Job opportunity: Strategic Alliances & Coalitions Senior Officer

Strategic Alliances & Coalitions Senior Officer

  • Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 6 March – 23:59 PM (Central European Time, CET)
  • Start of the position: April/May 2024

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Who can apply?


with dedication – and experience in regard – to the human rights of persons with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) who meets the requirements set out below is welcome to apply.


The Strategic Alliance & Coalitions Senior Officer is part of ILGA Worlds Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics (GIESC) programme. They will be the main responsible for our work responding to anti-rights and anti-gender actors; coordinating our Unearthing Human Rights Narratives project, a collaborative project with GATE and CREA; and working towards deepening collaboration and coordination with global feminist, SRHR movement actors, and other key stakeholders.


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 launched the Intersex Legal Mapping Report in 2023. 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 aimed 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.

The aims of the GIESC programme are to:

  • Advocate for meaningful inclusion of GIESC issues in the programmatic, policy and normative work of multilateral institutions — in particular UN human rights mechanisms;
  • Build institutional relationships in and across multilateral institutions, including the United Nations, and key stakeholders to mainstream trans, gender-diverse, intersex, and women’s issues:
  • Raise visibility, awareness, and allyship within the ILGA regions and the broader LGBTI movement on issues pertaining to gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics;
  • Work towards the depathologisation and decriminalisation of trans, gender-diverse, and intersex persons at all levels;
  • Support ILGA World’s research to cover GIESC issues in the organisation’s research portfolio holistically, ensuring trans, gender-diverse, intersex, and LBQ communities help conceptualise and deliver such research;
  • Empower trans, gender-diverse, intersex people, and LBQ women organisations and communities in all their diversities to advocate for their rights;
  • Support community organising led by trans, gender-diverse, intersex people, and LBQ women globally;
  • Raise visibility and awareness on (SO)GIESC issues within the feminist movement(s) and engage with feminist and women’s rights organisations;

Serve as a bridge between feminist and intersectional movements by encouraging and supporting collaboration and coalition building.

The Unearthing Human Rights Narratives Project

Conservative movements and those who oppose the equality of women in all their diversity and LGBTIQ people (or equality in general) are not a new phenomenon. However, in the past two decades, the opposition to the concept of gender, gender equality, and other socially progressive and emancipatory ideas and movements has become a more organised, transnational, and interconnected network of movements which sometimes brings together actors that otherwise have divergent political stances and agendas (ranging from ultraconservative to seemingly socially progressive). These so-called “anti-gender movements” have profoundly restricted the space and contracted rights related to LGBTI rights and feminist organising globally since the early 2010s. Their impact has been most deeply documented in Europe and the Americas, though it has persistently erupted in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

ILGA World, CREA and GATE have led successful pilots, cross-movement activities, and campaigns in recent years utilising the project’s proposed approach. In December 2021, ILGA World coordinated a series of Strategic Dialogues on Countering Anti-Gender Actors and Narratives that engaged 120 stakeholders, releasing a report on the results of the dialogues in partnership with TGEU and GATE in April 2022. The report has been presented and discussed in regional forums of LGBTI people, particularly in Africa and Asia. At the start of 2023, ILGA World’s UN Programme led a strategic meeting in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights with permanent missions to the UN in Geneva (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA) on anti-gender and anti-rights actors. Recently, CREA collaborated with regional partners, the RESURJ global south feminist alliance, and Accountability International on the successful #FlawsinLaws campaign, that challenged the criminalisation of young people’s sexuality and bodily autonomy. In 2023, CREA co-coordinated a series of meetings during the Commission on the Status of Women.

This 2-year project will solidify cross-movement alliances between feminist and LGBTI movements. The activities that will build these alliances will be led by ILGA World, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), and CREA. The project is the second phase of actions supported by ILGA World to respond to the shrinking space created by anti-rights and anti-gender actors in civil society, international institutions, and other governmental bodies.



