to Support the Implementation of Communication Interventions for COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction in Viet Nam
Job no: 539645
Contract type: Consultancy
Location: Viet Nam
Categories: Communication / External Relations, Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, vaccination.
In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The outbreak has infected millions of people across the world and caused significant loss of lives. To protect people from the disease, vaccines against COVID have been developed by several manufacturers in a number of countries.
In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Viet Nam faced high risk of transmission as the country is in close geographical proximity of and had robust trade activities with China. In an effort to contain the outbreak, the Government has imposed strict regulations including travel restrictions, school closures and shut down of non-essential service facilities. These measures were effectively implemented and helped the country put the first wave of COVID-19 under control. However, despite this initial success, the country recorded its first COVID-related deaths in July 2020 when faced with the second wave. The third wave of COVID has started recently from 28 January 2021 with new cases in 13 provinces. By 22 Mar. 2021, Viet Nam’s number of confirmed cases has reached 2.572with 35 deaths (sources: Ministry of Health of Viet Nam, https://ncov.moh.gov.vn/ ).
The Ministry of Health of Viet Nam (MOH) has developed a national action plan to receive, store, distribute and use COVID-19 vaccines (a National Deployment and Vaccination Plan-NDVP). Meanwhile, the country has joined the COVAX Facility (a Gavi-administered mechanism to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are affordable and available to all countries) as an AMC92 country. With this, Viet Nam can access highly subsidized vaccine pricing at the same time as wealthier nations.
Through the COVAX Facility, UNICEF’s plans to procure and deliver enough doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to immunize 20% of the population in Viet Nam, prioritizing front-line workers and high-risk groups. A first allocation of 4,176,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be delivered by the second quarter of 2021, and additional doses by year end. In addition, MOH has reached out to both international and domestic manufacturers to discuss and pursue bilateral agreements in order to ensure enough supplies for at least 80 per cent of the whole population.
Vaccines have already started to be distributed and used in Viet Nam. MOH has procured 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and launched the largest vaccination drive in its history starting on 8 Mar. 2021, at Hanoi, Hai Duong, Ho Chi Minh city. The priority group of this vaccination programme is frontline medical staff.
It is imperative to implement the national communication action plan that includes crisis communication to generate an enabling environment for public acceptance of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines whilst enhancing trust in and demand for vaccines and immunization more broadly and continuing to maintain adherence to other non-pharmaceutical interventions.
For the UNICEF, there is the need to support Ministry of Health (MOH) for the implementation of the national communication action plan on COVID vaccine rollout.
How can you make a difference?
To provide technical support to UNICEF Viet Nam and through UNICEF to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and partners for the implementation of evidence-based communication for development strategy/action plan to support the introduction of COVID 19 vaccine in Viet Nam, including the preparedness and response plan for crisis communication.
Communication and Advocacy section, UNICEF office, Green One UN House, Ha Noi.
Under the direct supervision of the Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist and in close coordination with Child Survival and Development section (CSD), and relevant sections, the Consultant will provide technical support to UNICEF Viet Nam and through UNICEF to MOH and partners for the implementation of evidence-based Communication and Social Mobilization plan to support the introduction of COVID 19 vaccine in Viet Nam, including the preparedness and response plan for crisis communication. The Consultant will provide technical assistance in aspects of mass and social media campaign implementation, and support with information education and communication (IEC) materials, digital/online content production and dissemination on COVID vaccination and risk communication as guided by global and regional guidance. In addition, s/he will consolidate, analyze the existing data of the social listening, including social media monitoring, rumor tracking, online listening and make recommendations for the implementation of social media campaign.
1. Support the implementation of UNICEF-MOH communication action plan on COVID vaccine introduction, public acceptance and social mobilization, including risk communication:
2. Support the on-going implementation of UNICEF communication activities to promote behaviors to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Methodology and Expected deliverables and timeline:
The consultant will work closely with CSD, and related UNICEF programmes/sections.
The consultant is expected to work closely with MOH’s relevant departments including Department for Communication, Emulation and Award (DCEA), General Department of Preventive Medicine (GDPM), National Institute of Hygiene And Epidemiology (NIHE), National Expanded Programme for Immunization (NEPI), National Centre for Health Education (NCHE), and working closely with WHO, related UN agencies and NGOs.
The consultant is advised to gather information from a range of stakeholders including journalists and bloggers that cover health topics and cover news on immunization, people related to what information and communication is needed to convince the rollout of new COVID vaccines.
See full TOR for specific deliverables. Consultancy Notice C4D Consultant COVID Vaccine.docx
Management and Reporting:
The assignment is undertaken under the supervision of the C4D Specialist, UNICEF Viet Nam. The consultant will work closely with CSD, relevant UNICEF sections, WHO, relevant MOH’s Departments, and related NGOs/ development organizations.
Performance indicators for evaluation:
- Monthly workplan approved by supervisor.
- Monthly report approved by supervisor.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Qualification/Specialized Knowledge and Experience:
- University degree in mass communication, journalism, social sciences.
- At least 3 years of proven experience in communications, mass and social media, digital platform, journalism and media studies;
- Previous experience with social media management, trend monitoring, influencing, and analysis and/or digital listening;
- Experience in communication materials development, including digital materials;
- Experience in social and behaviour change communication, risk communication and community engagement in the areas of public health and immunization is an asset;
Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge and skills in social media management, digital monitoring;
- Knowledge public health, immunization is an asset.
- Fluently spoken and written Vietnamese and English is compulsory.
For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method (weight combined score method) shall be used for this recruitment:
a) Technical Qualification (max. 100 points) weight 70 %
- Degree Education in mass communication, journalism (20 points)
- Knowledge of mass communication, social and digital media (30 points)
- Experience in social media management, trend monitoring, influencing, and analysis and/or digital listening (30 points)
- Quality of past work (e.g. understanding, methodology) (20 points).
b) Financial Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 30 %
The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened/evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 70 points score in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
The Contract shall be awarded to candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview if needed.
Submission of applications:
Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition in UNICEF Vacancies: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/
- Letter of interest and confirmation of availability;
- Technical proposal which clearly explains the outline on how to deliver the tasks and deliverables (preferably less than 2 pages);
- Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available);
- Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee, travel and accommodation cost for this assignment as per work assignment.
- CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form) P 11 form.doc
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Advertised: 15 Apr 2021 SE Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 25 Apr 2021 SE Asia Standard Time