Land is an economic good of an increasing value. It plays a great role in the process of poverty reduction through wealth creation and hence uplifting the wellbeing of the people. The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development has been mandated to administer land and human settlement in Tanzania. It therefore provides various land related services to individuals and institutions in the country.
THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
Land Tenure Support Programme
1 The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has secured support from three development partners to finance the implementation of the Land Tenure Support Programme (LTSP) for Tanzania. The three development partners are DFID, SIDA and DANIDA. The Programme implementation will be coordinated through a Programme Implementation Unit (PIU) under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development (MLHHSD) that responds directly to the Permanent Secretary.
2 Tanzania’s Development Vision 2025 aims to transform Tanzania into a middle-income Country by 2025, with its citizens enjoying high quality livelihoods and living in a peaceful, stable and unified country. In this vision, Tanzania would be a competitive economy capable of producing sustainable growth and shared benefits, characterised by good governance and a well-educated population. To achieve this, Tanzania’s agricultural sector will need to be more productive and profitable, resulting in higher farmer incomes, by enabling farmers to have better access to, and use of, agricultural knowledge, technologies, marketing systems and infrastructure. Good quality, private investment is seen as key to promoting growth and the development of a more competitive economy. At the same time, Tanzania’s national land policy and legal framework seeks to ensure that existing land rights are recognised and security of tenure for all is upheld through an efficient, effective, economical and transparent system of land administration.
3 One of the key mechanisms for determining tenure arrangements in Tanzania is the division of land into three categories: village land, which is held by the villages and represents approximately 70 percent of Land mass; reserved land, which represents approximately 28 percent of the land; and general land, which is administered by the Commissioner for Lands and represents the remainder. The title for a right to occupancy on general land is called the Certificate of Right of Occupancy (CRO), and the title for rights to village land is called the Certificate of Customary Right of Occupancy (CCRO). Village lands may be leased or subleased, per the Village Land Act No 5 of 1999 (Section 19).
4 The programme aims to build a basis for resolving the issues that constrain the contribution that Tanzania’s land sector can make to achieve the Country’s broader development goals by establishing a road map for long-term support to the land sector. This will greatly contribute to the implementation of the revised Strategic Plan for the Implementation of the Land Laws (SPILL). At the same time, the Programme will achieve concrete results during the three-year Programme period to make significant contributions to improving the transparency and efficiency of land governance and administration. The Programme envisages three areas of activities: (i) Enhancing transparency and benefits of large-scale land deals through providing information on land tenure and possible benefit-sharing models; (ii) Policy and institutional development to reach consensus on interpreting and implementing the existing legal and policy framework, clarify institutional roles and mandates, improve institutional interaction and improve dispute settlement procedures; and (iii). Land tenure regularisation (LTR) in two pilot districts, based on a refined, low cost methodology and more accurate information.
5 The Government of Tanzania intends to hire a management company or consortium of companies to provide and manage technical advisors who will support the implementation of the Land Tenure Support Programme.
6 The MLHHSD now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing advisory services to the Programme Implementation Unit. Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services including: Company descriptions, brochures, certificate of incorporation, documented solid financial and economic base, certified system for quality control and project management, descriptions of similar assignments in the last 10 years, experience in similar conditions, and demonstrated availability of qualified professional personnel to provide advisory services. Experience from working with National and Local Government Authorities in Eastern and Sothern Africa is an advantage.
7 This is not a request for proposals (RFP). After a review of the expressions of interest, a shortlist will be prepared and the short-listed firms will be invited to submit their proposals through a letter of invitation including specific terms of reference. A consulting firm will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Public Procurement Act, 2011 and Public Procurement Regulation 2013.
9 The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is on 9 May 2014 at 11:00 a.m. local time to the Coordinator, Land Tenure Support Programme, SPILL Office Room 04, Ardhi House, Ardhi Street/Kivukoni Front, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Expressions of Interest submitted in writing and enclosed in plain sealed envelope will be opened in public and in the presence of firms’ representatives who choose to attend immediately after the deadline. Expressions of Interest sent by post must be registered. Envelopes containing Expressions of Interest must be clearly marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR THE PROVISION OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAND TENURE SUPPORT PROGRAMME.
10 Expressions of Interest received late will not be considered.
LAND TENURE SUPPORT PROGRAMME
ARDHI HOUSE, ARDHI STREET/KIVUKONI FRONT
P.O. BOX 9132 DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA