Junior consultancy opportunity: Legal research

Junior consultancy opportunity at ILGA World:

International Junior Professionals Programme
seeking a Junior Professional Consultant for Legal Research

Duration: 6 (six) months
Deadline for applications: 25 November 2022, 13h59 Central European Time (CET).
Start of Junior Consultancy: 1 January – 1 July 2023

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ILGA World seeks a Junior Professional Consultant on Legal Research.


Who can apply?

Anyone with dedication to —and experience regarding— human rights of and social justice for persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics who meets the requirements set out below is welcome to apply.

These junior consultancies are intended for people with a potential to learn and grow in this entry-level position (regardless of age). ILGA World will not shortlist candidates who are well advanced in their careers.

The junior consultancies in the International Junior Professionals Programme replace ILGA World’s internship opportunities that we offered in the past. As an international programme, any person may apply except those living in Switzerland.



  • Supporting the Research Coordinator in conducting desktop research on legal issues regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.
  • Supporting the Research Coordinator with media monitoring, news clipping and internal reporting through the ILGA World Automated Source Processing Unit and the ILGA World Monitor.
  • Preparing and drafting background notes and briefs.
  • Assisting the Research Coordinator in editing and proofreading research products.
  • Participating in meetings with colleagues, contributors, translators, designers, and other partners, and following up on their work with ILGA.
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks to support research needs.


Performance of duties and compensation

  • Junior consultants are required to work remotely and to secure their own stable internet connection during the whole consultancy.
  • The duration of the junior consultancy is of 6 (six) months and cannot be extended or renewed.
  • Junior consultants will be required to work 37,5 hours per week. A certain level of flexibility is offered. Junior consultants will be expected to join team meetings taking place at pre-set hours.
  • No relocation to Geneva is expected or supported by ILGA World.
  • Junior consultants receive a compensation of CHF 750 (seven hundred and fifty Swiss francs) per month for the duration of the consultancy. This cannot be negotiated.
  • Junior consultants report directly to the Research Coordinator, Lucas Ramón Mendos.
  • Due recognition in publications and activities which the junior consultants contribute to will be given.
  • English is the working language for this junior consultancy.



  • Strong research skills on legal issues related to SOGIESC and human rights.
  • Ability to independently conduct research on legal issues and present findings in an organized and methodical manner. High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Awareness of the cultural nuances and community developments in language and concepts relating to SOGIESC issues.
  • Prior involvement (paid or unpaid) with civil society organisations or academic institutions working on sexual, gender and bodily diversity issues.
  • Basic knowledge of local, regional, or international mass, LGBTI, and alternative media.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Basic knowledge of citation methods.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word and Excel).


Desired abilities (not required)
  • Previous experience (paid or unpaid) in conducting online desktop research and good command of Boolean operators will be positively valued.
  • Ability to write in plain language, in a succinct and compelling way to produce text meant to make legal developments accessible to non-lawyers.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Russian, or Arabic.
  • Basic knowledge of international human rights and refugee law, especially UN Mechanisms.
  • Participation or authorship in one or more legal publications, preferably on SOGIESC issues.


How to apply

Please download the application pack, and follow the instructions included in the document. Failure to follow instructions will negatively impact your score.

Deadline to submit your application: 25 November 2022, 13h59 Central European Time (CET)
Please, plan your submission in advance. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Privacy policy

Your data will be stored according to our privacy policy, which you can consult here. We will not share your information with third parties without your consent.


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, junior consultants 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 marginalized and/or underrepresented groups.

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