International Individual Consultancy on Climate Landscape Analysis for Children

Ha Noi, Viet Nam

UNICEF Viet Nam
cool down the earth
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung
04 November 2019

Job Number: 527531 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Viet Nam
Work Type: 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.

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 https://www.unicef.org/vietnam/

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 Background and justification

Climate change is an imminent threat to children in Viet Nam. Viet Nam ranks at the 9th most vulnerable country to climate change in the world ([1]). A key challenge to realizing child rights and wellbeing in Viet Nam is natural hazards getting more extreme, frequent and unpredictable due to climate change effects.

Children are most vulnerable to climate change impact due to their physical and psychosocial vulnerability, disruption of services essential for their development, their high-dependency on parents and other caregivers, limited voice and representation, and lack of inter-generational equity. Yet, children and young people have a stake in the future of Viet Nam and are present and future agents for change in resilient development. They also have unique capacities to deal with shocks and stresses related to climate change impact. Therefore, the Government of Viet Nam requests support from the development partners to fulfill implementation of the policies and actions with a view to effectively realize child rights. 

Typhoons, droughts, floods affect 58 provinces in 6 regions annualy with greater magnitude ([2]). These extreme weather events adversely impact the lives of millions of children and women, threatening the access to food, clean water, health and education services. Moreover, such climate pressures can lead to potential exposure to violence, exploitation, abuse and migration due to loss of livelihoods and poverty. Many disaster-prone areas are already underdeveloped, with high incidence of severe acute malnutrition, poor hygiene and sanitation conditions as well as poor caring practices. Climate change makes existing inequities even worse and they are perpetuated by repeated, cumulative and intense effects of natural disasters, and could potentially jeopardize Viet Nam’s hard-earned development gains.

Viet Nam is experiencing severe air pollution in the recent years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that air pollution causes 1,000 deaths among children under 14 every year in the country with majority of deaths among children under 5 ([3]). It challenges every child living in both urban and rural area. In 2018-2019, UNICEF Viet Nam participated in the the regional study on the impact of climate change on education and learning for East Asia and the Pacific. The study indicated that climate change poses significant threats to these five essential stakeholders (students, parents and communities, teachers and school staff, schools and the built environment and education authorities) and systems in education. For example, over 325 schools in four provinces of Viet Nam closed for nine days due to Cyclone Damrey. In addition, climate hazards affect livelihoods based on agriculture and livestock. When climate change compromises livelihoods, children who miss school days to support livelihoods tend to perform worse than their peers in end-of-year exams in Viet Nam.

The Government of Viet Nam is embarking on the development of Socio-economic Development Strategy 2021-2030, Socio-Economic Development Plans 2021-2025 (national, sectoral and sub-national), offering opportunities to integrate specific climate change risks on children and recommend specific interventions. However, it has been identified that there is a lack of understanding on how impacts of climate change in Viet Nam relate to children. Knowing the overall landscape on children and climate change in terms of existing data, policy, programming, gaps, actors, etc. will bolster country’s future child-centred climate policies, plans and programmes. Therefore, the 2019 workplan between the Ministry of Planning and Investment and UNICEF Viet Nam plans to undertake a climate landscape analysis for children in order to generate an overview of current issues, initiatives and gaps in children and climate change, aiming to inform future programming of UNICEF Viet Nam.

Purpose and Objectives

Through the MTR of GoV-UNICEF CPD 2017-2021, UNICEF identified the need of comprehensive analysis, which could inform the landscape of children and climate change in Viet Nam. As such, UNICEF Viet Nam, in partnership with Ministry of Planning and Investment, is planning to conduct a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children, examining the baseline situation of climate-related issues affecting children. The analysis adopts the global CLAC methodology and is comprised of an external and internal component that combined, is envisaged to provide a holistic perspective of the issue. The analysis will review stakeholders, government policies and relevant programmes in Viet Nam so that it can support advocacy and identify areas for further research to promote child-centered approaches to climate change in Viet Nam. It will also provide recommendations on how UNICEF Viet Nam could further incorporate and strengthen work on climate, energy and environment-related issues in its current country programme (2017-21) and beyond.


[1] Global Climate Risk Index 2019 Germanwatch

[2] Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Efforts in Viet Nam_ report submitted to UNFCCC, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, https://unfccc.int/files/adaptation/application/pdf/viet_nam_summary_cca.pdf.

[3] WHO report 2018: “AIR POLLUTION AND CHILD HEALTH”, Exposure of children to ambient PM2.5 and burden of disease, by country, World Health Organization (WHO), 2016.

Scope and methodology

The exercise will use desk review as the key method to collect and analyse secondary data, which will be supplemented with a number of individual interviews and consultation workshops with key stakeholders at national level.

Key questions

External: Background Data/Information

  • What are the main Climate, Energy and Environment (CEE) issues affecting Viet Nam?
  • What are the government priorities on CEE?
  • What are the ongoing initiatives on CEE?
  • Who are the main players?

External: Children needs and CEE issues

  • How do the issues identified above affect children?
  • Do government strategies/priorities on CEE take into account children’s needs?
  • Do sector strategies incorporate children related CEE issues?
  • Do ongoing initiatives benefit children?
  • How children are engaged, consulted on CEE issues/solutions?

Internal: What are the gaps?

  • UNICEF country programme and CEE
  • How do the issues identified affect planned UNICEF initiatives?
  • How can UNICEF support inclusion of child needs in government strategies/priorities/commitments on CEE?
  • How can UNICEF address gaps in CEE programming to benefit children?

Please see Annexure 1 for a proposed detailed outline of the report.

Term of References for this assignment is available here including detailed tasks and deliverables here: Download File Vacancy Notice for Climate Landscape Analysis on Children.docx

Management    

The assignment will be undertaken under the supervision of the Chief of Social Policy and Governance Programme (SPG) with the support of the Social Policy and Governance and Climate Change and DRR Specialist and substantive inputs and support from all the members of UNICEF Viet Nam’s working group on climate change. UNICEF Viet Nam’s focal point will ensure that a consolidated workplan for this assignment facilitates the joint work of both international and national consultants with quality assurance from UNICEF and MPI.

Qualification and experience required

This assignment requires the recruitment of a qualified international consultant by UNICEF and a national consultant by the Ministry of Planning and Investment. The international consultant is expected to take the lead role. Following is the summary of requirements for both consultants:

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in geography, environmental science, natural resource management, meteorology, social and economic development, or related areas. Alternatively, a degree in communications or journalism with demonstrated expertise on environment-related issues can also be considered.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent writing and research skills are required
  • Understanding of the Vietnamese context in relation to climate change is an asset.

Competencies

  • Demonstrated expertise in child rights or any of UNICEF’s main areas of work (health, WASH, nutrition, child protection, social policy, education, gender, HIV/AIDS) is considered an asset

Languages

  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English

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/

  1. Letter of interest and confirmation of availability;
  2. Technical proposal which clearly explains the outline on how to deliver the tasks and deliverables (preferably less than 2 pages);
  3. Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available);
  4. Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee, travel and accommodation cost for this assignment as per work assignment.
  5. CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form)

Assessment criteria

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 %

  • Qualifications and Experience (35 points)
  • Knowledge and Skills (20 points)
  • Competencies (35 points)
  • Languages (10 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.]

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

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

Remarks:

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

Opening Date Fri Nov 01 2019 02:00:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time) SE Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Nov 14 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time)

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