Individual International Consultancy for Social Inclusion of Children with Disabilities: An in-depth Analysis of the Viet Nam National Survey on People with Disabilities, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
To generate new evidence on the situation of children with disabilities, focusing on gaps for children with disabilities in access to basic services and participation through an in-depth analysis of the Viet Nam’s National Survey on People with Disabilities dataset.
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 https://www.unicef.org/vietnam/
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As in other countries in South East Asia, children with disabilities constitute one of the most marginalized groups of children in Viet Nam. With Viet Nam’s ratification of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2014, children with disabilities in the country have received stronger attention and continue to be a target group of many social and economic policies of Viet Nam that aim to fulfil their rights, tackle discrimination and eliminate disparities. However, limited data and evidence on the life of children with disabilities (and people with disabilities in general) has made it difficult to monitor the effectiveness of existing policies and programmes, and to understand the need for reforms.
Before 2018, the available nationally representative data on persons, including children, with disabilities collected in Viet Nam was attributed to two national surveys conducted by the National Statistics Office (called General Statistics Office - GSO). The first was the 2006 Household Living Standards Survey (VHLSS) that used the Washington Group (WG) Short-Set of six questions (on hearing, seeing, walking or climbing stairs, remembering or concentrating, self-care and communicating). The second was the 2009 Population and Housing Census that used four questions (hearing, seeing, walking, and remembering or concentrating) of the WG short set. Subsequent national surveys on household living standards and inter-census did not include questions on functioning. Policy makers and programmers across sectors have faced difficulties in utilizing accurate data on disability at the national and provincial levels other than sectoral administrative data, in which the definition of disability is not necessarily the same. Available data on disability cannot be used for reporting on basic indicators, such as the prevalence of disability or demographic information of people with disabilities and their well-being, simply because such data are not up to date. It is also important to note that previous national surveys did not include questions specifically designed to explore child functioning, thus the available data cannot represent the situation of children with disabilities. To fill this considerable data gap, the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Viet Nam conducted the first ever national household survey on people with disabilities, the Viet Nam Disability Survey (VDS) from December 2016 to May 2017. The VDS is one of the first national disability surveys in Viet Nam and in the world to fully incorporate both the Washington Group (WG) Extended Set of disability questions for adults and the UNICEF/Washington Group Child Functioning Module for the identification of persons with disabilities via a survey. Globally, much past data collection have been limited in quality by the use of poorly designed questions on disability. The tools used in the VDS were developed and tested with support from UNICEF, ESCAP, and DFAT, among others, and are recommended by a number of international and bilateral agencies. The components of the VDS are: (1) Household questionnaire, consisting of questions on basic demographics and household characteristics, disability status, education, health care, labor and employment, ICT access and participation in social activities, social protection, and attitudes towards people with disabilities; (2) Commune/ward questionnaire; (3) School questionnaire; and (4) Health center questionnaire. The sample of 35,422 households was drawn from 1,074 communes from all 63 provinces to be representative not only at the national level, but at the regional level, as well. Estimates can thus be made separately for the Red River Delta, North Midland and Mountain, North Central and Central Coast, Central Highlands, South East, and Mekong River Delta regions. Commune, school, and health center questionnaires were administered in every commune in the sample.
Key findings of the VDS, which was launched in December 2018, contain data on national disability prevalence and demography, disability prevalence for children by type, access to health insurance, access to education, employment, access to social assistance, poverty situation, and living conditions, and public attitude over people with disabilities. However, the statistics presented in the VDS key findings are descriptive. Relations between variables among children population such as disability and education, disability and health care, and disability and living conditions, etc. were not presented in the VDS main findings because their correlation among children was not analysed during the stage of key findings production. The VDS dataset is rich in content and comprehensive enough to be mined for generating new evidence on situation of children with disabilities. As planned in the project between UNICEF Viet Nam and the Ministry of Planning and Investment titled “Implementation of children’s rights through integrating children’s rights into Socio-economic Development Plans and effective utilization of UNICEF’s support in the country program 2017-2021”, UNICEF Viet Nam and GSO commission a secondary data analysis of VDS focusing on the situation of children with disabilities. The evidence generated from this study is expected to inform development and reform of laws (specifically the Law on Education, Law on Persons with Disabilities), policies and programmes as well as monitor country’s progress toward national goals, sustainable development goals (SDG) and international commitments toward the rights of children, especially those with disabilities.
