LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Communications and Media Officer

Communications and Media Officer

ILGA-Europe are looking for a Communications and Media Officer to work with the staff team in Brussels.

  • Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 19 August 2019 (17:00 CET)
  • Please note that only completed application forms are accepted.

ILGA-Europe are a driving force for political, legal and social change at European level. Our vision is of a world where dignity, freedoms and full enjoyment of human rights are protected and ensured to everyone regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. ILGA-Europe are comprised of over 600 member organisations throughout the Europe and Central Asia Region. From Iceland to Turkey and Ukraine to Malta, we work with extraordinary activists to bring about real change for LGBTI people across the region. Our strong team based in Brussels empowers activists, connects key change actors at European and national levels, leads on thinking and responding to important trends for the European LGBTI movement. Therefore, at ILGA-Europe, we value and encourage our employees. We understand that the movement is only as strong at its people. And we ensure our people remain our greatest asset. We look forward to you joining our team!

Job profile

The Communications and Media Officer will be responsible for ensuring a high profile for the organisation and current issues for LGBTI people with key European stakeholders and for developing content about ILGA-Europe’s work and strategic issues for the European LGBTI movement. The post holder will, among other tasks, ensure ILGA-Europe has strong day-to-day working relationships with key media outlets working on European affairs (in Brussels and at national level) as well as with more specialised LGBTI media; lead in organising profiling activities to enhance the visibility of ILGA-Europe with European-level media and institutional stakeholders; respond to press enquiries and draft press releases; contribute to expanding ILGA-Europe’s social media profile; develop materials to strengthen the capacity of national LGBTI organisations on strategic communication and to support journalists to work on LGBTI issues.

Qualifications, experience and other requirements are:

  • Proven track record of delivering media coverage and raising visibility of an organisation, including through build relationships with key media actors
  • Knowledge of human rights international standards and equality issues, including as they relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people
  • Proven track record of developing clear and accessible content for various communications channels (including traditional media, social media and reports)
  • Strong writing skills with an ability to tailor the tone, content and form of written output in line with a range of different audiences and to suit a variety of formats; you must have the ability to simplify information and communicate it in a lively, accurate and understandable manner
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, creatively and to use initiative, and to find innovative ways to respond to emerging organisational needs
  • A very high standard of written and spoken English (mother tongue level is required)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with particular reference to working with a wide audience.
  • Demonstrable experience in a busy communications setting, covering  a range of communications responsibilities, and demonstrated ability to produce high-quality output within a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment
  • Ability to plan and work independently, while being a strong and dependable team player; Ability to prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, to maintain excellent working relationships in a fast-paced environment,
  • Ability to work well under pressure, maintaining both a highly organised level of accuracy and output; to plan work to ensure deadlines are met; and to deal with multiple, sometime conflicting, priorities
  • Sensitivity to working in a multicultural and diverse environment and commitment to promoting respect for equality and diversity in your everyday work
  • Willingness to relocate to Brussels and to travel in Europe as required. A flexible approach to the hours and days of work. Due to the nature of the work involved, working hours can be unpredictable and subject to change.

Useful additional experience/knowledge could include: (desirable)

  • Demonstrated experience in designing, producing and editing publications, working with designers/printers/new media tools
  • Experience in designing and providing trainings and other capacity-building activities
  • Experience of working in an NGO or knowledge of the NGO sector
  • A working knowledge of another major European language

Employment information

This is a one-year full-time position. Renewal will be subject to continued funding for the post. Salary scale: from €45,694.72—€50,967.18 (gross salary), starting at the beginning of the scale. The organisation has a generous remuneration package, including contributing to local transportation costs, luncheon vouchers, hospitalisation insurance, a pension scheme for employees and ‘family friendly’ policies. Relocation support from within Europe to Brussels will be given where appropriate.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 19 August 2019 (17:00 CET). Please submit a signed electronic version by e-mail to:


ILGA-Europe’s equal opportunity policy applies both to ILGA-Europe’s implementation of its work programme, and its employment practices. We will do all within our power to apply the above policies in our day-to-day operations and in our employment practices.