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Individual National Consultancy for Coordination of the Survey on Measuring Sustainable Development Goal Indicators on Children and Women 2020, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Hanoi (Vietnam)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Environment
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Managerial positions
    • Statistics
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-09

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To provide technical and managerial coordination to the Survey on Measuring Sustainable Development Goal Indicators on Children and Women 2020

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

Measuring Sustainable Development Goal Indicators on Children and Women (SDGCW) 2020 is a survey to be conducted in 2020 jointly by the General Statistics Office and UNICEF Viet Nam. This survey, which is tailored from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), 6th round, developed by UNICEF, is to meet Viet Nam’s data needs for SDG monitoring and reporting. SDGCW 2020 is designed to be a major source of sustainable development data on the well-being of children and women. Data from SDGCW 2020 can be disaggregated by geographic, social and demographic characteristics, allowing the Government of Viet Nam (GoV) and partners to address the divides and disparities that persist among regions and population groups in the country.

The Survey on Children and Women in Viet Nam has a long history, as Viet Nam was among the first countries to undertake the first round in 1995. Viet Nam has carried out the Survey on Children and Women and contributed to its development during five survey rounds conducted over the past 20 years, with the last survey (MICS 5) dated 2014. These surveys have provided the GoV with timely and nationally representative serial data on households, children and women. They generate reliable statistics on a broad range of indicators, including on child survival and health, nutrition, education, women’s health, access to water and sanitation, access to mass media/ICT, and corporal punishment in the home. The surveys are conducted by the General Office of Statistics (GSO) with technical support and training by UNICEF.

SDGCW 2020 is specifically tailored to enable Viet Nam to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a big data gap for monitoring and reporting SDGs in Viet Nam. Per the UN Statistics Division’s assessment, current statistical capacity of Viet Nam Statistics System (VSS) can only report on 92 indicators or 45% of the total global 203 applicable indicators. Building up VSS capacity will take time and require significant additional resources and external assistance.  The SDGCW 2020 will generate data for 55 indicators of Viet Nam’s Sustainable Development Goals (VSDGs) that are related to children and women, making it an absolutely key source of data for monitoring Viet Nam’s progress towards achieving the SDGs. Globally, the survey provides two-thirds of the SDG indicators that can be collected through household surveys.

The survey will enable Viet Nam to better track and fulfil its commitment to “leave no one behind”, as all indicators can be disaggregated by wealth quintiles, sex, age, ethnicity, migratory status, disability and geographic location, or other characteristics, as recommended by the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators.

Evidence-based knowledge products are generated from SDGCW 2020, including a full survey report, statistical snapshots, info-graphics, brochures, topical factsheets, storybooks as well as a range of secondary data analyses that can provide an in-depth picture of particular population groups (e.g. ethnic minorities, the poorest quintiles, adolescents, girls and boys). SDGCW 2020 contains a wealth of data needed for research into particular sectors such as water and sanitation, education, or health, an essential contribution to measuring policy impact and identifying reform measures.

New modules included in SDGCW 2020 allow Viet Nam to collect data on critical areas of relevance to Viet Nam’s SDG roadmap such as early childhood development, life satisfaction and water quality. On the latter, UNICEF and WHO have developed methods for the direct testing of water quality, enabling SDGCW 2020 to report on the SDG indicator on “safely-managed drinking water” at both the “point of use” and the “point of service delivery”.

In 2020, UNICEF Viet Nam Country Office will support GSO to conduct the SDGCW 2020 Survey. To ensure that the implementation of the SDGCW survey runs smoothly, specific deadlines are met and that GSO receives the technical assistance necessary to produce statistically sound and reliable data, the GSO and UNICEF Viet Nam will jointly hire a full-time consultant to oversee the SDGCW survey process from preparatory work to release of results. The SDGCW 2020 will be implemented using CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) in which the interviewer uses a tablet to record data. CAPI data collection can reduce the time needed to collect and process survey data, facilitate real time monitoring, improve the quality of the data and reduce survey costs. Alongside the primary duty of supporting the SDGCW Survey, the National Consultant will also be required to support other specific monitoring activities.

Purpose

The National Consultant will provide coordination support to UNICEF Viet Nam and GSO for the SDGCW 2020 Survey, including during its preparation, implementation and reporting/finalization of survey key products. The National Consultant will coordinate technical work and provide managerial support related to the Survey to UNICEF Viet Nam and GSO. This includes coordinating works of resource persons hired by both UNICEF and GSO, sampling and data processing experts, during survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, training, fieldwork, data processing, data analysis, dissemination and archiving, ensuring that standard MICS protocols and recommendations are always followed. The National Consultant will communicate timely and effectively between the UNICEF Viet Nam and GSO, responding promptly to SDGCW related needs and issues as they arise.

The consultant will work in close collaboration with the survey team, key stakeholders, and Steering and Technical Committees and will represent UNICEF in meetings and workshops in relation to the survey as needed. The National Consultant will also work in close collaboration with the regional MICS Coordinator and the Global MICS Team in UNICEF HQ.

The National Consultant will also support UNICEF on other studies and surveys as required, including to support UNICEF sections as required for technical advice and quality assurance on survey/ study design, data collection, reporting and dissemination.

Location

This assignment is expected to be conducted mostly in Ha Noi and selected provinces of Viet Nam during field work and workshops. The consultant will be mostly based in the premise of GSO, Department of Social and Environmental Statistics with some days (to be decided) per month based in UNICEF Viet Nam’s Office for working full-time over the period of 11 months.

Duration

The planned duration of this assignment is from 3 February 2020 to 31 December 2020. 

Methodology

The survey has a standard methodological guidance by UNICEF. The consultant will adhere to the written guidance and technical advice from UNICEF HQ/regional specialists and external experts, and contribute his/her insight on how they could be best applied in the local context. Other methods for the assignment may include desk review, consultation and quantitative analysis. 

Term of References for this assignment is available here including detailed tasks and deliverables here:Download File Consultancy Notice_National consultant SDGCW 2020.docx

Management and Reporting 

During the assignment, the selected consultant will report directly to UNICEF Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and GSO Director of the Department on Social and Environmental Statistics (DSES). The deliverables will be reviewed by UNICEF and GSO.

Performance indicators for evaluation

Indicator for completion and satisfaction measurement will be based on the contract’ owners (GSO)’s evaluation and judgement, and not that of the Consultants.  This means that deliverables will be deemed satisfactory only if said so by these agencies who are required to provide timely and written feedback to the Consultant in order to avoid miscommunication.

Qualification and experience required

Education: University advanced degree in Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Epidemiology or any other related technical field is required.

Skills and Experience:

  • Proven minimum of 10-year experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS or Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) requested);
  • Strong computer skills and strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, particularly SPSS);
  • Experience with CAPI data collection;
  • Training experience and ability to organize and facilitate training and presentations;
  • Experience in data analysis and survey report writing.

Other competencies:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications in Vietnamese and English required;
  • Familiarity and previous experience of working with central and local level statistics offices of Viet Nam highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish harmonious and effective relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial and supervisory ability; Ability and willingness to travel extensively in-country for attending workshops.

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. A technical proposal which clearly explains on how to deliver the tasks and deliverables (preferably less than 10 pages);
  3. Samples of similar products;
  4. Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available);
  5. Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee, travel for 3 times from Ha Noi to provinces equivalent to Da Nang City and any other costs for this assignment as per work assignment.
  6. CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form)

Assessment criteria (as attached TOR)

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.

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.

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