Workers Health Coordinator

Remote position - Home-Based Location

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights. WIEGO creates change by building capacity among informal worker organizations, expanding the knowledge base about the informal economy and influencing local, national and international policies.

Through research, policy advocacy, networking and support to grassroots membership-based organizations of informal workers, WIEGO’s Social Protection Programme aims to build the capacity of informal workers to advocate for improved social protection for themselves and their families, and to develop linkages between policy makers, social protection experts and organizations of  informal workers.

The Programme has 3 main pillars of work: Workers’ Health, Child Care, and Income Security for Older Workers. The Workers’ Health pillar encompasses two sub-areas of work: i) occupational health and safety (with a strong urban health focus); ii) universal health coverage. The main strategic goal of the pillar is to ensure greater recognition of informal workers within health policy and practice across these two areas.

WIEGO is seeking a Workers Health Coordinator to coordinate workers health activities across WIEGO’s teams and areas of work. Reporting to the Director of Social Protection, you will be responsible for a wide range of responsibilities including:

  • Strategy Development: you will take the lead in refreshing and further developing WIEGO’s strategy on Workers’ Health, in the following areas:
    • Worker Education
    • Advocacy
    • Research
    • Movement building
  • Implementation of priority activities in line with this strategy
  • Coordination of Workers’ Health activities across WIEGO programmes and Focal Cities in collaboration with membership-based organizations of informal workers
  • Fundraising to support both WIEGO’s priorities, and those of the membership-based organizations within the WIEGO network
  • Participation in key WIEGO Social Protection team activities and initiatives

The post-holder will work from home and therefore you will need  access to your own computer equipment and a strong Internet connection. WIEGO is particularly interested to hear from candidates based in South and Southeast Asia.

We expect this to be a part time contract position (ideally 3.5 days per week). Salary is dependent on experience, location and the role profile – this will be discussed with the successful candidate. 


The successful candidate will need to demonstrate:

  • An advanced degree (at least to Masters-level; PhD is an asset) with a focus on public, urban, occupational health. Applicants with a research or academic background should have policy-relevant experience.
  • 5-8 years previous experience working in a non-profit, public policy organization, government or academic environment.
  • Track record of policy advocacy on health issues for and with low income groups in Africa, Asia or Latin America.
  • Experience working with membership based organizations and on grassroots health issues is preferable.
  • Excellent written and spoken English-language skills; other languages (e.g. Hindi, Thai) an asset [a sample of written work is required].
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and proactive with a problem-solving perspective.
  • Ability to work well across multiple cultures within a virtual network.
  • Comfortable with working largely virtually and from own work space.

Time Frame

3 month initial contract, extendable to one year subject to satisfactory performance and thereafter renewable on a yearly basis.

Application Instructions & Deadline

To be considered for this position, please submit your application by 22 July 2020, which should include a cover letter, writing sample and curriculum vitae to

Informal Economy Topic
Informal Economy Theme