Programme Officer: National Advocacy Engagement At ILGA World

ILGA World seeks a Programme Officer to join our United Nations Team to support our members and other local LGBTI groups engaging with UN human rights mechanisms and organising national activities aimed at follow-up on and implementation of UN SOGIESC recommendations.

ILGA World’s advocacy and policy work in these contexts is highly collaborative with our members and LGBTI human rights defenders from a national level and seeks to connect national level activists and global level UN human rights mechanisms. The successful candidate will have to be able to navigate multicultural environments, different sectors of civil society, and UN spaces alike.

The Programme Officer will work in close collaboration with other members of ILGA World’s UN team focussing on certain human rights mechanisms, such as UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, Universal Periodic Review and Sustainable Development Goals. The Programme Officer will be a focal point for other UN Team members on local contacts for UN advocacy opportunities.

The Programme Officer will also collaborate closely with other international NGOs working on SOGIESC human rights advocacy and activists on national level – providing technical and other assistance to them in the context of UN mechanisms.

The Programme Officer reports to the Manager of the UN Programme.

The ideal candidate will start working on 1 June 2022.


  1. Provide technical support to local LGBTI groups in data collection for advocacy purposes and report drafting;
  2. Develop, conduct and coordinate online and offline training events on data collection, reporting to UN human rights mechanisms, follow-up on and implementation of UN SOGIESC recommendations;
  3. Provide technical support to local LGBTI groups in organising and implementing strategies aimed at follow-up on and implementation of UN SOGIESC recommendations;
  4. Coordinate annual cohorts of local LGBTI activists receiving training, technical and finance support in their advocacy strategies;
  5. Collect, document, systematise and analyse good practices on follow-up on and implementation of UN SOGIESC recommendations;
  6. Carry out some tasks related to the functioning of the national advocacy engagement component of the ILGA World’s UN Programme, such as: participating in meeting with donors and partners, planning and budgeting and reporting;
  7. Carry out other UN-related activities as agreed with the Director of Programmes and UN Programme Manager.
  8. Attend conferences, seminars and meetings on behalf of ILGA World.
  9. Work as a part of the ILGA World staff team.

Performance of duties, remuneration and benefits

  • ILGA World is currently introducing a flexible workplace regime – under the new rules this position can be implemented remotely and does not require relocation to Geneva
  • ILGA World remunerates under a three-tiered salary matrix structure. The annual salary being offered for the post ranges between CHF 60,000 and CHF 75,600 for a 100% position depending on location.
  • In addition, ILGA World offers 25 days annual leave and contributions to health care costs
  • ILGA World operates under the flexible working system, that among others include flexible working hours
  • The weekly working time is 37.5 hours on a 100% position
  • The position is advertised for an initial period of 18 months/until December 2023 with the possibility of extension if funding permits


The successful candidate

  • has at least 2 years of experience in advocacy and/or policy work on local or national levels;
  • has good knowledge of UN human rights mechanisms and NGO opportunities within them;
  • has at least some experience with human rights monitoring, reporting and/or investigation;
  • has at least some experience with programme and project coordination, including planning, budgeting and reporting;
  • has good understanding of living realities of different LGBTI communities around the globe;
  • must be able to communicate in English with high proficiency;
  • is able to communicate with the working level of proficiency in at least one language widely used in countries outside of the Global North, such as Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese or Swahili;
  • is able to navigate multicultural, challenging and sensitive environments;
  • shares ILGA World’s mission.

Highly-desired abilities

The successful candidate ideally

  • has a degree in law, human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field;
  • has some experience in developing and implementing training programmes;
  • has some experience of engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, preferably on behalf of local human rights groups;
  • has some experience with activities aimed at follow-up on and implementation of international human rights recommendations;
  • has direct experience within LGBTI or sister movements, such as those focussing on feminism, anti-racism, (dis)ability, etc;
  • has relevant experience in working in international and multicultural teams.

We encourage applications from persons with diverse SOGIESC and from persons living in the Global South.

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How to apply

The application for this position needs to be submitted online here:

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Deadline for applications: Friday, 8 April 2022, 1:00 PM CEST.

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