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 inViet Nam is available at https://www.unicef.org/vietnam/
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Violence against children (VAC) is wide-spread in Viet Nam with 68.4 percent of children aged 1-14 experiencing some form of violent discipline from their parents or caregivers. 20 per cent of girls and boys aged eight reported being physically punished in school. Around 9.6 per cent of children (equivalent to 1.7 million) aged 5-17 are child labourers, of which 7.2 per cent perform work in hazardous conditions. In addition, the Government reported 2,000 cases of child abuse in 2018, of which 1,500 cases were sexually abused.
Viet Nam has demonstrated its commitment to address the issues of child abuse, violence and exploitation (VAC). The Government has exerted serious efforts to improve the legal and policy framework for child protection. The Child Law (2016) promulgates principles, roles and responsibilities of government and stakeholders for child protection. It also defines three levels of child protection services, including prevention, early intervention and tertiary services. The National Programmes on Child Protection, 2011-2015 and 2016-2020, have demonstrated national political and financial commitment in strengthening the child protection system in Viet Nam. The two programmes aim to strengthen the child protection legal framework, services system, institutional capacity building and data collection and monitoring. In addition, the National Programme on Development of Social Work Profession, 2010-2020, has contributed to the improvement of social welfare services system for vulnerable people and children.
The Child Law and national programmes on child protection have created important opportunities for Viet Nam to develop prevention and response services for children and strengthen child protection system. However, the provision of child protection services still relies largely on untrained staff, para-professional workers and volunteers rather than trained and paid professionals. There is a lack of a network of designated and qualified social workers at the local level. In addition, the recent government’s policy on reduction of public payrolls has created more challenges to the development of social service workforce for child protection.
Against this background, UNICEF is supporting the government to strengthen the social welfare workforce and promote multi-sectoral services of prevention and response to violence against children (VAC). Ministry of Labor-Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA) as a leading agency shall coordinate line-ministries and mass organizations to develop and implement coordinated child protection services to prevent and respond to cases of child abuse and violence.
In this context, UNICEF will support Ministry of Labor-Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Ministry of Education and training (MOET), Ministry of Health (MOH), Viet Nam Women Union (VWU) and Viet Nam Youth Union (VYU) to develop regulatory framework and training programmes to strengthen institutional capacity of child protection services delivery in the sectors.
Purpose and Objectives
The consultancy aims to provide technical assistance to MOLISA, MOET, MOH, VWU and VYU to improve the national regulatory framework and strengthen institutional capacity in providing child protection services to prevent and respond to abuse and violence against children.
Specific objectives are:
- To develop national protocols, standards and guidelines to ensure inter-sectoral child protection services delivery.
- To develop training packages for managers and frontline workers to improve quality child protection services delivery by MOLISA, MOET, MOH, VWU and VYU.
The international consultant works closely with UNICEF, MOLISA, MOET, MOH, VWU and VYU to implement following tasks:
Task 1: To conduct an assessment of the existing roles, responsibilities and training needs of social service workforces within MOLISA, MOET, MOH, VWU and VYU through the review of laws, policies, reports, and existing training curricula, and conducting consultations and meetings with relevant counterparts at national level and in three selected provinces of HCMC, Dong Thap and Dien Bien (12 days: 03 days home-based; 05 days in Ha Noi; and 04 days in two provinces).
Task 2: To develop a training need assessment report by using the data and information collected from the desk review, consultations and meetings (08 days: 05 home-based and 3 days in Ha Noi).
Task 3: To develop child protection professional standards and competencies of child protection managers and frontline workers in the sectors of MOLISA, VWU and VYU (12 days: 06 days home-based; and 06 days in Ha Noi).
Task 4: To develop a multi-module child protection training package and deliver TOR training for managers within MOLISA sector (20 days: 07 days home-based, 03 days in Ha Noi and 10 days in a province).
Task 5: To develop a multi-module child protection training programme and deliver TOT training for MOLISA, VWU and VYU’s frontline workers (15 days: 05 days home-based, 05 days in Ha Noi and 05 days in a province).
Task 6: To develop national protocol, guideline, policy to describe concrete inter-sectoral procedure, including recording tools, and define clear roles and responsibilities of MOLISA and concerned sectors in responding to cases of child abuse and violence at all levels (15 days: 10 days home-based; and 05 days in Ha Noi).
Task 7: To develop hospital-based protocol and guideline to describe concrete procedure, including recording tools, and define clearly roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in responding to child abuse and violence in hospitals (10 days: 07 days home-based; and 03 days in Ha Noi).
Task 8: To develop a multi-module child protection training programme and deliver TOT training for MOH’s workers (15 days: 09 days home-based, 3 days in Ha Noi and 03 days in a province).
Task 9: To develop school-based protocol and guideline to describe concrete procedure, including recording tools, and define clearly roles and responsibilities of the Education sector and concerned stakeholders in responding to child abuse and violence in schools (10 days: 07 days home-based; and 03 days in Ha Noi).
Task 10: To develop a multi-module child protection training programme and deliver TOT training for MOET’s staff (10 days: 04 days home-based, 03 days in Ha Noi, and 03 days in a province).
Qualifications and Experience
- Advanced Degree in related fields including social work, child rights, public administration;
- At least 10 years professional experience in the area of social work, child protection, governance or human resources;
Knowledge and Skills
- Excellent knowledge on and understanding of the area of child social welfare and protection workforces and services;
- Knowledge of child social welfare and protection workforce and services in Viet Nam is desirable;
- Very good research skills in the areas of social work, social sciences and human services;
- Excellent knowledge of international standards and practice on child protection;
- Knowledge of Vietnamese context is preferred.
- Good working experience and familiarity with UNICEF’s vision, mission and programming on child protection;
- Experience in working with Governments;
- Previous experience working in Viet Nam is preferred;
- Good written and communication skills;
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
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 5 pages);
- Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments;
- Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee, travel costs for the international trips and to the field, accommodation/any miscellaneous costs for the assignment.
- CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form).
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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.
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How to apply:
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