Architects to Design and Supervise Office Renovations Required

Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT)

Draft Terms of Reference for Design and Supervision of Renovations for Plot No LR NO. 209/1007/2, Tausi Lane, Westlands, Nairobi.

The Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust has acquired two blocks of flats in Westlands suburb of Nairobi that are to be converted from residential houses into the organisation’s offices. MESPT is seeking
the services of qualified Architects (individuals or firms), to Design the renovations necessary to convert the building into suitable offices, prepare the documents needed by the contractors to quote and to supervise the contractors who will carry out the renovations.

The Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust has purchased the above plot on Tausi Lane Westlands. On the property are two blocks of flats (one block of 6 flats and another block of 4 flats). The block of 6 flats is quite old while the one of 4 flats is relatively new. These flats have been used as residential houses but MESPT has already obtained Change of User (from residential to offices), authorisation from the City Council of Nairobi.
MESPT plans to use the block of six flats as own offices while the block of 4 flats will be rented out the way they are with minimum renovations and decorations.
MESPT is seeking quotations (proposals), from individual Architects or firms to design the renovations required to convert the 6 flats into offices of the organisation based on the attached suggested set up. 

The Please quote on basis of professionals that you deem necessary and who should include the following:-

1. Design Architect who will also be the Team Leader.
2. Quantity Surveyor who will prepare the Bills of Quantities.
3. Services Engineers who will recommend the changes that need to be effected on all the services needed to make the offices habitable.
4. Structural Engineer who will make recommendations on the changes that need to be made (if any), on the structure of the buildings.
5. Any other professional you deem critical for the successful implementation of the project.

The Architect should quote a fee that will cover all the professionals needed to carry out the stipulated tasks. Please indicate the total cost (including VAT and all other expenses), in Kenya shillings.

The tasks for this assignment should be as follows:-
1. Design of the renovations proposed by MESPT based on the scope of work indicated on the write up.
2. Preparation of tender documents needed by the contractors to quote. This should include the advertisement in the newspaper and the detailed bills of quantities).
3. Leading the process of evaluating the quotations made by the contractors and recommending the most appropriate contractor to the Tender Committee of MESPT.
4. Supervising the contractors (indicating a clear workplan on what will be done when), until the completed project is handed over to MESPT.
The contractor should give the approximate period (in months or days), in which they will complete tasks 1 to 3 and the payment plan they would like to have for each of the tasks stipulated above. Please indicate the number of days required for each of the tasks.

Viewing of the building can be done with prior arrangement with Ms. Lucy Kamau of MESPT who can be reached on office telephone numbers 0722 207905 and 0735 333154.

The closing date for receiving the quotations or proposals for the Design and Supervision of renovations is Monday 30th July 2012 at 12.00 Noon. 

The opening of the bids will be done immediately and all the bidders and other members of the public will be free to observe the tender opening process.

The Terms of Reference and the proposed renovations can be viewed at the MESPT websites on or

Sealed bids should be deposited in the tender box in the fifth floor Board Room by 12.00 noon Monday 30th July 2012. The bids will be opened immediately after the closure period and interested bidders and members of the public are invited to participate in the opening ceremony. 

The bids should be addressed to:-

The Tender Committee
Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) 
2nd Floor, Vision Tower, Muthithi Road, Westlands 
P. O. Box 187, Sarit Centre 00606, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 020 3746354, 3746764, 3749942 Fax: 3746764 

Cell phones: 0722 207905 and 0735 333154 


Community Action Harm Reduction (CAHR) Programme Officer

Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium

Job summary

The Programme Officer is expected to manage overall project activities, ensure project relevance to the country community needs for people who use drugs to most effectively address HIV, provide and coordinate provision of technical assistance, advocate for the rights of people who use drugs in particular people inject who drugs and represent the project nationally. 

The Programme Office is also expected to oversee a qualitative research project among people who inject drugs linked to the CAHR programme.

  • Ensures country participation in the global development and coordination of the project implementation, develops and leads the country team of various specialists (staff and/or consultants) required to achieve the programme goals.
  • Monitoring of the HIV epidemic in the country; the responses and opportunities for strengthened responses to the epidemic and challenges associated with illicit drug use; and the role played by local governments, donors and other stakeholders, as well as ensures necessary adjustments in country programme design and implementation.
  • Ensures that the scale, spectrum, accessibility, intensity and quality of services and information available to IDUs and their families corresponds as much as possible to harm reduction and HIV prevention objectives as well as to health, social and other essential needs of people who use drugs, their partners and children.
  • Ensure that the CAHR programme design and activities at country and local levels builds upon the strengths of the KANCO members and partners while being effective, strategic and relevant in local context.
  • Partnership development across sectors Local, nationally and internationally as well as strategic management of donor and stakeholder relations including the delivery of financial and technical support to field level service delivery organizations.
  • Ensures that region-specific as well as site-specific interventions are developed and implemented as appropriate.
  • Oversee data collection, implementation, analysis and write up of social science/qualitative research within the CAHR programme, including interviewing, fieldwork and training of fieldworkers
  • Manage and coordinate the implementation of the qualitative study in three sites (Nairobi, Malindi, and Ukunda), including close liaison with fieldwork teams and manage day-to-day the qualitative study Research Assistant
  • Guides contributions to national and global learning and sharing focused on deepening and dissemination of the harm reduction evidence base, including based on analyses of qualitative research.
  • Assist in the coding and categorisation of qualitative data, including ideally using the computer software NVIVO and Assist in the drafting of research study documents, presentations at conferences/meetings, and research papers for submission to publication
  • Promotes and advocates for harm reduction and ensures a favourable project environment
How to apply:

Application Deadline: 25th July 2012 
Applications should be sent strictly via e-mail to

Science, Technology and Innovation Grant 2012/2013

The 5th Competitive Research Grant

Theme: Health, Water and Sanitation

Call for Concept Notes


The Science and Technology Act Cap 250 and Kenya Vision 2030 recognize the importance of research, science and technology for national development. 

