Terms of Reference (ToR) for Research Fellow with

The Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub)



The Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub) is a global organization that establishes strategic partnerships to fortify the menstrual health ecosystem and promote collaborative, systemic impact around female health around the world.

Our vision is a world that is committed to the collective and meaningful recognition that menstrual health is a priority in progressing gender equality.

We work to promote connection and collaboration across the female health space in order to strengthen collective impact around women and girls empowerment and development. As a social enterprise and not-for-profit, the MH Hub seeks to catalyze innovative approaches and build a vibrant ecosystem of investors, social enterprises, donors, NGOs, researchers and advocates invested in advancing female health. Working around 4 pillars of engagement (research, education, policy and innovation), the MH Hub works to broker relationships and foster new financial, social and political investments in menstrual health, and the femtech industry more broadly.

Our work is guided by six principles which encompass who we are, and the attitude we take: Centralization and Connection, Cross-sector Communication, Constructive Contribution, Curation, Credit, and Cooperation.


Research Fellow Responsibilities

In order to support the work of the MH Hub, we are currently recruiting a Research Fellow to assist in populating The Menstrual Health Hive.  The MH Hive is a knowledge platform which provides users with access to MH research, innovation, education and learnings, and policies.

This ToR outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Research Fellow and expected outcomes at the completion of the fellowship. The Research Fellow will assist in mapping, collating, and curating both academic and grey literature around menstrual health.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Provide research support to the MH Hive manager and other team members involved in Hive development
  2. Capture, summarise, and curate academic research on the MH Hive
  3. Explore and categorise grey July (non-academic evidence) around menstrual and female health to include in MH Hive.
  4. Contribute to development of an “evidence gap map” to identify saturation of thematic and geographic areas and develop priority research agenda
  5. Create original research posts for MH Hub blog posts (dependent on Fellow interest area)

The Research Fellow will be given adequate support including links to key research to curate in order to complete the aforementioned tasks. Tasks can be revised by the line manager if their scope proves beyond the allocated fellowship period.



This position reports to Ms. Milena Bacalja Perianes, the Deputy Director of the MH Hub, and line manager for research, advocacy and policy projects which are categorized under the MH Hive.


Time Commitment & Expectations

It is expected that the Research Fellow will be able to commit to 40 hours a month. Whilst a weekly commitment of 10 hours a week is preferred, this is negotiable based on the candidate’s needs (ie. If they require a full-time placement for university). The Research Fellow will be required to check in once a week via Whatsapp, email or skype with the line manager to check on progress, provide feedback and support where necessary.



The fellowship will be for a period of three months, beginning ASAP. If the MH Hub or the Fellow wish to terminate, or amend the period in this agreement, written notification must be given by the party seeking to change the terms and condition


Expenses and Location

This is an unpaid, remote-based fellowship. There is a preference for an individual based in the UK, however for the right candidate this is negotiable. All associated costs must be borne by the fellow unless provided for by a sponsoring institution, e.g. university, education programme, etc. Appropriate documentation can be provided to the Fellow for purposes of university recognition.

If the candidate requires or requests upskilling in a certain area the MH Hub will (where possible) will support the Research Fellow’s professional development through mentoring and coaching.

Upon the successful completion of the fellowship, and fulfillment of duties, the MH Hub will provide a written reference for the Research Fellow and be a referee where necessary.


Position Requirements

  1. Must be currently enrolled in university or have independent journal access
  2. Demonstrable experience (voluntary, paid or studies) in developing and implementing research projects
  3. Experience or interest in menstrual, female or sexual and reproductive health
  4. A creative thinker with a flair for creating interesting narratives from complex data and material
  5. Experience in synthesising and communicating insights and research in appealing and original ways
  6. Excellent organisational and time management skills, ability and experience to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  7. Attention to detail
  8. Basic technical skills relevant to website management ie. Content management systems AirTable, WordPress, etc.  (Desirable but not essential)

At the MH Hub, we acknowledge that research shows that women are less likely to apply for jobs if they do not fulfil 100% of the criteria. We strongly encourage all applicants to think outside the box. If you do not meet the position criteria, feel free to convince us why you are suited to joining the team!


Application Process

Please send in a CV and cover letter responding to the questions below:

  1. Why is menstrual health an important topic, to you and more broadly?
  2. Why are you interested in this position and passionate about menstrual/female health?
  3. What relevant skills and experience do you bring to this position (in reference to position requirements)?

Please submit your application by July 30th, 2019 to milena@mhhub.org. Include any administrative details that are relevant to your current situation i.e., studying, availabilities.

If you have any questions please address these to Milena Bacalja Perianes at milena@mhhub.org.