LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Senior Programmes Officer

We are looking for a Senior Programmes Officer who will contribute to ILGA-Europe’s programmatic work aimed at strengthening the existing capacities of LGBTI organisations in Europe and Central Asia. 

Deadline to send applications: Wednesday, 11 November 2020 (23:59 CET). 

About ILGA-Europe

ILGA-Europe is a driving force for political, legal and social change at European and Central Asian 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 European and Central Asian Regions. From Iceland to Turkey and Kyrgyzstan to Malta, we work together with extraordinary activists to bring about real change for LGBTI people across Europe. Our staff team based in Brussels supports activists in different countries, connects key change actors at European and national levels, creates space to bring knowledge and expertise together and to identify effective change strategies with the European and Central Asian 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 do our best to ensure our people remain our greatest asset. We offer a strong remuneration package, including pension payments, insurance plans, luncheon vouchers, trainings and more. We look forward to you joining our team!    

Our commitment to being an equal opportunity employer 

As an organisation working for the benefit of the LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia in all its diversity, we value the knowledge and expertise that come with lived experiences of injustice and systemic oppression. We particularly welcome applications from trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary individuals, and those targeted by racism, classism and disablism. 

We are also keenly aware of the barriers faced by many people when applying for jobs, especially those experienced by members of under-represented groups and related to disability, ethnicity or national origin, colour, race, language, creed, gender, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex characteristics, among others. 

We do all within our power to remove as many of these barriers in our day-to-day operations and in our employment practices. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments and providing various kinds of support. Please see the information about our employment package and benefits at the end of this advertisement.

What are the main job functions of the Senior Programmes Officer? 

As Senior Programmes Officer, you will actively contribute to ILGA-Europe’s programmatic work aimed at strengthening the existing capacities of LGBTI organisations in Europe and Central Asia. 

Your main responsibilities will be:

  1. To develop and carry out participatory consultation and assessment processes aimed at identifying and better understanding the needs of LGBTI groups and organisations in the region 
  2. To develop programmes to respond to the needs identified and enhance existing capacities of LGBTI activists to bring about political, legal and social change for their communities
  3. To develop and implement programmatic activities (peer-learning activities, coaching, training, online materials, etc.) and to harness existing expertise within and outside the LGBTI movement that will contribute to further strengthening of knowledge and skills 
  4. To coordinate organisational learning processes to enable ILGA-Europe’s team to build our own knowledge on emerging issues and our ability to integrate new learning in our work and practices. 
  5. To work with colleagues on mobilising the necessary financial resources to implement new programmes and on engaging with funders to contribute to a better understading of the funding needs of groups and organisations in the region
  6. To manage re-granting programmes, including developing calls for funding proposals, selecting and monitoring projects, and facilitating knowledge sharing between selected grantees.
  7. To monitor and document developments in specific countries and/or region and work closely with colleagues from the Advocacy and Communication teams to support awareness raising activities and engagement of European institutions, governments and relevant allies

ILGA-Europe values creative and inclusive approaches to work and management that have been achieved through work across teams and participation of staff at all levels in the organisation. While you will report to the Programmes Director, you will also work collaboratively with your colleagues and external partners and be accountable for the achievement of the agreed inputs related to your areas of work as defined in annual work programmes.

What skills, knowledge and abilities are we looking for?

Candidates should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality, and have competencies and demonstrated experience in

  • Designing and overseeing participatory and engaging methods to assess and better understand the needs of communities and groups, and developing programmatic activities to respond to needs identified
  • Facilitating processes to integrate learning in organisation’s work and practices 
  • Bringing together existing expertise, identifying important learning and ensuring that those who need it have access to this knowledge 

Qualifications, experience and other requirements are: 

  • Ability to think creatively about how social, legal and political change can be achieved
  • Ability to facilitate peer learning with NGOs and grassroots organisations in a way that allows for concrete exchange and transfer of knowledge 
  • Ability to build sustainable and meaningful alliances which strengthen the work of an organisation 
  • Understanding of how organisations evolve and how to support them to achieve political and social change 
  • Ability to make the case for funding for projects, including through written proposals and direct communication with funders
  • Having very good problem-solving skills
  • Capacity to adapt to rapidly changing environments and to find innovative ways to respond to emerging organisational needs
  • Capacity to coordinate projects in an effective and accountable manner, including budget and time management, project planning and reporting 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English (written and spoken); capacity to explain complex issues simply, concise and clear for diverse audiences
  • Capability to take initiative, to plan and work independently, while being a strong and dependable team player; ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, to maintain positive working relationships, and to implement respect of equality and diversity into your everyday work
  • Willingness to relocate to Brussels and to travel in Europe (providing that the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic makes relocation and/or travel possible)

Useful additional experience/knowledge includes:

  • Knowledge and experience of working with the LGBTI movement or other vulnerable groups  (highly desirable) 
  • A solid knowledge of human rights and equality issues, including as they relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people (desirable)

Information about the employment package

Open ended full-time position subject to continued funding for the post. Salary scale: from 53,635.75 € to 56,683.24 € (12 months remuneration plus holiday pay), starting at the beginning of the scale, increasing annually. ILGA-Europe’s employment package includes:20 days of annual leave (+ 10 public holidays) and an additional 5 days at year-end,

  • fair measures in place to ensure recovery of extra hours worked in busy periods, 
  • hospitalisation and ambulatory health insurance (which cover the majority of LGBTI-specific care), 
  • a policy supporting employees who transition during employment,
  • a pension scheme for employees, 
  • ‘family friendly’ policies, 
  • 34 € per month contribution to local transportation costs, 
  • luncheon vouchers,
  • financial support for relocation to Brussels, where applicable,
  • financial support for professional development (trainings, coaching and other learning opportunities enabling staff to grow in their positions). 

ILGA-Europe also covers the costs related to obtaining a work permit and visa, and manage the process, and colleagues provide support in residence issues. 

Deadline to send applications: Wednesday, 11 November 2020 (23:59 CET). Please submit a signed electronic version by e-mail to: