Notice of vacancy at TGEU
TGEU is looking for a full-time (100%, 40h/week) Policy Officer starting in mid-March 2022. This is a regular position for an initial period of 24 months, and will focus on health advocacy and countering the Anti-Gender Movement in Europe and Central Asia.
A senior position may be offered to an exceptional candidate.
The place of work is located in Berlin, Germany, and will require frequent travel. Alternatively, Brussels (Belgium) may be considered as the candidate’s primary place of work.
Only applications sent by e-mail to email@example.com by 25 February 2022, 19:00 Central European 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 183 member organisations in 47 countries.
Trans people across Europe and Central Asia remain at an increased risk of violence, discrimination, criminalising practices, and detention. Particularly trans sex workers, migrants, refugees, unemployed, homeless, and other marginalised groups have to fight a continuous mix of systematic and individual oppression. TGEU commits to centre their voices and experiences when working to advance the rights of trans people and fight against violence and discrimination.
The Policy Officer will be working with the Policy Team, in close collaboration with the Community Building and the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Teams, 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, Council of Europe), national policy makers, and activists across TGEUs region in the areas of healthcare access and anti-gender backlash.
Key responsibilities include:
- Lead TGEUs health-related advocacy with the European Union and Council of Europe, including supporting depathologisation and implementation of ICD-11
- Support the development of implementation guidelines of the World Health Organisation for ICD-11 (trans-specific healthcare)
- Lead the creation of a Trans Health Map
- Convene and build the Trans Health Network
- Provide country-level support for activists and other stakeholders working on depathologisation
- Liaise with EPATH, the European Professional Association for Transgender Health
- Implement TGEU’s work on the country-level in taking on the anti-gender movement
- Build alliances to increase support for trans rights
- Training and work with policy makers, civil society actors, trans community members, and the general public in changing narratives and creating resilience within trans communities; and
- Support coordination of TGEU’s work challenging the AGM and collaborate with other team members
Work with relevant stakeholders, including institutions on European level, such as European Union, Council of Europe
- Contribute to the organising of the bi-annual European Trans Council 2022
- Support planning and grant reporting
- Other tasks as assigned
Who we are looking for
For this position, we are looking for someone who ideally demonstrates a strong record in the field of trans rights, the functioning of European Institutions (EU, Council of Europe) and their human rights mechanisms and law, as well as a strong grounding in the needs and perspectives of trans communities in Europe and Central Asia. A commitment to intersectionality is also critical for this role.
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 are seeking someone who applies a (self-)critical approach to their work, includes intersectional perspectives, and ideally accumulates a set of skills:
- At least four years of experience in the areas of policy, advocacy, or European Institutions work, particularly with the EU and Council of Europe;
- At least two years of experience in a national or preferably international organisation;
- Work or volunteer experience in LGBTI and/or human rights related fields is desired.
- Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written);
- Good knowledge of another European language is highly desired;
- Knowledge of the European human rights framework is desirable;
- Ability to analyse and contribute to European-level policy and legislative processes;
- Ability to support complex working processes;
- Intersectional understanding in approach of work;
- Highly comfortable with working with policy makers, partners, and external stakeholders;
- Comfortable speaking in public to a diverse set of audiences;
- Ability to manage a high workload;
- Sound ability to work individually and within diverse teams;
- Indisputable work ethics;
- Commitment to TGEU values and policies;
- High sense of initiative and ability to manage stressful situations;
- Reporting skills for funding and external communication.
What we offer
- An 100% (40 hours per week) position for an initial period of 24 months, starting in mid-March 2022;
- The possibility to work for the European and Central Asian trans movement;
- A dedicated team that will allow you to implement your ideas;
- Full healthcare plan;
- Gross salary of 43,857 € per year, with 5% increase after one year, at the Officer level;
- 24 days of holiday per year;
- Up to 3.000 € of relocation support to Berlin, Germany, if needed;
- A dog-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.
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.
To apply, please download and complete the application pack by 25 February 2022, 19:00 Central European Time.
Anonymised CVs are welcome, but please do not send degrees or diplomas. Top candidates will be asked to complete a pre-interview exercise. Only complete application packs will be considered. Any questions about the position should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org with POLICY OFFICER in the subject line. Otherwise, approaching a member of TGEU staff about this vacancy might lead to an automatic dis-qualification of the applicant.
Launch of the call: 1 February 2022
Deadline for receiving applications: 25 February 2022
Notification to shortlisted candidates for interviews: 1 March 2022
Interviews: 2-4 March 2022
Decision communicated to all applicants: 7 March 2022
Start of position: mid-March 2022
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 25 February 2022, 19:00, Central European Time.