National Infrastructure Engineer

Building Capacities for Transport Authorities to Enhance a Universally Accessible Public TransportNetwork (ATS)

Recruitment of a National Infrastructure Engineer (NIE)

Terms of Reference

Job Title: National Infrastructure Engineer (national individual specialist)
Reporting to: National Activity Manager and Deputy Team Leader, Aus4Transport

A. Background

1. Aus4Transport is an Australian Government initiative to support the Government of Vietnam in developing high-quality transport infrastructure to promote economic growth and poverty reduction. Aus4Transport is managed by a Program Managing Contractor (PMC), DT Global, Australia, on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government.

2. The program’s goal is to increase investment in Vietnam’s road, rail, and inland waterway infrastructures by bringing higher quality projects to market faster. The end-of-program outcome is faster project development and improved quality of transport infrastructures making use of funding from all financial sources. Two intermediate Program outcomes are anticipated: (i) the Ministry of Transport (MOT) giving enhanced consideration of engineering, financial, economic, safety, gender, social and environmental matters in all pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies and detailed engineering design leading to MOT bringing better prepared proposals and concepts more rapidly to implementation, drawing on innovative and comprehensive approaches; and (ii) MOT identifying bottlenecks to improved project development, identifying and assessing remedial measures, and recommending improved practices, leading to MOT adopting innovations in policies and procedures toward improved project development.

3. Working in close partnership with the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the wider transport sector, the Program will provide support through two streams of activities:

  • Stream A: Facilitating project preparation for major projects that are listed, or soon to be listed, in the Government of Vietnam’s Mid-term Investment Plan; and
  • Stream B: Supporting the sector through research, innovation, policy reform, and training that responds to the specific needs of various transport users (including women, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities) as well as dealing with issues related to the development of the sector, including road safety and climate change.

B. Stream B ATS Activity

4. Part of the GOA grant will be used for financing the Stream B Activity “Building Capacities for Transport Authorities to Enhance a Universally Accessible Public Transport Network”- (ATS). MOT acting as the Activity line agency will have the overall responsible for the implementation of the Activity. MOT has assigned (i) its Department of Transportation (DOT) acting as the Activity Executing agency, to oversee on behalf of MOT the Activity implementation progress and quality deliverables, and facilitate the application of the Activity outputs; and (ii) the Transport Development & Strategy Institute (TDSI) acting as Activity Implementing agency, responsible for the overall coordination of the Activity with regard to MOT requirements, including the review of deliverables and outputs, and application of the Activity outputs; and assist the DOT in monitoring Activity progress and quality.

5. Aus4Transport has assigned the PMC to act as the client of the required consulting services. The PMC will manage in collaboration with DOT and TDSI the Activity implementation including recruitment and signing of contracts with the individual consultants.

6. The Activity scope includes:

  • Assess the implementation of the accessible transport regulations in four provinces by workshopping with local officials, civil societies, local Disabled People Organisations (DPOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), regarding the current understandings, practices and limitations, as well as field review sample transport terminals for accessibility, focused on the needs of people with disabilities and the elderly.
  • Deliver a two-day-workshop in four provinces with two purposes, being (i) to raise awareness at the community level by disseminating national regulations and its application on accessible transport infrastructure (required the pre-emptive contact with local DPOs, NGOs regarding current situation of local awareness); and (ii) enhance knowledge of transport authorities in order to improve the implementation of existing regulations on accessible transport infrastructure (including universal design principles and other social benefit).
  • Provision of technical and financial assistance to at least three transport infrastructures projects (estimated 10,000 AUD/infrastructure project) applying universal design.

