[Call for Consultancy] – Promoting Safe Building Materials over Asbestos

TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) 

CALL FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICE FOR RESEARCH  

Exploring Factors and Context to Promote the Use of safe construction materials as a solution to asbestos-containing materials.  

ABOUT THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL 

Driven by the vision that everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity International began in the United States in 1976 as a grassroots effort. Habitat for Humanity International now works in 1,400 communities across the U.S. and nearly 70 countries and has helped 6.8 million people achieve strength, stability, and independence through safe, decent, and affordable shelter. 

Habitat Vietnam, a branch of Habitat for Humanity International, has been working in Vietnam since 2001. For more than 20 years of operating in the country, Habitat Vietnam has been delivering a holistic approach to housing by supporting and empowering communities to take ownership in improving their living conditions and enabling them to have improved well-being, affordability, access to basic housing-related services, climate change resilience, and self-reliance. 

Habitat Vietnam is an equal opportunity organization committed to safeguarding. We pay high attention to the safeguarding of stakeholders, especially the communities we support, in our operations. 

For more details, please visit us: http://www.habitat.org/https://habitatvietnam.org/ 

BACKGROUND 

Over the last few decades, exposure to asbestos-containing materials has been recognized as a potentially serious health risk. Regulation of asbestos varies across the world. Some countries have prohibited its use altogether, other countries only prohibit the use of certain types of asbestos, and other countries have no restrictions on its use.  

In Vietnam, in 2018, the Ministry of Construction drafted a Decision on the approval of “the roadmap to cease the use of chrysotile in asbestos cement (AC) to different ministries and departments to collect comments. This Roadmap proposed deducting the amount of chrysotile imported to Vietnam by 25% each year to completely terminate the use of chrysotile by 2023. However, this proposal has not been approved yet, so chrysotile is still legally used in construction materials and others.  

OBJECTIVE  

Habitat Vietnam endeavours to achieve the ambitious objective that all villages in the country no longer have asbestos-containing materials (ACM) used in household construction materials. Habitat Vietnam seeks to engage research consultants/institutions to help us better understand the context, and factors to promote the use of safe construction materials as a solution to asbestos-containing materials in Nam Dong district, Thua Thien Hue province.  The findings of the research will enable Habitat Vietnam to develop a comprehensive program and work in partnership with People, Private Sectors, and Government Agencies from different levels to gradually remove the prevalence of ACM from program target communities.  

Note that in 2022, Habitat Vietnam conducted research focusing on analysing the status of using ACM in construction material production, legal framework, and policies related to the use of ACM in Vietnam. We will share the report of this research with the selected consultant as a reference for developing the research recommendations.  

SCOPE OF WORK 

The consultant(s) will report to Habitat Vietnam, and will be expected to carry out relevant research works and methods to answer the following questions: 

  1. What is the current situation, historical, and future trend (at least 5 years) of ACM use in housing construction in Nam Dong district? 
  2. What types of ACM for housing construction are distributed in Nam Dong district? Through what channels? Who are the actors involved in these channels?  
  3. 3. What are the perspectives and knowledge of communities and local government (province, district, commune) agencies on the associated risks of using ACM in housing construction?
  4. 4. What are the current and future initiatives/projects managed or funded by the Government of Vietnam to eliminate the use of ACM in housing construction?
  5. 5. What are opportunities for local communities in Nam Dong district to replace ACM with safe ones? These opportunities can come from but are not limited to, affordable and available alternative construction materials, financial capacity from communities and local government, MFIs, the private sector, and NGOs.
  6. What should be the most effective approach to eliminate the use of the ACM for housing construction?

Based on the research findings, propose recommendations for Habitat Vietnam to consider and incorporate into the program design aiming to eliminate the use and prevalence of ACM in communities in Nam Dong district.  

METHODOLOGY 

The consultant(s) will propose a combination of methods to fulfill the study’s objectives. The consultant(s) will work with Habitat Vietnam to finalize the methodology to be used.  

DELIVERABLES 

Expected deliverables for this TOR are as follows: 

  • An inception report outlining the research’s scope and methodology. 
  • A draft research report for Habitat Vietnam to review and provide feedback. 
  • A presentation on key preliminary findings: the consultant(s) will present the key findings from the research to Habitat Vietnam, followed by a Q&A session. 
  • A final research report: having been improved from the draft research report by using tables, charts, maps, figures, etc. The final report will contain responses to the Overall Objective in (English and Vietnamese). 
  • A summary report: summarize the research key findings and recommendations (In English and Vietnamese). 

TIMELINE 

The research is expected to be completed by 30th June 2024. The consultants will be expected to provide a detailed study schedule against the above-listed deliverables.  

REQUIRED EXPERTISE OF CONSULTANT(S) 

Selected consultant(s) should have the following qualifications: 

  • The consultant(s) must have proven experience in conducting policy analysis research.  
  • Academic qualifications (master’s degree minimum) in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, economics, public health, development or with 10+ years equivalent experience in a relevant field 
  • In-depth knowledge and professional experience in advocacy work. 
  • Proven experience engaging in studying the effects of asbestos on human health or projects to eliminate the use of asbestos in producing construction materials.  
  • Strong skill set in qualitative participatory methods.  
  • Be committed to and able to meet deadlines.  
  • Strong analytical skills. 
  • Excellent English and Vietnamese writing skills. Demonstrated excellence in narrative reporting. 
  • Good presentation skills. 

APPLICATIONS 

The application package must include: 

  • The consultants/company’s profile/CVs and related experience 
  • 01 technical proposals, including the detailed implementation plan.  
  • 01 financial proposal 
  • 01 sample summary report of a similar research performed by the consultant(s) 
  • 02 contacts for reference  

How to Apply: Proposals should be submitted in English by email with a subject mentioning “Consultant: Safe Construction Materials” to procurement@habitatvietnam.org 

The closing date for applications is 29/03/2024. We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. 

Habitat Vietnam is an equal-opportunity organization. We strictly adhere to the Code of Conduct and safeguarding policy. We will conduct background checks, including criminal record checks throughout the selection process where possible. 

Reference check requirement: 

A reference check on the successful applicant (at least 02 referees) will be conducted for safeguarding purposes and service quality to ensure the successful applicant does not have a history of exploitation and abuse in working with vulnerable groups and to learn about the service quality of the applicant. Habitat Vietnam reserves the right to withdraw from signing the consultancy contract with the applicant if the reference check yields concerning results. 

Criminal record requirement: 

Aside from the reference check mentioned above, a police certificate (lý lịch tư pháp) also needs to be provided by the consultants. 

Terrorism check: 

HFHV will do the terrorism check to ensure that the selected consult team is not in the list of the international terrorism list. 

Codes of Conduct: 

If selected, the consultant team is expected to sign Codes of conduct with HFHV to ensure community safeguarding during the assignment implementation. 

 

 

 

 



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