Communications and Research Officer, ILGA, Geneva, Switzerland
Communications and Research Officer
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, an umbrella organisation of more than 1200 member organisations in all continents and articulated in six regions, i.e. Ilga-Oceania (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands), Ilga-Asia, Ilga-Europe, Ilga-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean), Ilga North-America and PanAfrica Ilga. Established in 1978, ILGA enjoys consultative status at the UN, publishes an annual world report and a map on legislation criminalising or protecting people on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity or recognising their relationships.
ILGA’s vision is of a world where the human rights of all are respected and where everyone can live in equality and freedom; a world where global justice and equity are assured and established regardless of the people’s sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and bodily diversities.
ILGA’s mission is:
To act as a leading organisation and a global voice for the rights of those who face discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and intersex.
To work towards achieving equality, freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people through advocacy, collaborative actions, and by educating and informing relevant international and regional institutions as well as governments, media and civil society.
To empower our members and other human rights organisations in promoting and protecting human rights, irrespective of people’s sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and intersex and to facilitate cooperation and solidarity among ILGA regions and members.
To promote the diversity and strengths of LGBTI people around the world.
The Job This is an exciting full-time position within the team of ILGA. In consultation with the UN Programme and Advocacy Manager, the post holder will be responsible for ILGA’s work on the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
Support ILGA member organisations in submissions to and advocacy related to the UPR, both electronically and in person in Geneva.
Work collaboratively with those other organisations working on LGBTI human rights within the UPR.
Assist in advocacy and coordination at the UN Human Rights Council, including facilitating the drafting of statements, arranging awareness-raising side events, and supporting engagement in interactive dialogues and general debate.
Main Job requirements
Excellent knowledge of the UN System, especially in relation to the Universal Periodic Review and Human Rights Council, ideally accompanied by direct experience in working for a relevant government department, NGO or UN Agency.
Knowledge of the international LGBTI movement and related human rights issues. First-hand experience in an LGBTI organization is highly desirable.
Fluent English, both written and oral. Fluency in Spanish and French are also highly desirable. Other UN languages an asset.
Availability for international travels related to the implementation of the programme.
Gross salary: The salary scale for the post is in the region CHF 60,000 - 66,000 (gross annual salary including holiday pay) depending on experience. The organisation offers 25 days annual leave, a contribution to lunch expenses, and covers local transport. Some relocation support to Geneva is also possible.
Starting Date: 1 December 2015, depending on availability.
Interviews to be held at the end of November in Geneva; the exact date will be confirmed to the shortlisted candidates. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted and that we are unable to offer individual feedback.