We are excited to announce an opportunity to join the Gender and Public Health Emergencies Working Group (formally the Gender and COVID-19 Working Group) as a Working Group Coordinator. This role will support the ongoing success of the Working Group by planning meetings, building relationships with members, managing the list-serve, overseeing awards, and seeking additional funding.
The Working Group is an active community of practice for researchers, gender practitioners, policymakers, and advocates. It was established in 2020 by a group of academics from public health, international relations, public policy, and development economics to better understand and address the gendered effects of COVID-19 and government responses to the outbreak. Over the past three years the group has grown to over 650 members across academia, civil society, government, and multilateral organizations, and meets virtually on a bi-monthly basis.
The Working Group has continued to be active since its establishment, holding bi-monthly meetings, sharing new resources and opportunities via a list-serve, and producing resources for the Gender and COVID-19 website. As the initiative expands and evolves, the Working Group is being rebranded as the Gender and Public Health Emergencies Working Group to maintain its relevance beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gender and Public Health Emergencies Working Group is committed to building a global network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners leading to gender outputs/outcomes. If you are passionate about advancing gender equality in global public health and crisis response, we encourage you to apply. The successful candidate will be engaged as a consultant through Simon Fraser University for a total of 52 days (roughly one day per week) with a total budget of $31,200. The ideal candidate will have experience advancing gender equality and be based in a lower- or middle-income country. Please check the TOR associated with this announcement.
Terms of Reference
Title: Gender and Public Health Emergencies Working Group Coordinator
Position Type: Consultant
Remuneration: total budget of $31,200. The coordinator will be expected to invoice every 3 months.
Location: Remote, with a preference for candidates based in lower- and middle-income countries.
The Gender and Public Health Emergencies Working Group Coordinator will support the ongoing success of the Working Group by planning meetings, building relationships with members, managing the listserve, overseeing awards, and seeking additional funding. The coordinator will work closely with the Steering Committee to implement the objectives of the Working Group, including network facilitation between researchers, policymakers, and practitioners globally leading to gender transformative outputs/outcomes.
The Gender and Public Health Emergencies Working Group Coordinator will be responsible for the following:
- Planning and coordinating virtual meetings, webinars, and other events for the Gender and Public Health Emergencies Working Group.
- Building and maintaining relationships with members of the Gender and Public Health Emergencies Working Group, including researchers, policymakers, and practitioners through thematic meetings, questionnaires and surveys.
- Managing the listserv, including monitoring and moderating discussions, and sharing new resources and opportunities.
- Overseeing small grant giving, including developing selection criteria, soliciting applications, and coordinating the review process.
- Seeking additional funding opportunities and contributing to proposals.
- Collaborating with the steering committee to develop reports, briefs, and other publications related to topics of Gender and Public Health Emergencies.
- Additional duties to support the Working Group as needed and agreed upon with the Steering Committees.
- Advanced degree in public health, international relations, public policy, or related fields.
- Minimum of three years of experience in project coordination, preferably in the field of global health and/or gender equality. Experience in managing volunteers is an asset.
- Strong knowledge of gender and health issues, with a focus on crisis response and preparedness.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
- Proficiency in English; proficiency in additional languages is an asset.
- Active participation in the existing Gender and COVID-19 Working Group is an asset.
- Organization and facilitation of bi-monthly Steering Committee meetings including agenda setting and follow up.
- Organization and facilitation of bi-monthly Working Group meetings including prepping of presenters and technical support.
- Monthly screening of grant opportunities and coordinating grant writing within the Working Group.
- Coordination of five small grant applications and administrative follow up.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, three page resume, and two references to Julia Smith at email@example.com by March 31st. The cover letter should address the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including their experience with gender and health issues, event planning, list management, and award coordination. The steering committee will screen applications and select candidates for interviews in the second half of April. Expected start date is May 8th, 2023. Successful grant procurement can lead to an extension of this contract.