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Consultant (Development of Paper on Legal Identity and CRVS in Asia and The Pacific)

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Job Description

Posting Title: Development of paper on legal identity and CRVS in Asia and The Pacific Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Duty Station: BANGKOK Posting Period: 12 March 2021 - 21 March 2021 Job Opening Number: 21-Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific-151633-Consultant United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Result of Service

Detailed activities plan and outputs a. Draft annotated outline of the paper: The consultant will submit an outline of the paper for discussion to ESCAP.

b. Final annotated outline of the paper: The consultant will reflect all comments from ESCAP staff members.

c. Draft paper: The consultant will submit a draft of the paper for comments to ESCAP.

d. Final paper: The consultant will include all comments (from ESCAP and partners) and submit the final paper to ESCAP.

Work Location

Homebase Expected duration

1 April - 30 May 2021 Duties and Responsibilities ESCAP's role as the Regional Development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its members, through analytical, normative and Technical Cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region. At the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific held in November 2014, governments in Asia and the Pacific adopted the Ministerial Declaration to "Get Every One in the Picture", as well as the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, and declared the Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistic Decade, 2015-2024.

The Regional Action Framework outlines goals and targets to support the achievement of the shared vision outlined in the Ministerial Declaration that, by 2024, all people in Asia and the Pacific will benefit from universal and responsive Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems facilitating the realization of their rights and supporting good governance, health and development.

Asia and the Pacific has now reached the midpoint of the Decade. To celebrate it, a Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific is to be convened on 16-19 November 2021. At the Ministerial Conference participants will also consider the renewed importance of CRVS for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of identity Management Systems.

Indeed, SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions includes target 16.9 on the provision of a legal identity for all, including birth registration. This reflects the importance of civil registration for legal identity. To provide countries with a homogeneous, harmonized and coordinated approach to the implementation of identity management systems, the United Nations Legal Identity Agenda (UNLIA) was launched in 2018. UNLIA places a strong emphasis on ensuring a holistic installation and development of civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems.

ESCAP seeks to hire a consultant to draft a paper on legal identity in Asia and the Pacific with a focus on Mapping the identity management systems used in the region and identifying good practices in integration of identity management and CRVS systems. This paper will serve as background information to guide the discussions on the topic at the Ministerial Conference in addition to the official document for the session, currently being prepared by UNICEF. The target audience for the paper is government stakeholders without expertise on CRVS or legal identity as well as the general public.

The dedicated session on legal identity will showcase models of collaboration between civil registration and legal identity, while providing a platform for countries to share experiences and define areas of efforts for the second half of the Decade.The recommendations from the session may include the adoption of the UNLIA by all countries, the inclusion of civil identity as part of national CRVS Coordination mechanisms, the adoption of a holistic approach to legal identity in national comprehensive strategies and increased action to meet Regional Action Framework targets on the issuance of legal documentation of civil registration, with a focus on marginalized groups.


Draft a paper of maximum 20 pages to inform the discussions on legal identity at its dedicated session of the Ministerial Conference. The paper should at a minimum:
  • Background section to explain the concept of legal identity and how it relates to CRVS, as well as the distinction between legal identity and civil identity, identity management and digital identity;
  • Analysis of the types of systems used in the region, including mapping of the identity management systems in the 58 regional members and associate members of ESCAP and their linkages to the national CRVS systems (possibly in an annex);
  • Highlight good country practices in the region representing different country typologies and provide 4-5 case studies illustrating different country typologies and related system solutions to identity management and CRVS;
  • Present challenges and strategies to address these challenges; and
  • Present opportunities for action as part of the Decade. Qualifications/special skills
Skills: Have recognized expertise in the subject of civil registration and vital statistics and legal identity with experience from the Asia-Pacific region. Demonstrated familiarity with the work of the United Nations and Asia-Pacific development issues.

Academic Qualifications: A degree from a recognized university in demography, statistics, Public Health, policy analysis or related fields.

Experience: A minimum 7 years of work experience on CRVS related issues, including supporting countries strengthening their CRVS systems and experience in producing high quality, well-written and accessible reports.

Language: Good communication skills in English.


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