SI is implementing the USAID/Vietnam Learns Contract. The scope of the five-year project is to support USAID/Vietnam staff and its implementing partners to implement more efficient, effective, and sustainable programs by (1) improving staff knowledge and skills in Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) and Collaborating, Learning & Adapting (CLA); (2) advancing evidence-informed decision-making; (3) strengthening strategic collaboration between staff and local stakeholders.
(** Note: This position is open to both international candidates and local candidates **)
Background and Purpose
Trafficking in persons (TIP) is a significant issue in Vietnam. Men, women and children are trafficked domestically and internationally for a variety of reasons, including sexual exploitation, child labour, and domestic slavery. Despite rapid economic development since the mid-1980s, inequality and discrimination leave many people vulnerable to exploitation from criminal networks, loan sharks, and unscrupulous employers. Due to challenges in collecting and managing data and the social stigma surrounding victims, the scale of the problem is difficult to establish.
While the Government of Vietnam has taken some action to address these issues, including improving access to legal representation and financial support, it does not meet the standards required to eliminate trafficking. The Government continues to underreport cases, and does not sufficiently investigate and prosecute trafficking rings or complicit officials. Coordination between concerned entities within and across central and provincial levels is weak, hampering the effectiveness of response. Victim identification and assistance programs are also cumbersome and ineffective. As a result, the United States Department of State (DoS) Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in 2020 placed Vietnam on the Tier 2 Watch List for the second consecutive year.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Vietnam, recognizing the scale of the issue, is exploring the potential to launch new efforts to support countering trafficking in persons (C-TIP). As a preliminary step, USAID/Vietnam wishes to conduct an assessment examining the landscape for C-TIP activity in Vietnam. This will ensure USAID support is well-targeted, informed by experience, and likely to reinforce rather than duplicate efforts.
This assessment will address the following research questions. Note that these research questions will not be answered exhaustively in this assessment; the assessment will provide rapid analysis of each area, allowing for further research if necessary. The research will be conducted in two phases: formative research and development of USAID design recommendations.
Phase 1: Formative Research
- What is the current situation of trafficking in persons in Vietnam? This should include the types and estimated prevalence of trafficking, regional variations, internal versus transnational trafficking, and local awareness of and capabilities to address TIP. This should also indicate whether and how COVID-19 has impacted TIP.
- What is GVN doing to address TIP at present? What areas are they focused on and are they having impact? What areas are they not focused on? What should continue, and what should be done differently?
- Who are the key civil society organizations (CSOs) working on C-TIP? What are they doing at present, and what is the impact? What could be improved?
- Is the private sector in affected industries aware of and engaged in CTIP? What potential is there for private sector engagement in C-TIP, particularly in preventing labor exploitation?
- What donors are funding CTIP and in what sectors? Include US Embassy (INL) activities in this summary.
- Are there activities in which GVN/Civil Society/private sector could and would do more? What are the current limitations to expansion into such areas: GVN resistance, availability of donor funding, limited ability to make impact, etcetera?
NB: All research questions should apply the framework used in the DoS 2020 TIP Report, examining efforts in prevention, protection, and prosecution.
Phase 2: Support for USAID Programming Design
- In light of above, what are the gaps and opportunities for USAID Vietnam? Where could USAID have the greatest impact without duplicating efforts? What are the potential implications of the Phase 1 findings?
- What partnership modalities should USAID consider to deliver programming in this area?
- In what ways could USAID engage productively with GVN on C-TIP? Which GVN agencies would be an effective partner as a Managing Agency for a stand-alone project? Which agencies should be beneficiaries of assistance?
- What is the potential for collective action to address C-TIP, working with civil society and/or the private sector?
- Where could the efforts of the US Embassy and other donors to Vietnam be reinforced by USAID support?
- How could C-TIP be incorporated effectively into existing programming? What activity or activities should a stand-alone C-TIP program focus on?
The research questions are expected to be answered through two methodological approaches:
Rapid Desk Review
- GVN policies, directives, decrees, public statements, etc., on C-TIP.
- USG documentation on C-TIP issues in Vietnam. This should refer primarily to the DoS 2020 TIP Report, reviewing its analysis and conclusions.
- Reports developed by donors, global funds, and civil society related to trafficking in Vietnam in the last five years.
- Programming of other donors and non-state actors, particularly UK FCDO, JICA, GIZ, DFAT, UNODC, IOM and ILO.
- Summarizing key policies/programs in neighboring countries on C-TIP.
Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) and/or Focus Groups (FGs)
- USAID Mission and Embassy staff concerned with C-TIP.
- GVN representatives: Ministries of Justice; Public Security; Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs; Foreign Affairs; and others as relevant.
- Civil society organizations focused on C-TIP, e.g. Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.
- Private sector stakeholders and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry officials concerned with C-TIP.
- Other donors as specified above.
- The research team may be tasked with facilitating a small series of workshops with existing USAID programs to explore the implications of Phase 1 findings, and identify opportunities for these programs to address TIP, informing Phase 2.
Key informants for interviews, focus groups and validation event(s) will be selected in coordination with USAID. The target number of KIIs and FGs will be confirmed in consultation with USAID and Learns at the start of the assignment. Note however that the methodology can be amended based on discussions with the consultant team and given circumstances at the time of kickoff.
Deliverables and Timeline
The assignment is set to commence in March 2021. The estimated LOE is up to 80 working days.
- Master’s degree or higher, with preference for a degree relevant to law, public policy, international development, research, or another related field
- Demonstrated familiarity with human rights, governance, law enforcement, and/or judicial processes in Southeast Asia. Strong preference for expertise concerning trafficking in persons.
- 10 years of demonstrated experience conducting program evaluation or research
- Strong experience leading research teams and conducting qualitative data collection
- Demonstrable experience using research to inform government policy and/or donor programming
- Experience with USAID research assessments and related requirements
- Knowledge of USAID policy guidance and program design is strongly preferred
- Very strong analytical and presentation skills are essential
- High degree of fluency in writt en English required, fluency in Vietnamese a strong plus
- Knowledge of the Vietnamese context, particularly with respect to undertaking research, strongly preferred
- Note: If not currently residing in Vietnam, he/she needs to be willing to travel to Vietnam and follow quarantine protocols (currently 2 weeks in a hotel).
The closing date for application: March 07, 2021. Selection and interview will be performed on a rolling basis, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
To apply, please merge both your CV and a cover letter into one pdf file and submit it through the online portal.
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Interviews may include a practical test or skill-based demonstration.