RFSL Seeks an International Program Manager

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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 5.000 members, 36 local chapters all over Sweden and broad national and international programs. RFSL strives to be a diverse and inclusive working place.

Our international work is deeply rooted in extensive experience advancing LGBTQ rights nationally. RFSL’s International Unit has a broad capacity strengthening program and is engaged in advocacy work within the UN. Furthermore, we support partner organisations in Eastern Europe, South- and Southeast Asia, and Southern- and Eastern Africa in their work on national and regional levels. In these partnerships, RFSL contributes to capacity strengthening, experience exchange, accessing international platforms, and acts as an intermediary financial partner. 

We are recruiting an International Program Manager for our work with partner organisations in different regions, with emphasis on South- and Southeast Asia,  and Southern- and Eastern Africa. The Program Manager will be part of the International Unit, based in Stockholm and report to the International Director. Field travel is required.

The International Program Manager will be responsible for handling and administering grants to partners within two of RFSL’s international programs. The first program is Regional Movements Advancing LGBTQI Rights, funded by ForumCiv since 2018. This program includes support to projects implemented by mainly regional partner organisations based in Kenya, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan. The second program is Mobilising for Change, funded by Sida, that together with partner organisations engages with international advocacy fora, including UN human rights platforms and the development framework, as well as capacity strengthening and regranting of small grants for activists globally.

As a feminist and anti-racist organisation, 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

  • Assessing partner applications and reports, entering into agreements with partners, ensuring payments and contractual compliance of partner organisations.
  • Monitoring developments in projects and partner organisations.
  • Being a resource for the partner organisations in terms of project implementation and follow-up.
  • Contribute to the internal and external reporting, including reporting of results, to ForumCiv, Sida and other back-donors.
  • Contribute to development of new programs and to new applications to donors that includes re-granting to partners.
  • Take part in overall processes and team meetings of the International Unit and the overall organization.

Qualifications and experience

  • Be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality and share RFSL’s values.
  • Preferably a degree in international relations, political science, or other social sciences or equivalent qualifications obtained through relevant work experience.
  • At least three years of work experience in a national or international non-governmental organization, or development co-operation/ grant management in other agencies.
  • Proven track record of grant and project management.
  • Experience of working with LGBTQI rights and movements, including small, grassroots organisations,  is desirable.
  • Experience of working with the civil society in Southeast Asia and/or Africa is desirable.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written) is required and Swedish language skills are desirable.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively.


The function is a full-time, open-ended position with a 6-month probation period, with travel to the regions of responsibility. The main office is located in Stockholm, but we are open for flexible solutions. As we need the candidate to start as early as possible we will only consider applicants who are already eligible to work in Sweden for this position. A collective agreement is in place.

We welcome your application with a cover letter and a CV (max 3 pages) by August 12. Use the mail address: jobb@rfsl.se and mark the mail with International Program Manager.

If you have any questions about the function you are welcome to e-mail our International Director, Marie Månson, e-mail: marie.manson@rfsl.se.

Contact information to local Union representative: Jon Gjønnes, e-mail: jon.gjoennes@rfsl.se, phone: +46 76 16 06 418.

Read more about RFSL:s international work here.