LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey

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Open call for Advocacy Consultant


Job title:                      Advocacy Consultant

Contract duration:     1 year with a possibility of extension

Starting date:             1.09.2023.

Application deadline: 3 August 2023, 15:00 CET

Job Summary:

The role is vital for achieving ERA’s mission and strategic goals, the development of the organization and its sustainability, its commitment to high standards of practice, and helping the core team and other consultants in positioning ERA as one of the most important agents of change in the field of LGBTI rights in the region. The main aim of this position is to ensure that LGBTI human rights are adequately advocated for while including all relevant stakeholders on national, regional, and international levels. In addition, this position also serves to provide relevant, up-to-date, and accessible knowledge about the status of LGBTI rights in Western Balkans and Turkey. The research and Advocacy Manager works closely with Executive Directors, Capacity Development managers, and Communications officers.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • To consult the Executive Director and the core team as well as other consultants, on building and maintaining good partnerships with key stakeholders on national, regional, and international levels (with a special focus on the EU integration process in the region); intensive and continuous monitoring of national, regional and international developments and opportunities, and engaging in timely advocacy and lobbying activities; track local, regional and international legislative and policy issues and develop/modify strategies and activities accordingly; develop issue-­‐oriented advocacy content for communication vehicles such as reports, emails, websites, social media, etc.; consolidate advocacy and research priorities and make sure that one underpins the other; collect and analyze best practices in the field of research;

Other duties and responsibilities:

  • To communicate the results of research projects to internal and external constituents through a variety of avenues (research reports, convening, training, conference presentations, web resources, etc.);
  • To write, edit, and control quality for research and advocacy reports/presentations;
  • To represent ERA at local, national, regional and international levels in the field of advocacy;

Profile requirements:

Qualifications and experience:

  • At minimum a University degree in social sciences or humanities. If a University degree is in other sciences, relevant working experience might be considered; Postgraduate degrees will be considered as an advantage;
  • Documented formal and/or non-­‐formal education in areas of advocacy;
  • At least 5 years of relevant advocacy experience;
  • At least 3 years of working experience within the field of LGBTI and human rights related issues, with extensive experience and knowledge of the LGBTI movement in Western Balkans and Turkey;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the global LGBTI movement;
  • Knowledge and understanding of political and social contexts in the Western Balkans and Turkey region, and Europe;
  • Extensive experience and advanced knowledge in project management;
  • Knowledge in grant management;

Skills and aptitudes

  • Ability to work in diversified environments;
  • Ability to work in teams;
  • Proficient knowledge of spoken and written English language (international standard tests of English language knowledge such as CPE, CAE, IELTS, TOEFL apply, or substantial working/studying experience in an English speaking environment);
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Strong skills in conflict resolution and mediation;
  • Strong dedication to the values of diversity, equality, human rights, feminism, tolerance and non-­‐violence;
  • Ability to work under stressful and unpredictable conditions;

Equal treatment and non‐discrimination statement: 

ERA –  LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western   Balkans   and   Turkey   actively   encourages   and   promotes   equal   treatment   and   non-discrimination in all its policies, including employment policies and practices. ERA is dedicated in its efforts to oppose any type of direct and indirect discrimination based on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex characteristics, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, religion, race, creed, colour, HIV status or any other ground. ERA acknowledges the existence of widespread homophobia, transphobia and discrimination of LGBTI persons which are preventing equal access and treatment of LGBTI persons in the labour market, and applies affirmative measures in the case of equal qualifications of the candidates by giving precedence to LGBTI persons and persons of less represented gender. 

In order to apply for this position, please send the CV and motivational letter to not later than Thursday 3 August at 15:00 CET.