Advocacy Officer – Alliance Building

We are looking for a person to lead on building alliances with actors who are central in translating human rights principles, laws and policies into practice to create change in the lived realities of LGBTI people.

Deadline for applications: Thursday, 16 February 2023 (12:00 noon 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 is comprised of over 700 member organisations throughout Europe and Central Asian. From Iceland to Turkey and Kyrgyzstan to Malta, we work together with extraordinary activists to bring about real change for LGBTI people. Our staff team based in Brussels supports activists in different countries across our region, connects key change actors at European and national levels, and creates space to bring knowledge and expertise together and to identify effective change strategies with the European and Central Asian LGBTI movement. We are guided by a strategic framework that is the result of a participatory process with our membership and is rooted in the realities and strategies of LGBTI organisations in Europe and Central Asia.

Supporting the development of a strong, skilled and connected LGBTI movement is a core pillar of our work. We bring a wide range of support activities and programmes to LGBTI organisations in Europe and Central Asia, including funding, training, coaching, strategic planning, networking and peer learning opportunities. This work is very dynamic because it is rooted in the strategies and needs of LGBTI organisations in our region is responsive to the external developments that impact the movement.

The movement and our work are only as strong as our people. We support our staff and we value the knowledge, experience and commitment they bring to us and the movement.ILGA-Europe offers a strong remuneration package, including pension payments, insurance plans, luncheon vouchers, trainings and more.

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.

Main job functions of the Advocacy Officer – Alliance Building

As Advocacy Officer, you will actively contribute to ILGA-Europe’s policy and advocacy work supporting a strong legal and policy framework and implementation, protecting LGBTI human rights, by building sustainable and meaningful alliances to support strategic priorities for ILGA-Europe.

We are looking for a person to lead on building alliances with actors who are central in translating human rights principles, laws and policies into practice to create change in the lived realities of LGBTI people. We are particularly interested in building alliances with organisations and/or institutions who are active in addressing socio-economic inequalities, as well as actors who can contribute to more effective implementation of existing policies regarding LGBTI human rights in the region.

As Advocacy Officer, you will responsible for developing and implementing activities aimed at building relationships based on mutual trust and respect with allied organisations/actors with whom we can work jointly towards a shared goal. Your work will include identifying potential new allies, outreach, creating spaces for mutual learning about each other’s work and articulation of shared issues, and developing concrete forms of cooperation. You will be also be responsible for facilitating transfer of knowledge and good practice exchanges, in particular to build connections between LGBTI organisations, allies and partners, at national and European levels with a view of strengthening alliance-building at country and sub-regional levels.

ILGA-Europe values creative and inclusive approaches to work and management and relies on cross-team work and participation of staff at all levels in the organisation. While you will report to the Advocacy Director, you will work collaboratively with all colleagues and external partners. An essential part of your work will be dedicated to working directly with LGBTI activists from organisations and groups across the region.

Your main responsibilities will be:

Building alliances to strengthen advocacy at regional level

  • To identify and lead on outreach to potential new allied organisations and actors who can play an important role in translating human rights principles, laws and policies into practice to create change in the lived realities of LGBTI people
  • To develop and implement activities aimed at building relationships based on mutual trust and respect with allied organisations/actors with whom we can work jointly towards a shared goal
  • To create and facilitate spaces for mutual learning, joint analysis and strategizing around shared issues; and to lead on developing concrete forms of cooperation and joint actions
  • To share ILGA-Europe’s experience and expertise with a view of equipping allied organisations/actors with the knowledge and tools needed to be genuine allies and mainstream LGBTI issues in their work
  • To facilitate learning processes within ILGA-Europe about other sectors’ priorities and realities

Facilitating transfer of learning on alliance-building

  • To capture the learning from ILGA-Europe’s work on alliance-building to make it accessible to LGBTI activists and organisations and other stakeholders
  • To develop, organise and/ or facilitate activities aimed at enabling national LGBTI organisations and groups to effectively engage with allied organisation and/or actors in support their work at country level and sub-regional levels
  • To develop and implement peer learning activities for LGBTI organisations and other stakeholders on good practices related to alliance building and cooperations for LGBTI human rights and equality
  • To support ongoing organisational learning at ILGA-Europe in relation to alliance building with a view of ensuring that it remains relevant, sustainable and meets the needs of the team and activists to be best of our ability

What skills, knowledge and abilities are we looking for?

