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Nepal: Consultancy to prepare a paper on Legislative frameworks for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in South Asia

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Nepal: Consultancy to prepare a paper on Legislative frameworks for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in South Asia

Deadline for application: 
12 Sep 2019
Organisation: 
UN Children's Fund
Job type: 
Consultancy

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

The consultant will prepare a background note for this meeting of civil registrars in South Asia. This background note will prepare the groundwork for a half day discussion on legislative frameworks for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS). Drawing on desk research of current civil Registration systems in South Asia, the background note will give an overview of CRVS related legislative reform in South Asia and highlight the considerations needed when changing CRVS legislation. The resulting 10-15 pages background note will explore basic guidance on legal considerations through answering some of the following questions:

  • What are the main areas of legislative reforms or changes conducted by countries in South Asia in the last 10 years?
  • How does existing legislation, regulations and policies comply with UNDESA standards, such as the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System?
  • Which role did development partners play in the legislative revisions and what was the role of the National CRVS coordination mechanism (if one exists)?

Key considerations needed when changing CRVS legislation

  • What legal considerations should be given to the organization of a civil registry? What should be in the law distinct from the regulations?
  • How to make sure the legal framework can reflect cultural, societal and technological changes over time, while being specific enough to ensure a clear understanding of the functions of a civil registry?
  • How can the legislative framework accommodate for increased use of ICT for civil registration?
  • How best can legislation address the protection of personal data?
  • How best can legislation address the sharing, exchange, or transfer of data among the CR, other ministries (including for civil identification), or other countries? What are the typologies for this sharing of data and how is this legislated?
  • How is identity verification and authentification regulated by law?
  • What are the linkages between the registration of vital events and other laws?
  • How can civil registration of vital events be required to access services or rights without being a barrier?

This background note will prepare the groundwork for a half day discussion on legislative reform considerations for civil registration in South Asia. The note will be revised after the meeting, incorporating the findings from the meeting itself including key recommendations on legislative reform considerations generally and specific to the region.

Key Assignments/Tasks:

  • Prepare a 10-15 page paper on legislative frameworks for CRVS in South Asia using the questions above as a non-exhaustive list of areas to be covered. The paper should be in formal style with appropriate references. A draft of the paper will be shared for comments 2 weeks before the meeting for comment and further amendment by the author.
  • Presentation of the paper at the civil registration meeting in South Asia, scheduled for Nov 2019. This presentation should include visual aids. This may be in person or virtual.
  • Document the discussion on CRVS legal frameworks held at the civil registration meeting in South Asia
  • Finalize the paper of legislative frameworks for CRVS incorporating the experiences, findings and conclusions of the discussion on the topic held at the South Asia civil registration meeting.

This assignment will be supervised by Kendra Gregson, UNICEF South Asia Regional Advisor Child Protection, in close collaboration with Tanja B. Sejersen, Statistician of ESCAP.

This is mainly a home based assignment. The consultant is expected to have their own computer and internet connection.

The consultant is expected to be at the South Asia civil registrars meeting, in its entirety. The consultant is expected to purchase their own insurance. Air travel will be in economy class. DSA, Terminal, etc, will be as per UNICEF travel policy for consultants. Consultants on travel status must complete the Basic and Advanced Security in the Field training courses prior to begin the travel.

This paper is one of three papers that will be discussed at the 2-day meeting. There will be facilitated communication between the three authors to promote complementarity, where necessary, between the papers. This includes that the draft papers will be mutually shared between the authors

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education: Masters or advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics or related field, or significant experience in the civil registration arena
  • Work Experience: Minimum 10 years experience working with civil registrars. Experience researching and writing background papers and reports of publishable quality (including desk research and key informant interviews)
  • Competencies: Ability to work with minimal supervision; Ability to absorb, analyse and synthesis data; Excellent presentation skills
  • Language Proficiency:Excellent written and spoken English required, Familiar with ICT applications – Word, Excel, Skype, Zoom

Duration: 27 September to 30 November 2019 (10 days)

Note:Please quote your dailyrate and other cost estimates while submitting the application.Application without daily rate, etc.will not be entertained.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=526066

 

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