National Consultant

to support the development of a national scheme on Child poverty measurement for 2021-2030, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Child poverty
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11 July 2019

Job Number: 523802 | 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 Vietnam is available at

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Viet Nam has achieved remarkable achievements in poverty reduction and continued to improve the poverty measurement  in order to capture better poverty and vulnerabilities of its people, particular among children and improve the quality of their life. Viet Nam is one of the world champion in development of the multidimensional approach o child poverty. In 2006, MOLISA with technical support from UNICEF developed the multidimensional approach to children poverty (MDCP), in which a child is defined as poor if he/she is deprived at least two of eight basic needs, including nutrition, health care, education, housing, water and sanitation, protection and social protection. Since then MDCP has been integrated in the Viet Nam’s Living Standards Survey (VHLLSS) to generate data for child poverty monitoring and analysis. Notably, results of the MDCP calculation and analysis has been referred extensively in many government reports and documents, the MDCP has not yet fully institutionalized as a national MDCP standard.

In 2015, the Government of Vietnam (GoV) issued the multi-dimensional poverty standards for the period of 2016-2020, marking a further step in transition of poverty measuring from the conventional income/monetary approach to the multi-dimensional approach. The current multidimensional approach to poverty (MDP) combines both income and non-monetary dimensions (housing, clean water and sanitation, education, health, information). It has been used for designing the National Target Program for Sustainable Poverty Reduction (NTP-SPR) for the period of 2016-2020, and identifying poor households for targeting purposes of  many national poverty reduction and social protection programs/ policies.  

Between 2016 and 2018, MOLISA with technical support from UNICEF also conducted a study to review and revise the 2006  UNICEF MDCP methodology to reflect better child poverty and vulnerability in the new social economic development context, and in particular make it more harmonized with the national MDP methodology. At the same time, MOLISA with UNICEF’s support also conducted a rapid qualitative assessment on multiple deprivations of children as a part of the Mid Term Review  process on NTP-SPR in selected provinces in order to identify gaps, limitations and challenges of existing targeted policies and programs to effectively address MDCP. GoV’s MTR report indicated Prime Minister’s instruction on the need to develop and standardize a national MDCP measurement methodology and institutionalize a national MDCP standard for VSDG child poverty monitoring as well as social planning with the aim of " leaving no child leave behind".

In this context, MOLISA’s National Office of Poverty Reduction (NPRO) requested UNICEF’s technical support in drafting national scheme on MDCP measurement for 2021-2030 to be submitted for GoV’s review by the end of 2019 and approved by June 2020, in line with the timeframe of the development of SEDP 2021-2025.  This process will involve  synthesizing legal and technical information related to MDCP, consolidating official comments from line Ministries and related agencies, and one  national consultation to validate the measurement.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the assignment is to help with development of a draft national scheme on Child poverty measurement for 2021-2030 that proposes standards for MDCP measurement (domains, indicators, cutoffs) and methods for MDCP calculations as well as mechanisms for integration of MDCP into the national poverty monitoring system. In the context of development of a new 5 year social economic development plan for the period of 2021-2025 and a 10 year social economic development strategy, a national MDCP scheme will contribute to setting targets on child poverty reduction overall times and to VSGD child poverty monitoring and reporting.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Master Degree in public (social) policy, development studies, economics, statistics and other relevant fields.
  • Over 10 years of experience in undertaking cutting-edge policy-level research on poverty, particular multidimensional approach to poverty with focus on children, and providing advisory support in policy dialogues with decision-makers in the Government.
  • Profound knowledge of UNICEF’s organizational positioning on multidimensional child poverty, and experience in applying the concepts in policy dialogues.
  • Capacity to use VHLSS datasets for statistical analysis on poverty and child poverty preferable
  • Knowledge of Viet Nam’s socio-economic development context, poverty reduction, SDGs  framework would be an asset.
  • Excellent team work skills,  good listening skills as well as written and communication skills.

Term of References for this assignment is available here including detailed tasks and deliverables here: Download File TOR on MDCP measurement scheme.pdf

Assessment criteria

[A two-stage procedure shall be utilized in evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared].

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 %

  • Master Degree inpublic (social) policy, development studies, economics, statistics and other relevant fields (20 points)
  • Knowledge of cutting-edge policy-level research on poverty, poverty measurement and analysis, particular multidimensional approach to poverty with focus on children (30 points)
  • Experience on  advisory support in policy dialogues with decision-makers for policy changes/enforcement and coordination for poverty reduction programs(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:

  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 3 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)

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.

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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.


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

Opening Date Wed Jul 10 2019 15:00:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time) SE Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Jul 21 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time)