Since 2008/2009 financial year the Government of Kenya through the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) has been administering the Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) grant. 

The grant has been structured to support different specific targeted categories in order to have maximum impact where a total of 633 projects have been funded. 

These categories of products being supported include: - research projects; innovation projects; research projects by women scientists; postgraduate research projects; post-doctoral research projects, bilateral matching grants, research facilities and support of scientific conferences and symposia. 

Under the category of research a total of 168 projects in food security, climate change, renewable energy and engineering thematic areas have been funded. 

The NCST is pleased to announce for the fifth round of concept notes for support of research under the ST&I grant for 2012/2013 financial year. 

This year’s theme focuses on issues related to Health, Water and Sanitation in the country.

The productivity of the human capacity depends on good health and nutrition. 

This in turn enhances economic growth, contributes to poverty reduction and realization of the Kenya Vision 2030 social goal. 

The Health sector has been faced with a number of challenges: communicable and infectious diseases, nutrition deficiency disorders and parasitic infections. Majority of Kenyans continue to seek treatment in health care facilities for ailments that can be controlled through preventive and promotive measures. 

Health statistics indicate that malaria is a leading cause of outpatient morbidity accounting to about 30 percent of the total disease burden in Kenya. Respiratory tract infections, skin diseases and intestinal worms, contribute to over three quarters of total outpatient cases reported. 

In addition, HIV/AIDs continues to pose serious health and socio-economic challenges.

Sanitation and waste management are closely related to human health. Differences in access to adequate sanitation between urban and rural environments still persist. 

The formally planned urban areas are better served than the rural areas, and the urban informal settlements. Approximately 80% of the outpatient hospital attendance in Kenya is due to preventable diseases while 50% of these are water, sanitation and hygiene related.

Water is needed to support life and sustain economic activities across different sectors.

The county’s water endowment is low and currently stands at 647 cubic metres per capita per year hence Kenya is classified as a water scarce country. 

Therefore some of the challenges facing the water sector include: water scarcity, water security, water quality, water catchment management and monitoring of water resources.

To address the above challenges the country needs to increase investments in research and experimental development in the health and water sectors in order to generate innovative scientific solutions to enhance availability of diverse treatment and control measures and new technologies to manage the diseases and nutritional disorders. 

Special attention is also needed to support projects that will contribute to sustainable water management and good sanitation.

Towards this end NCST invites MULTI-INSTITUTIONAL and MULTIDISCIPLINARY research teams from public and private institutions in Kenya to submit CONCEPT NOTES for funding consideration. 

Specific priority areas that need to be addressed include but not limited to: communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, neglected diseases, emerging diseases and nutrition; water resource management, water harvesting and storage, water supply and sanitation and other related areas and their applications in solving health challenges, water supply and sanitation. 

The proposed research work must be conducted in Kenya and must have the potential of immediate application and impact to solving these societal challenges. 

The objectives must be in line with the flagship projects identified in Kenya Vision 2030, Millennium Development Goals and in conformity with the new Constitution. Each application must be submitted by a team of researchers from at least three (3) different institutions.

Objectives of the Call
(i) To strengthen the quality of healthcare without further escalating costs.
(ii) To address health needs and solutions to support social and economic development.
(iii) To increase sanitation coverage for and sustainable water supplies to urban and rural dwellers.
(iv) To increase the role of scientific research and technological innovation in contributing to good health and nutrition, water and sanitation for the Kenyan people
(v) To enhance technology transfer and adoption in health and water sectors.
(vi) To promote collaborative and multidisciplinary solution based research.
Concept note format
The CONCEPT NOTE should not exceed eight (8) pages (Times New Roman, font size 12, single spacing) and must have the following sections:
(i) Title of the project; 
(ii) Background information; 
(iii) Problem statement;
(iv) Justification; 
(v) Objective(s); 
(vii) Expected outputs 
(viii) Methodology; 
(ix) detailed Itemized budget; ;
Budget limit and project duration
After a peer review of the concept notes, successful applicants will be invited to submit full project proposals. A grant of up to a maximum of Kenya Shillings Fifteen Million (Ksh. 15,000,000) for a period not exceeding three (3) years will be awarded to the successful research teams.

Submission Deadline
All the concept notes should be submitted in both hard and soft copies to the address below or delivered to Utalii House, 8th Floor Room 822/801 not later than 17:00 hrs Friday 31st August, 2012. 

Soft copies to be submitted through email: ( 

Incomplete and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 

The list of successful applicants will be posted on our websites by 30th September, 2012.

All the applicants who have been funded under ST&I grant with on-going projects are not eligible for this Call.
Any work that is being funded by other donors MUST not be submitted for this Call. Any such proposal will be disqualified.
Only original work should be submitted, plagiarism is highly discouraged and will lead to disqualification.
The application forms are available at NCST Website: and MoHEST website:
Each application must be accompanied by letters of endorsement by Head of collaborating institutions, brief CV (maximum 2 pages) of each research team member and copies of their national identity cards.
Any application that does not adhere to multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary requirements will not be considered.
The Secretary/CEO
National Council for Science and Technology
P. O. Box 30623-00100, NAIROBI.
Tel: 020-310571/2241349/2213471
Fax: 020-2213215

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