International Individual Consultancy on Development of Concept, Guidelines and Tools on Safe and Clean Community Model with Child-Centered Approach, Ha Noi, Viet Nam 187 views

Job no: 528060

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Viet Nam

Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: Vietnam

Department/Office: Hanoi, Vietnam

Categories: Planning, Emergency Programme, 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

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Globally, Viet Nam is ranked as one of the ten most affected countries by climate change. The Government of Viet Nam forecasts that by 2050, temperature will rise by 1-2 degrees Celsius, potentially causing higher incidences of droughts with greater intensity and increased rainfall that will result in a one-meter sea level rise along the coastal regions. This will likely have bigger impacts on lowland regions with no adaptation measures, with nearly half of the Mekong Delta region – a critical geographic area for food security and economy – particularly at risk.

Among the most extreme natural disasters in the recent years, the 2015-2016 El Nino weather phenomenon caused the most severe drought in more than 60 years to hit several regions of Viet Nam, particularly the Mekong Delta, South Central and Central Highlands that adversely affected an estimated 520,000 children and one million women by malnutrition and acute water shortages. In 2017, there were 16 storms/typhoons and 4 tropical depressions which hit Viet Nam a record high in a decade. In November 2017, Typhoon Damrey, one of the very strong storms to hit Viet Nam in many years, swept through largely poor, rural areas of Viet Nam with deadly force. As a result, 123 people were killed and over 300 people injured. More than

  • 33 million people, including 1 million children, were affected by Typhoon Damrey and the subsequent flooding. In 2018, although there were no major storms to hit Viet Nam, the damages and losses caused by extreme weather events incurred economic loss of estimated USD 860 million.

Recognizing that people are at the center of climate change action, the Government (GoV) has taken major steps in the recent years involving the Prime Minister to promote the concept of creating communities safe from the impact of climate-change related natural disasters. The GoV strategy is to strengthen the capacity of communities and support their proactive efforts to analyze, plan, prepare and take action on unique risks affecting the locality. In the past, the GoV introduced and implemented programme 1002 on Raising Community Awareness on Community Based Disaster Management (CBDRM).

However, the implementation and of the result of the CBDRM programme was very modest due to the lack of fund and very weak institutional arrangements for execution. It failed to maximize people’s participation and unable to make strong linkages with clear accountabilities to the various institutions that directly support the most vulnerable people – for example, health centres, schools, child protection committees etc. CBDRM had no link or was loosely linked to such institutions at community level and therefore failed to leverage people’s participation. In addition, VDMA was not established during the peak of the implementation and therefore there was no agency with a mandate strong enough to link all concerned community-based organizations unfired for action. With the newly established Community Disaster Prevention Force, Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) has now adequate capacity at grassroots level to move this critical agenda forward and can actually build safe and resilient community.

In aspiring to realize its vision – a safe society for all, Ministry of Education and Training with extensive support from UNICEF and Plan International in early 2019 launched a comprehensive school safety framework with the aim to reduce the risks of hazards to the education sector. The framework has three pillars: (1) Safe Learning Facilities; (2) School Disaster Risk Management; (3) Risk Reduction and Climate Change Education. Throughout 2018 and 2019the GoV embarked on a process to revisit and reconceptualize the community-based models, through amendment of the Law on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (NDPC), undertaking a capacity gap on disaster risk management system, data analysis of vulnerabilities including those affecting children, new MoU between Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and learning from the international practices and lessons learnt. Within the framework of PIP, Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) has requested UNICEF’s support to develop concept, guidelines and tools for safe and clean community models with a child-centered approach.

At the moment, VDMA anticipates that the links between schools and communities would be key, given the central role of schools through the MOET’s Safe School Initiative, school-based risk assessments and planning, often serving as the evacuation centres in times of natural disasters, and the well-established partnership between MOET and MARD. VDMA foresees that the model will also entail linkages with the newly established Community Disaster Prevention Force (by GoV, with a mandate to strengthen community-level coordination on disaster risk reduction (DRR), preparedness, response and recovery), health centres, social care and other community-based mechanisms. It is also anticipated that the model can also address maintaining a clean and safe environment including protecting the water source, maintaining the sanitation facilities, awareness raising, and clearing the communities from waste/debris before and after disasters. Such model could contribute to strengthening referral of vulnerable people and children across service points and stakeholders during the regular phase.

