Senior Programme Officer - Gender Identity & Expression and Sex Characteristics Programme
Deadline for applications:
Tuesday, 11 August 2020 – 1 pm (Central European Summer Time)
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 – 1 pm (Central European Summer Time) (deadline extended!)
ILGA World seeks a Senior Programme Officer to head-up its Gender Identity & Expression and Sex Characteristics Programme (GIESC Programme). The GIESC programme emanates from the programme covering Gender Identity and Gender Expression. It 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 Senior Programme Officer will be the main implementer of the GIESC programme and work with trans and intersex communities alike.
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
ILGA’s work in these contexts is highly collaborative with our members and trans and intersex communites 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 both trans and 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 October 2020.
- Coordinate and implement ILGA’s work with trans and intersex communities globally. This includes in particular
- work towards the empowerment of trans and intersex communities, organisations and people in all their diversities to advocate for their rights with a particular focus on international mechanisms
- work towards depathologisation of trans and intersex people on all levels
- support community organising, led by trans and intersex people globally
- be the ILGA World focal point person for the Trans Advocacy Week
- provide technical and other assistance to trans and intersex groups and organisations in their engagement with UN mechanisms
- advocate for inclusion of GIESC issues in UN processes, international human rights norms and towards other global actors
- work towards raising visibility and awareness within the ILGA family and the wider LGBTI movement on issues pertaining to gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics
- collaborate with other actors on global level in raising awareness on GIESC issues
- Support ILGA World’s research in regard to gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics
- Supervise one intern
- 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
- 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 76,800 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 trans- or intersex- led organisations for a total of at least two years, or must have been involved as a volunteer in such organisations for at least four years
- must speak at least two languages
- ideally has direct experience of working in Global South contexts
Highly desired abilities
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
- holds a degree of higher education in a relevant field or has matching work or volunteer experience
- has good knowledge of the UN human rights system
- has relevant experience in working in international teams
Knowledge of Spanish or French are an asset.
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
- 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.
- Language. The application pack should be completed in English. Interviews will also be conducted in English (though other declared language skills may be tested).
- 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
- To complete the application process, you will have to complete the application survey.
- In the survey you will have to provide information on your
- Personal and contact details
- Language skills
- Work and other experience
- Education, degrees and courses
- Two references
- You will as well have to upload this form (see next paragraph).
- Please note that the survey cannot be saved.
Upload of the application form
- 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.
- File name. Rename this file SURNAME_Name_GIESC.doc. For instance: SMITH_John_GIESG.doc. Please use ALL CAPS for your surname so that we can clearly distinguish it from your name(s).
- 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 to wait until the last moment to complete the form to avoid complications from too much online traffic. There will be no e-mail confirmations being sent.
- Late submissions. Please, plan your submission in advance. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Key dates (may be subjected to change)
7 July 2020
Call for candidates
11 August 2020 (1 PM CEST)
18 August 2020 (1 PM CEST)
Deadline for applications
Before 28 August 2020
Shortlisted candidates notified of results
September 3-4 2020
Interviews with shortlisted candidates
Notification of selected and not selected candidates
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 recognising 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.