The Strategic Alliances & Coalitions Senior Officer supports and reports to the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Manager, in the implementation of the GIESC programmes. This includes:

  • Coordinate ILGA World’s work responding to anti-rights and anti-gender actors and ensure collaboration with other movement actors and stakeholders including in feminist and SRHR movements
  • Implement ILGA World’s “Unearthing Human Rights Narratives” in coordination with ILGA World’s project partners:
    • Develop and implement activities that strengthen and support cross-movement relationships and actions by LGBTI and feminist-led organisations.
    • Organise and implement a global convening of women’s and LGBTI organisations, activists, governments, and other actors at the 2024 ILGA World Conference
    • Support the building of the capacity of local and national groups, LGBTI-led CSOs and regional organisations to develop, lead and implement more strategic campaigns
    • Organise and deliver training for the level of campaigning, policy and advocacy work for national, regional and global stakeholders
    • Identify and build strategic partnerships and alliances between stakeholders and movements
    • Research and document good practice on connecting SOGIESC issues with feminist foreign policies
  • Coordinating the partnership with CREA and GATE:
    • Oversight and monitor compliance with the partnership agreements
    • Submission of partner reports
  • Carry out or contribute to projects from development and planning through to implementation and oversight of the project, ensuring the overall quality of deliverables, including
    • Drafting quarterly donor reports
    • Monitoring the project budget & workplan
    • Ensure compliance with donor agreement
  • Work together with colleagues from the UN, Research, Projects/Regions, and Communications team in coordinating project activities, & the MEL team in reporting on project implementation.
  • Actively contribute to promoting and achieving the organisation’s objectives
  • Ensure that all activities are carried out with full regard to ILGA World policies
  • Attend and contribute to conferences, seminars and meetings on behalf of ILGA World
  • Work as a part of the ILGA World staff team
  • Perform other duties as required.

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.

Performance of duties, remuneration, and benefits

  • ILGA World is currently introducing a flexible workplace regime – under the new rules, this position can be implemented remotely and does not require relocation to Geneva, Switzerland
  • The position is advertised at 100% of a full-time position
  • ILGA World remunerates under a three-tiered salary matrix structure. The annual salary being offered for the post ranges between 65,520 CHF and 82,800 CHF for the 100% position, depending on location
  • In addition, ILGA World offers 35 days between legal holidays and annual leave and contributions to health care costs
  • ILGA World operates under a flexible working system that – among others – includes flexible working hours
  • The weekly working time is 37.5 hours on a 100% position.




  • A master’s university degree or equivalent in international gender studies, international law, sociology, social sciences, or a related field combined with 5 years of relevant work experience
  • A first-level university degree in combination with 7 years of relevant and qualifying experience
  • 10 years of relevant and qualifying experience in lieu of a master’s or first-level degree
  • 5-10 years of relevant and qualifying experience designing, managing international projects, countering the anti-gender/anti-democracy/anti-right rhetoric
  • 5 years of experience coordinating cross-movement partnerships/consortiums
  • Demonstrated experience working in multicultural and international programmes
  • Managing large budgets and grant partnerships
  • Working with national Governments on anti-rights actors and issues
  • Experience working closely with and supporting trans, gender-diverse, intersex, and/or LBQ-led organisations and groups, particularly in the Global South
  • Seasoned knowledge in anti-right actors, strategies, and how to counter them
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multilateral institutions, including the United Nations human rights mechanisms
  • Extensive technical knowledge and expertise on gender identity, gender expression programmes, policy analysis, capacity building and extensive experience in strategic planning, drafting reports, policy briefs and documents
  • Working and building partnerships with member organisations, stakeholders, governments, multilateral institutions, and allied civil society movements
  • Demonstrate rooted connections with allied and intersectional feminist movements
  • Strong communication skills, able to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Tailoring language, tone, style, and format to the audience
  • Ability to work in proficient English (mandatory) and ideally Spanish. Other UN languages — more specifically, French, Arabic, Russian or Mandarin — are also welcome
  • Adherence to, and alignment with, the ILGA World Code of Conduct

ILGA World strongly encourages applicants from and living in the Global South, particularly candidates who identify as women in all their diversity.


How to apply

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

We recommend you download the application form in Word format from here, 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_SAC_SO.docx (for instance: SMITH_John_SAC_SO.docx) before you submit it. Should you have questions in regard to this call, please reach out to recruitment @ilga.org.


Key dates

6 February 2024 Call for candidates
6 March 2024, 23:59 CET Deadline for applications
13 March 2024 Shortlisted candidates are invited for interviews
18 March – 22 March 2024 Interviews with shortlisted candidates and skills exercise
25 March 2024 Offer is made
Mid- April/1 May 2024 Successful candidate takes up position (if notice period allows)


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 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.