areas. Housing affordability: Despite the notable efforts to enhance housing affordability in Tanzania, there are still challenges. It is widely observed that public housing providing institutions have so far failed to provide affordable housing as their responsibility, mainly because of high production costs. Lack of basic services (WASH and Energy): Access to basic services like WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene) is a challenge for both rural and urban community settings. The review clearly revealed the presence of a sizable proportion without basic access to safe water, inadequate sanitation coverage among towns and cities. Saving culture and access to housing: Tanzania has a low saving rate, where about 48% of adults do not save, and for those that save, only a small proportion (11%) save in a formal financial institution. For low-income households, the majority are served by less formal financial institutions such as Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs), Savings and Credit Associations (SACAs), Rotating Credit and Savings Associations (ROSCAs) and other microfinance institutions (MFIs). Although less formal financial institutions are important for mobilizing grassroots-level saving and borrowing that can be used for housing finance by low and middle-income households in Tanzania, their potential is yet to be fully used.

According to (MLHHSD, 2018), urbanization in Tanzania is another challenge**.** The national housing deficit is currently estimated to be 3,000,000 million units, increasing by 200,000 annually About 40% of this deficit is estimated to be in urban areas, as urban population is 35% of the total population which current is 67 million.

Housing microfinance: As per Housing Microfinance Study report (2023), Tanzanian Low-Middle Income Households are suffering from a shortage of loan to either build or improve their homes. In addition, the housing microfinance space in Tanzania is relatively underdeveloped as stated in the Housing Eco-System in Tanzania report (2022). The report further states that available statistics indicate there is a high demand for housing microfinance products (about TZS 700 billion) compared to supply, however this excludes most low-income households. The shortage of loan comes due to the status the Low-Middle Income families have, they can neither access nor afford housing finance to improve their homes.

Land tenure security: In parallel, the housing sector in Tanzania faces a persistent challenge in the form of land tenure insecurity. This issue affects both urban and rural areas, casting uncertainty over the property rights of individuals and communities. In urban settings, land tenure insecurity fosters problems such as land grabbing and forced evictions, further exacerbating the issue of informal settlements and slums. It’s a cycle that perpetuates substandard housing conditions and socio-economic challenges, especially for those without secure land rights.

Habitat for Humanity Tanzania is seeking qualified consultants to facilitate the development of our next strategic plan.

Scope of work

The consultant will work collaboratively with the Habitat project team and our organization’s leadership to develop a consolidated strategic plan. Including the following key deliverables:

  1. Inception report: highlighting the overall approach, support requirements from Habitat, and key stakeholder engagement throughout implementation.
  2. Housing context analysis: a summary of the current challenges facing the housing sector in Tanzania. This report should highlight to the extent possible, both quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the deficit; populations most impacted by the housing deficit; and relevant trends expected to affect the housing deficit in the next 10-15 years.
  3. Operating environment: a summary of key changes in the operating context that should be taken into account in defining Habitat’s operating strategy including but not limited to: changes in the regulatory environment, competitor analysis, and emergent donor trends within the market.
  4. Multi-year strategy: the overall directional plan mapped to the official Habitat template (annex A) including program priorities, definition of our future state comparative advantage, program priorities, multi-year target, and key change initiatives and associated targets and milestones.
  5. Implementation plan: the pacing of the overall change, investment requirements, and key assumptions driving implementation of the overall plan.

Consultant Responsibilities:

  • Drive the day-to-day development of a scope of work and deliverables under the oversight of the national office lead.
  • Act as principal point of contact with national office staff regarding the strategy’s development process.
  • Incorporate relevant global resources into the strategic plan (Theory of Change, Program Framework, Geographic Strategic Frameworks, etc.)
  • Proactively engage the National Board of Directors, the National Organization, HFHI Area office and HQ stakeholders for input and approvals when pertinent.
  • Coordinate the work of the consultant team and national and area office staff contributions toward deliverables.
  • Timely communication with the AO point of contact when the solution of potential roadblocks or challenges may require the assistance from the AO team.
  • Track the overall project schedule. Develop and maintain a detailed project plan.

Selection Criteria

Evaluation criteria will include but may not be limited to:

  1. Proven track-record of success with similar analyses
  • Familiarity with the civil society sector in Tanzania
  • Familiarity with housing challenges in Tanzania
  • Familiarity with market systems, systems thinking, advocacy and policy change.
  • Must have worked at least 5 organizations in the Development Sector
  • Must have undertaken at least 5 relevant consulting work in the housing sector.
  • Must have undertaken strategic development work.
  • Must have at least 5 distinct experiences of working on market systems development, systems thinking, human centered design, advocacy and policy change and other related concepts.

2.The qualifications of the individual consultants put forward for the engagement.

3.Overall estimated cost for the engagement

Applications should include:

  • A brief overview of relevant experience
  • Proposed overall approach.
  • A copy of CVs for key personnel and a breakdown of estimated hours of time contributed to the project.
  • Project Lead with a master’s degree in development studies in related studies. At least 12 years of experience in developing strategy and working in the development sector.
  • Housing specialist: A master’s degree in related field (Engineering, Architecture or Economics). At least 5 years’ experience working in the housing sector.
  • Detailed Methodology demonstrating capability to undertake the assignment.
  • Estimated total costs, with relevant daily rates for proposed consultants and expected contributions.
  • Evidence of Local statutory compliance such as Tax Identification Number and Tax Compliance
  • Consultancy based With Holding Tax certificates.
  • Reference Letters from at least 5 clients in the development sector, housing sector or strategy development clients

The timelines for applications are as follows:

Date Activity

12th April 2024 Anticipated solicitation release date

19th -29th April 2024 Submission deadline

29th -30th April 2024 Interviews with top applicants

3rd May 2024 Anticipated announcement to successful applicants

6th May 2024 Signing of the engagement documents.

How to apply

Please submit applications addressing to the:

National Director

Habitat for Humanity Tanzania

All questions should be directed to:

Magdalena Keffas George

Habitat for Humanity Tanzania

National Director