Request for Proposal:
Conducting and Analyzing a Survey on
Reproductive Health (incl. HIV prevention) and
Empowerment of Women
in Abou Helal (El Minya City)
Recognizing that slum upgrading requires multi-facetted interventions, the United Nations in
Egypt are joining forces to address the sub-standard living conditions of slum dwellers through a
Recently, 6 UN-agencies signed a joint-project document with the government of Egypt that is
entitled “Integrated and Participatory Slum Upgrading in Egypt (incl. Local Economic
Development)”.The project will support national efforts with respect to slum upgrading and adopt
an integrated approach to address interlinked physical, socio-economic and environmental
concerns. The project will stress stakeholder participation and will be implemented at the national
and local level.
At the national level, the project will support the development of integrated national policies for
slum upgrading and prevention. At the local level, a pilot slum upgrading project will be
implemented in the Abu Helal neighborhood of el-Minya city with a view to improve the quality
of life of its 67,000 slum inhabitants.
Abu Helal is located in the southernmost part of El-Minya city. The neighborhood covers a total
surface of 1.5km2, houses approximately 100,000 inhabitants, and hosts the city's largest slum
areas. Residential densities in these slums are higher than anywhere else in the city. The basic
infrastructure is sub-standard. Abu Helal has no health center, no police station, only 4 primary
schools, 2 technical high schools and no effective garbage disposal system. In contrast, the entire
neighborhood has been connected to a water and sewage network, but that suffers from poor
maintenance and serious dilapidation. Poverty in Abu Helal is rampant, while street children are
common and unemployment is high. Many breadwinners have to resort to casual day jobs (e.g.
construction) and some even resort to illegal activities such as drug dealing and prostitution.
The UN and the government of Egypt want to address the sub-standard living conditions in Abu
Helal in collaboration with the local population. Building on the mandates of the various involved
UN agencies, the pilot in Abu Helal will address slum upgrading in an integrated manner tackling
issues related to Water & Sanitation and solid waste (UNICEF), Reproductive Health (UNFPA),
Gender Equity (UNIFEM), Tenure Status (UNHABITAT), Local Economic Development (ILO),
Local governance (UNDP) and additional identified priority issues.
Collaboratively, UNFPA and UNIFEM are now seeking to contract an organization/consultant
that will collect and analyze information on reproductive health (incl. HIV-pervention) and
gender equity through a survey in Abu Helal. The analysis of this survey is to feed into
development of a project proposal in early 2007 that is to improve reproductive health (incl. HIV-
prevention) and gender equity in Abu Helal.
Purpose of the Survey:
a) Identify priority intervention areas to improve maternal health, family planning, and STI/HIV
prevention/management in Abou Helal based on an assessment of the existing needs, the
availability of corresponding services and the utilization of these services
b) Identify priority intervention areas to empower women in Abou Helal with respect to GBV,
gender inequalities and their socio-economic status, based on an assessment of the existing
needs, the availability of corresponding services and the utilization of these services.
Objectives of the Survey:
Reproductive Health Component:
1) Provide general overview of existing needs with respect to maternal health, family
planning, and STI/HIV prevention/management.
2) Provide general overview of available services with respect to maternal health, family
planning, STI/HIV prevention/management.
3) Provide general overview of service utilization with respect to maternal health, family
planning, STI/HIV prevention/management.
Women's Empowerment Component:
4) Provide general overview of women's needs in Abou Helal with respect to GBV, gender
inequalities and their socio-economic status.
5) Provide general overview of services available to women in Abou Helal with respect to
GBV, gender inequalities and their socio-economic status.
6) Provide general overview of women's utilization of available services in Abou Helal with
respect to GBV, gender inequalities and their socio-economic status.
Budget: Equivalent of US$ 5,000 in Egyptian Pounds
Data Collection Methods: Rapid Appraisal.
Methodology to be developed by contractor(s) and discussed
Timing and Duration: The survey will start imediately after the selection of the contractor(s).
The survey will be completed and reported on within 6 weeks.
Report and Dissemination:
The principle output of this survey will be 2 reports: one focussing on Reproductive Health (incl.
HIV-prevention) and one focussing on women's empowerment.
Report 1 will: a) Provide a situation analysis for Abou Helal describing the need,
availability and utilization of services with respect to maternal health,
family planning, and STI/HIV prevention/management.
b) Propose a number of priority intervention areas to improve maternal
health, family planning, and STI/HIV prevention/management in Abou
Helal. These priority intervention areas will be based on the situation
Report 2 will: a) Provide a situation analysis for Abou Helal describing the need,
availability and utilization of services with respect to GBV, gender
inequalities and women's socio-economic status.
b) Propose a number of priority intervention areas to empower women in
Abou Helal and reduce GBV, improve their socio-economic status and
reduce gender-inequalities. These priority intervention areas will be
based on the situation analysis.
UNFPA/UNIFEM will receive 2 hard copies of each report in English, 2 hard copies in Arabic
and a soft copy of both versions as well. These reports will contain a summary of the findings in
The selected contractor(s) will be responsible for presenting the main findings of the survey and
its recommendations to UNFPA and UNIFEM, no later then one week after completion of the
This survey will be carried out by the contractor(s) that is ultimately responsible for conducting it
succesfully. However, it should be emphasized that UNFPA & UNIFEM will be involved in
monitoring all stages of the survey design and implementation. Also, UNFPA and UNIFEM will
have to review and approve the report before the contractor begins printing the required copies.
Requirements for Responding to this Request For Proposal:
The technical proposal should be in English into the following sections:
1) Curriculum Vitae of the applicant(s)
2) Overview of the applicant(s)'s experience conducting surveys related to reproductive
health (incl. HIV-prevention), gender equity and/or slum populations.
3) A survey proposal, including methodology and report writing.
4) A timetable
5) A cost proposal, including level of effort, estimated travel costs and other relevant
All written reponses to the RFP will be reviewed by a technical committee. Review of the
proposal shall take no longer then one week from the closing date. The proposal will be scored
according to the following criteria:
1) Consultants background/experience/qualifications 10
2) Survey Proposal 70
3) Timetable 10
4) Cost structure 10
The succesful applicant will be invited to prepare, if necessary, a final proposal that responds to
the comments of the technical committee.
Applications can be submitted until October 7th 2006 to UNFPA by regular mail or email.
Mailing Address: UNFPA-Egypt
Att: Mr. Sharif Egal
93, Giza Street
For additional information one may contact Ms. Maya Morsi (UNIFEM) at 012 - 22 33 990
1. Have permissions to conduct research already been obtained by UNFPA as part
of the project document signed or will it be necessary to obtain approvals by
2. Is 6 weeks total time for research and reporting or only for research
3. Does 5000 USD include conractor fees?
4. Ramadan effect:
i. Less utilization of FP services
ii. Less regular hours by health staff
iii. Less willingess or greater sesitvity in discussions of sex behavior
particularly as relates to STI or prostitution or MSM
iv. More economic pressures, more expenses, more social duties, more night
work means less time for research
v. Less sex because of last ten days of Ramadan maybe i3tikaf
vi. Harder to recruit field workers and assistance
vii. More difficult to do mapping for example
5. annotated bibliography has some excellent douments linking gbv, hiv and rh
6. proposal must be referenced