The exercise involves mainstreaming the safe school framework into this development process and implementation at later stage, reviewing the lessons learned from the implementation of the Government programme 1002 on Raising Community Awareness on Community Based Disaster Management, local and international good practices including the concept of disaster risk reduction in Japan that places people and communities at the centre as well as the school-centered safe community model from Japan (Bokomi) which were identified during VDMA’s study visit to Japan in 2018. Concept of community-based models from other countries will also be reviewed to assess the relevance to Viet Nam’s context.

Purpose and Objectives

The main purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical support to VDMA to develop concept, guidelines and tools on safe and clean community models with a child-centered approach. Schools and other institutions will be at the centre of this model that seeks to contribute towards disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, preparedness, response, and building resilience.

The international consultant will be responsible for the following objectives:

  • Provide guidance, methodologies and tools to the national consultant to review the Government programme 1002 on Raising Community Awareness on Community Based Disaster Management, other local and international experience on safe and clean community-based models with a child-centred approach. Ensure consultation with MOET conducted and the safe school initiative it is a key component of the whole process cycle.
  • Develop outline and concept on safe and clean community model including MOET’s safe school framework, community plan and accountabilities of stakeholders, in line with the PM’s resolution No. 76/NQ-CP dated 18 June 2018 taking into account the priority of Sendai Framework on DRR and related SDGs, local socio-economic development plans (SEDPs) and sectoral plans.
  • In collaboration with the national consultant, provide technical advice inputs and draft key parts of concept, guidelines and tools drawing on local practices on safe community in both urban and rural context and to review of how the safe school framework has implemented in Ninh Thuan and elsewhere in 2019; and international good practices and standards such as Bokomi and other models.
  • Together with the national consultant, finalize different tools and guidelines to develop the safe and clean community model with a child-centred approach. It is expected that the ‘clean’ element of the model is to ensure a safe environment to reduce children and community exposal to risks that could be exacerbated during preparedness, response and recovery. Particularly, these will mobilise efforts of communities to maintain a clean environment including water source protection, awareness raising, hygienic practices, and waste/debris management as part of community plan.

Term of References for this assignment is available here including detailed tasks and deliverables here: Consultancy Notice Safe Clean Community Model.docx

Performance indicators for evaluation:

  • Quality of deliverables meet the standards set by UNICEF and specifications outlined in the contract.
  • Deliverables are submitted in a timely manner as indicated in the contract.
  • Technical assistance delivered in a contextualized and tactful manner, drawing on the input the partners.
  • Performance evaluation will be completed at the end of the assignment.

Qualification/Specialized Knowledge and Experience:


At least Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Climate Change and DRR or any other related technical field with special expertise in SDGs related to Climate Action.

Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in public (social) policy, climate change, disaster risk reduction and other relevant fields.
  • Over 10 years of experience in engaging with community in different contexts and countries, extensive knowledge on international best practices, providing direct and advisory support in disaster risk reduction to communities, Governments, development partners and UN agencies.
  • Knowledge of Viet Nam’s socio-economic context, including the national disaster risk-management mechanism would be a valuable asset. Knowledge of child-centered approaches to CCA/DRR and the role of the sectors such as education, health and social / child care, as well as UNICEF’s position in the relevant areas are essential.
  • Good listening and communication skills with English as mother tongue.
  • Excellent team work skills.

Submission of applications

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

  • Letter of interest and confirmation of availability;
  • Technical proposal which clearly explains the outline on how to deliver the tasks and deliverables;
  • Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available);
  • (Separate) Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee, and any other cost for this assignment as per work assignment.
  • CV/P11 form ( UN Personal History Form)

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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.

Advertised: Nov 21 2019 SE Asia Standard Time

Application close: Dec 04 2019 SE Asia Standard Time

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    International Individual Consultancy on Development of Concept, Guidelines and Tools on Safe and Clean Community Model with Child-Centered Approach, Ha Noi, Viet Nam in Viet Nam

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