Nov 162017

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Viet Nam
Closing date: 27 Nov 2017

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


Viet Nam’s child road traffic injury remains a growing public health issue. Over 1,900 children die every year due to traffic injury[1]. Every day five children are killed on Viet Nam’s roads and many more are injured, often severely by road traffic accidents[2]. These traumatic events cause immeasurable suffering and grief, and at times economic hardship for families. In addition, they cost Vietnamese society precious resources, diverting it from other pressing health and development challenges.

At present, road traffic accidents have become the second leading cause of death and serious injury for children, behind drowning, accounting for 27% of deaths in the 0-19 age group[3]. In addition, teenagers bear heavy burden of those deaths due to risky behaviors on the road leading to fatal or permanent injuries[4]. Among groups of adolescents, road traffic accidents emerged as the leading cause of death of adolescents between ages 15-19 (50%)[5].

Key drivers of child and adolescent road traffic injures for this situation have been identified as follows: (1) overlooked road safety policies, (2) insufficient road infrastructures, (3) alcohol consumption and (4) weak enforcement of traffic regulations (such as lack of knowledge on road traffic regulations, unsafe traffic behaviours and lack of safety skills in road traffic, speed control, use of helmets, etc.)[6]. In addition, the role of parents, child caretakers, schools and traffic police in Child and Adolescent Road Traffic Injury Prevention (CARTI) education as well as cooperation among these groups remain limited[7].

UNICEF has embarked on child road safety with funding from the FIA Foundation from 2015 with a focus on the approach of communication for development to provide knowledge, change attitudes and behaviors to address issues related to practices of road users that have direct impact on children. Since 2017, UNICEF has collaborated with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in the context of the government designation to coordinate the overarching 2016-2020 National Program on Child Injury Prevention, including inter-ministerial planning and implementation of child injury prevention with a major emphasis on child road safety.

In the joint 2017-2918 work plan with MOLISA to address CARTI, due to the recognized lack of data on child road safety, it is planned that a desk review of existing data, policies and researches available across sectors (i.e. Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Transportation, the National Committee for Traffic Safety and Ministry of Public Security) related to child road injuries (data) and child road safety (policies) will be conducted as one of the four result areas for interventions in the work plan. It is noted that at the moment, available data on CARTI is insufficient, inconsistent and fragmented between sectoral government counterparts.

UNICEF in collaboration with MOLISA will conduct this desk review which is expected to present recommendations to address the gaps in (i) data on child road injuries; (ii) policies on child road safety; and (iii) researches on CARTI.

The findings are expected to provide evidence for advocacy purpose, including in the areas of (1) slowing down of speed in residential and community areas where children are present and (2) compulsory helmet wearing for ALL children on motorbikes/motorcycles. The study also aims to be used to strengthen cross-sectoral coordination.


The study is envisaged to be a desk review of existing CARTI data, policies and researches in order to identify:

  • Availability of road safety data and identification of gaps in data through in-depth analysis.
  • Availability of policies and regulations across sectors (health, education, child protection etc.) and identification of gaps in policies specifically related to child road safety.
  • Availability of researches in CARTI and gaps in researches and studies.
  • Recommendations to fill in the gaps of (i) data collection; (ii) development of policies including processes and (iii) researches.
  • Methodology:

  • Quantitative:
  • Desk review of all available data across the sectors; laws, policies and regulations dated back to 2005 prior to the compulsory helmet wearing regulation and researches in Vietnam in the area of CARTI.
  • Analysis and identification of gaps.
  • Qualitative:
  • Interviews of key government officials across the sectors to identify reasons and barriers for the gaps in data collection, policy making and research conduction.
  • In-depth analysis to provide recommendations.
  • Questions to answer:

  • What are the data available across the identified sectors?
  • Which sectors have the most data and what kind of data are most collected and available?
  • What are the gaps in data?
  • What are key existing policies on child road safety?
  • Are there any specific child road safety policies? If yes, any reports on the implementation of the policies? Do they work in Vietnam context and what are the barriers for efficiency?
  • What are the gaps in child road safety policies? Which areas where the gaps are most critical to address? What should be addressed?
  • What are the recommendations to changes in policy making related to child road safety and to address the policy gap?
  • What are the communication approaches to address the policy gap?
  • What are the available researches on child road safety? What are the gaps?
  • What are recommendations to improve cross-sectoral coordination on child road safety?
  • [1] National Traffic Safety Committee (2015).

    [2] Traffic Police Department, Ministry of Public Security (MPS), Statistic report on road traffic accidents (2015)

    [3] Health Environment Management Agency (VIHEMA), Ministry of Health (MOH), Injury mortality statistics (2013).

    [4] Margolies, The Teenage Mindset, Part 1: Seduced by Risk and Danger.

    [5] VIHEMA, MOH, Injury mortality statistics (2013).

    [6] Traffic Police Department (MPS), Statistic Report on road traffic accidents (2015).

    [7] Research Centre for Road Traffic Safety, The Viet Nam People Police Academy (MPS), Report on situation of adolescent road traffic accidents (2015).

    Detailed Tasks and Deliverables as per the attached TORVacancy Notice TOR Desk Review of Child Road Safety Policies.doc

    Qualifications/ Specialised Knowledge and Experience:

  • Advanced degree (at least a Master degree) in Social Sciences, Communication for Development, Communication and/or related field;
  • At least 5 years professional experience in evaluations/assessments, particularly in behavior change communication and C4D research and studies
  • At least 10 years professional experience
  • Good knowledge on gender equality and mainstreaming
  • Good knowledge about the legal and political system in Vietnam
  • Experienced in working with government at national and sub-national level on child protection policy and programming
  • Excellent writing skills in English and Vietnamese
  • Work experience with UNICEF or other UN agencies is an asset
  • Familiar with child protection issues in South East Asia is an asset.
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply online and submit the following documents:

    1) Letter of Interest

    2) Sample of previous (similar) research and studies

    2) A financial proposal that includes all expected costs for the entire consultancy period (including translation and misc.).

    3) Resume and the Consultant must complete and submit a P-11 form ( UN Personal History Form )

    4) Three references.

    Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 27 November 2017 at 23:55 hours Viet Nam Time.

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