United Nations Foundation

Consultant (Research Associate for Paper 5 of the Lancet Series on Gender Equality and Health)



The forthcoming Lancet Series on Gender Equality and Health focuses on the impact of efforts to transform gender norms and address gender inequalities on improved health outcomes and wellbeing of girls, women, boys and men around the world. The guest editor for the Series is Dr. Gary Darmstadt, Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. The Series is managed by a small secretariat based in Stanford University and will include five papers. The aim of Paper 5 is to issue a call to action to promote gender equality and changes in prevalent gender norms to optimize health outcomes for all. The lead author of the paper, Geeta Rao Gupta, Senior Fellow at U.N. Foundation, will work closely with two co-authors, Caren Grown, Senior Director of the Gender Group at the World Bank and Nandini Oomman, an independent global health specialist, as well as with the lead authors of the other four papers, and the Steering Committee of the Lancet Series, to identify the key recommendations to be included in Paper 5.

The Research Associate for Paper 5 is responsible for conducting rigorous analyses and critical appraisal of evidence across a wide range of subjects including summarizing results, producing reports, and coordinating and developing high profile, time-sensitive documents, presentations, briefings and analyses. The Research Associate will work closely with all authors of Paper 5 as well as interact with stakeholders across the Lancet Series, including members of the Steering Committee and the secretariat, to assist in the design, development and management of specific briefing and analytical projects.


  • Provide ongoing research, background information, and analytical support to Paper 5 authors.
  • Coordinate projects related to Paper 5, including project management and tracking the project budget, as well as setting deadlines and tracking timelines of tasks undertaken by authors and all other contributors to the paper.
  • Carry out literature reviews, landscape analyses, and analytical reviews as assigned.
    Document the findings of evidence reviews through written reports and make verbal presentations of the evidence to key stakeholders.
  • Interact with authors of the other four papers, the Steering Committee, and the Stanford University secretariat, as required, and provide clear and consistent communications on meetings and discussions held.

Selection Criteria

  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience, preferably in gender and global health research and/or programs.
  • Extensive writing experience, ideally in a deadline-driven environment. Writing samples will be requested.
  • Experience designing and executing, small-scale, time-sensitive research projects that include performing literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and synthesizing findings into papers and presentations for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Work experience in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple and competing demands and establish priorities, while providing continual attention to detail.
  • Broad understanding of gender equality and global health issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using MSWord, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint or related software.
  • MA in a social science discipline or in public health required.

Other Information

  • Length of engagement – Up to 130 days over one year, November 2017 – November 2018
  • Location – Remote (preferably based in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia)
  • Please submit an online application, including a resume and cover letter at www.unfoundation.org/who-we-are/careers/


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