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Overview of UNDP Viet Nam’s Climate Change & Environment Unit
The UNDP Viet Nam Climate Change & Environment (CCE) unit covers the following areas of work:low-carbon development and green growth, including sustainable production and consumption patterns;renewable energy and energy efficiency, especially in the (sub-)sectors of transportation, construction, chemical fertilizers, pulp and paper, and low-carbon bus public transportation;reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD);adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and disasters;natural resources and biodiversity conservation;health digitalization focusing on the telehealth, one health nexus climate change, environment in the health sector; andenvironmental protection.
UNDP support focuses on advocacy, policy research and formation, capacity and partnership building and coordination, technology testing and transfer, piloting models, and promoting the participation of businesses and local communities.
On Health Digitalization
The provision of affordable, good quality primary healthcare services at the grassroots level is crucial for ensuring universal health access and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 on Good Health and Well-Being. While the Government, the Ministry of Health (MOH), and localities in Viet Nam have implemented various solutions to enhance the quality of medical services and healthcare facilities, challenges remain, particularly in rural, mountainous, and socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified these challenges, limiting access to healthcare services for many people.
To address these issues, UNDP has been collaborated with the MOH to launch the Grassroots Telehealth programme, utilizing the Doctor for Everyone software application. This programme aims to improve the quality of medical consultation, examination, and treatment; increase access to healthcare services; and enhance the capacity of healthcare workers at the grassroots level. Currently, the programme has been implemented in three phases across eight provinces in Viet Nam.
Phase 1 of the project, conducted from August 2020 to June 2021, involved developing and piloting the grassroots digital health platform. The project team developed the digital solution and conducted initial piloting in three remote and mountainous communes in three districts, including Hoang Su Phi district of Ha Giang province, Ba Be district of Bac Kan province, and Cao Loc district of Lang Son province.
Phase 2, conducted from July 2021 to June 2022, involved scaling up the implementation of the digital health platform in these northern mountainous pilot provinces. UNDP in collaboration with the MOH provided training to all relevant healthcare personnel at the grassroots level and field tested the system. The Doctor for Everyone software was initially deployed in over 558 grassroots health facilities in Ha Giang, Bac Kan, and Lang Son provinces. An evaluation of the grassroots telehealth program conducted in these three provinces showed initial positive results while identifying challenges and opportunities for expansion.
Phase 3, from September 2022 to June 2023, focuses on expanding the implementation of the software to five additional provinces in different geographic areas that are facing socioeconomic constraints and climate change impacts, including Thua Thien Hue, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Ca Mau, and Dak Lak. By the end of March 2023, 2,167 healthcare staff (of whom 1,082 are female) at more than 800 grassroots health facilities have been trained and have been actively using Doctor for Everyone software to manage patients’ health appointments and to conduct health consultations and regular meetings between commune health stations and district health facilities.
In the first 2.5 years of implementation to mid-April 2023, the programme has been scaled up in eight provinces, covering 87 districts and 1,259 wards/communes, with 4,893 healthcare workers trained, of whom 2,739 are female, and 2,419 are from ethnic minority groups. Health care workers started introducing the software to the community from March 2023. By mid-April 2023, more than 87,500 community members have established accounts and 4,745 people have had their first telehealth-supported examination appointments with commune health stations. In addition, healthcare workers have made 2,693 telehealth video-calls for patient consultations, tele-video meetings, trainings, and other purposes.
In the coming time, the project Telehealth to improve access of healthcare services for disadvantaged groups in Viet Nam will expand the program to ten provinces with the purpose of promoting the health of disadvantaged groups by offering good quality healthcare services to ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, etc., living in mountainous areas in Viet Nam. At the same time, it will aim to strengthen digital transformation in health services, contributing to improving the quality of grassroots medical services.
On the One Health Nexus of Climate Change and Environment
Viet Nam is identified as a country at high risk for emergence and re-emergence of zoonotic diseases due to human population density, biodiversity, livestock and wildlife farming and trade practices, climate change, and other factors. Overexploitation of natural resources, habitat loss, and degradation create the potential for increased contact between humans, livestock and wildlife species, increasing disease spillover risk. Farming, trade, and consumption of wildlife have been identified as key risks for zoonotic disease spillovers. Increasing intensification of livestock rearing, transportation, and slaughtering to meet growing demand for protein for consumption without sufficient land and biosafety practices raises the risk of disease transmission from wildlife (e.g., from wild birds into poultry) and then on-transmission between livestock and spillovers into humans. Intensification of livestock farming also raises the risk of pathogens being present in water supplies and the surrounding environment, posing a further risk of disease spillover.
Climate change, including changes in rainfall patterns, saltwater intrusion, and increased frequency and/or intensity of extreme weather events and disasters, is associated with impacts and changes in farming, land and forest use practices, and livelihoods that can result in new or intensified forms of contact between wildlife, livestock, and humans, leading to additional risks of zoonotic disease spillovers. Growth in tourism is also bringing increasing numbers of tourists and tourism employees into high biodiversity areas where there is a risk of disease spillover directly from wildlife or via the environment.
