Job advertisement: Senior Programme Officer (UN Advocacy, HRC and UPR)


Job advertisement:
Senior Programme Officer (UN advocacy, Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review)

Deadline for applications:
Thursday 28 November 2019 – 1 pm (Central European Time)

Start of the position:
1 March 2020

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Terms and conditions

Who can apply?

  • Anyone with dedication to and experience in regard to the human and social 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 Programme Officer to head-up its UN advocacy and policy work with the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in particular. ILGA World’s advocacy and policy work in these contexts is highly collaborative with our members and LGBTI human rights defenders from 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 diplomatic, government, civil society and UN spaces alike. The person will work in close collaboration with the UN institutions, permanent missions, other civil society actors and activists on national level – providing technical and other assistance to them in the context of UN mechanisms.

Further the Senior Programme Officer will monitor, document and analyse resolutions, recommendations and statements relevant for SOGIESC issues in the contexts of the HRC and UPR, develop publications to this end and manage ILGA World’s ECOSOC status. 

The final offer will be conditional on the successful candidate obtaining a work permit to work in Switzerland. ILGA World will provide assistance for this. The successful candidate will ideally start working on 1 March 2020.


  • Coordinate and implement ILGA World’s UN advocacy and policy work in the context of the Human Rights Council and UPR. This includes:
    • representing ILGA World in the context of the HRC and UPR in close collaboration with the Director of Programmes
    • providing technical and other assistance to ILGA World member organisations in their engagement with the HRC and UPR as well as follow-up
    • collaborating with other actors on global level in engaging with the UN human rights system with a focus on HRC and UPR
    • monitoring, documenting and analysing the outcomes of HRC and UPR sessions in regard to SOGIESC issues and write publications to that end
    • Develop ILGA World’s work on following up of recommendations and outcomes from the UN level at national levels
  • Manage ILGA World’s ECOSOC status
  • Develop and implement trainings on UN human rights mechanisms and follow-up
  • Carry out other UN-related activities as agreed with the Director of Programmes
  • Supervise one Intern
  • Be available and ready to travel regularly and attend conferences, seminars and meetings on behalf of ILGA World
  • Work as a part of the ILGA World staff team

Performance of duties and remuneration and benefits

  • The Senior Programme Officer is required to work from ILGA World’s head office in Geneva
  • The weekly working time is 37.5 hours on one FTE (full time equivalent)
  • ILGA World remunerates under a salary matrix structure. The annual salary being offered for the post is CHF 76,800 based on a 100% position
  • In addition, ILGA World offers 25 days annual leave, an annual Geneva travel pass and a contribution to lunch expenses
  • Some relocation support is offered by ILGA World: this includes limited financial support for moving expenses and, if applicable, obtaining a work permit for the successful candidate


The successful candidate must:

  • be able to communicate in English with high proficiency
  • have worked or at least gained relevant experiences internationally
  • have worked either for civil society organisations or in government positions for a total of at least two years
  • have direct experience of working in Global South contexts
  • speak at least two languages

Highly desired abilities

The successful candidate ideally:

  • has excellent knowledge of Spanish
  • has direct experience with LGBTI activism
  • has direct experience in advocacy and policy work
  • holds a degree of higher education in a relevant field or has matching work or volunteer experience
  • has proficient knowledge of the UN Human Rights System, in particular the Human Rights Council and UPR
  • has relevant experience in working in international teams

Knowledge of French or other UN languages is an asset.

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How to apply


Filling the application online survey

The application for the position consists of two parts. An online application survey, which can be found here: as well as an online application form which can be found here:

Both parts - survey and form - have to be completed prior to the deadline. Please make sure to complete the form first, because it has to be uploaded in the online application survey.

For people who cannot fill the application survey, for example due to technical problems, a full application pack is available for download at the beginning of the application survey.

Filling out the Application Form

  1. Answer all questions and written tasks. Read the questions and written tasks carefully and demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria as this informs the shortlisting process. The shortlisting process is based on an evaluation of each of the sections.
  2. Language. The application pack should be completed in English. Interviews will also be conducted in English (though other declared language skills may be tested).
  3. Other documents or materials. Do not attach a CV, pictures or any additional document, as they will not be used. Failure to respect this rule will negatively impact your score.

Filling out the online survey

  1. To complete the application process, you will have to complete the application survey.
  2. In the survey you will have to provide information on your
    1. Personal and contact details
    2. Language skills
    3. Work and other experience
    4. Education, degrees and courses
    5. Two references
  3. You will as well have to upload this form (see next paragraph).
  4. Please note that the survey cannot be saved.

Upload of the Application Form

  1. File format. Submit your application through the data upload at the end of the application survey. Eligible formats are Word (.doc or .docx) or .pdf.
  2. File name. Rename this file SURNAME_Name_SPO.doc. For instance: SMITH_John_SPO.doc. Please use ALL CAPS for your surname so that we can clearly distinguish it from your name(s).
  3. Confirmation page. Once you have completed the survey you will arrive at a confirmation page, that confirms you having completed the survey in full and that is has been recorded in the system. We recommend not waiting until the last second to complete the form to avoid complications from too much online traffic.
  4. Late submissions. Please, plan your submission in advance. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Key dates

28 October 2019: call for candidates
28 November 2019 (1 PM CET): deadline for applications
Before 20 December 2019: shortlisted candidates notified of results
8 January 2020: interviews
Before 31 January 2020: notification of selected and not selected candidates

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ILGA World equal opportunities policy

ILGA World is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

ILGA World is committed to social justice, regardless of any individual or group characteristics, including gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sex characteristics, race, age, disability, ability, economic status, national origin, religion, ethnicity, and historical, cultural and geographic experiences, nonetheless recognizing the unique challenges faced by individuals with each of these characteristics and by those with intersecting identities.

We offer fair treatment to all current and potential employees, interns and contractors and aim to ensure that all such individuals receive equal treatment (including access to employment, training and opportunities for promotion, as relevant) regardless of any personal attribute as listed above.

ILGA World promotes gender and equality mainstreaming and it actively promotes equality in all policies and actions. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Lesbian and bisexual women, intersex persons, trans and gender-non-binary persons, and persons from the Global South are especially encouraged to apply. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

If more than one applicant is considered to be equally qualified for the position, priority will be given to applicants coming from marginalized and/or underrepresented groups.

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