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27 March 2018

ToR for a service provider to develop spatial links between ecosystem services and biophysical attributes for the City of Dar es Salaam

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ICLEI Africa seeks to appoint a service provider to develop spatial links between ecosystem services and biophysical attributes for the City of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in line with the INTERACT-BIO project.


We require the services of an expert to spatially link ecosystem services with biophysical attributes and habitats for the City of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The task will involve the integration of ecosystem services concepts and motivations into spatial analysis as part of the development of a Thematic Atlas for Dar es Salaam. This activity forms part of the INTERACT-Bio project.


The INTERACT-Bio project aims to mainstream nature’s benefits into urban planning and decision-making. [More detail about the project can be found at the end of this document]. One of the INTERACT-BIO project activities involves the development and implementation of demonstration projects in the City of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
One demonstration project involves highlighting where investment in Dar es Salaams’ green open spaces should be prioritized. The INTERACT-Bio project team, along with a variety of stakeholders from subnational government structures and the research sector, jointly conceptualized this idea. It was agreed to adopt a ‘thematic atlas’ approach in order to highlight the benefits/ecosystem services that green open space in Dar es Salaam provides, and to focus specifically on the spatial location of the natural assets that provide these free services and benefits of nature in an urban and peri-urban setting. Ultimately, the aim is for this tool to support strategic decision-making for green space investment in the City and for these decisions to be mainstreamed into formal planning processes and budget cycles.
Due to significant and growing interest by City officials in this demonstration project, the project scope has been expanded beyond the initial idea of a simple set of thematic maps, to a printed booklet, co-authored by local actors and presented/discussed in a high-level workshop in Dar es Salaam. ICLEI Africa requires a service provider to support ICLEI Africa with the development of the content of the Thematic Atlas.


In order to develop a high-quality product, the job requires the expertise of urban ecosystem services, links to spatial analysis and local knowledge about Dar es Salaam’s context. Specifically, support is required with respect to linking ecosystem services with biophysical attributes and habitats. This combined approach will allow the project to ‘build the case’ for green open spaces in a visually appealing and scientifically robust fashion. Since the work will be undertaken in close cooperation with project team members, flexibility and a shared vision for the project outcome are essential. The service provider must be available to work closely with ICLEI Africa in developing the Thematic Atlas, although not necessarily based in South Africa. Cooperation with several public authorities (Dar es Salaam City Council, National Ministry of Lands, National Bureau of Statistics) as well as research institutions (Ardhi University) and NGOs (BORDA, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)) will form part of the development of this product.


The work will consist primarily of desktop activities, requiring 18 full days over a month ideally between 15 May 2018 and 15 June 2018. The Thematic Atlas booklet will comprise 6 to 10 maps, their explanations, a technical appendix, an introduction and a foreword. As part of the development of the maps and the booklet, the following tasks will be expected:

Development of the thematic greenspace atlas for Dar es Salaam, including:

  • Finalization of explanatory texts for each thematic map (6 to 10 maps in total), based on an extensive review of scientific literature and policy on ecosystem services and spatial analysis
  • Finalization of technical annex and metadata of the Atlas, ca. 0.5 pages per map
  • Preparation of a presentation of the complete set of draft maps to authorities in Dar es Salaam for review/validation
  • Finalization of text revision, including policy recommendations and maps
  • Cross-checking of the thematic atlas’ layout
  • Coordination with partners regarding co-publishing of the atlas

Other, supporting tasks:

  • Scientific literature review on mapping and planning for ecosystem services, a critical component of supporting argument formulation per ‘theme’ of the Thematic Atlas.
  • Collaboration with ICLEI spatial analysis team on developing composite ecosystem services layers, and jointly building the case for prioritization of and investment in green open space in Dar es Salaam.
  • Ongoing liaison with local project partners and co-authors for the duration of the contract


The successful service provider must provide evidence of:

  • A professional background in sustainable development and/or social-ecological systems and/or urban systems;
  • Solid experience working with ecosystem services concepts;
  • Demonstrated ability to interface ecosystem services concepts with spatial analysis;

Additional, advantageous criteria for prospective service providers relates to:

  • Demonstrated GIS/spatial analysis experience;
  • Prior work and living experience in Tanzania with existing networks and established relationships with collaborators/co-authors in Dar es Salaam; and
  • Prior work with the ICLEI Africa INTERACT-Bio team.


  • The person will report to Dr Ernita van Wyk at ICLEI Africa.
  • Regular progress meetings to report on progress on specific tasks and deliverables will be required.
  • The service provider must supply an invoice following the completion of all deliverables.


The following information must be provided in the proposal:

  • A budget (based on a daily rate) and time frame per task corresponding with the required deliverables and
  • A detailed CV.

The service provider may not sub-contract other parties to assist them.


Kindly submit your proposal and supporting documents via email to Ernita van Wyk at by 16:00 (SAST) on 10 April 2018. For any queries related to submission please contact ICLEI Africa via the email address above.


For more information on ICLEI Africa see: and

INTERACT-BIO Project Background

INTERACT-BIO is a four year project designed to improve the utilisation and management of nature within fast growing cities and regions surrounding them. It aims to provide expanding urban communities in the Global South with nature-based solutions and associated long term benefits.

The project will enable governments at all levels – from local to national – to integrate their efforts for mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services into core subnational government functions such as spatial planning, land use management, local economic development and infrastructure design.

The project will also support city-regions to understand and unlock, within their specific local context, the potential of nature to provide essential services or new or enhanced economic opportunities, while simultaneously protecting and enhancing the biodiversity and ecosystems on which these services and opportunities depend. In doing so, these actions will place the participating city regions on a more resilient and sustainable development path.

Specific objectives of the project include to:

  1. Connect national and subnational government decision makers to work together towards integrating biodiversity considerations into city regional planning and decision making;
  2. Strengthen the capacity of city-regions to integrate biodiversity and nature based solutions into land use, infrastructure and development planning, and to develop supporting policy instruments; and
  3. Mainstream biodiversity considerations across sectors at the subnational and national level.

It is anticipated that through achieving these objectives, the project will promote:

  • greater understanding of nature’s benefits;
  • improved integration of nature-based solutions and approaches in planning and decision-making processes; and
  • nature-based solutions as economically sound and sustainable investments options.

The project will demonstrate the effectiveness of nature-based city region development through pilot projects and multiply nature-based approaches by connecting city regions with one another.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Africa Secretariat (ICLEI Africa) is currently implementing the INTERACT-BIO project in three city-regions in Tanzania, Arusha, Moshi and Dar es Salaam. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
For further information on the project, please refer to the ICLEI website:

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