Under the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) since 1975, UNESCO conducts a full range of projects/activities to support water research, management, education and capacity development for a range of stakeholders at an individual and institutional scale.
In Vietnam specifically, the topic of sustainable and integrated water resources management in new context remains more relevant than ever before. The rapidly growing economy has brought about a growing demand for surface water across all sectors, with industry, urban use and agriculture competing for limited water resources. Increasing urbanization has not only put a greater pressure on scarce water sources but has also resulted in increased flooding due to a decline of green urban spaces and an increase in impermeable surfaces. Furthermore, over 60 percent of Vietnam’s average yearly surface water is generated outside the country, making Vietnam extremely dependent on international, upstream rivers. In addition, the spatial and temporal distribution of water resources in the country can be highly variable. River water and groundwater levels are decreasing, while sea levels, flood tides and salt intrusion are on the rise, adding that the demand for water in production and daily activities has increased due to industrialization, urbanization and population growth. Considering as one of the most hazard-prone countries in East Asia and Pacific region, with 70% of the population is exposed to one or more types of water-related natural hazards – ranging from draughts to floods, Vietnam has been facing many challenges in water security, and climate change moreover intensifies these existing water problems in context of climate change.
As part of strategic priorities in the country, within the framework of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrology Programme (IHP) Phase IX (2022-2029): Science for a water secure world in a changing environment, UNESCO in Vietnam has been supporting for strengthening national capacity (including young professionals as key change makers for sustainable futures) in addressing and responding to water security challenges in the context of climate change, accelerating Vietnam’s transition to sustainable development through fostering water science, innovation, and education.
UNESCO Country Office in Vietnam will be organizing a training course on the topic “Water security & climate resilience”. The objectives are (i) to provide overall understanding of innovative water resources management approach in addressing water security and climate change challenges in new context; (ii) to strengthen capacity for relevant water professionals and water community in application of scientific-based tools and approaches to sustainable water management in responding climate change.
The training is not only a part of the crucial process of informing, capacity building in protecting and sustainable use of water resources in context of climate change, but it is also a way for the others to learn from each other’s experience and fresh perspectives.
UNESCO Country Office in Viet Nam is looking for a national company/institution/organization to organize a training workshop on water as below scope of work.
Scope of work
Within the framework of the UNESCO’s Intergovermental Hydrological Program (IHP Phase IX) in Viet Nam, the Contractor, acting upon the supervision of the National Professional Officer for Natural Science, will collaborate with UNESCO Vietnam to organize the training course as following scope of works:
to provide overall understanding of innovative water resources management approach in addressing water security and climate change challenges in new context;
to strengthen capacity for relevant water professionals and water community in application of scientific-based tools and approaches to sustainable water management in responding climate change.
Timeline: 2 days, tentatively during period Jun – September 2023 (to be identified upon discussion)
Method: offline (connected online via Zoom with Business account provided by UNESCO)
Target participants: approximately 40 participants physically attended. The possible participants might include water/environmental specialists, biosphere reserve managers, young university lecturers, professionals, and researchers, and concerned officers at relevant governmental agencies working in water resources management etc. The involvement of female scientists, and female young professionals will be prioritized.
Specific tasks: To achieve the above objectives, the contractor will perform the following tasks:
Develop the training program, include training modules, agenda and work plan, in closely work with UNESCO;
In closely collaboration with UNESCO Vietnam, to prepare and organize the training:
Develop an online registration form; pre- and post evaluation form, invite targeted participants and manage the participant list;
Facilitate and deliver training course with creative, interactive and participatory approaches;
Support logistic arrangement for event organization and travel of participants, guest speakers outside Hanoi if any.
Coordinate to invite and work with facilitators/guest speakers for their presentations/sharing sessions if appropriate.
Write a summary report, including pre- and post-evaluation;
Ensure gender equality, inclusive and a culture-sensitive approach.
Training program including training modules, agenda and detailed work plan;
Training facilitation guide;
Invitation letter, Registration form for participants and list of participants; Pre- and post-evaluation form;
Training materials (presentations, and/or guiding questions for discussion, hand-on exercise if appropriate etc);
Final narrative report;
Financial report with relevant supporting documents.
A legal and registered company, institution and/or organization;
At least 5 years of working experience in water-related issues and climate change in Vietnam;
Experienced in organizing similar training/workshop/event in Vietnam;
Trainers should have at least Master degree (PhD preferable) and proven experienced in capacity building on water security, water management, water-related issues and climate change, natural resources management etc.
Requirements for creative, dynamic, and learner-centered approaches;
Experiences in collaboration with international organizations, or the United Nations in capacity building is an asset.
Interested company/institute/organization should submit the application with the subject “IHP – Water Training_2023” to Ms. Nguyen Thuy Linh at the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by Apr 9, 2023.
The application should include:
Company/Institute/organization profile (including a copy of the legal certificate of organization establishment, and a portfolio of past similar works, including the link to the previous works)
Proposal including approach/method, draft agenda/provisional training program, workplan, team organization for the training course;
Budget estimation for the event (please refer to the budget template provided: https://bit.ly/3lr4PpZ).