Call for Proposals – Climate change and disability research in Vietnam

The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is seeking research experts in the field of climate change and disability inclusion to support an evidence-based research activity on the impacts of climate change, disaster risks and water insecurity on people with disabilities in partnership with the Hanoi Association of People with Disabilities (DP Hanoi) in Vietnam. 

Activity Background

DP Hanoi is a social organisation of persons with disabilities in the Hanoi area. DP Hanoi have experience in providing guidance on legislation, policy, and operational procedures to consider inclusion, specifically for people with a disability. The organisation has also undertaken work on disaster risk reduction, and therefore has experience working in the water sector. 

In the context of Vietnam as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to growing hazards of climate change, DP Hanoi recognise that people with disabilities are disproportionately impacted, and their needs have not been adequately addressed in larger national level climate response plans. DP Hanoi have identified the need for more evidence on the impacts of climate change and water insecurity, and the state of disability inclusion to inform their advocacy, awareness raising and communication work.   

Activity Description

AWP is supporting an evidence-based research activity and delivery of training on data collection techniques in response to DP Hanoi’s request. DP Hanoi are seeking support to conduct research, gather evidence and collate data to better understand the disability inclusion and climate change context in Vietnam, and to share findings with governments and other stakeholders for more inclusive policy making. Research findings will be used to raise awareness amidst the network of organisation of persons with disabilities (OPD’s) and other organisations in the sector.  

For further details on specific activity tasks, refer to the activity description provided in Annex A: Terms of Reference.

End of Activity Outcomes

The end of activity outcomes include:

  1. Increased awareness of DP Hanoi staff on gender equality, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI) in climate change, particularly on the impacts on people with disabilities. 
  2. Increased capacity of DP Hanoi to advocate for disability-informed implementation of the Law on Water Resources. 
  3. Exchanged knowledge and experiences between Australian GEDSI specialist(s) and DP Hanoi. 

The expected outputs include:

  • Progress Reports that include (but are not limited to): co-developed workplan with proposed timeline for the delivery of outputs, agreed roles and responsibilities of the GEDSI specialists, co-developed monitoring and evaluation plan, training materials; and outcomes from the engagement.  

Application Procedure

Interested partner/s should submit a proposal via the online form by Friday 21 July 2023 at 5:30pm (AEST) using the AMWF Proposal Template provided.

Late applications will not be accepted.

The proposal should include a description of the relevant experience of the partner/s, as well as proposed daily remuneration rates based on the AWP Partners Remuneration Framework. Proposals should be a maximum of ten pages, plus annexes for Curriculum Vitae (CV). Appendices and CVs should be included within your application document (max 1 file upload allowed).

The formation of partner consortiums is encouraged.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Meeting the partner capability requirements outlined in the ToR (Annex A), including demonstrated experience in leading climate change and GEDSI research and training. 
  • Incorporation of Gender Equality, Diversity, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) approaches and outcomes throughout the activity. Please refer to the Addressing GEDSI in AWP concepts, proposals, and tenders: Guidance for partners for integration of GEDSI approaches into the activity design and implementation. 
  • Including effective approaches for information/knowledge sharing, including engagement of local partners. 
  • Clear strategy for capacity development of individuals, organisations, and governments.
  • Demonstrated Value for Money. 

    Contact

    For any questions, please contact Shreya Gyawali, Senior Program Officer by Friday 14 July 2023 at 12:00pm (AEST). All questions received will be compiled and presented with answers on this page below.

    Printable documents

    Call for Proposals – Climate change and disability research in Vietnam

    Annex A – Terms of Reference (PDF, 177KB)

    Questions & Answers

    Is the activity already shortlisted for the organisations mentioned in the ToR? Are there any organisations already lined up to deliver and support this work?

    This is an open call for proposals for all AWP partners and no organisation has been shortlisted to be part of this activity. The selected partner will be expected to lead the activity in collaboration with DP Hanoi.

    The mention of Aither’s support to AWP’s on-going activity on the revision of Vietnam’s law on Water Resources is to provide context about related work and established links with DP Hanoi. Similarly, the mention of tools developed by CBM is to provide background on existing resources that could be used during this activity.

    The Call for Proposals mentions working with national consultants. Are these national consultants directly contracted by AWP and what is the role of the national consultants? Given that they are not mentioned in the ‘Partnership and Contracting arrangements’ section in the Call for Proposals, I am assuming that it wouldn’t be the responsibility of the partner who is successful in the bid to also contract national consultants. Is this correct?

    National consultants are not directly contracted by AWP, and it will be the responsibility of the successful partner to contract them. The role of a national consultant would be to bring contextual knowledge and expertise in climate change and disability inclusion and to foster connections at the local level, complementing the efforts of DP Hanoi.

    The ‘Partnership and contracting arrangements’ section mentions payment of DP Hanoi as part of the allocated budget. Are we able to proceed with presenting our own budget first and incorporating DP Hanoi’s budget later if we’re unable to get relevant information from DP Hanoi in time?

    Provision of an indicative budget allocation (within the budget provided) for DP Hanoi to participate in the research is required but partners are not expected to have agreed that with DP Hanoi prior to the submission of the proposal.

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