Communications Officer | ReliefWeb


The position

Are you excited at the prospect of using your communication skills to change hearts and minds, and to engage with ILGA World member organisations, Committees, and staff to reach the purpose? ILGA World is expanding its communications team, and therefore seeks a creative, innovative, and dedicated individual for the role of Communications Officer.

The role of the Communications Officer will be to support ILGA and its membership in their advocacy efforts related to people of diverse SOGIESCs using a wide range of media to conduct outstanding, creative, strategic communications, and to support public-facing mobilisation and awareness media campaigns.

Under the supervision of the Communications Manager, the role requires to strengthen the engagement of ILGA World with its member organisations, and to work in close cooperation with ILGA World’s programmatic team and Steering Committees.

The successful candidate will have to be a creative and collaborative individual with a proven track record of developing fresh and strategic communications and of supporting the creation of mobilisation and awareness campaigns, a passion for sensitively engaging LGBTI grassroots communities globally, and a strong “nothing about us without us” ethics to drive their work.

The ideal candidate will start working in January 2022.

Who can apply?


· with dedication to – and experience in regard to communications and to supporting campaigning for the human and social rights of persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC)

· who meets the requirements set out below

is welcome to apply.


  • Create communication outputs to promote ILGA World’s research and advocacy work to our member organisations and the public at large. Developed in close cooperation with the Programmes team, these materials will present often-complex concepts in a simple, compelling way.
  • Support, plan or develop global, movement-driven mobilisation and awareness communication campaigns around key SOGIESC issues globally, for relevant LGBTI awareness days, and any other specific project – in close cooperation with ILGA World’s Programmes team and the organisation’s Bisexual, Intersex, Trans, Women and Youth Committees
  • Facilitate and improve ILGA World’s engagement with its member organisations. This includes in particular

· improving the capacity of member organisations to access ILGA information to support their advocacy efforts

· increase membership-targeted communications through dedicated platforms, newsletters, toolkits, and surveys

· supporting the involvement of member organisations in global mobilisation and awareness campaigns run by ILGA World, and in assessing opportunities for support to their own grassroots campaigns

· identifying topics on which ILGA World can improve its capacity building – including on communications

  • Manage and expand ILGA World’s presence across social media channels
  • Attend conferences, seminars, and meetings on behalf of ILGA World
  • Work as a part of the ILGA World staff team
  • Occasionally stand in for the Communications Manager to take care of media relations, depending on circumstances

Performance of duties, remuneration and benefits

  • The Communications Officer will be required to work from ILGA World’s head office in Geneva.
  • ILGA World operates under the flexible working system, that among others include flexible working hours and flexible remote work arrangements
  • The weekly working time is 37.5 hours on a 100% position
  • ILGA World remunerates under a salary matrix structure. The annual salary being offered for the post is CHF 69,600 based on a 100% position based in Geneva
  • In addition, ILGA World offers 25 days of annual leave, an annual Geneva travel pass, and a contribution to lunch expenses
  • Some relocation support is offered by ILGA World: this includes limited financial support for moving expenses and if applicable obtaining a work permit for the successful candidate.


  • a solid understanding of issues impacting LGBTI communities worldwide, and a commitment to raising the voices of people of diverse and marginalised SOGIESC
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English – with the capability to simplify complex information into straight-forward language
  • a deep understanding of the importance of tailoring messages for different target audiences, and a taste for creating effective, powerful messages that resonate with a diverse group of people and prompt them to take action

Highly desired abilities

These abilities would be considered a strong asset for the job:

  • some experience in working on community organising and advocacy, and the ability to relate local concerns for grassroots LGBTI communities to global level campaigns
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in Spanish
  • the propensity to create powerful and persuasive content that suits current and emerging platforms, including on social media

Desired abilities

The successful candidate ideally has

  • good knowledge of official UN languages (other than English – required – and Spanish – highly desired ability)
  • proficiency in using graphic design, audio, and video editing software (Adobe Suite or equivalent)
  • experience in working remotely
  • the ability to build relations with people from across cultures and diverse walks of life, and to work effectively in a team with a flexible, collaborative attitude
  • experience in working in Global South contexts


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