IGLHRC: Programme Officer - Africa

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 30 July, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Founded in 1990 and Headquartered in New York, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international human rights organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. IGLHRC’s goal is to build a strong global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movements. It is committed to strengthening capacity for human rights documentation and to engaging in and supporting advocacy at regional and global forums.

The IGLHRC seeks to appoint a Programme Officer for its work in sub-Saharan Africa, based in Johannesburg.

Reporting to the IGLHRC Regional Program Director for Africa, the person will be responsible for building LGBT rights advocacy and coordination in the region; advancing the work of IGLHRC partner organisations in Africa to enhance LGBT visibility and rights struggles; developing and improving approaches to advance the IGLHRC’s mission, programme strategies and values in Africa and utilise online forums to ensure information about IGLHRC is accurate, consistent and accessible to external audiences.

The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills, a deep interest in sexual rights issues, extensive knowledge and understanding of LGBT communities in sub Saharan Africa and experience at communicating complex political and social issues relevant to LGBT human rights to a wide range of audiences.

Responsibilities:

  • Strengthen capacity of African activists to conduct LGBT human rights documentation through developing curricula, coordinating meetings, making presentations, drafting material, and providing support to activists and organisations;
  • Conduct advocacy and facilitate the advocacy of African activists at the United Nations (UN) and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) through lobbying state officials and key stakeholders; recruiting, writing and editing shadow reports, submissions to special mechanisms, position papers; and evaluating challenges and opportunities to increase the accountability of states and inter-governmental bodies on LGBT rights;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with African human rights defenders, lawyers and academics working on issues such as LGBT rights, women’s rights, sex worker rights, and HIV/AIDS.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrable knowledge and track record in LGBT rights, African political context, and producing credible human rights documentation;
  • Student of the political change, cultural norms and movement building;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and training experience;
  • Superb English communication and writing skills;
  • Fluency in a prominent sub-Saharan language as French or Portuguese is desirable.

To apply, submit a CV and contact details of three work related referees to marais.button@telkomsa.net.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more about the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, refer to www.iglhrc.org.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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