Full-time internship: Gender Identity and Gender Expression Programme


Full-time internship
5 months working remotely – Gender Identity and Gender Expression Programme

Deadline for applications: 28 February 2018, 6pm Central European Time

This is a new opportunity with ILGA, the world federation of more than 1300 LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) member organizations.

ILGA’s Gender Identity and Gender Expression Programme has been in operation since 2015, addressing the human rights issues facing trans and gender diverse people. It does so by utilising United Nations mechanisms, conducting legal and social research, and engaging in trans movement building at international and regional levels.

The intern will assist the programme through supporting these three areas of work, depending on their interests and experience, and operational needs.

It is an excellent opportunity for somebody who has a demonstrated interest in trans-specific human rights and wants to gain experience working in an international LGBTI organisation.

The internship is virtual, and the intern can be based anywhere with good internet connection. The internship is for a period of five months, commencing on 16 April 2018 and ending on 14 September 2018. The candidate would ideally be available to work full-time.

Main tasks:

  • Assisting ILGA’s Gender Identity and Gender Expression Senior Programme Officer in their coordination and research work
  • Assisting coordination of the 2018 Trans Advocacy Week at the UN, in cooperation with partner organisations
  • Assisting research and coordination for ILGA’s Trans Legal Mapping Report
  • Assisting submissions to UN experts on trans issues, including support to national partners where needed
  • Carrying out organisational and administrative tasks together with the Gender Identity and Gender Expression Senior Programme Officer
  • Contribute to ILGA social media activities on trans issues

The announcement of an internship call for ILGA's Gender Identity and Gender Expression Programme. Deadline to apply: 28 February 2018, 6pm CET

Main requirements:

  • A commitment to strengthening the global trans movement
  • Particular interest in trans issues, with experience in working on trans rights locally, nationally or regionally an advantage
  • Good research skills in law, policy, social sciences or a relevant field
  • Basic knowledge of the UN System and/or regional human rights mechanisms, preferably with direct experience of engagement with one or more human rights mechanisms
  • A degree in a relevant field is an asset
  • Fluent written and spoken English, with regionally useful language skills an asset
  • Good internet connection during the internship
  • Highly organized
  • Strong analytical skills
  • A cooperative attitude, with a genuine interest in working with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Willingness to travel to Geneva in June 2018 if required (up to 2 weeks)

Internship conditions:

  • This is a virtual internship
  • The intern will be expected to work from their current location
  • The intern will receive a stipend of CHF 500 per month for the duration of the internship
  • The successful intern will have opportunities to work with representatives of trans-led and LGBTI organisations from around the world and other NGOs virtually and/or in Geneva
  • Due recognition in publications and activities which the intern has contributed to
  • If travel to Geneva in June 2018 is required, ILGA will obtain the necessary visa and cover all travel expenses

How to apply:

Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to submit an application by email, enclosing the following by 28 February 2018 at 6:00pm (Central European Time):

  1. A cover letter addressing the main criteria (1 page maximum)
  2. A current CV, including contact details of 2 references (2 pages maximum)

Applications should be sent to Zhan Chiam (zhan@ilga.org) with the subject title ‘Trans Internship April 2018’. Late applications will not be considered.

Process after application:

All interviews will be conducted by Skype. Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a written task. Please bear in mind that if you have not been contacted by 9 March 2018 you have not been shortlisted for the position. The successful candidate will be expected to commence the internship on 16 April 2018. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to queries about this internship.


ILGA is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
It aims to ensure that all full-time and part-time employees, potential employees and other individuals receive equal treatment. ILGA promotes gender and equality mainstreaming. Hence it actively promotes equality in all policies and actions. All applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

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

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