Director of Programmes application form


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ILGA World seeks a Director of Programmes to manage, develop and grow ILGA World’s programmatic work.

Start of the position: January 2022

Deadline for applications: Friday, 3 December 2021 – 1 PM (Central European Time)

Who can apply?
Anyone with dedication to - and experience in regard to - the human and social rights of persons with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics who meets the requirements set out below.

The role of the Director of Programmes is to conceptualise, lead and oversee the programmatic work of the organisation, to supervise the Programmes Team staff and to strategically develop ILGA World’s programmatic work in collaboration with the Executive Director. The Director of Programmes covers the whole programmatic breath of the organisation and our movements and supervises staff divided currently into four areas:

  • UN Programme (3 members of staff)
  • GIESC Programme (3 members of staff)
  • Research (one staff person and a team of consultants)
  • Projects (in development)

The Programmes Team is at a pivotal moment of both change and growth and the Director of Programmes will be the key figure in accompanying the organisation and the team in those processes from a programmatic and managerial point of view. By the end of 2021 the Programmes Team will have grown from 5 members of staff (including the Director of Programmes) to 8 members of staff and will reach a size of at least 10 staff by the end of 2022, adding a whole new area of work (projects) and extending the programmatic scope of all programmes.

The Director of Programmes will work with the Executive Director and the Programmes Team Managers to ensure to find ways so that the work ILGA is committed to deliver will be adequately resourced by programmatic staff. This includes several areas of new work that ILGA World has taken on, including projects on Sports, Business, Workplace & LGBTI Equality, Global Decriminalisation by 2030 and Youth.

Middle management has just been introduced to the Programmes Team and will be fully implemented and solidified in the first half of 2022. The Director of Programmes has a key role in building the structure and support for the growing team, including supporting these middle managers.

In addition the Director of Programmes will be responsible to oversee and deliver the programme of the upcoming 30th World Conference that will be held in LA, Long Beach in May 2022.

ILGA World’s programmatic work is highly collaborative, interconnected and intersectional. In our work we seek to connect SOGIESC and feminist issues, empower LGBTI+ activists and organisations, and convene our communities to strengthen their voice in global human rights advocacy and debates.

The successful candidate therefore needs to have the ability to skilfully navigate the global LGBTI activist community and international diplomatic spaces alike, is a respected leader in our communities, has demonstrated management and staff supervision experience and proven ability to develop SOGIESC programmatic work strategically. Being able to offer a solid feminist analysis of SOGIESC issues is a benefit.

The ideal candidate will start working in January 2022.


Important Please read the Responsibilities, Performance of duties and remuneration and benefits and Requirements sections below and then fill out the application form.

The application should be completed in English. Interviews will also be conducted in English (though other declared language skills may be tested).

We recommend preparing your answers in advance before you start filling the below form out. In order to prevent the form session expiring and you losing your work, we suggest downloading this form in a Word document format and filling it out offline (especially open-ended questions) and then coming back to the below form and pasting the answers. DO NOT send your application form in a Word document format, as it will not be evaluated this way.

Should there be well found reasons why this was not possible, you may submit the application form as well by e-mail to [email protected].
Rename this file SURNAME_Name_DoP.docx. For instance: SMITH_John_DoP.docx before you submit it.

We also recommend filling out the below form on a computer (instead of a smartphone) if possible.

Late submissions. Please, plan your submission in advance. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


  • 3 November 2021 - Call for candidates
  • 3 December 2021, 1:00 pm CET - Deadline for applications
  • 10 December 2021 - Shortlisted candidates are invited for interviews
  • 15-17 December 2021 - Interviews with shortlisted candidates and skills exercise
  • Week of 6-10 December 2021 - Interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • Before 24 December 2021 - Offer is made
  • January 2022 - Successful candidate takes up position (if notice period allows)

Please direct any question to [email protected].

Job description
Please include a country code e.g. 0041 and do not use any signs (+, -) or spaces.
It is not necessary to speak English as your first language in order to be hired, but a high standard of verbal and written accuracy and comprehension is required.
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If you know more than one other language, you can add the level of each of them in brackets. E.g Polish (C2), Japanese (A2).
Present and previous occupations
Please give details of your occupation(s) starting with the most recent. Please include also relevant unpaid/volunteer work. Do not list more than five occupations.

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Voluntary work with Civil Society
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In this section you can include information about your further/higher education/other training
Formal education or equivalent
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Professional qualifications, trainings and development
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Open-ended questions
What are your reasons for applying for this post and what will you bring to it? How does your profile match the requirements of this demanding position? (max. 600 words)?
  • The following 4 questions ask you about your knowledge and experience that we consider are needed for the position.
  • As your responses to these questions will be used to help assess your application, please take some time to think about your answers and present them in the format set out below. For each question, please provide an example that focuses on your own involvement in the task and tell us how you went about the task.
  • Please do not simply list the tasks you have undertaken, as this does not tell us about your competencies in completing the task. Try to use a different example for each question, as a spread of responses gives us the most complete picture of you.
  • Please limit your response to each question. The word limit is listed under each of them.
ILGA World values the diversity of all people and their communities across the globe. This positively influences how International NGOs and spaces better-reflect our world. While persons working for international NGOs or for UN institutions regularly come from a diverse range of geographical places, this in itself is not the full picture of diversity. At ILGA World we also seek to empower voices from communities that are marginalised or excluded. If your experience in life is one that brings different experiences of diversity and/or exclusion and/or marginalisation, please share how you would bring this perspective to the position. (max 200 words).
The successful candidate for this position will have at least five-years experience in programme management and in supervising of a staff team at the local, national, regional or international level. Please explain your experience in this field and describe one example of such work that you are proud of. (max 200 words).
What is feminism to you? (max 200 words).
In your view: what are the main upcoming challenges for the Programmes Director in 2022 and how would you address those in your work? (max 400 words).
Additional Information
Please add information that is not included in the previous answers but that you think may be useful in explaining how you meet the requirements of this position. Please provide your answer here (max 200 words).
Please provide two referees. If you have not been employed, an academic referee would be an appropriate alternative. Referees will not be contacted prior to interview.
Reference 1
Please include a country code e.g. 0041 and do not use any signs (+, -) or spaces.
Reference 2
Please include a country code e.g. 0041 and do not use any signs (+, -) or spaces.
I declare that the information provided on this form is correct to the best of my knowledge and understand that any information submitted in connection with employment and subsequently found to be incorrect or deliberately misleading could lead to dismissal without notice.
If the answer is NO, your application cannot be accepted and will not be processed.

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