On January 23, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “Global Gag Rule.” President Trump’s implementation plan for the expanded policy, called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” was announced in May 2017. The policy states that any foreign nongovernmental organization that takes US global health funds must certify that they do not engage in certain abortion-related activities, including providing abortion services, information, counseling and referrals, and advocating to expand access to safe abortion services. The Global Gag Rule (GGR) applies to what organizations do with their own non-US government funds and forces health care providers to choose between providing a comprehensive spectrum of reproductive health care and receiving critical US funding. Trump’s GGR expands a bad policy enacted by previous Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan, by implicating almost $9 billion in US foreign assistance and affecting many organizations that did not previously need to comply with it.

IWHC has been working with grantee partners in Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, and South Africa to document the effects of the GGR on civil society, the political climate, and the health and lives of women and girls. Since 2017, IWHC and partners have conducted 275 interviews across the four project countries with diverse representatives from civil society organizations working on global health and related issues, government agencies, academics, journalists, and other relevant stakeholders. The findings from the project have resulted in annual reports of findings on the impacts of the policy and informed IWHC’s US foreign policy advocacy.


Scope of work

Phase 3 analysis and report writing (80%)

  1. Qualitative analysis of ~95 key informant interviews conducted in 2019 by IWHC grantee partners in Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, and South Africa.
  2. Draft phase 3 project report, similar in structure to the phase 2 report found here.
  3. Finalize phase 3 project report and key messaging documents in collaboration with key IWHC staff and grantee partners.

Phase 4 project implementation support (10%)

  1. Provide project support, such as capacity building on qualitative research methods or report writing and editing, to partners and internal IWHC stakeholders as needed.

Phase 5 project design support (10%)

  1. Informed by findings of Phases 3 and 4, and in consultation with IWHC and its grantees’ advocacy priorities, provide guidance on key priorities and adapt data collection tools for Phase 5 of the project, which will be implemented in 2021


The consultancy will be overseen by IWHC’s Associate Director of Advocacy and Policy.



  1. Draft phase 3 project report by November 20, 2020.
  2. Final phase 3 project report by December 18, 2020.
  3. Memo providing guidance for Phase 5 project and data collection tools by January 30, 2021.



The work is expected to take place between October 2020 through January 2021.





Required qualifications and expertise:

  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender justice
  • Extensive experience in human rights and global health policy research and advocacy; specific requirement of deep knowledge of the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “Global Gag Rule”
  • Strong, demonstrated expertise with qualitative research methods and analysis, critical thinking, and synthesizing information
  • Extensive experience and comfort working with Dedoose
  • Strong analytical and narrative writing that is clear and accessible to wide audiences
  • Extensive experience working with non-profit organizations primarily in the Global South
  • Fluent written and spoken English required
  • Meticulous attention to detail, timeliness and ability to meet deadlines, and a collaborative spirit


How to apply:

Please apply by October 12, 2020 by submitting a cover letter, a CV, two writing samples, and rates to Nina Besser-Doorley at, with subject line: GGR Consultancy.