Senior Officer: Decriminalization Project and ILGA Regions engagement


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ILGA World seeks a Senior Officer: Decriminalization Project and ILGA Regions engagement

Start of the position: July 2022

Deadline for applications:Wednesday, 11 May 2022 – 1 PM (Central European Time)NEW DEADLINE: Monday, 15th of May 2022, 1PM CET

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

The position
ILGA World seeks a Senior Officer to join our Programmes Team to coordinate ILGA World’s advocacy and policy projects that engage ILGA’s regions. The work entails the coordination and implementation of our project on Decriminalisation in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

This 3-year project will assist LGBTI-led civil society organizations to build a coordinated approach to campaigning, incorporating advocacy and movement building activities with a focus on decriminalization of a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). Although usually not specifically covered under criminalizing laws, this project also will work with intersex civil society in intersectional ways that address how these laws affect persons with diverse sex characteristics and so we use the acronyms LGBTI and SOGIESC. The person also will support the Director of Programmes in coordinating advocacy efforts between the ILGA Regions and the global office and act as the point person for ILGA World engagement in the Protect Defenders EU project.

ILGA World’s advocacy and policy work in these contexts is highly collaborative with our members in the region and LGBTI human rights defenders from international, regional and national levels. successful candidate will have to be able to navigate multicultural environments, different sectors of civil society, and UN spaces alike.

The Senior Programme Officer report directly to the Director of Programmes.

The ideal candidate will start working on July 2022.


Important Please read the Responsibilities, Performance of duties and remuneration and benefits, Requirements and Highly desired qualities 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).

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  • 12 April 2022 - Call for candidates
  • 11 MAY 2022, 1:00 pm CEST NEW DEADLINE: 15 May 2022, 1:00 pm CEST - Deadline for applications
  • 26 May 2022 - Shortlisted candidates for second stage (written task) notified of results
  • 30 May 2022 (until 6 June) - Skills exercise is sent to shortlisted candidates with a 7-day deadline to complete
  • Week of 9 June 2022 - Shortlisted candidates for the third stage (interview) notified of results
  • Week of 16-20 June 2022 - Interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • Week of 23 June - 28 June 2022 - Offer is made
  • July (or August) 2022 - Successful candidate takes up position

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.
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Open-ended questions
What are your reasons for applying for this post and what will you bring to it? How your profile matches the requirements and highly desirable qualities for the position? (max. 500 words)?
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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 experience in developing, adapting and delivering training and capacity building programmes to a wide range of stakeholders including CSO. Please give an example or examples of where you have delivered training programmes to human rights defenders/CSOs? How did you tailor and adapt the training to their needs? How did you assess the impact of the training? (max. 300 words)
The successful candidate for this position will have good knowledge of UN human rights mechanisms and NGO opportunities within them. Ideally, they will also have some experience of engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, preferably on behalf of local human rights groups, and some experience with activities aimed at follow-up on and implementation of international human rights recommendations. Please describe what is your level of knowledge of UN human rights mechanisms and related NGO opportunities, and how you have acquired it. Please also explain how you have gained experience with UN mechanisms and/or implementation of international human rights recommendations and describe one example of a project or activity you have implemented. (max. 300 words)
This position will involve communications and cooperation with multiple local groups working on LGBTI human rights in different countries and regions. The successful candidate is somebody who is competent in working with such partners, building, maintaining and nurturing key relationships. Please provide an example that illustrates your ability to work in partnerships with different groups representing different communities and cultures. What do you think is key to build successful relations in such circumstances? (max 200 words).
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