Job advertisement: Communications Officer


Job advertisement:

Communications Officer

Deadline for applications: 25 October 2021 (1pm Central European Time)

 The image shows a half-open laptop computer projecting a rainbow light. The image reads:


The image shows a half-open laptop computer projecting a rainbow light.
The image reads: "We are hiring! Communications Officer. Deadline to apply: Monday, October 25, 2021 13:00 hours CET."
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Are you excited at the prospect of using your communication skills to change hearts and minds, and to engage with ILGA World member organisations, Committees, and staff to reach the purpose? ILGA World is expanding its communications team, and therefore seeks a creative, innovative, and dedicated individual for the role of Communications Officer.


  • with dedication to - and experience in regard to communications and to supporting campaigning for the human and social rights of persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC)
  • who meets the requirements set out below

is welcome to apply.


The position

Are you excited at the prospect of using your communication skills to change hearts and minds, and to engage with ILGA World member organisations, Committees, and staff to reach the purpose? ILGA World is expanding its communications team, and therefore seeks a creative, innovative, and dedicated individual for the role of Communications Officer.

The role of the Communications Officer will be to support ILGA and its membership in their advocacy efforts related to people of diverse SOGIESCs using a wide range of media to conduct outstanding, creative, strategic communications, and to support public-facing mobilisation and awareness media campaigns.

Under the supervision of the Communications Manager, the role requires to strengthen the engagement of ILGA World with its member organisations, and to work in close cooperation with ILGA World’s programmatic team and Steering Committees.

The successful candidate will have to be a creative and collaborative individual with a proven track record of developing fresh and strategic communications and of supporting the creation of mobilisation and awareness campaigns, a passion for sensitively engaging LGBTI grassroots communities globally, and a strong “nothing about us without us” ethics to drive their work.

The ideal candidate will start working in January 2022.

  • Create communication outputs to promote ILGA World’s research and advocacy work to our member organisations and the public at large. Developed in close cooperation with the Programmes team, these materials will present often-complex concepts in a simple, compelling way.

  • Support, plan or develop global, movement-driven mobilisation and awareness communication campaigns around key SOGIESC issues globally, for relevant LGBTI awareness days, and any other specific project - in close cooperation with ILGA World’s Programmes team and the organisation’s Bisexual, Intersex, Trans, Women and Youth Committees

  • Facilitate and improve ILGA World’s engagement with its member organisations. This includes in particular
    • improving the capacity of member organisations to access ILGA information to support their advocacy efforts
    • increase membership-targeted communications through dedicated platforms, newsletters, toolkits, and surveys
    • supporting the involvement of member organisations in global mobilisation and awareness campaigns run by ILGA World, and in assessing opportunities for support to their own grassroots campaigns
    • identifying topics on which ILGA World can improve its capacity building – including on communications

  • Manage and expand ILGA World’s presence across social media channels

  • Attend conferences, seminars, and meetings on behalf of ILGA World

  • Work as a part of the ILGA World staff team

  • Occasionally stand in for the Communications Manager to take care of media relations, depending on circumstances
  • The Communications Officer will be 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 of 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.


  • a solid understanding of issues impacting LGBTI communities worldwide, and a commitment to raising the voices of people of diverse and marginalised SOGIESC
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English – with the capability to simplify complex information into straight-forward language
  • a deep understanding of the importance of tailoring messages for different target audiences, and a taste for creating effective, powerful messages that resonate with a diverse group of people and prompt them to take action

These abilities would be considered a strong asset for the job:

  • some experience in working on community organising and advocacy, and the ability to relate local concerns for grassroots LGBTI communities to global level campaigns
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in Spanish
  • the propensity to create powerful and persuasive content that suits current and emerging platforms, including on social media

The successful candidate ideally has

  • good knowledge of official UN languages (other than English – required – and Spanish – highly desired ability)
  • proficiency in using graphic design, audio, and video editing software (Adobe Suite or equivalent)
  • experience in working remotely
  • the ability to build relations with people from across cultures and diverse walks of life, and to work effectively in a team with a flexible, collaborative attitude
  • experience in working in Global South contexts



How to apply

The application for this position needs to be filled in online here:
We recommend to download the application form in Word here, prepare your application and copy/paste it into the application form.

Only in case there are well found reasons that make it impossible for you to apply through the online form, you can as well fill this Word document and send it to [email protected]. If you are a person living with a disability and need further assistance in filling out the form, please contact us at [email protected]. We will be able to provide you with the form in a format that is accessible for you, or to provide direct assistance.

Deadline for applications: Monday 25 October 2021, 1:00pm Central European Time (CET).

After submitting the application, you will receive a confirmation that it has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 5 working days, please contact us again. Please plan your submission in advance. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

If you have any questions regarding this call, please contact [email protected].


Key dates

22 Septemner 2021: Call for candidates
25 October 2021 (1pm CET): Deadline for applications
8 November 2021: Candidates shortlisted for second stage notified of results
10 November 2021: Skills exercise is sent to shortlisted candidates with a 7-day deadline to complete
17 November 2021: Deadline to submit the written task
24 November 2021: Notification candidates shortlisted for an interview, and notification of not selected candidates
29 November – 3 December 2021: Interviews
8 December 2021: Offer is made
January 2022: 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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