Programme Officer – GIESC Programme

Location: ILGA World’s head office in Geneva
Closing Date: 2nd Mar 2021
ILGA World

Employment Type: Employed

ILGA World seeks a Programme Officer to work in the context of its Gender Identity & Expression and Sex Characteristics Programme (GIESC Programme).

The GIESC programme roots in the assessment that violence, discrimination and prejudice of persons of diverse SOGIESC has a common cause: the cis-endosex-heteronormative social model in which gender and sex are perceived as binary, mutually exclusive and a consequence of a person’s body.

The aims of the programme are to

  • advocate for meaningful inclusion of GIESC issues in UN processes, international human rights norms and other global fora and decision makers
  • raise visibility, awareness and allyship within the ILGA family and the wider LGBTI movement on issues pertaining to gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics
  • work towards the true depathologisation of trans and intersex persons at all levels
  • support ILGA World’s research to holistically cover GIESC issues in the organisation’s research portfolio, ensuring trans and intersex communities help conceptualise and deliver such research
  • empower trans and intersex communities, organisations and people in all their diversities to advocate for their rights with a particular focus on international mechanisms
  • support community organising, led by trans and intersex people globally
  • raise visibility and awareness on (SO)GIESC issues within the feminist movement(s)
  • provide a feminist and queer analysis on how gender backlash effects (SO)GIESC rights and can be countered


The position

The role of the Programme Officer will be to cover predominantly sex characteristics and intersex aspects of the GIESC Programme in close cooperation with the Senior Programme Officer of the GIESC programme and under the supervision of the Director of Programmes. The role requires to work closely with intersex communities and organisations across the globe. The GIESC Programme is supervised by the Director of Programmes and works with trans and intersex communities alike.

ILGA’s work in these contexts is highly collaborative with our members and trans and intersex communities worldwide. In our advocacy work we seek to connect national level activists and global level UN human rights mechanisms.

The successful candidate will have to be able to navigate intersex community spaces, as well have a sound background in advocacy work. Being able to offer a solid feminist analysis of our issues and having worked on gender equality is a plus.

The ideal candidate will start working in May 2021.

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