Call for expression of interest: WHO/HRP – Gender and Rights Advisory Panel (GAP) Member

Posted by Maria Codina on August 6, 2018 at 2:35 pm

The UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) is the main instrument within the United Nations system for identifying research priorities on sexual and reproductive health and rights; for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating related interdisciplinary research; for collaborating with countries to build national capacity to conduct research; and for promoting the use of research results in policy making and sexual and reproductive health programmes. HRP is administered through the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR).

The integration of gender equality and human rights is central to HRP’s work on sexual and reproductive health. To support this, HRP is guided by the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel (GAP)

Specifically, GAP members:

  • Review and provide advice on all aspects of the Department’s work with attention to gender equality issues and sexual and reproductive rights perspectives;
  • Propose mechanisms by which gender and rights concerns can be brought to bear across the Department’s work, with particular attention to the examination of current research and programming priorities, and the development of new research and programming priorities;
  • Attend one GAP meeting a year and may be requested to participate in specific technical meetings of the Department during the year in order to contribute a gender and rights perspective to other activities, and report back to the Panel;
  • Examine key concepts in the area of sexual and reproductive health which are currently under debate, and give guidance to the Department in this area;
  • Review the sex composition of the various technical advisory groups of the Department and suggest ways of redressing imbalances.

Members of GAP participate in an individual capacity and not as representatives of their institution or country. GAP meets once a year in Geneva – end of January. The recommendations of the GAP meeting are reported to the HRP advisory and governing bodies in order to (a) present findings of the Panel. The working language of the meeting and documentation is English. No stipend is paid to members, however full travel costs are covered and an expense allowance is provided.

Selection criteria

Members of GAP will be selected with attention to technical competence, sex, geographical/cultural balance, and particularly to representation from developing countries.

Applications from experts in human rights law, and from applicants from the WHO African, south-east Asian and European regions are particularly encouraged.

In assessing applications, the following criteria will be used:

  • Track record within areas of expertise, including publications
  • Diversity of gender and geographical origin

Members of other HRP committees, principal investigators of HRP studies, and HRP grantees are not eligible for GAP membership.


A short letter of interest indicating the potential contribution of the nominee to GAP (maximum 1 page), plus a curriculum vitae, should be submitted by e-mail to Self-nominations would be welcomed. Deadline for application is 30 September 2018.