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Call for Research Volunteers – Global Health 50/50 2021 Report

How to apply: Please send a CV and 1 page cover letter detailing your interest and suitability for the role to Applicants from low- and middle-income countries are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Deadline: 27 July 2020, 17:00 GMT+1

Global Health 50/50, considered among the world’s leading authorities on the study of gender equality in global health, is an independent research and advocacy initiative that informs, inspires and incites action and accountability for gender equality and health equity. 

We are now seeking two research volunteers to join the Global Health 50/50 Collective to contribute to the 2021 Global Health 50/50 Report, which provides a unique birds-eye view of gender and equality in the global health system today. The annual report, and the accompanying Gender and Health Index, reviews and scores the gender-related policies and practices of 200 organisations and identifies best-practice and recommendations for building a more gender-equitable global health system. 

Volunteering for Global Health 50/50 provides an opportunity to be meaningfully involved in research conceptualisation, data collection, analysis and the production of our next report, as well as to join a dynamic collective of diverse and interdisciplinary individuals committed to advancing gender equality and health for all. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Contributing to conceptualisation of the research framework and methodology (early September).
  • Data collection for the 2021 report across 200 organisations active in global health (between September – November 2020). 
  • Contributing to internal strategy discussions on the design, development and dissemination of the 2021 Report (between November 2020 – February 2021). 
  • Attending whole-team and sub-team meetings at regular intervals. 


  • Proven work experience or qualifications on issues related to global health and / or gender
  • An understanding of the global health landscape / architecture
  • An interest in how gender impacts on health for all people
  • Experience in research and data collection is desirable
  • Fluency in English
  • Additional languages skills are preferred but not essential
  • Applicants should be detail-oriented, work to a high degree of accuracy, motivated and able to work independently, as well as part of a larger team
  • Interested in contributing to the broader mission and vision of Global Health 50/50

Availability and inputs: 

The report research and data collection commences in September, with the final report published in March 2021. Volunteers will need to be available from the start of September 2020. They will be expected to contribute approximately 6 hours per week from September – December 2020, with a lower commitment required between January – March 2021. The work is conducted remotely and a stipend will be provided. 

About Global Health 50/50

Global Health 50/50’s vision is to promote better health and equal opportunities for all people of all genders everywhere through three tracks:

  • Informing global discourse with the world’s most rigorous and extensive gender and health index on the state of gender equality in global organisations active in health and health policy, and via its flagship annual report
  • Inspiring a vision of a new normal for gender equality in global health
  • Inciting a movement to demand and deliver the policies that will lead to gender equality in the workplace and in global health programmes

Our 2020 Report, Power, Privilege and Priorities, provides an unprecedented birds-eye view of the global health system today. It reveals that the leadership of the 200 most prominent organisations active in global health continues to reflect power and privilege asymmetries along historical, geographic and gender lines. The report further uncovers a distinct disconnect between the organisational priorities and the gendered burdens of disease around the world. The report warns that these inequalities — an inequality of opportunity in career pathways inside organisations and an inequality in who benefits from the global health system — are impeding progress towards health goals.