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Individual Consultant on Rapid Situation Analysis on Adolescents in Viet Nam

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Job Number: 522266 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Viet Nam
Work Type : Consultancy

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

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In Viet Nam, there are 13,448, 973 people aged from 10-19 years old, accounting for 14.4% of the general population. In accordance with the population and housing census 2017, boys accounted for 51% compared to 49% of girls[1]. Adolescents in Viet Nam faces various issues that affect their wellbeing, learning and education, protection and participation, thus limiting their opportunities in the transition to their adulthood. There are important disparities between adolescent girls and boys that prevent them from enjoying equal opportunities and in terms of empowerment, there are self-efficacy gaps in favour of boys, especially for the age group of 12-15 years[2].

Realizing the rights of adolescents and investing in them key to full participation of adolescents and young people for Viet Nam’s socio-economic development accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), competitive labour force, sustained economic growth and improved governance and vibrant civil society[3]. There is now strong evidence suggesting that adolescence provides a second window of opportunity to influence developmental trajectories, including growth and cognitive development[4]. Evidence shows the support to adolescent girls and boys through policies, services and care could break chronic cycles of poverty, discrimination and violence[5].

UNICEF Viet Nam has been working with and for adolescents in the areas of education, protection, maternal and child health, nutrition and water and sanitation. It has also been supporting the adolescents to be active agents of change and influence policies and practices affecting their health and development. At mid-point of the GoV-UNICEF Country Programme 2017-2021, the need to undertake a situation analysis on adolescents has been identified to take stock of key results, identify advocacy priorities and make programmatic adjustments, as necessary.


This exercise aims to improve UNICEF Viet Nam’s understanding of adolescents’ situation in Viet Nam, focusing on their rights issues, challenges and gaps in order to inform key programme directions in accordance with UNICEF’s mandate and missions as well as identify advocacy priorities for better realisation of adolescents’ rights.


Home-based and in Ha Noi


To improve UNICEF’s understanding about adolescents’ situation, this assignment is designed to consolidate and analyse the most up-to-date data and evidence on the implementation of adolescents’ rights within the following scope and focus. The analysis report is expected to be validated through selected expert/peer reviewers internal to UNICEF. The final product is a maximum 40-page document in both English and Vietnamese (see the suggested outline for the final report in the annex 1).  

Scope and focus

The exercise will adopt a human rights-based, equity-focused and gender-sensitive analytical framework to look into relevant rights domains provided in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Specifically, the exercise will utilise the following pillars of the CRC to guide the analysis:

  • Right to health and survival: sexual and reproductive health (adolescent pregnancy, HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections, sexuality education, sexuality and reproductive health services), non-communicable diseases and mental health (fatal and non-fatal injuries, substance use, nutrition, mental health).
  • Right to education and development: access to education and learning including skill development.
  • Right to protection from abuse, violence and exploitation: adolescents at risk of, or subject to, all forms of abuse, violence, neglect, suicide and exploitation; adolescents in contact with the law; adolescent labour and migrants.
  • Right to participation: mechanisms for adolescent participation and institutional settings (inclusiveness - equities - and authenticity).

The analysis must answer, inter alia, the following questions:

Situation of adolescent boys and girls: 

  1. What are the economic-socio-political context and major trends which affect adolescent boys and girls (aged 10-19)?
  2. What are the existing national policy and legal frameworks related to adolescents? What are the legal gaps, bottlenecks and barriers with regards to the enabling environment (such as institutional coordination, planning and resources, and mechanism for participation)?
  3. What are the major issues and challenges from a human rights perspective that adolescent boys and girls aged 10-19 in Viet Nam are facing today and in the coming 5 years (including education, sexual and reproductive health, non-communicable diseases and mental health, violence against adolescents, adolescent protection, participation and employability)?
  4. What are immediate, underlying and structural barriers and bottlenecks to the issues and challenges identified above?
  5. What are the existing enablers for adolescent boys and girls to unleash their potential?
  6. To what extent are adolescent boys and girls prepared with the knowledge, skills, competencies and mind-sets needed to enter the world of work, including adolescents with disability and ethnic minority adolescents?
  7. To what extent does disparity/inequality exist among adolescent boys and girls in terms of gender, geographic location, ethnicity and disability status? What are key drivers of such disparity/inequality)?
  8. What are the emerging issues and risks (climate change, migration, urbanization, skills and employability etc.) that are likely to affect the life of adolescents?
  9. What are the key gaps and recommendations (including policy, advocacy, interventions and partnerships) for UNICEF Viet Nam’s programming (in the medium and long terms) to defend the rights of adolescents and to support them to fulfil their potential?

    Key stakeholders (Roles, Responsibilities and Capacities):

  10. Who are key stakeholders for realization of adolescents’ rights in Viet Nam (especially rights- holders and duty bearers)?
  11. What are the existing capacities and capacity gaps of adolescents in Viet Nam to claim their rights?
  12. What are the existing capacities and capacity gaps of and of duty-bearers in Viet Nam to fulfill these claims?  

[1] General Statistics Office – GSO (2018) 2017 Population Change and Housing Survey

[2] Young Lives (2018) Working paper: Self-efficacy, agency, empowerment during adolescence and young adulthood in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Viet Nam (p. 20)

[3] UNICEF (2018) UNICEF Programme Guidance for the Second Decade: Programme for and with adolescents 

[4] Ronald E. Dahl, et al (2016) The Lancet, Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing “Importance of investing in adolescence from a developmental science perspective,” Nature 554 (2018): 441- 450.

[5] UNICEF (2016) Adolescent brain: a second window of opportunity’s symposium ( )

Term of References for this assignment is available here including detailed tasks and deliverables. Download File Vacancy Announcement TOR on SitAn on adolescents in Viet Nam.docx

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree in the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, development studies), Economics/Statistics or related fields relevant for the assignment.
  • At least 10 years of research and other relevant professional experience.

Knowledge and Skills

  • In-depth knowledge of children’s rights and the rights of adolescents, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Sustainable Development Goals and other legal instruments.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience with Human Rights Based Approach to Programming (HRBAP) and UNICEF’s policies and strategies on adolescents.


  • Proven experience in writing analytical papers on children and gender issues, SitAn on children and adolescents in particularly is an asset.
  • Familiarity with Viet Nam current national development priorities and challenges in relation to the rights of children and adolescents.


  • Fluency in speaking and writing English.

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition in UNICEF Vacancies:

  1. Letter of interest and confirmation of availability;
  2. Technical proposal which clearly explains the outline on how to deliver the tasks and deliverables (preferably less than 5 pages);
  3. Performance evaluation reports or three references of similar consultancy assignments (if available);
  4. Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee, travel, accommodation and any miscellaneous cost for this assignment as per work assignment;
  5. CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form).

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UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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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.


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

Opening Date Thu May 16 2019 02:00:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time) SE Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Wed May 29 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time)





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