Development and Adoption of the cross-sectoral Mozambican UN LIA Implementation Plan

Location : Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE
Application Deadline :07-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Duration of Initial Contract :2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UN Legal Identity Agenda (UN LIA) is a joint programme implemented by the UN departments and agencies active in the area of civil registration, vital statistics and identity management, under mandate from the Deputy-Secretary-General. UNDP is co-chair, along with UNICEF and UNDESA, of the UN Legal Identity Agenda Task Force, mandated by the DSG to assist in implementation of the UN LIA. In close cooperation with the World Bank and other identity providers, the goal of ‘Legal Identity for All’ is to assist UN Member States achieve SDG Target 16.9 – “Legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030.” Technical assistance will be provided to UN Member States in order to strengthen their capacity to develop comprehensive, holistic, birth-to-death civil registry, vital statistics and identity management systems (including, where relevant, support to national population registers/national identity card schemes).
Mozambique was selected as a United Nations Legal Identity Agenda (UN LIA) pilot country based on the country’s low civil registration indicators, especially death registration (12.1 per cent), birth registration (49 per cent) (National Statistics Institute [INE], 2017) and identification coverage (38 per cent) (NID, 2020). In Mozambique, a rapid assessment was undertaken by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on behalf of the United Nations Legal Identity Task Force (UN LIA TF), from 17 to 21 February 2020. The mission conducted the assessment and presented the report aimed at establishing Mozambique’s degree of preparation for the implementation of an integrated civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) and ID system. To this end, the mission carried out desk reviews and individual/institutional consultative
meetings. Consultations were held with government institutions, the United Nations agencies of Mozambique, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), the World Bank Group, development partners and academia. The rapid assessment aimed to provide insight into the Lusophone system of civil registration and identity management, and the challenges with the integration and interoperability of CRVS and ID systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a holistic Development and Adoption of the cross-sectoral Mozambican UN LIA Implementation Plan building upon an existing interoperable and sustainable civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems for Mozambique providing a roadmap integration/rollout of CRVS and new/digitally upgraded identity management systems; UNLIA implementation plan should be aligned with existing Government CRVS and UNLIA existing documents, such as Strategic Plan, Operational Plan, UNCT guidelines.
  • Provide roadmap for facilitating discussion and validation of the implementation plan between the different actors at the level of Government, cooperation partners and other relevant organizations;
  • Ensure that the implementation plan encapsulates Universal Strategies/ recommendation/ guidelines for recording all vital events occurring in the country, for better interoperability and considering that it is a plan and for any implementation the approved by government and with budget
  • Ensure results and recommendations of the rapid assessment conducted by Economic Commission of Africa for United Nations Legal Identity Agenda are reflected in the implementation plan
  • Ensure that the implementation plan will support and UN Country Teams to formulate new/revised holistic ‘One UN’ project document for the Legal Identity Agenda;
  • Lead the work of a National Individual Consultant to be recruited by UNDP/UNICEF.


Functional Competencies

  1. Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
  • Advocates for the inclusion of UNTT/UNLIA focus areas in the public policy agenda;
  • Brings visibility and sensitizes decision makers to relevant emerging issues;
  • Builds consensus concerning UNDP/UNICEF’s strategic agenda with partners on joint initiatives;
  • Leverages UNDP/UNICEF’s multidisciplinary expertise to influence the shape of policies and programmes;
  • Demonstrates political/cultural acumen in proposing technically sound, fact-based approaches/solutions;
  • Dialogues with national counterparts and other stakeholders to strengthen advocacy efforts;
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity


    2.  Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:

  • Develop and implement innovative approaches;
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking;
  • Conceptualizes more effective approaches to programme development and implementation and to mobilizing and using resources;
  • Leverages resources in support of new approaches;
  • Facilitates change and influences senior decision makers to implement change strategies.

       3. Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:

  • Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in primary discipline, a broad knowledge of related disciplines, as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures;
  • Applies knowledge to support the unit/branch’s objectives and to further the mandate of UN;
  • Applies a broad knowledge of best management practices; defines objectives and work flows, positions reporting relationships in such a way as to obtain optimum effectiveness for the unit/branch;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself personally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge of the current programme guidelines and project management tools and manages the use of these regularly in work assignments.

  4. Client Orientation:

  • Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services and identifies solutions or alternatives;
  • Proactively identifies, develops and discusses solutions for internal and external clients, and persuades management to undertake new projects or services;
  • Consults with clients and ensures their needs are represented in decision-making processes;
  • Advises and develops strategic and operational solutions with clients that add value to UNDP/UNICEF programmes and operations.


Core Competencies

Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents;

  • Building support and political acumen;
  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
  • Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards;
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree level in political sciences, international relations, IT, law, social sciences, public administration, public management, statistics, health, procurement or in an equivalent area.


  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience including 5 years of experience in the area of civil registration, vital statistics and/or identity management;
  • Strong experience in the provision of technical advice, at a senior level, to national and international stakeholders involved in the provision and delivery of CRVS and identity management systems;
  • Strong knowledge on legal frameworks related to CRVS and identity management;
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  • Experience with digital innovations in CRVS and identity management, including with regards to biometric technologies;
  • Strong experience in coordinating various partners (especially UN agencies and national counterparts). Experience in managing UN Joint Programmes is an asset.
  • Strong writing and communication capability and aptitude to cope with messages and priorities competing with multiple target audiences
  • Good command of basic computer programmes (MS- Office under Windows: Word, Excel);

Language requirements

  • Excellent command on written and oral English and in Portuguese.

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