Given the highly technical nature of work, this assignment requires the services of a senior consultant with extensive experience in working with large datasets, strong analytical and writing skills as well as expertise in disability, to draft the survey report summarizing key findings. In addition, considering that the survey tools on functioning and disability, especially the newly launched UNICEF/WG Module on Child Functioning, are used in Viet Nam for the first time, this assignment needs to be undertaken by an international consultant who is familiar with the WG tools, and with relevant experience in analyzing data on disability.
The assignment is to generate new evidence on the situation of children with disabilities, focusing on gaps in access to basic services and participation between children with disabilities and those without disabilities through an in-depth analysis of the Viet Nam’s National Survey on People with Disabilities dataset. The study findings will be used to (a) strengthen evidence-based advocacy for the rights of children with disabilities; (b) inform disability law reform, policy and programming; and (c) assist Viet Nam in monitoring the implementation of relevant SDG-related outcomes, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Term of References for this assignment is available here including detailed tasks and deliverables. Vacancy Notice_in-depth analysis_children with disabilities.pdf
Management and Reporting
This consultancy is under the supervision of UNICEF Viet Nam. Technical oversight guidance will also be provided by GSO of Viet Nam. During the assignment, the selected consultant reports directly to the Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of UNICEF. Within UNICEF Viet Nam, the deliverables will be reviewed by UNICEF’s Children With Disabilities Working Group. The deliverables will also be reviewed and endorsed by the GSO.
Performance indicators for evaluation
Indicator for completion and satisfaction measurement will be based on UNICEF Viet Nam’s and the GSO’s evaluation and judgement, and not that of the Consultant. This means that deliverables will be deemed satisfactory only if said so by UNICEF Viet Nam’s and GSO who are required to provide timely and written feedback to the Consultant in order to avoid miscommunication.
Qualification/Specialized Knowledge and Experience:
Qualifications and Experience
- Doctor’s degree or equivalent in Statistics, Demography, Social Sciences, Public Health or any other related technical field with special expertise in data management/processing, statistical analysis, and quantitative methods is required.
- At least 10 years’ experience in research, especially in quantitative research;
Must be familiar with the data analysis approach of disability related Surveys and/or Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) or Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS);
Knowledge and Skills:
- Extensive knowledge of SPSS/STATA software;
- Must have in-depth knowledge of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework, Washington Group questionnaires, and UNICEF/Washington Group Module on Child Functioning;
- Good knowledge of socio-economic context of Viet Nam is an asset;
Excellent writing skills;
Languages: Fluency in English for listening, reading, speaking and professional writing is required.
The ratio between the technical and the financial proposal for this task is 70:30 respectively. Only those proposals that score 50 points on the technical proposal will be shortlisted. The proposal with the highest cumulative scoring will be awarded the contract.
Applications will be evaluated technically and points are attributed based on how well the consultant meets the requirements of the Terms of Reference using the guidelines detailed in the table below:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract may be made to the firm whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Technical Evaluation: 70 points
Doctor’s degree or equivalent in Statistics, Demography, Social Sciences, Public Health or any other related technical field with special expertise in data management/processing, statistical analysis, and quantitative methods is required; 10 points.
At least 10 years’ experience in research, especially quantitative research; 10 points.
Must be familiar with the data analysis approach of disability related Surveys and/or Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) or Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS);10 points.
Extensive knowledge of SPSS/STATA software; 10 points.
Must have in-depth knowledge of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework, Washington Group questionnaires, and UNICEF/Washington Group Module on Child Functioning; 15 points.
Good knowledge of socio-economic context of Viet Nam is an asset; 5 points.
Fluency in English for listening, reading, speaking and professional writing; 10 points.
Financial evaluation: 30 points.
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/
- Technical proposal which clearly explains the outline on how to deliver the tasks and deliverables (preferably less than 10 pages);
- Samples of writing, preferably on similar topics;
- Financial proposal (consultancy rate and travel costs).
- Three references of similar consultancy assignments (if available).
- Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee, travel and miscellaneous cost for this assignment as per work assignment.
- CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form)
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