Programmes Officer

For Programmes Officer role, we are looking for a skilled project coordinator and facilitator who will enjoy working hand-in-hand with LGBTI groups to support their work. Apply by: Monday, 19 September 2022 (12:00 noon CEST).

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 600 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 a 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, strategizing, networking and coordination opportunities. This work is very dynamic because it is rooted in the strategies and needs of LGBTI organisations in our region and is responsive to the external developments that impact the movement. The role of Programmes Officer is designed to contribute to this crucial part of ILGA-Europe’s work by coordinating and implementing specific projects in support of the LGBTI 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.

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

As Programmes Officer, you will actively contribute to ILGA-Europe’s programmatic work supporting a strong, resourced and skilled LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia.

We are looking for a skilled coordinator and facilitator who will be able to translate movement-support programmes into concrete activity plans and to implement them in a needs-based and context-informed way. ILGA-Europe programmes include grant-making, capacity building and advocacy activities aimed at strengthening the LGBTI movement in our region to create legal, social, and political change.

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 Programmes Director, you will work collaboratively with your colleagues and external partners. You will cooperate closely with the new Senior Programmes Officer responsible for developing and advancing an overarching framework that streamlines several of our programmes, including the work that you will be carrying out. You will also work alongside colleagues from the Advocacy team in the context of your capacity strengthening activities aimed at supporting advocacy strategies and coordination among LGBTI organisations and groups. An essential part of your work will be dedicated to working directly with LGBTI activists in member and partner organisations and groups.

Your main responsibilities will be:

Implementation of grant-making programmes

  • To take the lead in planning and implementing grant-making calls in support of the strategies and needs of LGBTI organisations and groups in Europe and Central Asia, in cooperation with other colleagues;
  • To coordinate and develop strong working relationships with grantee partners, including monitoring of grantee projects and providing hands-on support in their implementation;
  • To ensure timely and accurate reporting by grantee partners and by ILGA-Europe;
  • To contribute to fundraising for programmatic work by participating in proposal writing and direct communication with funders.

Strengthening capacity of LGBTI organisations

  • To develop, organise and/ or facilitate capacity strengthening activities for LGBTI organisations and groups, in particular to support them in coordinating and developing strategies for their advocacy work (e.g. thematic events, trainings, coaching, peer learning events, coordinating contributions by external experts and production of online resources);
  • To develop tools and resources (including for ILGA-Europe’s online resource hub) aimed at strengthening the capacities of LGBTI groups and organisations across the region;
  • To facililate LGBTI organisations’ access to individuals and organisations holding specific expertise and skills needed to support their activities and actions at local, national and regional levels;
  • To carry out consultation, assessment, and feedback processes as part of your activities to ensure that they are needs-based and context-informed and to take stock of their progress and partners’ experience with them.

Facilitating learning

  • To develop and implement peer-learning activities between LGBTI groups and organisations, and other initiatives aimed at facilitating knowledge sharing among organisations in the region;
  • To carry out documentation of good practices, as deemed relevant and ensure we widely disseminate learning in an accessible and inclusive manner;
  • To support colleagues in planning facilitation of meetings, online spaces and collaborative processes.

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:

  • Implementing capacity strengthening and grant-making programmes in the context of social movements and civil society, incl. activity planning, event organizing, progress monitoring, partnership development and reporting;
  • Planning and facilitating meetings, collaborative processes and learning activities;
  • Building relationships and working with other people, both within the immediate team, with partners and other stakeholders, particularly in the context of ensuring that your work connects to the broader context and informs the work of others.

Important competences, experience and other requirements are:

  • Demonstrated understanding of movement development and the process of social change;
  • Experience in coordinating projects, including with budget and time management, as well as with project planning and reporting;
  • Ability to think creatively about how social, legal and political change can be achieved;
  • Ability to develop effective relationships to strengthen own work and the work of an organisation;
  • Ability to facilitate and plan learning activities, connections, relationship-building for activists, NGOs, and grassroots organisations in a way that allows for meaningful exchange, collaboration, and transfer of knowledge;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English (written and spoken) and to explain complex issues simply and concisely for diverse audiences;
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team and with people from different backgrounds, to maintain positive working relationships, and to ensure respect of equality and diversity in everyday work;
  • Self-organisation skills, and ability to follow-up on time and to multitask;
  • 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:

  • Knowledge and experience of working with the LGBTI movement or other vulnerable groups, especially in high-risk environments (highly desirable);
  • A solid knowledge of human rights and equality issues, including as they relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people (highly desirable);
  • Experience in organising and running coordination and strategizing meetings and training with a focus on advocacy work (highly desirable).

Information about the employment package

Open ended full-time position subject to continued funding for the post. Salary scale: from 51,459 to 57,397 € 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. 2,500 €. 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,
  • luncheon vouchers worth approx. 100 € 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.

Due date to send applications: Monday, 19 September 2022 (12:00 noon CEST). Please submit a signed electronic version by e-mail to:

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