JOB ADVERTISEMENT - Senior Research Officer

ILGA seeks a Senior Research Officer to head-up its world-renowned research work, based out of its Geneva office. Specifically, the position will take responsibility for two major streams of research: ILGA’s State-Sponsored Homophobia Report and the ILGA-RIWI Global Attitudes Survey. The position is one that has the potential to develop and grow over time, including possibly developing new streams of research.



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Closing date for receipt of applications by email to recruitment@ilga.org
09.00 a.m. Monday 11 June 2018 (Central European Summer Time).


ILGA’s publications are in-depth, high quality products with a strong commitment to academic and professional integrity. The successful candidate will therefore be an accomplished researcher with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy, and able to independently conduct and oversee complex research projects with varying methodologies.

The researcher will have a knowledge of international human rights law and a deep awareness of the nuances and community developments in language and concepts relating to SOGIESC. Strong awareness around gender issues and a knowledge of LGBTI movement dynamics is an asset as is experience in culturally-appropriate, community-based or community-led research.

ILGA’s research work handles substantial amounts of data – both quantitative and qualitative. The chosen candidate will be organised and methodical, ensuring that such data is appropriately managed, updated and stored, potentially developing a more centralized database and public-facing user interface for the handling and communicating of this information.

Our research is conducted in strong partnership with lawyers, activists, commercial analytics companies, translators, designers and more. The successful candidate is somebody who is competent in working with such partners, building and nurturing key relationships.

The successful candidate will also help build and grow ILGA’s research capacity generally, exploring new avenues and opportunities for research, ensuring ILGA’s research is informed by and relevant to LGBTI communities as well as widely visible and promoted in public, academic, government and media circles, sensitive to the needs of the global LGBTI movement and in-line with ILGA’s strategic plans (which are currently being developed for the period 2019-22).

A spokesperson for the research, the chosen candidate will be comfortable presenting and promoting the research in public settings as well as to strategic partners and funders. The person can expect to be responding to media enquiries, often on very short notice.

Our research is frequently picked-up and used by human rights defenders, lawyers, governments, the media, general public and activists around the world. Being able to conceptualize, communicate and translate research into different formats for the many different audiences is therefore a crucial aspect of the work, done in collaboration with ILGA’s communications team. This includes the translation of the State-Sponsored Homophobia Report into the six official languages of the UN.

The ILGA office in Geneva is currently a team of seven staff, a consultant and three interns. The selected candidate, while focussing very much on their own area of work for the vast majority of the time, will also work with other staff on team projects, including on ILGA conferences, other project work, communications and fundraising.

The successful candidate would also provide strategic advice and expertise to colleagues on other ILGA research conducted by other members of the ILGA team.

ILGA’s State-Sponsored Homophobia Report is usually produced in May, and the ILGA-RIWI Global Attitudes Survey in October/November.

Applicants must be fluent in English to an academic level. Competence in Spanish and/or French in particular is a strong asset.

An advanced degree in an area such as social sciences, sociology, research analysis, law, business, political science, economics, or public health – or the demonstrated equivalent level of professional experience – is required.

ILGA remunerates under a salary matrix structure. The salary being offered for the post is CHF 80,400 based on a full-time (100%) position.

In addition, ILGA offers 25 days annual leave, an annual Geneva travel pass and a contribution to lunch expenses.

Some relocation support to Geneva is offered.


Download the application pack

Closing date for receipt of applications by email to recruitment@ilga.org
09.00 a.m. Monday 11 June 2018 (Central European Summer Time).

Please note that only applications on the application form – available on the ILGA website – are accepted.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted and that we are unable to offer individual feedback.


ILGA is an equal opportunities employer. It aims to endure that all full-time and part-time employees, potential employees and other individuals will receive equal treatment (including access to employment, training and opportunities for promotion) regardless of any personal attribute, including but not limited to colour, nationality, national or ethnic origin, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics, domestic circumstances, marital status, health status, HIV status, bodily diversity, sex characteristics, pregnancy, trade union membership, gender reassignment, religion or belief, age and disability.

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