Senior Officer – Gender Identity and Gender Expression

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.

In this context, we seek a Senior Officer to engage in women’s rights, feminist, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), trans, and gender-diverse spaces, and to identify opportunities for collaboration and mutual support. We strongly encourage applications of women in all their diversity who have experience with intersectional feminist movements. The Senior Officer will work closely with the United Nations Department at ILGA World to identify advocacy opportunities for trans, gender diverse and LBQ women, as well as intersecting and decolonial identities. Experience with policy and legal analysis is fundamental for this role. The Senior Officer will engage with the Research Department and help us expand our database and new fields of data and knowledge used to boost activism globally. The Senior Officer will engage with the Communications Department to ensure the visibility of trans, gender diverse and LBQ women and respond to media requests and analyses.


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

Senior Officer on Gender Identity and Gender Expression

  • Developing and drafting policy positions, briefing notes, talking points, etc.
  • Mainstreaming GIGE issues across the office and organisation
  • Providing technical support to colleagues, key stakeholders, partners, etc.
  • Coordinating the development and implementation of programmes in collaboration within and across teams and departments
  • Researching, identifying, and analysing good practices, strategic opportunities emerging issues and trends that impact trans, gender diverse and LBQ women, their organisations, and communities
  • Mobilising and engaging relevant stakeholders, partners and/or coalitions to advance the programme objectives
  • Working on the sports sector on the intersections of gender identity and gender expression
  • Building the capacity of the Office and stakeholders on GIGE issues
  • Lead on the Trans Advocacy Week on behalf of ILGA World


  • Actively contribute to promoting and achieving the organisation’s objectives
  • Ensure that all activities are carried out with full regard to policies on diversity and equal opportunities
  • Ensure compliance with such laws and regulations as may be applicable to the operations of the Service Area
  • Undertake all duties in compliance with health and safety regulations and legislation
  • Undertake other duties that may be reasonably required from time to time

Relationship with colleagues

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 25 days 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


Education and qualifications

  • 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 relevant and qualifying experience designing, managing international programmes, advocating for women’s rights, trans and gender diverse equality
  • Demonstrated experience working in multicultural and international programmes
  • Experience working closely with and supporting trans, gender diverse, intersex and/or LBQ-led organisations and groups, particularly in the Global South

Technical requirements

  • Demonstrated experience advocating with 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
  • Experience countering the anti-gender/ anti-rights rhetoric
  • Demonstrate rooted connections with allied and intersectional feminist movements

Other requirements

  • 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:

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

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