Senior Officer – Strategic Alliances & Coalitions Officer

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ILGA World seeks a Senior Officer – Strategic Alliances & Coalitions Officer

Start of the position: April/May 2024

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 6 March– 23:59 PM (Central European Time, CET)

*This is a Remote Position. No relocation services are provided to the selected candidate. Candidates must have the legal right to work in their country of residence.*

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

Overview

The Strategic Alliance & Coalitions Officer is part of ILGA Worlds Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics (GIESC) programme. They will be the main responsible for our work responding to anti-rights and anti-gender actors, coordinate our unearthing human rights narratives project, a collaborative project with GATE and CREA and work towards deepening collaboration and coordination with global feminist, SRHR movement actors and other key stakeholders.

Background: The Strategic Alliance & Coalitions Officer and the Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (GIESC) programme

ILGA World has an ongoing commitment to advancing the human rights of LGBTI people by paying particular attention to determinants of gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. These determinants are essential to advance the human rights of trans, gender diverse, intersex people and lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women.

Since 2015, ILGA World has had a dedicated programme to advance the rights of trans and gender diverse people by strengthening work at the global and regional levels.

We have been part of milestone achievements, such as the removal of pathologising trans categories in the International Classification of Diseases in 2018 and the creation and renewal of the UN Independent Expert on SOGI. We have also co-founded the UN Trans Advocacy Week, in which a coalition of trans-led organisations and programmes has brought trans human rights defenders to Geneva annually since 2017.

In 2020, this work expanded into the Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (GIESC) programme, created from our ever-growing engagement with intersex communities. In 2022, our programme led the first-ever Intersex Advocacy Week at the United Nations and launched the Intersex Legal Mapping Report in 2023. This report compiles legal information about intersex worldwide and seeks to create awareness about the human rights violations experienced by intersex people.  

Addressing human rights violations against trans, gender diverse, intersex people and LBQ women roots in the assessment that violence, discrimination, and prejudice against persons of diverse SOGIESC have a common cause: the cis-endosex-heteronormative, ableist, cultural, medical, and social model in which gender and sex are perceived as binary, mutually exclusive, medically normative, or a consequence of a person's particular body. Being of a certain (binary) gender is consequently considered unchangeable, and societies have expectations towards a person's social role and behaviour based on their sex and gender, which includes the conceptualisation of sexual attraction as exclusively heterosexual. Trans, gender diverse, intersex people and LBQ women are particularly affected, as well as gay men, by the binary gender model that defines being straight, cis and endosex as the norm. 

Rooted in feminist principles, the programme seeks to expand ILGA World’s work in the field, build bridges, and strengthen allyship with feminist and women’s movements. In addition, the GIESC programme collaborates with other intersectional social justice movements, which are equally impacted by the anti-rights rhetoric.

In 2023, our programme aims to expand our programmatic work by engaging across different movements, especially with feminist and women’s rights organisations, particularly those working to advance women’s human rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We are alarmed by how trans, gender-diverse and intersex rights are currently debated in some contexts as opposed to women’s rights. It is our analysis that only with a strong and united trans, gender diverse, intersex and women’s rights movement will we be able to counter the anti-gender rhetoric that undermines our rights and pushes for conservative and anti-democratic agendas. 

The aims of the GIESC programme are to:

  • Advocate for meaningful inclusion of GIESC issues in the programmatic, policy and normative work of multilateral institutions, in particular UN human rights mechanisms;
  • Build institutional relationships in and across multilateral institutions, including the United Nations, and key stakeholders to mainstream trans, gender diverse, intersex and women’s issues:
  • Raise visibility, awareness and allyship within the ILGA regions and the broader LGBTI movement on issues pertaining to gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics;
  • Work towards the depathologisation and decriminalisation of trans, gender diverse and intersex persons at all levels;
  • Support ILGA World’s research to cover GIESC issues in the organisation’s research portfolio holistically, ensuring trans, gender diverse, intersex and LBQ communities help conceptualise and deliver such research;
  • Empower trans, gender diverse, intersex people and LBQ women organisations and communities in all their diversities to advocate for their rights;
  • Support community organising led by trans, gender diverse, intersex people and LBQ women globally;
  • Raise visibility and awareness on (SO)GIESC issues within the feminist movement(s) and engage with feminist and women’s rights organisations;
  • Serve as a bridge between feminist and intersectional movements by encouraging and supporting collaboration and coalition building.

The Sex Characteristics Programme Officer position

Conservative movements and those who oppose the equality of women in all their diversity and LGBTQI people (or equality in general) are not a new phenomenon. However, in the past two decades, the opposition to the concept of gender, gender equality, and other socially progressive and emancipatory ideas and movements has become a more organized, transnational, and interconnected network of movements which sometimes brings together actors that otherwise have divergent political stances and agendas (ranging from ultraconservative to seemingly socially progressive). These so-called “anti-gender movements” have profoundly restricted the space and contracted rights related to LGBTI rights and feminist organizing globally since the early 2010s. Their impact has been most deeply documented in Europe and the Americas, though it has persistently erupted in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

ILGA World, CREA and GATE have led successful pilots, cross-movement activities and campaigns in recent years utilizing the project’s proposed approach. In December 2021, ILGA World coordinated a series of Strategic Dialogues on Countering Anti-Gender Actors and Narratives that engaged 120 stakeholders, releasing a report on the results of the dialogues in partnership with TGEU and GATE in April 2022. The report has been presented and discussed in regional forums of LGBTI people, particularly in Africa and Asia. At the start of 2023, ILGA World’s UN Programme led a strategic meeting in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights with permanent missions to the UN in Geneva (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA) on anti-gender and anti-rights actors. Recently, CREA collaborated with regional partners, the RESURJ global south feminist alliance, and Accountability International on the successful #FlawsinLaws campaign, that challenged the criminalization of young people’s sexuality and bodily autonomy. In 2023, CREA co-coordinated a series of meetings during the Commission on the Status of Women.

This 2-year project will solidify cross-movement alliances between feminist and LGBTI movements. The activities that will build these alliances will be led by ILGA World, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), and CREA. The project is the second phase of actions supported by ILGA World to respond to the shrinking space created by Anti-Rights and Anti-Gender actors in civil society, international institutions, and other governmental bodies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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KEY DATES

  • 1 September 2023 - Call for candidates
  • 1 October 2023, 1:00 pm CEST - Deadline for applications
  • 4 October 2023 - Shortlisted candidates are invited for interviews
  • 9– 13 October 2023 - Interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • 27 October 2023 - Offer is made
  • November-December 2023 - Successful candidate takes up position (if notice period allows)

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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.  At ILGA World, 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
Anti-gender movements” have profoundly restricted the space and contracted rights related to LGBTIQ+ rights and feminist organizing globally since the early 2010s. Their impact has been most deeply documented in Europe and the Americas, though it has persistently erupted in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Please share an example of recent and relevant project you have coordinated to counter the anti-gender/anti-rights movement. In your response, explain what strategies and approaches you used, and the outcome. max 500 words
ILGA World is increasingly alarmed by the growing and showing anti-trans rhetoric in multi-lateral spaces and seeks to challenge the recurrent narrative that trans rights violate and undermine women’s rights. Share an example of a current debate on this issue and how you would want to address it from an intersectional perspective. Explain in your answer how you would engage in cross-movement and build or strengthen coalitions. (max. 500 words)
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