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Consultancy service to Deliver a Train of Trainer on Peer Support Group for People with Disabilities

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Consultancy service to Deliver a Train of Trainer on Peer Support Group for People with Disabilities

Project: Opportunities & Comprehensive inclusion of PWDs Quantity: 01 consultant

Place of assignment: Da Nang, Can Tho and remotely

Reporting to: Action to the Community Development Institute (hereafter the ACDC)

Duration: Part-time in 3 years

Starting time: November 2022


       I. Introduction

Action to the Community Development Institute (hereafter the ACDC), formally Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC) is established in 2011, for and of persons with disabilities, to support the persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups in the society. ACDC is a non-government and non-profit science and technology service organization, persistently seeking and implementing possible solutions to help improve the living environment, promoting and developing a protected and barrier-free society for the rights of Vietnamese persons with disabilities. The ACDC has legal status under the Vietnam Federation on Disability.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (hereafter the “ICRC”) has been supporting Vietnam since 1989 to ensure people affected by conflict access to physical rehabilitation services, and to provide technical support to physical rehabilitation facilities in low-income countries. ICRC has provided physical rehabilitation assistance by the partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and since 2002 with the Vietnamese Red Cross Society (VNRC). The assistance provided has been essentially based on prosthetic and orthotic technology transfer, on promoting improved local prosthetic and orthotic expertise and on the provision of free prosthetic and orthotic services to destitute persons with physical disability.

Since 2014, the ACDC and ICRC have cooperated to persuade the Vietnamese government to extend the coverage of State Health Insurance and/or Social Insurance to include quality assistive devices for PWDs, regardless of their disability, personal status, or financial capacity (Universal Coverage). As a result, relevant Circulars are expected to issue by Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to ensure those above-mentioned goals. Apart from assessing physical rehabilitation services, the two institutions have created opportunities for people with disabilities in different services to improve their physical-economical situation. The inclusive services vary from training on career development skills, job referral, small loans and covid-19 support. Recently, ACDC and ICRC have identified the benefits of peer group support to PWDs’ better integration that leads to this mentioning assignment.   

       II. Objective

The assignment aims to achieve the 04 main following activities:

  1. To conduct a pre-training survey and a focus group discussion to understand the main features and needs of participants and the population that they are going to support after trainings
  2. To conduct a Training of trainers to key persons with disabilities of DPOs in Can Tho and Da Nang in which the following activities are needed:
  1. To prepare content for a 8-days Training of Trainer course on Peer support group. The training will have quite a bit of content:
  • Basic communication skills: responding, summarizing, empathy, acknowledging emotions, paraphrasing, reframing etc
  • Understand psychology and disability – especially disability resulting from a traumatic injury, psychological consequences of trauma, etc
  • Understanding MH, and being able to identify severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidal ideation for a higher level referral
  • Needless to say, information on all possible referral centers (who does what) – which will consist of a resource mapping first, to ensure quality of the services we refer to.
  • Understanding groups: formation, dynamics, etc
  • Group facilitation skills
  • How to manage difficult individuals in a group
  • And finally, a support group session protocol.

b. To deliver the above-mentioned 5-days Training of Trainer course on Peer Support Group in Dec 2022

  1. To follow up participants for their learning and implementing experience after the ToT course in the 2 years period by

a. Creating a regular discussion with participants for their understanding and growth in peer support with different topics

b. Observing and supervising participants in their 08 peer support sessions to people with physical disabilities

  1. To document the materials of Training of Trainer course on Peer Support Group in the user-friendly format

So that at the end of Train of Trainers course, the participants shall be able:

  1. To understand what peer support group is?
  2. To equip basic skills of peer group support
  3. To identify a psycho-social barrier for people with physical disabilities’ social integration  
  4. To organize peer group support sessions for people with physical disabilities at community level at different topics with an aim to leave up their self-esteem, to love their image, to motivate their participation in social activities
  1. Scope of work and key contents
  1. Location: One 8 days workshop in December; Eight technical support sessions in Da Nang and Can Tho; remotely monthly follow up participants and one face to face every 2 months (to be advised)
  2. Timeline: From Nov 2022 until end of Dec 2024
  3.  Key contents:

The assignment will be focused on the following tasks:

- To assess the needs on peer support group skills of participants who are staff of Organizations of people with disabilities

- To review relevant materials relevant to symptoms of psychological distress of people with physical disabilities

- To work with ACDC and ICRC to develop the adapted materials and content of a ToT course

- To develop a follow up plan with participants after the ToT

- To provide technical support for participants to conduct 08 peer support group sessions

- To provide a learning evaluation report of participants through 3 years period 2022-2024 and recommendations for better interventions

- To provide a training report after the ToT course and brief feedback to ACDC and ICRC after a follow up and technical support session

  1. Deliverable and timeframe

Targeted group

Supporting actors


Expected outcomes


Key staff of Organizations of People with Disabilities (OPDs)

ICRC MHPSS Regional specialist, ACDC

Group training

- Key staff learn the appropriate knowledge about psychosocial support and peer support groups

- Key staff learn appropriate peer group support skills to individuals with physical disabilities

Dec 2022

Key staff of OPDs


Individual follow up and participation in peer support group

- Key staff is provided technical advice for a local psychologist to comprehend and better applied the trained knowledge

- Key staff is advised for their peer group support plans to PWDs

Part-time throughout 2023-2024

People with physical disabilities


Peer support groups run by key staff of OPDs

PWDs improve their adherence to the physical rehabilitation and social-economical plans

May 2023 and May 2024







  1. Requirements for consultant

The consultant should have:

- Degrees in Psychology

- Experience in disability due to traumatic injury, trauma counselling and group work

- Experience or have a sense to work with PWDs

- Being able to develop thematic sessions

- Being able to deliver a ToT course and provide clinical supervision

- Being able to work in teams

- Commitment to support PWDs is a preference

- Capacity to write relevant documents and reports in English and Vietnamese

  1. How to apply

The interested consultant is requested to submit application documents via the below email address and should include:

- Consultant’s Curriculum Vitae: Introduction of the Consultant’s profile and related experience

- Detailed technical proposal achieving all expected objectives within mentioned timeframe (including framework, methodology, implantation plan and etc.)

- Financial proposal that specifies the working hours and days required and consultancy rate to achieve the expected objectives

The proposal and documents could be written in English or Vietnamese and should submit by email to ms. Luong Minh Tam with the subject mentioning: “Consultant - TOT on Peer Support Group for People with Disabilities”

The closing date for application: 17:00, 25th November 2022

We regret that only short-listed applications will be contacted for an interview

ACDC is an equal opportunities employer. Our selection processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children,  persons with disabilities, woman,...  from abuse, and our people are as diverse as the challenge we face.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of age, disability, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation.