Research Specialist

Scope of Work: Research Specialist

Assessment of Countering Trafficking in Persons Activities in Vietnam

USAID/Vietnam Learns Contract

Hanoi, Vietnam

Apply here: https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg02/ats/careers/apply.jsp?org=SOCIIMPA2&cws=1&rid=3561 About Social Impact Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits. Project Objective 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: Candidates are required to be Vietnamese citizens residing in Vietnam.**) 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. Research Questions 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. What donors are funding CTIP and in what sectors? Include US Embassy (INL) activities in this summary.
  6. 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 [1]
  1. 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?
  2. What partnership modalities should USAID consider to deliver programming in this area?
    1. 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?
    2. What is the potential for collective action to address C-TIP, working with civil society and/or the private sector?
    3. Where could the efforts of the US Embassy and other donors to Vietnam be reinforced by USAID support?
  3. How could C-TIP be incorporated effectively into existing programming? What activity or activities should a stand-alone C-TIP program focus on?
Methodology 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.
Workshops
  • 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. An indicative timeline is set out in the table below. The estimated LOE is up to 60 working days.  
Deliverable Involved stakeholders Purpose Tentative Timeframe
Kickoff Meeting for Phase 1 (in-person and/or virtual) USAID SSDO, Embassy, Learns
  • Clarify research questions with consultants
  • Discuss methods and sampling to inform research design
  • Confirm expected deliverables and timeline
  • Production of research tools and interview schedule
Mid-March
Inbrief Presentation (in-person and/or virtual) USAID SSDO, GVN stakeholders, Embassy, Learns
  • Validation of research design to keep relevant GVN officials (TBD) informed and help finalize the scope and develop broader buy-in
  • Develop buy-in with GVN to foster use of study results and recommendations
Late March
Phase 1 Data Collection Learns
  • Desk review
  • KIIs and FGs
Early April
Validation Event USAID SSDO
  • Validation of study findings and recommendations for comms strategy
Early May
Draft Report of Phase 1 Learns, USAID SSDO, GVN stakeholders
  • Initial report draft produced and shared
  • Feedback provided
End May
Final Report of Phase 1 Learns, USAID SSDO, GVN stakeholders
  • Submission of final report
Late June
Phase 2 Utilization Event (in-person and/or virtual) USAID SSDO, Embassy, Learns, GVN stakeholders and other donors.
  • USAID and Learns team engagement on design implications stemming from the research
  • Identification of research needs to inform design
  • Planning for final research on design
Late June
Phase 2 Design Meeting (in-person and/or virtual) USAID SSDO, Learns
  • Update to USAID on research question/methodology revisions based on Phase 1 and Phase 2 Utilization Event
Early July
Phase 2 Data Collection Learns
  • KIIs and FGs
Early July
Final Report USAID SSDO, GVN stakeholders, Embassy, Learns
  • Final report submission including Phase 1 and 2 findings
  • Production of options for programming design
End July
Learning Event (in-person and/or virtual) USAID SSDO, Learns
  • Final workshop with USAID to co-develop programming options based on Phase 2 data collection
Early August
Required Qualifications Research Specialist
  • Bachelor’s degree, with preference for degree relevant to research, law, public policy, international development, or another related field
  • At least 7 years of experience conducting program evaluation or research
  • Experience working on C-TIP in Southeast Asia, preferably Vietnam
  • Strong demonstrated experience conducting qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Very strong analytical skills
  • Fluency in Vietnamese and in-depth knowledge of the operating environment in Vietnam required
  • The candidate must be Vietnamese and reside in Vietnam.
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.  To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website:  http://www.socialimpact.com SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

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