At ILGA-Europe we understand that not all individuals have the same opportunities to engage in paid work within the LGBTI movement, and value the experience brought in from other areas of work and life. To fit this role well, you should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality, and have competencies and demonstrated experience in:

  • Building and/or strengthening alliances between actors working in the human rights and social justice sector towards a common goal, including by developing and implementing joint actions or strategies
  • Developing sustainable and meaningful collaborative relationships and alliances to strengthen the work of an organisation
  • Planning and facilitating meetings, collaborative processes and learning activities

Important competences, experience and other requirements are:

  • Ability to think and strategise creatively about how social, legal and political change can be achieved, especially through cooperation across different sectors of society
  • Capacity to adapt to rapidly changing environments and to find innovative ways to respond to new needs and opportunities
  • Ability to build effective relationships based on mutual trust and respect with partners and other stakeholders, as way to strengthen the work and the larger goals of an organisation
  • Ability to facilitate and plan learning activities, connections, relationship-building for NGOs, grassroots organisations and wider civil society actors in a way that allows for meaningful exchange, collaboration, and transfer of knowledge;
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of actors and adapt messages and communication to their context
  • Having very good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English (written and spoken) and to explain complex issues simply and concisely for diverse audiences
  • Ability to take initiative, to prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines, to plan and work independently, while being a strong and proactive team player
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team and with people from diverse backgrounds, to maintain positive working relationships, and to ensure respect of equality and diversity in everyday work
  • Willingness to relocate to Brussels and to travel in Europe and Central Asia. The regular working week is Monday to Friday but on occasion travel and work during weekends will be required.

Useful additional experience/ knowledge includes:

  • A solid knowledge of human rights and equality issues, including as they relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people (highly desirable)
  • Knowledge and experience of working with the LGBTI movement or other marginalised groups (highly desirable)
  • Experience in organising and running peer learning and training sessions (highly desirable)

Information about the employment package

Open ended full-time position subject to continued funding for the post. Salary scale: from 53,539 to 59,716€ starting at the beginning of the scale, increasing annually. This annual salary is comprised of 12 months remuneration plus additional holiday pay paid out as of the second year of employment – the expected net monthly starting salary is approx. 2500€. The working week is 37.5 hours (5 days of 7.5h).

ILGA-Europe’s employment package includes:

  • 20 days of annual leave (+ 10 public holidays) and an additional 5 days in December
  • fair measures to ensure recovery of extra hours worked during busy periods
  • hospitalisation and ambulatory health insurance (which cover the majority of LGBTI-specific care)
  • a policy supporting employees who transition during employment
  • an employee pension scheme
  • ‘family friendly’ policies
  • 34 € per month contribution to local transportation costs, and 50 € per month to cover costs of home office
  • luncheon vouchers worth approx. 140 € for a full month worked
  • 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).

Non-EU citizens and individuals who do not have an EU work permit can apply. We cover all the costs related to obtaining a work permit and visa, and manage the process. ILGA-Europe colleagues can provide support in finding accommodation, registering your residence and many other day-to-day issues related to moving to Belgium.

As a workplace, ILGA-Europe strives to be flexible and responsive to employee needs, balancing that with the needs of the wider team and those of the LGBTI movement. We offer flexible working hours and possibility to partially work from home, though the office in Brussels will be your main location of work. We understand that relocation may be difficult in the current circumstances and will adjust as much as possible to your capacities in this regard.

Deadline for applications: Thursday, 16 February 2023 (12:00 noon CET)

Please submit a signed electronic version of the application pack by e-mail to: recruitment@ilga-europe.org.

Please do not submit any other documents as these will not be reviewed.