Viet Nam has a strong commitment to addressing climate change, including an ambitious pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow in 2021 (COP26). MOH’s Climate Change National Adaptation Plan (NAP) for the Health Sector from 2019-2030 and vision to 2050 notes that climate change is likely to increase infectious diseases and emerging infectious diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, influenza A (H5N1), H1N1 flu, and Zika fever (also known as Zika virus disease), and that new diseases which are linked to climate change are foreseen in Viet Nam.
The potential project Strengthening Viet Nam’s One Health Implementation at the Nexus of Climate Change, Environment and Biodiversity is expected to be awarded, with objectives including:
Duties and Responsibilities
The assignment will focus on providing inputs to strengthening the development, management and implementation of UNDP Viet Nam’s climate-health nexus portfolio. Specifically, the intern will be expected to support implementation of the following two projects:Telehealth to improve access of healthcare services for disadvantaged groups in Viet NamStrengthening Viet Nam’s One Health Implementation at the Nexus of Climate Change, Environment and Biodiversity (if this project is awarded)
Scope of Work
Based in the Climate Change and Environment Unit, and under the overall direction of the Assistant Resident Representative, the intern will report on a day-to-day basis to the Programme Analyst on the Climate-Health Nexus. S/he will also work closely with relevant international technical specialists, programme officers, and programme associates in the Unit.
As a member of the UNDP programme team, the intern is responsible for the oversight and implementation of projects assigned to him/her to ensure quality planning, budgeting, procurement of services and consultants, and oversight of implementation, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation for timely delivery of quality results/products.
As a member of the UN family in Viet Nam, the intern is expected to make contribution to the implementation of the UN One Plan, advancing the UN’s delivery as one (DAO) agenda, enhancing synergies and impacts of UN support in the area of climate and health. The intern will work in partnership with UNDP colleagues, government counterparts, project staff, and non-government organizations, as relevant, to ensure successful programme development and implementation to achieve One Plan results.
In addition, the intern may be engaged in ongoing project initiatives on climate and health, conducting knowledge management and research assignments, and providing management oversight and policy advocacy in support of timely and quality delivery.
Through the assignment, the selected intern will benefit from:enhancing his/her technical expertise in the subject areas;building and expanding a professional network with development partners and the government of Viet Nam; andenhancing analytic and organizational skills.
The intern’s assignment may entail any of the following tasks:
Task 1: Strategic partnership building and resource mobilization strategy
As a member of the CCE team, the intern is expected to contribute to the formulation of new projects and mobilize resources in the area of climate and health. S/he may be engaged in the following tasks:Contribute to the formulation of CO programmes/projects in the area of climate and health to translate UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. This will be done in close consultation and collaboration with government counterparts, stakeholders, and UNDP technical staff/ advisors in Viet Nam and in regional offices and headquarters;Maintain and develop partnerships with government institutions, development partners, the private sector, and civil society;Support the implementation of UN and CO partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;Analyze the political and development context of Viet Nam, identifying new sub-project/program ideas and formulating new projects based on UNDP’s strategic goals, Viet Nam’s needs, and donors’ priorities.
Task 2: Management and implementation of projects
The intern will function as part of the UNDP programme team responsible for project implementation, backstopping UNDP's overall support and quality assurance work of on-going projects in the area of climate and health, by conducting, as relevant and instructed, the following possible tasks:Support the UNDP Programme Analyst on the Climate-Health Nexus to ensure quality planning (annual and quarterly work-plans), reporting, and monitoring and evaluation of projects.Engage in supporting specific project implementation activities, through research and analysis, formulation of TORs for subcontractors’ activities, with relevance to innovative approaches and global best practices on mitigation of cause/impact correlations and mainstreaming of climate and health issues.Support the UNDP Programme Analyst on the Climate-Health Nexus in planning periodical evaluation and impact assessments of the programmes/projects, sharing lessons learned, and following up to ensure implementation of recommendations.Support preparing aggregate reports on activities, outputs, and outcomes, including reports for donors as needed.Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned, making suggestions to incorporate those lessons in programme/project implementation and monitoring.Make sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, including relevant national, regional and/or global networks.
Task 3: UN reform agenda and advocacy
The intern will function as part of the UN family in Viet Nam, which commits to deliver as one (DAO) to enhance synergies and impacts of UN support in the area of climate and health, by conducting the following tasks:Participate and contribute to the activities of UN system co-ordination and programming, including the UN Results Group on Climate Change and Environment.Support the UN’s and UNDP’s effort on advocacy and policy dialogue, including participation and contribution to policy-driven research and reviews, and the preparation of briefing notes or concept papers in collaboration with UNDP and project technical staff.
CompetenciesWilling to learn new thingsHave positive attitudes, enthusiasm, honest and interested in working as a teamResponds positively to feedback and differing points of viewConsistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.Independent and well-organized with good communication skillsAble to work under pressure and handle multi-tasks
Required Skills and Experience
The intern at the time of application must meet one of the following conditions:Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme or higher) in public health, environmental health, health science, One Health, or a related field;Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in public health, environmental health, health science, One Health, or a related field;Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one year of graduation;Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.
Relevant Professional ExperienceAt least one year of experience in program/project development and monitoring and evaluation, preferably in a developing country and/or in the Asian region;Good knowledge and understanding of climate and health issues globally and preferably in the Asian region;Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively in an international environment;Good organizational and analytical skills, initiative, and sound judgment; ability to work with minimum supervision;Good computer skills.
Language RequirementsExcellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English