Consultants for a research project on "The inclusion of viable climate change resilience interventions in World Vision Vietnam's existing technical programs and area programs"

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Deadline: August 11, 2023

Please send your application package to by 17h00, 11 August 2023 Vietnam time.

Email subject: WVV - Consultants for Climate change Research 


World Vision International – Vietnam (WVV) is a relief, development, and advocacy organisation working to improve the quality of life of people, especially children, who are marginalised and living in poverty. WVV operates in four zones: North 1 (Hoa Binh and Dien Bien); North 2 (Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang, and Hai Phong); Central (Thanh Hoa, Quang Tri, and Da Nang); and South (Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Thuan, Ho Chi Minh, and Dak Nong). WVV’s Area Programmes (APs) usually focus on one administrative district in a province populated by ethnic minorities with high rates of poverty. A unique aspect of WVV’s approach is that some of World Vision staff are based at district level where the Program is located. This enables them to work closely with government partners and communities on a daily basis. Besides long term programs, World Vision also implements different special and grant projects to meet the specific needs of vulnerable children in both  Area Programs and non Area Program locations. 
Our programs emphasise sustainability, community participation, and community ownership to address poverty and other long-standing issues that compromise the well-being of children. An Area Program normally lasts from 10 to 12 years and includes a holistic approach to improve child protection, child nutrition and health, household livelihoods, and community resilience to natural disasters. This contributes to real, lasting change. Woven all programme activities are elements of gender and disability to ensure that all groups in communities are present and benefit equally. Besides, child participation and living are integrated programme design to empower children to share their ideas and become partners in community development.     
Today’s climate change and environmental crises threaten the survival of humanity. This is an especially urgent concern in Vietnam. The country’s economic growth in recent decades has been accompanied by significant rural to urban migration, which has led to increased social and environmental challenges. Over the past decade, 700 square kilometers of land has been converted urban areas and inhabited by 7.5 million new city residents. Vietnam’s GHG inventory (2010) reveals a 602% increase since 1990, with emissions per unit of GDP surpassing all other developing countries in Asia-Pacific. This trend is expected to continue. Meanwhile, natural disasters have increasingly affected Vietnam over the last decade. From 2018-2022, close to three million people were displaced due to floods, landslides, and storms, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
All dimensions of our lives are affected, from our physical and mental health to our food, water, and economic security. While these crises are impacting everyone, those who have contributed least to the problem are hit hardest – and it is only getting worse. Our ability to protect the lives and rights of present and future generations depends on whether we make the right choices now - to cut greenhouse gas emissions, halt biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, adapt to rising risks, and address loss and damage associated with the impacts of these crises. Radical transformation is urgently needed to prevent further death and suffering. 
Therefore, World Vision is looking for a qualified and experienced consultant group from a firm/university based in Vietnam to carry out a "Study on the inclusion of viable climate change resilience interventions in World Vision's existing Technical Programs and Area Programs" 
The study seeks to contribute to and inform strategic thinking and planning concerning Technical Program considerations. Additionally, by carrying out surveys to identify the needs and priorities of target beneficiaries, World Vision will better understand cross-sectoral needs across Water, Sanitation and Hygien, health and nutrition, child protection, food security, shelter, livelihoods, education, and humanitarian assistance through a climate change resilience lens. This will inform wider plans under each sector to adjust the approach of programme implementation and support the incorporation of inclusive climate change resilience interventions national systems as well as inform those that can be addressed in the short or medium term.

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Purpose of Position

The primary objective of this study is to develop a national framework to guide the integration of climate change resilience interventions World Vision's existing Technical Programs in the areas of child protection and participation, health and nutrition, and livelihoods and Area Programs so that World Vision can achieve the sustained well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable. Specific objectives include, but are not limited to:
•    Assessing the vulnerabilities, including gender-based ones, in World Vision Area Programs and other potential locations to climate change and environmental sustainability (environmental stewardship).

    Specific study questions: What are the common types of climate change/enviromental issues in Area Program and the zones they belong to? What is their impact on children,  local livelihoods and communities? Who are the most vulnerable group impacted by the issues?

•    Reviewing good practices in climate change adaptation and mitigation relevant to WVV's programming.
  Specific study question: What are the current practices/interventions in specific locations to cope with climate change? What examples of good practice can be shared and replicated?
•    Identifying viable interventions to increase climate change resilience which can be integrated WVV's programmes and projects.
    Specific study questions: What are the current interventions related to climate change/environmental sustainability in each location? Why? How do these impact the well being of children? What priorities (related to climate change/envirionemtal sustainability) should be adapted in each location?

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Key Responsibilities

The research team will be expected to carry out the following tasks:
1.    Develop a detailed research plan that includes an information matrix with research questions, research methodology, stakeholder analysis, data collection, and analysis plan.
2.    Prepare an inception report that contains a detailed research plan including an annotated bibliography included in the desk/literature review, a list of relevant documents to be reviewed, site selections (including the rationale of site selection), and research methods.
3.    Carry out a literature review, identify gaps and the differentiated impacts of climate change on different social groups, and propose an analytical framework for the study. Develop/test (with World Vision  staff) research tools, questionnaires, and quality assurance for site visits. 
4.    Conduct primary data collection in selected sites with support from World Vision staff to understand communities’ livelihood experiences, perceptions, and responses to climate change and environmental risks. Examine communities’ responses to climate and natural hazards and identify barriers and opportunities for effective and inclusive interventions for climate change resilience (disaster risk reduction) and natural conservations. Please use the following data collection requirements:
Data will be collected across four districts that will be selected as per the selection criteria.
-    Carry out the household survey in Area Programs across the four districts: Minimum of 25-30 household observation and interviews in each site. 
-    Carry out Focus Group Discussions (at least 1 Area Program in each zone ): At least four Focus Group Discussions in each site (at least 16 FGDs in total), with separate Focus Group Discussions for other social groups (e.g., ethnic minorities, women’s groups, teenagers, etc.).
-    Identify four people from Focus Group Discussions in each site for Key Informant Interviews (at least 16 interviews in total).
-    Site visit for potential interventions.
5.    Prepare a final report that that incorporates complete research findings and recommendations in  English.
6.    Together with World Vision’s specialists, prepare a manuscript of key findings from the research that is worth publishing on World Vision ’s platforms or external platforms, including submitting to peer-reviewed journals.

Please find more detail in Term of Reference attached.

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