Application process

How the verification process works

The Directory of Experts has rigid verification processes in place to ensure that all experts and organizations listed represent the global community of practice for the civil registration, vital statistics, and identity management systems sectors.Please take note that you can only use your e-mail once. If you wish to create an expert account and an organizational account, you must use two different e-mail addresses. 

The application form and drop-downs menus are in English and French. However, you may complete the form in any language. If you are English/French bilingual, we encourage you to fill out your profile in English and French. 

The application is a 2-step process. After you have completed step 1, you will receive an account validation email to create your password and fill out the application. If you do not receive this email in 5 minutes, please check your junk/spam email folder. 

The expert account application process will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. The organizational account application process takes 5-10 minutes.


For experts

Personal endorsements

All applicants must provide the names of two individuals who can endorse you. This will be done electronically. An endorsement request will be sent to the email addresses you provide. Be sure to confirm with your endorsers via email before submitting their names and email addresses to us as references. If you are not endorsed, or the endorser does not respond within 10 business days, your application will be sent to the Centre of Excellence team for manual vetting.

Electronic vetting

If you are an employee of a pre-approved UN agency, non-profit organization, or government, your application will be electronically vetted when you submit it according to set criteria.

If you are a senior government official at the Deputy Director level and above, and working for a civil registration authority, identity management authority, statistical authority, or national planning ministry, you will automatically be approved if the Centre of Excellence has your organization’s email domain on record (for example, and your two personal endorsements are confirmed. Otherwise, your application will be manually vetted. 

Manual vetting required

If you are a consultant, employee at a private company, or an academic or researcher, you will go through a manual vetting process to ensure that you have the qualifications needed to be listed in the Directory. This includes: 

  • 2 years or more in the fields of CRVS or identity management
  • Detailed proof of your expertise, knowledge, and projects
  • 2 references (endorsements)
  • Availability of 1 month per year or more

How long does it take to apply?

It takes 10-20 minutes to complete the expert application form.

Timing of our review

We aim to complete our review of applications within 15 business days. We will send you an email to let you know the outcome.

Editing your profile

You can edit your information at any time on your dashboard. To do so, you need to log in using your email address and password. If you want to change your sector, the Centre of Excellence will need to review your profile to ensure it qualifies for the Directory.

News alerts 

On your dashboard under Interests and e-mail settings, you can update your interests to receive notifications about news, events, calls for proposals, and jobs postings customized for you. You can also opt to receive your news alerts directly via e-mail.


For organizations

Automatic approval

If your organization is a pre-approved UN agency, non-profit organization, or government department, ministry, or agency, your registration will automatically be accepted.

Vetting and endorsement required

If your organization is an educational institution or does not fall under the above organization categories, the Centre of Excellence team will review your registration request. We will email you within 5–10 business days to let you know the outcome or to request additional information.

How long does it take to apply?

It takes 5-10 minutes to complete the organization application form.


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