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Researcher/Writer – SDG16 and the Social Determinants of Health

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: Single Engagement Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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The 74th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place 24 May – 1 June 2021. The WHA will consider and possibly adopt a draft resolution calling upon governments to strengthen their efforts to address the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health to reduce health inequities (EB148/CONF./2). The draft resolution has a strong connection with rule of law and SDG16. Every social determinant of health has a legal component or aspect, and hence appropriate legal frameworks and capacity are essential to addressing these health determinants. The draft WHA resolution also includes references to food security, nutrition, environment, and climate change, gender, a focus on monitoring, and technical knowledge and support for the implementation of cross-sectoral strategies.  

In June 2021, IDLO will host an online expert meeting with a related focus, exploring opportunities arising from the WHA resolution and the links between SDG3, SDG16, and other related SDGs.

The SDG High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) will take place 6-15 July 2021. The HLPF will review, among others, Sustainable Development Goals 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions. The June event and related report on SDG16 and the social determinants of health will provide a stepping stone to promote a discussion and raise awareness about the role of SDG16 in advancing social determinants throughout the various SDGs. The events in June and July will contribute to an IDLO policy brief or other knowledge product on the intersection of SDG16 and SDG3, and other related SDGs, including consideration of the impact of COVID-19 and the implications for post-COVID-19 recovery.

Under the guidance of the Program Lead and in close coordination with the Program Coordinator, the Researcher/Writer will be responsible for the following:

  • Draft a concept note and related documentation for the online expert meeting in June 2021, assist identify possible experts, draft related correspondence, and facilitate communications.
  • Coordinate, attend and document the June 2021 expert meeting, prepare the event report, noting recommendations for further discussion through IDLO’s contribution to the HLPF.
  • Participate in the HLPF as an observer, document the relevant sessions, and note the recommendations arising.
  • Draft an intervention for the HLPF and related communications, as required.
  • Draft the policy brief based on the outcomes of the two meetings (maximum 5,000 words), revise, and finalize it after reviewing by IDLO.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Education and Work Experience

  • Master’s degree in international development studies, law, public health, human rights, or related area.
  • Minimum ten years experience in researching and writing on public health and international development policy.
  • Demonstrated rapporteur and report writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within tight deadlines.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of English and high-quality drafting skills in English are required. 


The consultancy will be Home-based. The total fixed lumpsum remuneration for the assignment will be € 7,500. Payment will be made upon receipt of deliverables of high quality and upon approval by the supervisor, as per the mutually agreed schedule.

Applications will be screened on regular basis; a qualified applicant might be recruited before the deadline. In the interest of making the most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female and diverse applications to our positions.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Contractor assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.





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