Notice of vacancy at TGEU

Policy Officer

TGEU is looking for a 100% (40h/week) Policy Officer* starting in October 2021 for an initial period of 24 months. This position is located in Berlin, Germany. Given the current COVID-19 situation, the position may start remotely with relocation to Berlin in late 2021 or when conditions allow. Due to COVID relocation challenges and funding restrictions, preference will be given to applicants who are already eligible to work in the EU/Germany.

* Exceptional candidates may be considered for a Senior Policy Officer position.

Closing date

Applications sent by e-mail to by 23 August 2021, 19:00 Central European Summer Time, will be considered.


TGEU is a member-based organisation working primarily in Europe and Central Asia for the rights and lives of trans people. TGEU’s mission is to strengthen the rights and wellbeing of trans people in Europe and Central Asia, and represents 166 member organisations in 47 countries. We are seeking applicants who are committed to a world free from discrimination where gender diversity is celebrated, where trans people are valued, and where trans movements are self-aware, intersectional, and evolving to meet the needs of a diverse and resilient community.

Job description

The Policy Officer will be working in the Policy Team and report to the Advocacy Director. They will be responsible to develop and implement TGEU’s policy and advocacy work predominantly with European institutions (EU, CoE, OSCE) in the areas of:

  • Violence & Safety
  • Gender Equality
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Legal Gender Recognition

Primary job duties include:

  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies combating anti-trans violence with a particular focus on strengthening the legal and policy framework, especially for vulnerable populations, such as sex workers and racialised trans people (in close collaboration with the TGEU global and community building team).
  • Work with relevant stakeholders, including institutions on European level, such as the European Union, Council of Europe, and OSCE.
  • Strengthen the inclusion of trans people in gender equality measures and policies.
  • Advance the legal protection of trans people on grounds of gender identity and gender expression.
  • Advance trans people’s access to and position within the job market.
  • Work closely with TGEU Research Officer to document and report on trans-specific legal protections in Europe and Central Asia through the Trans Rights Map.
  • Draft policy briefs.
  • Contribute to the organising of the biennial European Trans Council 2022.
  • Contribute to internal and external reporting, and support the development of policy-related grant applications as needed.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the organisation and contribute to other tasks as required.

Who we are looking for

For this position, we are looking for an advocate with strong competency and interest in trans issues. The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least four years of experience working in policy, advocacy, or European institutions (particularly the EU).
  • At least two years of experience working in a national, regional, or international organisation
  • Work or volunteer experience in trans, LGBTI, and/or human rights


  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written) with strong writing skills
  • Ability to analyse and contribute to European-level policy and legislative processes
  • Ability to support complex working processes
  • Understand and embrace intersectionality in their work
  • Highly comfortable with working with policy makers, partners, and external stakeholders
  • Comfortable speaking in public to a diverse set of audiences – from local trans advocates to EU policymakers
  • High sense of initiative, and able to manage stressful situations
  • Ability to manage a high workload and prioritise tasks as needed
  • Sound ability to work individually and within diverse teams
  • Indisputable work ethics
  • Reporting skills for funding and external communications
  • Commitment to TGEU values and policies


  • Ability to take responsibility for planning how and when to carry out the tasks required to complete this project, and when to ask for input from others
  • Good knowledge of another European language or Russian
  • Knowledge of the European human rights framework
  • Understand power dynamics and issues experienced by marginalised groups
  • Experience preparing written and oral interventions for policymakers
  • Organising experience in trans, LGBTQI, or other social movements

What we offer

  • A 100% (40 hours per week) position for an initial period of 24 months
  • The possibility to work for the European and Central Asian trans movement – and truly make a difference
  • A dedicated team that will allow you to implement your ideas
  • Full healthcare plan
  • Gross salary of 43,857 € per year
  • Up to 1500 € of relocation support to Berlin, Germany, if needed
  • A pet-friendly office space
  • Access arrangements depending on the needs of the employee, including remote working and flexible hours
  • German classes (if desired)
  • Counselling/coaching sessions as needed

Due to COVID relocation challenges and funding restrictions, preference will be given to applicants who are already eligible to work in the EU/Germany. For those who may need a work permit, a university diploma will be required due to German immigration practices.

Accessibility of TGEU’s office

TGEU’s offices are partially accessible for wheelchair users: there is a steep ramp from the street down to the elevator; once inside, all the rooms are situated on one level and the office doors and corridors are very wide; the toilets are on the same level but the doors are too narrow to allow access when using a wheelchair.

Application procedure

To apply, please download and complete the application pack:

For applications and questions, please contact with POLICY OFFICER in the subject line. CVs are welcome, but please do not send degrees or diplomas. Only complete application packs will be considered. Approaching TGEU team members directly might lead to automatic rejection of the application.


19 July 2021
23 August 2021
1-3 September 2021
9 September 2021
15 September 2021
1 October 2021

Launch of the call
Deadline for receiving applications
First round interviews
Second round interviews
Decision communicated to all applicants
Start of position 

TGEU is an equal opportunities employer striving to avoid discrimination and increase representation and expertise from underrepresented groups on the team. Therefore, TGEU encourages trans and/or queer; black people and people of colour; D/deaf and disabled people; people with a migration background; sex workers; trans women and gender-non-conforming people; people from Eastern Europe and Central Asia; people living with HIV, to apply and mention their backgrounds and experiences in their application. We guarantee that all information will be held confidentially.

Please send your application before 23 August 2021 19:00, Central European Summer Time.