NEW deadline for applications: Sunday, 28 May 2023 – 1 PM (Central European Summer Time, CEST)
Start of the position: Late June/July 2023
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ILGA World has an ongoing commitment to advancing the human rights of LGBTI people by paying particular attention to determinants of gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. These determinants are essential to advance the human rights of trans, gender diverse, intersex people and lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women.
Since 2015, ILGA World has had a dedicated programme to advance the rights of trans people by strengthening work at the global and regional levels.
We have been part of milestone achievements, such as the removal of pathologising trans categories in the International Classification of Diseases in 2018 and the creation and renewal of the UN Independent Expert on SOGI. We have also co-founded the UN Trans Advocacy Week, in which a coalition of trans-led organisations and programmes has brought trans human rights defenders to Geneva annually since 2017.
In 2020, this work expanded into the Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (GIESC) programme, created from our ever-growing engagement with intersex communities. In 2022, our programme led the first-ever Intersex Advocacy Week at the United Nations and will soon launch the Intersex Legal Mapping Report. This report compiles legal information about intersex worldwide and seeks to create awareness about the human rights violations experienced by intersex people.
Addressing human rights violations against trans, gender diverse, intersex people and LBQ women roots in the assessment that violence, discrimination, and prejudice against persons of diverse SOGIESC have a common cause: the cis-endosex-heteronormative, ableist, cultural, medical, and social model in which gender and sex are perceived as binary, mutually exclusive, medically normative, or a consequence of a person's particular body. Being of a certain (binary) gender is consequently considered unchangeable, and societies have expectations towards a person's social role and behaviour based on their sex and gender, which includes the conceptualisation of sexual attraction as exclusively heterosexual. Trans, gender diverse, intersex people and LBQ women are particularly affected, as well as gay men, by the binary gender model that defines being straight, cis and endosex as the norm.
Rooted in feminist principles, the programme seeks to expand ILGA World’s work in the field, build bridges, and strengthen allyship with feminist and women’s movements. In addition, the GIESC programme collaborates with other intersectional social justice movements, which are equally impacted by the anti-rights rhetoric.
In 2023, our programme aims to expand our programmatic work by engaging across different movements, especially with feminist and women’s rights organisations, particularly those working to advance women’s human rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We are alarmed by how trans, gender-diverse and intersex rights are currently debated in some contexts as opposed to women’s rights. It is our analysis that only with a strong and united trans, gender diverse, intersex and women’s rights movement will we be able to counter the anti-gender rhetoric that undermines our rights and pushes for conservative and anti-democratic agendas.
In this context, we seek a Senior Officer to engage in women’s rights, feminist, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), trans, and gender-diverse spaces, and to identify opportunities for collaboration and mutual support. We strongly encourage applications of women in all their diversity who have experience with intersectional feminist movements. The Senior Officer will work closely with the United Nations Department at ILGA World to identify advocacy opportunities for trans, gender diverse and LBQ women, as well as intersecting and decolonial identities. Experience with policy and legal analysis is fundamental for this role. The Senior Officer will engage with the Research Department and help us expand our database and new fields of data and knowledge used to boost activism globally. The Senior Officer will engage with the Communications Department to ensure the visibility of trans, gender diverse and LBQ women and respond to media requests and analyses.
The aims of the GIESC programme are to:
The Senior Officer on Gender Identity and Gender Expression supports and reports to the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Manager, in the implementation of the GIESC programmes. This includes:
ILGA values creative and inclusive approaches to work and management that have been achieved through cross-service area working and the participation of staff at all levels in the organisation. Staff have line management arrangements and specific key relationships, which are detailed in their job descriptions, but they will also need to work collaboratively with their colleagues in order to achieve their agreed targets and outcomes to the required standards.
ILGA World strongly encourages applicants from and living in the Global South, particularly candidates who identify as women in all their diversity.
The application for this position needs to be submitted online here: https://recruitment.ilga.org/GIGE_SO_application
We recommend you download the application form in Word format, prepare your application and copy/paste it into the application form.
Should there be well-found reasons why this was not possible, you may submit the application form as well by e-mail to recruitment(at)ilga.org.
Rename this file SURNAME_Name_GIGE_SO.docx. For instance: SMITH_John_GIGE_SO.docx before you submit it.
Should you have questions in regard to this call, please reach out to recruitment(at)ilga.org.
14 April 2023 Call for candidates
14 May 2023, 1:00 pm CEST NEW DEADLINE: 28 May 2023, 1:00 pm CEST- Deadline for applications
22 May 2023 NEW DATE: 5 June 2023- Shortlisted candidates are invited for interviews
29 May – 2 June 2023 NEW DATE: 12-16 June 2023- Interviews with shortlisted candidates
4 June 2023 NEW DATE: 19 June 2023- Offer is made
Late June/July- Successful candidate takes up position (if notice period allows)
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 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 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 equally qualified for the position, priority will be given to applicants from marginalised and/or underrepresented groups.