IDRC Call for Expressions of Interest for Civil Registration & Vital Statistics Systems Experts


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (Global)

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Call for civil registration and vital statistics systems experts
Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems Call Document and Non-Fillable Application Form -  REFERENCE ONLY


This is a call for experts in civil registration, information technology, public health, statistics, law, and social behaviour change for civil registration and vital statistics systems strengthening.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and housed at IDRC, the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems is a global resource hub that actively supports national efforts to develop, strengthen, and scale up Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems. Its role is to facilitate access to global standards and tools, evidence and good practice, and  technical assistance. The Centre of Excellence works in close collaboration with the Global Financing Facility, a key financing platform of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health (2016 – 2030). For more information about the Centre of Excellence, please visit the website.
Purpose of the Directory
In order to facilitate country-level access to technical expertise and assistance for strengthening CRVS systems, the Centre of Excellence is launching this call for expressions of interest for professionals with expertise in CRVS, or related areas, to apply for inclusion in a “Directory of Experts.” The Centre of Excellence, country-level stakeholders and other global partners may draw upon experts in this directory to request specific technical expertise, or offer research, capacity building or consultancy opportunities.  
Why  you should apply
As a technical expert, you will contribute to the systematic strengthening of CRVS systems in developing countries. Improved CRVS systems directly contribute to good governance, as well as to measuring  the improvement of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, by providing data for more than one third of the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators. Specifically, a technical expert may contribute to: assessment, planning, and monitoring of CRVS systems; strengthening inter-sectoral coordination; business process mapping and review; innovation and digitization; vital statistics reporting; massive registration processes; CRVS in the context of conflicts and emergencies; and understanding and facilitating CRVS systems-related behavior and socio-cultural change.


Professionals who have extensive operational or policymaking experience in civil registration systems, identification, electoral, and single registry programs, stemming from their experience in senior government positions or academia, and/or skills in one of the following specialized areas are invited to register in the directory of experts:

  • civil registration;
  • statistics (including vital statistics data analysis);
  • law (in particular analysis and drafting of legislation);
  • management of large operations (including, but not limited to mass mobile civil registration, electoral processes, censuses, national surveys, and identification);
  • digitization (including IT systems design, and system integration and interoperability);
  • communication, social mobilization and behaviour change (including socio-cultural and anthropological research); and
  • public health.

Education: Advanced university degree in the professional’s areas of expertise (law, social sciences, information technology, public health, statistics, management, communication, etc.) or other relevant area. Five years of professional experience may be substituted for an advanced degree.

Work Experience:

  • Mid-level professional: At least 3-5 years of professional work experience at national, regional, and/or international levels in one or more of the above fields.
  • Senior level professional: At least 7-10 years of professional work experience at national, regional, and/or international levels in any of the above mentioned fields.
  • Experience in developing countries will constitute a substantial asset for both mid-level and senior professionals.

Experience and/or familiarity with UN agenciesin particular UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNDP, and Economic and Social Commissions is desired and will constitute an asset.

Language proficiency: Fluency in English and/or French is required for any deployment/contract. Fluency in other languages, in particular UN languages or the language of the duty station, will constitute an asset.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Submit the application directly to IDRC, including eligibility and application forms, through the online system.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully read the information and eligibility criteria provided on the Call for applications page before beginning the application process
  2. Before the deadline, complete the eligibility and application forms online
  3. You may submit your application in English or French only (Canada’s two official languages)
  4. After the deadline, the Centre of Excellence will do a preliminary evaluation
  5. Late and/or incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Instructions on signing up online: Click on the "Sign-Up" button at the top of the page and once you complete the signup process, you'll get an email to confirm your registration. 

For Questions, please contact

Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (CRVS) General Inquiries:

Office of Research

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