Request for Proposal for Poverty Monitoring Project Consultants
Viet Nam has made significant achievements in its development and poverty reduction over the past decade. At the same time, the country is facing many challenges to ensure both high economic growth and sustainable poverty outcomes, especially in the context of the current global economic crisis.
Oxfam and ActionAid Viet Nam (AAV) have cooperated with the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and other stakeholders to undertake a number of rapid assessments of the impacts of the global economic crisis on migrant workers in formal and informal sectors. The research undertaken so far demonstrates the importance of “linkages” between rural and urban areas and highlights the strong interconnectedness of labour markets in urban and peri-urban areas and rural welfare. It also highlights the need for a broad and timely information base to measure and monitor the impact of the global economic crisis on enterprises, migrant workers, their families and the wider community.
The rapid assessments carried out recently build on Oxfam and AAV’s post-WTO poverty monitoring initiative, which started in early 2007. This is a longitudinal study of poverty outcomes, linked with changes in livelihoods and market access of vulnerable groups, in selected communities throughout Viet Nam. It focuses on changes in inequality, vulnerability, gender relations and empowerment, and provides analysis and recommendations for policy discussion as well as for the work of Oxfam, AAV and partners.
With financial support from AusAID, in continuous cooperation with VASS and other stakeholders, Oxfam and AAV plan to adapt and expand the post-WTO poverty monitoring project to ensure it captures the impacts of the global economic crisis on poor people in selected sites throughout Vietnam, and is able to provide timely information to policymakers, donors and the public. Oxfam and AAV are in the process of undertaking the 3rd phase of the poverty monitoring work, from September 2009 to June 2010.
The overall objective of the study is to undertake an ongoing assessment of poverty outcomes linked with changes in livelihoods and market access of vulnerable groups in selected communities in the context of financial and economic crisis, in order to provide analysis and recommendations for policy discussion at the national level.
On behalf of the implementing agencies, Oxfam GB would like to invite eligible consulting firms and research organisations to submit a full proposal (including technical and financial parts) to apply for the whole assignment comprising of approximately following positions:
* 1 team leader
* 1 senior researcher
* 3 researchers
The full proposal should be submitted in English, clearly marked, sealed envelope or electronically in PDF format, by 5pm, 3 September 2009, to the following address: Oxfam GB HR, Floor 5, 22 Le Dai Hanh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam or send e-mail to: email@example.com
Bid opening will take place at 9am, 4 September 2009, at the above address. Organisations/companies submitted proposals are invited to attend.