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Call for Job: Latin American Coordinator, Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights

The Latin American and Caribbean coordinator coordinates Heartland Alliance’s LGBT advocacy programming in the region and supports the work of GISHR in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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20th March 2012 19:42

Alessia Valenza


Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights Global Initiative on Sexuality and Human Rights
Latin American Coordinator
Job Description:

Latin American Coordinator, Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights

Preferred Countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Uruguay

POSITION TYPE: Part-Time (see below for more information)

DEPARTMENT: International Programs

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights is a non-profit service-based human rights organization founded in 1888 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The largest human rights organization in the United States, Heartland provides solutions to health inequities through a combination of direct services and advocacy aimed at advancing human rights and health. Its mission states, “Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations – particularly the poor, the isolated and the displaced – through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society.”

Heartland Alliance is one of the largest implementers of HIV/AIDS programs targeting men who have sex with men (MSM) and other most-at-risk populations, with large PEPFAR-funded MSM/HIV projects in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. In addition, Heartland Alliance is a global leader in LGBT rights and protections, working with grassroots LGBT organizations in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights was established in July 2011 to consolidate Heartland Alliance’s programs addressing capacity building, rights, advocacy, security and protection for LGBT populations worldwide. Through this new portfolio, Heartland Alliance is consolidating management of and reporting for the Global Equality Network (GEN), the LGBT Rights Program and the LGBT HRD Emergency Response Initiative. Through these three programs, in conjunction with the organization’s direct service programs, Heartland Alliance is providing direct services; opportunities for strengthening institutional and substantive capacity (through GEN); security (through the HRD Initiative); and solutions, related to documentation of human rights violations, rights awareness and advocacy at international, regional and domestic level (through the LGBT Rights Program) to LGBT civil society and their constituencies across the Global South and East.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Latin American and Caribbean coordinator coordinates Heartland Alliance’s LGBT advocacy programming in the region and supports the work of GISHR in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the incumbent works with the GISHR director on all issues pertaining to international, regional and cross-regional advocacy and the achievement of target policy goals, with particular focus on the Organization of American States and its regional system of protection of human rights, as well as sub-regional organizations.
The incumbent is responsible for maintaining relationships with bilateral, multilateral and private donors in the region; liaising and working with LGBT partners and other civil society actors in the Latin American and Caribbean region; monitoring human rights trends in the region; and research for and development of funding opportunities in the region.

Education: Bachelors degree or equivalent. A degree in law, or a Masters or other post-graduate degree in international affairs, sexuality/gender studies or a related social science are preferred
Experience: 10 years of experience working with LGBT activists, of which at least 7 years in international work; demonstrated knowledge of the Organization of American States and at least one additional sub-regional organizations; demonstrated capacity to understand and work on sexuality and gender-related issues in different cultural settings; demonstrated capacity to work with other social movements on LGBT-related issues; demonstrated capacity to work with different actors and communities with little or no
knowledge of LGBT and sexual rights and to operate in a hostile environment; demonstrated capacity to work within a collaborative framework, with other staff, partner groups, international agencies, foreign embassies and donors.

Location: Given the regional nature of the position, the candidate should be based in the region, with preference in one the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Uruguay

Position Type: Local hire; Part-time with potential to transition to full-time
Opening Date: April 1, 2012

Other Qualifications: Prior experience in international settings working with human rights programming. Experience in working in different cultural and linguistic settings. Ability to work remotely and travel extensively. Language Skills: Bilingual English/Spanish; Excellent writing skills required. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original and innovative techniques or style. Ability to make persuasive presentation on controversial or complex topics to key stakeholders, partners, public groups, and/or board of directors.

To apply: please, submit your application at