RFSL Seeks an Advocacy Program Manager

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New deadline for application is January 18, 2018.

RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights, is a non-profit, member-based organization founded in 1950. RFSL’s vision is a society where diversity, and respect for diversity, is the norm. The federation has around 7.000 members, 36 local chapters all over Sweden and a broad national program. RFSL strives to be a diverse and inclusive working place.

Our international work is deeply rooted in long time experience from advancing LGBTQ rights nationally. RFSL’s International Unit has a broad capacity building program and is engaged in advocacy work within the UN. We support organisations in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and Eastern Africa in their work on national and regional level. In such partnerships RFSL contributes to capacity strengthening, experience exchange and accessing international platforms.

As our international work is expanding we are recruiting an Advocacy Program Manager for our work in Eastern Europe. The Advocacy Program Manager will be part of the International Unit, based in Stockholm and report to the Director of International programs. The Advocacy Program Manager will be responsible for coordinating the joint advocacy activities within the program Eastern Coalition for LGBT Equality and assist the Coalition to engage effectively with international mechanisms.


Main tasks

  • Develop the advocacy part of the program Eastern Coalition for LGBT Equality, together with the member organisations and maintain an active presence and a close dialogue with the member organisations and other partners
  • Identify the relevant advocacy needs within the Coalition at strategic meetings
  • Coordinate and contribute to a coherent advocacy process within the Coalition
  • Monitor and follow up research on LGBT+ rights in the region
  • Be a resource to partners regarding advocacy processes and capacities
  • Develop, plan and implement regional campaigns on LGBT+ visibility together with partners
  • Monitor the implementation of the program, prepare reports and possible proposals to donors

Qualifications and experience

  • Be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality and share RFSL’s values
  • Degree in international relations, human rights law, political science, or equivalent qualifications obtained through relevant work experience
  • Proven track record of advocacy work, specifically with international human rights mechanisms
  • At least four years of professional experience in the area of LGBTQ rights and the lived realities of LGBTQ persons in Eastern Europe. Experience from working with underrepresented groups within the community would be desirable
  • At least two years of work experience in a national or international non-governmental organization
  • Experience with international campaigning is highly desirable
  • Experience of facilitating trainings is an advantage
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with international and local partners based on a rights-based approach
  • Ability to plan strategically, monitor and evaluate results
  • Ability to navigate challenging and sometimes difficult environments
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written) and good knowledge of Russian. Basic knowledge of Swedish is desirable
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively


The position is based in Stockholm although extensive travelling will be expected.

We offer an open ended full-time position, with a 6 months probation period.

A collective agreement is in place.

For this position we will only be able to consider applicants who are already eligible to work in Sweden (not the EU).

Interviews will be held end of January and ideally candidates would be available as of March 2018.

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

Unione representative: Lars Jonsson, lars.jonsson@rfsl.se, 073 660 32 46

How to apply

We welcome your application with a cover letter and a CV (max 3 pages) by January 18, 2018. Use the email address: jobb@rfsl.se and mark the mail with ADVOCACY PROGRAM MANAGER.