Request for Proposals: Technical Writer for Hidden Cities II

6 August 2014

Hidden Cities cover

In 2010, the World Health Organization Kobe Centre (WKC) and UN HABITAT jointly published the first global report on urban health, titled Hidden Cities that focused on unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings.

Given increased interest and recognition of the importance of addressing health in urban settings, the emergence of universal health coverage on the global health agenda with an emphasis on ensuring equity, and a responsibility to follow up on progress since the first Hidden Cities report, WKC and UN HABITAT have decided to pursue a second joint report. The objectives of the report will be to provide updated as well as new data on urban health inequities; report progress in addressing existing challenges; and to set the context for addressing urban health issues going forward, highlighting both new challenges and possible solutions. This report will also provide a significant and timely opportunity to raise awareness among the wider global community on the links between sustainable urban development, universal health coverage, and achieving equitable health opportunities and outcomes for all citizens.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to identify a technical writer to synthesize content from contributing authors and scientific experts, as well as draft and ultimately finalize the Hidden Cities II report under WKC’s guidance. WKC and UN HABITAT will develop the vision, major content areas and themes, key messages, and evidence plan in consultation with a Steering Committee in mid-August, prior to the selection of a Technical Writer. WKC will also form a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), with whom WKC will vet the quality of scientific contributions, which will have been sought from various sources globally. The total project timeline is expected to be from August 2014 to November 2015, with the writer to be engaged at various stages as outlined in the RFP. Each stage includes expected deliverables and estimated time to completion. A total of up to four months of work is expected over the course of the project. Some travel will be required, including at least one meeting with the Secretariat in Kobe, Japan.

The deadline for submission is 6 September 2014.