RFSL Seeks a Capacity-strengthening Program Manager for the Eastern Partnership Region

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RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights is a non-profit, membership-based organization founded in 1950. RFSL’s vision is a society where diversity, and respect for diversity, is the norm. The federation has around 7000 members and 36 chapters around Sweden.

Our international work is deeply rooted in RFSL’s decades-long experience of advancing LGBTQ rights nationally and centers the expertise and self-determination of our partner organizations in their work.  RFSL’s international unit has a broad capacity-strengthening program and a strong commitment to international advocacy. We maintain partnerships with LGBTQI organizations in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and Eastern Africa and support partners’ work on national and regional levels. In our partnerships RFSL contributes to capacity strengthening, experience exchange, accessing international platforms and acts as an intermediary financial partner.  

We are currently recruiting a substitute Capacity-strengthening Program Manager to work with the Eastern European Coalition for LGBT+ Equality program. The Program Manager will be part of the international team, based in Stockholm and report to the Director of international programs. Regular travel to the countries in the Eastern Partnership region will be required in this position.

The Program Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the capacity strengthening component of the larger program, which implies organizing trainings and other capacity strengthening events for activists and organizations both for the Eastern European Coalition members and activists associated with the Coalition, as well as in the Eastern Partnership and Russia region as a whole.

As a feminist, anti-racist and intersectional organization, RFSL strives to be an inclusive workplace for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics, religion, race, ethnicity, country of origin, disability status, age and other grounds of discrimination. Candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Main tasks

  • Plan and implement capacity-strengthening activities for activists and organizations in Eastern Partnership and Russia in relation to the changing community needs and contexts, in line with the objectives of the program.  
  • Coordinate and work strategically with members of the Eastern European Coalition for LGBT+ Equality to identify and design training content for aspiring community leaders
  • Guide and support trainers and facilitators of capacity strengthening activities to ensure that training content and space reflect needs of the participants, and that events follow RFSL values and approaches
  • Support participants of the capacity strengthening activities, by designing safe spaces to maximize participation, learning and well-being.
  • Monitor and evaluate the capacity-strengthening activities in relation to the program goals, learn and adjust activities to maximize the impact for the communities.  
  • Take care of all logistics and administration of trainings, both in Sweden and in EaP/Russia countries including financial monitoring and reporting.
  • Evaluate, record learnings and report on the results of the capacity-strengthening activities.

Qualifications and experience

Be strongly committed to the advancement of LGBTQI rights and equality and share RFSL’s values.

  • Degree in gender studies, international relations, political science and sociology or other social sciences or equivalent qualifications obtained through relevant work experience.
  • At least two years of work experience in a national or international non-governmental organization.
  • Proven track record of organizing trainings and other capacity-strengthening events for civil society activists, preferably in Eastern Partnership countries
  • High administrative capacity. Experience from NGO project management is highly desirable
  • Competence in and understanding of the lived realities of LGBTQ persons in Eastern Europe is mandatory.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written) and Russian.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively


This position is a substitute position until July 31, 2021, with a possibility of extension. The function is based in Stockholm although regular work travel is expected. As we need the candidate to be able to start the position as early as possible, we will have to prioritize applicants who are already eligible to work in the European Union. A collective agreement is in place.

We welcome your application with a cover letter and a CV by August 16. Use the mail address: jobb@rfsl.se with a subject line EaP/R Program Manager.

Interviews will be held in early-to-mid September.

If you have any questions about the function, you’re welcome to email Sati Sargsyan until July 10 at sati.sargsyan@rfsl.se or Marie Månson after August 16 at marie.manson@rfsl.se

The union representative is Kristina Ullgren at kristina.ullgren@rfsl.se