Consultancy Roster

Emergency Preparedness and Response, for Vietnamese or Vietnam based International Consultants only

Emergency Preparedness and Response

01 July 2019

Job Number: 523505 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Kyrgyzstan, Asia and the Pacific: Viet Nam
Work Type : Consultancy

UNICEF Viet Nam is one of more than 190 offices of the United Nations Children’s Fund globally and part of the United Nations system in Viet Nam working in close collaboration with all UN agencies in the country. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has a universal mandate to promote and protect the rights of all children, everywhere – especially those hardest to serve and most at risk.

UNICEF’s mission in Viet Nam is to make sure every child in the country is healthy, educated and safe from harm, therefore having the best start in life and a fair chance to reach her or his full potential and benefit from the country’s prosperity. We believe children have a right to live in a more equitable society, where their voices are heard and needs met as a matter of priority in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. More information on what we do in Viet Nam is available at

How can you make a difference?   

Are you ready to use your talents to make the world a better place for Children?

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. We seek dynamic Vietnamese or Vietnam-based international consultants for the following consultancy:

Title: Consultancy Roster: Emergency Preparedness and Response (For Vietnamese or Vietnam based international consultants only)                      

Duty Station: Multiple locations with trips as requested by UNICEF

Type of Contract: Individual Consultancy

Duration of roster-based consultancies:

  • Consultants who are selected from the roster will work on specific deliverables and with timeframes as determined by the office based on project needs and may range from 4 weeks to 11.5 months.
  • The consultant will be issued a contract which is subject to UNICEF General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants/Individual Contractors hired by UNICEF.
  • The length of the contract will depend on project needs and funding availability.
  • The Roster will remain valid for 36 months, during which time selected consultants may be consulted by the country teams directly.                                    

Interested candidate should indicate their preference (s) on the target sectors e.g. Education, Child Protection, Water and Hygienic Sanitation (WASH), Nutrition and Health, Social Protection/Cash Assistance. 

UNICEF Viet Nam aims to establish a pre-screened pool of Emergency Preparedness and Response National consultants for rapid deployment. Consultants are to work in close collaboration with UNICEF Country Office and external partners in direct support of Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC) and concerned member agencies of CCNDPC) in their role of building and ensuring national disaster response capacity.

Rostered consultants are to provide technical assistance in two stages of the disaster management cycle:

  1. In disaster preparedness: in coordination with UN agencies and concerned INGOs and local NGOs, building national capacity at national and subnational level in high risk areas, to undertake better risk analyses, preparedness planning processes and simulation exercises in line with UNICEF’s CCCC, Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (NDPC) legal framework and guidelines.

  2. In disaster response: in coordination with concerned UN agencies, INGOs and local NGOs, provide technical support to conduct rapid assessment, response to large scale disasters, provide technical support to the government (at national and/or subnational levels based on the emergency) to undertake more effective assessments, planning and funding proposals, and implementing strategic and necessary response interventions including, where appropriate, advising on appropriate direct cash transfer mechanisms.


Globally, Viet Nam is the sixth most affected country by climate change. Each year, increasingly intense and unpredictable weather events cause fatalities and extensive damage to infrastructure, such as schools and health centres, and impact on the livelihoods of already disadvantaged communities in urban and rural areas.

Children are especially affected by these natural disasters. Access to food, water, education and healthcare is threatened and the pressure on communities – resulting from loss of income and assets – increases children’s exposure to violence, exploitation and abuse. Women also tend to be disproportionately impacted, further increasing negative effects on children, as they may be less able to provide sufficient nutrition or care.

UNICEF is working to help Viet Nam strengthen the ability of its children, families, communities and government bodies to deal with climate change-related natural disasters, with a specific focus on reducing child vulnerabilities. We support government to reduce risks, plan for natural disasters and ensure vulnerable populations are better prepared to withstand climate change shocks. Building resilience to these shocks within families and communities is paramount in this context.

At the heart of this response is a Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) approach that identifies, assesses and reduces the potential loss of lives, health status, livelihoods, assets and services. With this child-centred response, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, UNICEF is working to keep communities safe through initiatives such as promotion of the Safe Schools model, community-based child protection systems, raising awareness of natural disasters among children using innovative technologies and youth-led initiatives as well as mapping risks in schools and communities. By supporting the government to implement CCDRR, we will ensure communities, families and children are supported and empowered to withstand the growing severity, frequency and cumulative effects of natural hazards.

With ratification of several international agreements putting the heat on Viet Nam to take a robust approach to tackling climate change impacts, UNICEF has developed a vision that recognizes the importance of supporting humanitarian responses to disasters with longer-term and sustainable development work. 

Purpose of the Job:

Under the supervision and guidance of the relevant Programme Section Chiefs, work in close collaboration with UNICEF Country Office and external partners in providing sector-specific technical assistance for planning and management of emergency preparedness and response. Target sectors and auxiliary technical areas include:

Target Sector:

  • Education
  • Child Protection
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Social Protection/Cash assistance

Auxiliary technical areas:

  • Project management
  • Coordination/ Information Management
  • Cash Transfer Programming
  • Communication with Communities (C4D)
  • Accountability to Affected Populations

Term of References for this assignment is available here including detailed tasks, deliverables and timelines:  Download File Consultancy Notice.doc

Qualifications and Experience as per TOR

  • Advanced degree related to ‘target sectors’ (above) or equivalent experience/ education.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in at least one of the ‘target sectors’ with preferred experience in additional technical areas.
  • Demonstrated experience as a consultant in an advisory role is required; or having experience in coordinating or implementation of an emergency response programme is a must. Strong mixed quantitative and qualitative skill set in terms of risk assessment and data analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to facilitate and communicate effectively to technical and nontechnical audiences and contribute to an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and make sound, informed decisions. On the other hand, ability to work effectively in team, under pressure and in crisis situations.
  • Proven ability in building and mentoring capacity of government counterparts, with experience working closely with ‘potential beneficiaries’ (above); experience working with the UN and/or a NGO is an asset.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) is a must. Proven experience of high quality report writing and documentation.
  • Availability for rapid deployment on short notice.

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition in UNICEF Vacancies:

    1. Letter of interest and confirmation of availability;
    2. Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available);
    3. Financial proposal with your consultancy daily rate.
    4. CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form)

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Fri Jun 28 2019 02:00:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time) SE Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Jul 14 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time)  Extended to Monday 29 July 2019 at 23:55 hours Viet Nam Time