Research award: Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems 2019

Deadline: September 5, 2018

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

The Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems, housed at IDRC, supports global efforts to strengthen CRVS systems. When countries maintain strong systems to register vital events such as births, deaths (and their causes), marriages and divorces, governments are equipped with real time statistical evidence to plan and deliver public services to the populations they serve. The Centre of Excellence supports CRVS system strengthening by collaborating with organizations and experts to facilitate access to information and expertise (including global standards, tools, research evidence, and good practice), with the purpose to make knowledge readily available for countries aiming to develop, strengthen, and scale-up their national civil registration systems and improve their vital statistics reporting.

While the births of girls and boys are registered almost equally, evidence suggests that the deaths of women and girls are less likely to be registered, making them invisible in the eyes of policymakers and of the law.  The causes of death are not recorded in most low and middle-income countries, making it even more difficult to establish real time burden of diseases and use data in cost-effective health planning and implementation. Additionally, marriage (and divorce) registration lags behind the number of traditional/customary unions, making it difficult for women to access inheritance and social protection mechanisms in case of death of the spouse, and for the children to access inheritance.

The Centre of Excellence is looking for a research award recipient to undertake research that analyzes gender gaps in civil registration, with a particular focus on marriage and death registration. Research proposals may focus on global, regional, or country contexts.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of his/her time for a research project under the guidance of the Senior Program Specialist or Senior Program Officer, and will be expected to present a research plan and provide progress updates throughout the year. The supervisory line will be decided as soon as the research awardee is on board.

In the remaining 50% of his/her time, the research award recipient will contribute to the operations of the Centre of Excellence through a variety of tasks, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results; supporting monitoring and evaluation activities (including data entry); updating content on the Centre of Excellence website; supporting communication and learning activities; preparing internal and external reports; and providing other program support as needed.

To learn more about the Centre of Excellence and CRVS systems, please visit our website.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2019 call page

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Strong research, communication, and analytical skills;
  • An understanding of social and gender analysis;
  • Experience in designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research, including work in the statistical collection, compilation, and analysis of data;
  • Experience or knowledge of CRVS systems, particularly death registration, causes of death, and mortality statistics, would be a considerable asset;
  • Familiarity with key organizations that have a clear mandate to support CRVS systems at the global or regional levels (e.g. United Nations Statistics Division, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, etc.); and
  • Willingness to complete the CRVS eLearning course modules (mandatory if limited knowledge of CRVS systems).

Language requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English and French;

This position is located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada.

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