Job opportunity: Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) Secretariat Manager

  • Deadline to apply: Thursday, 4 January 2024 – 23:59 PM (Central European Time)
  • Start of the position: March 2024

Who can apply?


  • with dedication to – and experience in regard to – the human and social rights of persons with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics
  • who meets the requirements set out below

is welcome to apply


The position

ILGA World has the honour of hosting the Secretariat of the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC).

ILGA World is seeking a staff person to manage the ERC secretariat for an initial period of two years with a possible extension after the two years. The ERC secretariat manager is accountable to the ERC Executive Committee and is supervised by the Executive Director of ILGA World.

The Secretariat’s role is to provide support on an ongoing basis to the ERC, all ERC groups and processes, providing an important link between all parties coming together in the ERC and ensuring good governance, communications, institutionalisation and continuity of the Coalition.

The Secretariat is an independent body, accountable to the ERC Executive Committee, and hosted by ILGA World. It supports and reports to the ERC Member States and CSO co-chairs through the Executive Committee as the main governance body of the ERC. Its role is to support and facilitate interaction among state parties, other affiliated international and regional bodies and civil society engagement in the ERC.

The ERC Secretariat is meant to serve both member states, other affiliated international and regional bodies and global civil society equally that are part of the Coalition. For this reason, it has to maintain administrative independence as the co-chairs guide its work.



  1. Ensuring the operations of the Secretariat in accordance with its mandate and responsibilities, and ensuring its good governance.
  2. Supporting the Executive Committee to develop an annual coordinated ERC work plan (covering cross-cutting and Thematic Group priorities) to deliver on the strategic plan (including objectives, corresponding activities, calendar, and budget), and to monitor it.
  3. Support the recruitment and manage the other ERC Secretariat staff.
  4. Oversee and/or implement the activities of the ERC Secretariat:
    1. Leading communications and the organisation of regular meetings of the ERC Executive Committee, Coordinating Committee, CSO Core Group, and Thematic Groups.
    2. Issuing reports and notes of all key meetings of the ERC in a timely manner, ensuring communications across all members in languages (English and Spanish, at least) supported by the ERC.
    3. Administration and management of the ERC website.
    4. Regular communications to all ERC members using the ERC platform (its website and mailing lists) and publishing relevant information for the benefit of the ERC membership.
    5. Supporting the ERC executive committee and civil society core group in developing the content for periodic conferences, ensuring consultation across the ERC to ensure participation and representation of all interests.
    6. Drafting the ERC annual report for the approval of the Executive Committee.
    7. Maintaining up-to-date contact lists of ERC members (Member State, other affiliated international and regional bodies and civil society).
    8. Maintaining historical records of all ERC-related activity and documents.
    9. Assisting with substantive work where requested – i.e., drafting and/or coordinating input into ERC statements or policy documents and reports, supporting thematic groups to develop work plans.
    10. Organizing translation for all written documents (depending on resources).
    11. Logistical support to Member State co-chairs and civil society co-chairs for the delivery of ERC periodic conferences (depending on resources).
    12. Maintaining the Secretariat budget, including yearly reports to the Executive Committee.
  5. Leading future fundraising efforts for the support of the ERC Secretariat.


Performance of duties, remuneration and benefits

  • ILGA World is currently operating under remote working conditions via the employer-of-record model. We do not offer relocation to our headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
  • The position is advertised as a full-time position
  • ILGA World remunerates under a salary matrix structure. The annual salary being offered for the post ranges is according to ILGA World’s manager scale and ranges between CHF 73.800 and CHF 93.600 for a full-time position, depending on location
  • ILGA World operates under a flexible working system, that among others includes flexible working hours
  • The standard weekly working time is 37.5 hours on a 100% position.



The successful candidate should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality, and have competencies and demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  • Global partnership experience: At least 5 years of experience of successfully working in global partnerships and experience in managing similar organizational set-ups.
  • Organizational capacity: Demonstrate the ability to embed a Secretariat function independently.
  • Collaboration and prioritization: Experience working in collaboration with different stakeholders and prioritizing work based on pressing needs.
  • Staff supervision: At least 3 years of experience of successfully supervising staff, preferably in remote working settings.


Highly desired abilities

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

  • Project Management: Proven ability to effectively manage projects, ensuring timely delivery and meeting objectives.
  • Financial Management: Proficient in receiving and disbursing funds from foundations and governments.
  • Transparent Financial Accountability: Ability to ensure transparent financial accountability for any funds received.


Desired abilities

The successful candidate ideally has

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Familiarity with international policies related to human rights and equality.


How to apply

The application for this position needs to be submitted online here: https://recruitment.ilga.org/ERCSecretariat

We recommend you download the application form here in Word format, prepare your application and copy/paste it into the application form.

Should there be well-founded reasons why this was not possible, you may submit the application form as well by e-mail to recruitment @ilga.org. Rename this file SURNAME_Name_ERC.docx. For instance: SMITH_John_ERC.docx before you submit it.

Should you have questions in regard to this call, please reach out to recruitment @ilga.org.

Key dates

1 December 2023 Call for candidates
4 January 2024 (1pm CET) Deadline for applications
12 January 2024 Candidates shortlisted for interviews notified of results
22 January-1 February 2024   Interviews
Early February  Offer is made
March 2024 Successful candidate takes up position


ILGA World equal opportunity 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 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.