Advocacy Officer & Program Development Manager Specialized in Sexual Rights and Diversity

Full Time
Den Haag
Posted 2 weeks ago

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Do you aspire to improve the wellbeing, human rights, dignity and inclusion of LGBTI persons in various countries and regions around the world?  Does it inspire you to support and strengthen advocacy efforts on issues relevant to LGBTI communities? Do you have a strong track record in program development and resource mobilization? If so, then we might be looking for you!

Hivos Global Office seeks qualified candidates to join our Sexual Rights and Diversity team. Candidates who identify as part of the LGBTI community are particularly invited to apply.

Job context

In the past decades, LGBTI organizations have become much stronger, more diverse and visible, and better able to articulate and advocate for their human rights. Worldwide, the legal situation of LGBTI persons has improved. Public opinion is shifting and increasingly recognizing the human rights and dignity of LGBTI persons. But this progress does not mean that all is well. On the contrary, in many countries persons who identify as LGBTI still suffer disproportionately from discrimination, exclusion and violence. Moreover, conservative fundamentalists are gaining increasing influence over political agendas and are able to negatively influence public opinion. In doing so, they curtail the progress made and even cause a backlash.

Hivos believe that all persons should be free to openly love whom they love and freely express their gender identity. Together with LGBTI organizations, activists, and other civil society actors, we seek to tackle the obstacles that hamper the wellbeing, inclusion and dignity of LGBTI persons. We co-create innovative ideas and undertake concerted advocacy efforts that will help ensure the fulfillment of their human rights. While actively looking for funding opportunities, we facilitate exchange and cooperation with other key actors in society to strengthen forces for social change. Currently, Hivos is implementing various programs fostering the human rights, inclusion and dignity of LGBTI persons.

Your responsibilities

This position combines two different roles (lobby and advocacy / program development), but focuses on one thematic area: human rights, inclusion and dignity of LGBTI persons. The content and responsibilities of these roles are described below.


Advocacy officer (2 days a week)

Hivos is a consortium member of the program ‘Right Here Right Now’. Led by Rutgers, it seeks to strengthen the advocacy capacities of young people on issues related to sexual health and rights. The program supports platforms in ten countries and one region. Issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics are part of the advocacy agenda of each platform. In this role, you help strengthen the advocacy capacities of these platforms and support their advocacy activities, particularly at the international level.

Specifically, you:

– coordinate and work with both the RHRN team within Hivos and other consortium members

– support and train platform members to improve their lobby and advocacy capacities

– help them position themselves and their priorities in relevant international spaces

– follow and contribute to the debates surrounding to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SO/GIE/SC)

– position and represent Hivos in national and international spaces on issues related to SO/GIE/SC


Program Development Manager (2 days a week)

As Program Development Manager (PDM) you focus on generating new ideas, developing relationships with stakeholders (e.g. civil society organizations, activists, diplomatic community, donors, and other relevant actors), and helping turn innovative ideas and solutions into sustainable programs and projects, including funding.

Specifically, you

– work with regional and global colleagues to design and develop innovative (pilot) projects and programs that promote equal rights, dignity and inclusion of LGBTI persons and their organizations and counter societal backlash against them

– build relationships with relevant networks, civil society activists and organizations and donor agencies to do the same as above, and make these projects and programs sustainable so they will become attractive investment opportunities for donors

– identify potentially interested financiers and mobilize resources for small and large scale interventions

– advise program managers on their sexual rights and diversity and human rights projects and design follow-up phases and new projects


Your profile

– A Master’s degree in international human rights (of LGBTI persons), gender studies, sexual and reproductive health and rights, development studies, or a related discipline.

– Three to five years’ experience working in the field of SO/GIE/SC and / or sexual health and rights, and at least two years in advocacy and policy influencing.

– A proven track record of working with civil society, successful fundraising and in working with multiple stakeholders.

– Experience in capacity strengthening of civil society actors.

– A broad understanding and interest in learning more about the whole program design cycle (including budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theory of Change).

– Detailed knowledge of international law and mechanisms such as the UPR, the CSW, the CPD and the Human Rights Council.

– A strong and relevant professional network.

– A proactive approach with an entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic.

– Able to think ahead strategically and creatively and to prioritize.

– Good communication skills, and excellent writing skills, in English and preferably Spanish and/or Dutch.

We particularly welcome candidates who identify as part of the Youth LGBTI community.


What we offer

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organization with very dedicated staff. Employment is offered as soon as possible for the period of one year with possible extension for a longer period depending on funding. The salary will be determined by your experience: in salary scale 11 with a minimum of € 3.528,- and a  maximum of € 4.695,- gross per month, based on a 36-hour work week. Travel costs are compensated in accordance with Hivos Regulations. We offer participation in the pension fund.



Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.


Want to know more?

For more information:  Anna Kiebert (advocacy role) and Karen Hammink (program development role) or +3170 3765500


Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.

How to apply


Please apply before February 28, 2019. Both a letter of motivation and resume need to be submitted in English to Hivos by e-mail to with reference code 300-31 in the subject.