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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Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) is a core element of UNICEF’s country programme cycle 2017 – 2021 in which holistic IECD Parenting education is an important component. With support from UNICEF Viet Nam, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) was able to develop and advocate for the Government’s approval of a National Programme on IECD (Prime Ministers Decision 1437/2018). Within the National IECD programme, the holistic IECD parenting is a critical technical solution to contribute to the holistic development of children from 0 to 8 years old.

Since 2018, UNICEF Viet Nam has been supporting MOLISA to design the holistic IECD parenting programme which covers all critical dimensions including nutrition, health care, hygiene, education, injury prevention, and non-violence discipline. The Viet Nam IECD holistic parenting programme is adapted from the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting (NPP) Programme with the licensing agreement signed between UNICEF Viet Nam and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Among many requirements from the Licensing Agreement for the NPP Programme, Training of Facilitators (TOF) and followed by a Training of Master Trainers (TOT) are the two steps for the implementation of the holistic parenting programme in Viet Nam. It is also a critical condition from the Licensing Agreement that a Canadian Master Trainer of the NPP Programme in Canada should be used to deliver the TOF and the TOT in Viet Nam. In September 2018, two Training of Facilitator (TOF) courses with 32 participants were conducted using a Canadian Master Trainer of the NPP programme. After the TOF, 26 facilitators practised delivering parenting groups sessions in UNICEF supported selected project communes in Dien Bien, Gia Lai and Kon Tum as well as in two factories in Ho Chi Minh City. After the practice time, strong facilitators will be selected to be trained as Master Trainers.

MOLISA would like to request UNICEF support to build up capacity of a strong group of Master Trainers on the holistic IECD parenting programme. These people will become key resource persons for delivering and replicating the holistic IECD parenting programme in the future.

Purposes and Objectives

The purpose of this international consultancy is to provide technical assistance to MOLISA for establishment and build up capacity for a strong group of Master Trainers for the IECD holistic parenting programme.

The consultancy will aim at the following specific objectives:

To provide Training of Trainers for selected facilitators on how to deliver the IECD holistic parenting programme;
To provide coaching support to selected facilitators during their facilitation of a Training of Facilitators;

To provide comments/feedback for finalisation of sample of session design for eight parenting group sessions.

Specific Tasks

The consultant is expected to carry out the following tasks:

Design and/or adapt the training sessions for a four-day TOT for Master Trainer on Viet Nam holistic IECD parenting. This includes preparation of session design, necessary training materials and finalise them upon receiving comments/feedback from UNICEF IECD team and MOLISA. The training session should include one session to improve cultural sensitivity of Kinh trainers in working with ethnic minority people. The consultant might need to sub-contract to a local Vietnamese expert who can provide support for the cultural sensitivity issue. (Total: 03 days, home-based for International consultant and 1 day for local consultant)
Act as a trainer for one four-day TOT on holistic IECD parenting. (04 days in Ha Noi for International consultant and 1 day for local consultant)
To provide coaching support to selected facilitators during their facilitation of a Training of Facilitators (05 days in a selected province among Dien Bien, Gia Lai and Kon Tum)
To provide comments/feedback for finalisation of sample of session design for eight parenting group sessions (02 days, home-based)

Total: 14 days for International consultant and 2 days for local consultant

The International Consultant will be solely responsible for identifying and recruiting the national consultant, including support for quality assurance of deliverables. It is the responsibility of the international consultant to hire and supervise the national consultant.

Term of References for this assignment is available hereincluding detailed tasks and deliverables. Consultancy Notice – Training of Master Trainer on Parenting.DOCX

Qualifications and Experience

Master 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.
At least 5 years of substantial experience in being a Master Trainer of the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Programme of the Public Health Agency of Canada
In case of not having a Master degree, candidate should have certificates that are specific to early childhood development and proof of 5 year experience longer than each of the above two requirements
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

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 of the four-day TOT on holistic IECD parenting, list of materials will be used for the TOT as well as how the coaching of Trainers for a TOF will be done; and criteria for comments on 8 sessions of parenting group sessions;

2) A lump sum financial quote that includes all expected costs for the consultancy period (including travel and allowance);

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

4) Names of at least two referees that can be contacted and who can attest to the experience of the consultant as an experienced Master Trainer on IECD parenting of Nobody Perfect Parenting Programme of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

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.


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

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