Head of The Commonwealth Equality Network Secretariat

Location: Must be London-based
Closing Date: 21st Aug 2022
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Employment Type: Employed


Salary: £45,000.00 Per Annum
Closing date: 21 August 2022 at 23:59 (London time)
Interviews: via Zoom, week commencing 22nd August 2022

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this vacancy may close before the specified deadline.

The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) is the first civil society network to sustainably advocate on behalf of LGBT+ people in the Commonwealth. Since its foundation in 2013, the network’s trajectory has been one of increasing profile, effectiveness, and influence: TCEN members have actively participated in Commonwealth spaces to raise the profile and mainstream the discussion of LGBT+ people and their rights and concerns, and to engage with national-level decision-makers and policymakers on these topics. The network currently comprises over 65 member organisations representing 47 Commonwealth countries drawn from all regions. Earlier this year, a new nine-member Management Committee was inaugurated. This Committee – with the support of the Secretariat and in consultation with the wider membership – will guide TCEN towards becoming an even more strategic, efficient and influential transnational group of LGBT+ human rights defenders and advocates.

This is an exciting opportunity for a committed, strategically-minded and dynamic individual to lead the Secretariat of an ambitious, growing transnational network of LGBT+ civil society organisations.

The Head of TCEN Secretariat will report directly to the Chair of the network’s Management Committee and the Kaleidoscope Trust Deputy Director. They will line manage a TCEN Secretariat Operations Manager, who in turn will line manage a TCEN Secretariat Officer. All three roles are funded through grants that Kaleidoscope Trust has secured to support and strengthen TCEN’s operations and implementation of its collective advocacy. The post-holder will also participate as a part of Kaleidoscope Trust’s Senior Management Team.

The Head of Secretariat joins TCEN at a critical time, as the network continues to consolidate progress and build momentum for its long-term development and growth. This role offers an incredible opportunity to actively participate in and contribute to building up a diverse network of organisations as they strengthen their mutual support and learning and enhance their collective advocacy efforts to raise the profile of LGBT+ priorities in Commonwealth spaces, in order to achieve long-lasting, systemic change for LGBT+ people.

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