Job advertisement: GIESC Programme Officer - sex characteristics and intersex issues


Job advertisement:

Programme Officer - Gender Identity & Expression and Sex Characteristics Programme, sex characteristics and intersex issues

Deadline for applications: 24 March 2021 (1 PM, Central European Time) new deadline!

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ILGA World seeks a Programme Officer to work in the context of its Gender Identity & Expression and Sex Characteristics Programme (GIESC Programme).

The GIESC programme roots in the assessment that violence, discrimination and prejudice of persons of diverse SOGIESC has a common cause: the cis-endosex-heteronormative social model in which gender and sex are perceived as binary, mutually exclusive and a consequence of a person’s body.

The aims of the programme are to

  • advocate for meaningful inclusion of GIESC issues in UN processes, international human rights norms and other global fora and decision makers
  • raise visibility, awareness and allyship within the ILGA family and the wider LGBTI movement on issues pertaining to gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics
  • work towards the true depathologisation of trans and intersex persons at all levels
  • support ILGA World’s research to holistically cover GIESC issues in the organisation’s research portfolio, ensuring trans and intersex communities help conceptualise and deliver such research
  • empower trans and intersex communities, organisations and people in all their diversities to advocate for their rights with a particular focus on international mechanisms
  • support community organising, led by trans and intersex people globally
  • raise visibility and awareness on (SO)GIESC issues within the feminist movement(s)
  • provide a feminist and queer analysis on how gender backlash effects (SO)GIESC rights and can be countered


The position

The role of the Programme Officer will be to cover predominantly sex characteristics and intersex aspects of the GIESC Programme in close cooperation with the Senior Programme Officer of the GIESC programme and under the supervision of the Director of Programmes. The role requires to work closely with intersex communities and organisations across the globe. The GIESC Programme is supervised by the Director of Programmes and works with trans and intersex communities alike. 

ILGA’s work in these contexts is highly collaborative with our members and trans and intersex communities worldwide. In our advocacy work we seek to connect national level activists and global level UN human rights mechanisms. 

The successful candidate will have to be able to navigate intersex community spaces, as well have a sound background in advocacy work. Being able to offer a solid feminist analysis of our issues and having worked on gender equality is a plus. 

The ideal candidate will start working in May 2021.

  • Implement ILGA’s work with intersex and trans communities globally with a focus on intersex communities in close cooperation with the Senior Programme Officer on GIESC. This includes in particular to
    1. work towards empowering intersex communities, organisations and people in all their diversities to advocate for their rights with a particular focus on international mechanisms
    2. work towards the depathologisation of intersex people on all levels
    3. support community organising, led by intersex people globally
    4. provide technical and other assistance to intersex groups and organisations in their engagement with UN mechanisms in close cooperation with the IGLA World UN Programme colleagues
    5. advocate for inclusion of GIESC issues in UN processes, international human rights norms and towards other global actors
    6. work towards raising visibility and awareness within the ILGA family and the wider LGBTI movement on issues pertaining to sex characteristics
    7. collaborate with other actors on global level in raising awareness on GIESC issues
  • Support ILGA World’s research in regard to sex characteristics
  • Attend conferences, seminars and meetings on behalf of ILGA World
  • Work as a part of the ILGA World staff team
  • The Programme Officer is required to work from ILGA World’s head office in Geneva
  • ILGA World operates under the flexible working system, that among others include flexible working hours and flexible remote work arrangements
  • The weekly working time is 37.5 hours on a 100% position
  • ILGA World remunerates under a salary matrix structure. The annual salary being offered for the post is CHF 69,600 based on a 100% position based in Geneva
  • 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
  • must have worked or at least gained relevant experiences internationally
  • must have worked for intersex lead organisations in staff or volunteer capacity
  • must speak at least two languages
  • ideally has direct experience of working in Global South contexts

The successful candidate ideally

  • has good knowledge of another UN language
  • has direct experience with LGBTI or feminist activism
  • has direct experience in advocacy and policy work
  • has relevant experience in working in international teams

Knowledge of Spanish is an asset.


How to apply

The application for the position consists of two parts: an online application surveywhich can be found here, as well as the application form, which is available here.
Please make sure to complete the application 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 for e-mail submission is available for download here.

Download the application formwhich is available here.

  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.
  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 the form (see next paragraph)
  4. Please note that the survey cannot be saved.
  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 the file SURNAME_Name_GIESC.docx. For instance: SMITH_John_GIESC.docx. Please use ALL CAPS for your surname so that we can clearly distinguish it from your name(s)
  3. Confirmation of application. After you have completed the online survey and have uploaded the form you will be directed to a confirmation page that confirms the complete and successful submission of your application.
  4. Should you face technical difficulties, please reach out to [email protected]
  5. Late submissions. Please, plan your submission in advance. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Key dates

27 January 2021 Call for candidates
24 March 2021 (1 PM CET) Deadline for applications new deadline!
early April 2021 Shortlisted candidates for second stage notified of results
early April 2021 Skills exercise is sent to shortlisted candidates with a 7-day deadline to complete
mid-April 2021 Notification to candidates shortlisted for an interview, and notification of not selected candidates
late April 2021 Offer is made
mid-May 2021 Successful candidate takes up position


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 marginalised and/or underrepresented groups.

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