International Consultancy to Provide Technical Assistance for a Review of the Pilot Implementation of the Holistic Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Parenting Programme, Viet Nam

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from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 15 Oct 2019

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 inVietnam is available at https://www.unicef.org/vietnam/

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Background

Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) is one of the core programmes of UNICEF’s Country Programme 2017 – 2021. The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and UNICEF IECD programme seek to maximize the impact of child-centred early childhood supports within the context of their families and community, to contribute positively to children’s wellbeing.

Within the IECD programme, the holistic parenting component is critically important cutting across sectoral services which demonstrates an integrated approach to early childhood development. The objectives of this component are to empower parents in supporting children’s growth and development, and to strengthen or modify caregivers’ attitudes, beliefs and practices in relation to caring for and rearing a child, especially with the non-violent discipline. This helps to ensure nurturing care for child development in different aspects including psychosocial, cognitive, communication, language and physical growth.

In this context, over the last two years, UNICEF Viet Nam has been supporting MOLISA, three poorest provinces in Viet Nam (Kontum, Gia Lai and Dien Bien) and two factories in Ho Chi Minh city to implement the IECD holistic parenting programme. (as it was called by UNICEF counterparts, thus from this point we also call it as the IECD holistic parenting programme). The Nobody’s Perfect Parenting (NPP) Programme of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) was selected as one of the most relevant parenting programme for adaptation and implementation in UNICEF Viet Nam IECD programme. A rigorous adaptation of the NPP booklets was completed resulting in three booklets for parents/caregivers (BODY – health and nutrition; BEHAVIOUR – violence prevention, discipline and safety; MIND – responsive caregiving and early learning) and one facilitator guide were developed. It is expected that the pilot phase will end in 2021 to provide evidence for national scaling up, if proven successful. At the same time, with the approval of the National Programme on IECD in October 2018, provinces are now starting their implementation of IECD programme, including parenting programme component. Thus, there is urgent need to assess the initial results of the pilot in order to see if any adjustments are needed; and to inform the on-going scaling up by the Government.

Purpose

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance to UNICEF and MOLISA to assess the performance and results to date of the holistic IECD parenting programme, in order to consolidate achievements, identify areas that need adjustment, and develop lessons and recommendations for further replication of the programme.

Location

The consultants will carry out some of the work such as for literature review and report writing on home base, while field work will be conducted in Viet Nam (Ha Noi and selected project provinces).

The International Consultant will sign the individual contract. He/she will be responsible for hiring 02 national consultants and be in charge of quality of deliverables. The international consultant is also responsible for proper arranging translation between English and Vietnamese of all deliverables. It is expected that the lead consultant will maintain frequent contact with UNICEF via email, Skype, phone and meetings. All submissions will be made electronically.

Term of References for this assignment is available hereincluding Methodology, Tasks and Expected deliverables and timeline Vacancy Notice_Review Parenting Prog_30 Sep_FINAL.docx

Qualifications and Experience

  • An internationally recognized and reputable international consultant specializing in early childhood development.
  • Advanced knowledge of Viet Nam and the region and prior related regional experience, especially on early childhood development.
  • The lead international consultant should have:

  • Advanced university degree in the social sciences, child welfare or disciplines directly relevant to early childhood development.
  • At least 10 years of professional work experience, with a specialisation in early childhood development or child welfare, with relevant international experience highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge and understanding of holistic early childhood development, and new trends in the area of early childhood years.
  • Proven excellent research skills and experience, especially on early childhood development or similar areas, including development and application of analytical frameworks and tools and production of analytical papers.
  • Experience in working with UN/UNICEF, especially in Viet Nam or in Asia region and on early childhood development will be an asset.
  • Proven knowledge of human-rights based approach to programming, children’s rights and the relevant international children’s norms and standards in respect of early childhood development.
  • Strong team management and knowledge on app-based platform (experience in working as a lead consultant in complex work assignments, including in collaborating with app-based programme developers).
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken).
  • The National Consultants should have:

  • 02 local researchers should have relevant university degree in social sciences or other relevant fields; At least five years full-time professional experience in research; Strong knowledge ECD in Viet Nam; Excellent oral, written, and communication skills, and strong English language skills
  • 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) A technical proposal which clearly explains the outline and key contents for the assignment.

    2) A financial proposal (with lump sumtotal amount)that includes all detailed costs for the international/national consultants for the consultancy period (including international/to-the-field travel, adminand translation costs);

    3) Resume/P11 form (UN Personal History Form)

    4) Three references

    5) Letter of interest and confirmation of availability;

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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.

    Remarks:

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

    How to apply:

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