7. The Activity anticipated outputs encompass the following:

  • Field visit reports on the current implementation of accessible transport infrastructure in four provinces (Hai Phong, Hue, Tien Giang and Can Tho), which will be carried out with local DPOs collaboration;
  • Training material developed for a two-day- workshop, with the collaboration of local DPOs;
  • Communication materials developed and printed for distribution/dissemination i.e. leaflets, booklets, toolkits, notebooks, presentations etc.; (with easy-to-access attributes for people with disabilities such as Braille, video with caption or sign language, large font and easy-to-read contents);
  • Four training workshops (2 days each) delivered to approximately 160 individuals from the local communities, local transport agencies, community organisations, and disability-led associations;
  • Workshop report on the findings and recommendations on the implementation of the current policies/regulations;
  • Manual on application of accessible transport policies/regulations for transport authorities.
  • Report on provincial action plans review for four provinces including proposal for the selected activities to apply universal design;
  • Support provided for implementation of provincial action plans, with the collaboration of local DPOs;
  • Universal design applied and/or integrated into at least three transport infrastructure projects.

8. The Activity will require input of an consultant team consisting of five national consultants (total 218 working days), managed by the National Activity Manager (30 working days) and assisted by one International Short-Term Technical Adviser (ISTA) (20 working days).

C. National Infrastructure Engineer – Scope of Services

9. The implementation of the Activity will require the services of a National Infrastructure Engineer (NIE) who will work with other specialists in the Activity Team managed by a National Activity Manager (NAM) for delivering the infrastructure engineering part of the Activity outputs.

10. The tasks of the NIE will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Leading the Activity Team for all field surveys in the four provinces;
  • Working with Provincial Departments of Transport (PDOTs) and related stakeholders (such as local DPOs) to prepare the report on the current implementation of accessible transport infrastructures, including current limitation with legislation and recommendation to improve enforcement of the legislation;
  • Developing the infrastructure parts of the training material (including toolkits, leaflets, booklets, presentations, etc.) for the delivery of the two-day workshops, with the collaboration of the Activity members, ISTA and local DPOs, under the supervision of the NAM;
  • Delivering in consultation with the NAM the infrastructure-related modules of the workshop in each of the four provinces and providing an overview of the international practices on accessible transport for peoples with disabilities and elderly;
  • Preparing the infrastructure-related sections of the workshop reports including findings and recommendations on implementation of the current policies and regulations;
  • Developing the infrastructure-related sections of the Accessible Transportation Implementation manual, covering the application of accessible transport policies and regulations to facilitate the enforcement of the legal framework by the transport authorities;
  • Leading in collaboration with the local DPOs the Activity team to review the provincial action plans of the four provincial transport authorities for applying universal design principles in their recommended infrastructure projects and preparing a report on findings and recommendations;
  • Leading in collaboration with local DPOs the Activity team on behalf of the NAM to support to the four provincial transport authorities in applying universal design to selected infrastructure projects and report on the support provided; and
  • Providing other technical assistance and coordination on an as-needed basis.

11. The NIE will be directly managed by the NAM. The NIE might need to report to the PMC through its Deputy Team Leader and TDSI as required on specific issues and any unexpected requirements.

D. Key Expertise Requirements

12. The NIE will have a master’s degree in transport engineering and more than 15 years of professional experience with at least 5 years of relevant experience in accessible transport infrastructure or one accessible transport related project. The NIE should have experience in project management, technical training development and delivery, and working knowledge of English.

13. The NIE should have a proven experience in transport projects preferably with MOT in Vietnam and experience in dealing with government and local agencies.

E. Implementation Arrangements

14. The NIE will be engaged by the PMC on an intermittent basis for a total duration of 84 working days over the anticipated Activity period of 12 months, and will be based at both, the Aus4Transport Office and TDSI Office in Hanoi.

15. The NIE will be administratively accountable to the NAM and Aus4Transport Deputy Team Leader and work closely and collaboratively with the Activity team members including the ISTA. The NIE’s principal counterpart is TDSI. The NIE is expected to maintain regular contact with TDSI and the Activity team members to discuss progress, issues, any required assignment and any required guidance.

16. The Aus4Transport Program will cover the cost of the NIE’s remuneration in Vietnamese Dong, any domestic travel costs that may be required in support of his/her outputs. The NIE is expected to provide his/her own computer and peripherals needed for the assignment.

Written application in English together with full curriculum vitae should be sent by 29 August 2020 to:

E-mail: [email protected].
Subject: ATS - Application for National Infrastructure Engineer

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Sat, 2020-08-29