LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Senior Advocacy Officer

join our team

We are looking for a Senior Advocacy Officer to join our staff team based in Brussels. Deadline for applications is 25 November 2019 (12:00 noon CET).

Please note that only completed application forms are accepted.


You have an opportunity to make a difference.

ILGA-Europe is a driving force for political, legal and social change at European 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 are comprised of over 600 member organisations throughout the European Region. From Iceland to Italy and Ukraine to Malta, we work with extraordinary activists to bring about real change for LGBTI people across Europe. Our strong team based in Brussels empowers activists, connects key change actors at European and national levels, leads on thinking and responding to important trends for the European LGBTI movement. And we ensure our people remain our greatest asset. We are willing to offer a strong remuneration package, including pension payments, insurance plans, luncheon vouchers, trainings and much more. We look forward to you joining our team!


Established in 1996, ILGA-Europe has grown from a volunteer-run organisation to a board-run NGO led by a professional staff team based in Brussels. ILGA-Europe has experienced an important period of growth and development over the past decade in terms of staff and budget. As a result, ILGA-Europe needs skilled and highly motivated people to join its dynamic and professional team and to respond to growing demands placed on ILGA-Europe.

The job

The Senior Advocacy Officer will be actively contributing to ILGA-Europe’s advocacy work aimed at bringing legal, political and social change for LGBTI people across Europe, by working with European institutions to leverage their mechanisms for change, by setting benchmarks for national governments on LGBTI equality, by engaging with governments and civil society at national level to strengthen capacity to translate political commitments into concrete measures, and by acting as a thought-leader on strategic issues for the European LGBTI movement.

The tasks of Senior Advocacy Officer will include developing and implementing effective policy and advocacy strategies with regional institutions, government or other relevant actors to respond to priorities identified by the European LGBTI movement; monitoring of developments and assessing  opportunities  for  advocacy  of  human  rights  of  LGBT  people  at  European level, as well as set out strategies on how to seize these opportunities;  developing  and  implementing  capacity  building and peer learning   for policy-makers,  civil society and practitioners at European and national levels on implementation of political commitments into concrete measures; and developing strategic partnerships and coalitions with other NGOs and relevant actors.

Candidates should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality, and have competencies and demonstrated experience in:

  • developing and implementing effective policy strategies and advocacy strategies with regional institutions, government or other relevant actors to achieve legislative, political and social change
  • building strong strategic alliances and coalitions, mobilising key stakeholders to support legal, political and social change
  • capacity building of civil society organisations and movements to successfully advocate for the advancement of human rights and social justice with governments and intergovernmental institutions

Qualifications, experience and other requirements are:

  • Proven expertise in human rights international standards and equality issues, including as they relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Excellent political judgment and understanding of political dynamics and international institutional frameworks
  • Experience and knowledge of the functioning and decision-making processes (in particular in inter-governmental organisations)
  • Experience in developing and conducting advocacy initiatives aimed at the adoption of strong legislation and policies which effectively respond to needs of a group or a community
  • Demonstrated experience of facilitating the participation of NGOs in policy-making processes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular ability to build meaningful relationships with institutional and other partners
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to develop evidence-based policy proposals
  • Excellent communication skills (writing and presentation), including a high standard of written and spoken English; capacity to explain complex issues simply, concise and clear for diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated capacity to adapt to rapidly changing environments and to find innovative ways to respond to emerging organisational needs 
  • Capability to take initiative, to plan and work independently, while being a strong and dependable team player; ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, to maintain excellent working relationships in a high-paced environment, and to implement respect of equality and diversity into your everyday work
  • Willingness to relocate to Brussels and to travel in Europe as required

Useful additional experience/knowledge includes:

  • Experience of working with grassroots organisations, preferably in the field of LGBTI human rights and equality
  • Working knowledge of Russian
  • A working knowledge of the European institutions (EU and/or Council of Europe), as well as knowledge of the international human rights framework
  • Experience in facilitating peer learning with civil society organisations and/or policy-makers

Employment information:

Open ended full-time position subject to continued funding for the post. Salary scale: from 52,584.07 € to 56,547.28 €, starting at the beginning of the scale. The organisation has a generous remuneration package, including contributing to local transportation costs, luncheon vouchers, hospitalisation insurance, a pension scheme for employees and ‘family friendly’ policies. Relocation support to Brussels will be given where appropriate.


Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday, 25 November 2019 (12:00 noon CET). Please submit a signed electronic version of the application pack by e-mail to



ILGA-Europe are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to opposing direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of disability, ethnicity or national origin, colour, race, creed, gender, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex characteristics, or any other grounds.

Transgender/gender-variant individuals, as well as people from ethnic and racial minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

ILGA-Europe’s equal opportunity policy applies both to ILGA-Europe’s implementation of its work programme, and its employment practices. We will do all within our power to apply the above policies in our day-to-day operations and in our employment practices.