Notice of vacancy at TGEU

Senior Policy Officer

TGEU is looking for a full-time (100%, 38h/week) Senior Policy Officer starting in March 2023. This is a regular position for an initial period of 24 months and will be a lead position within TGEU’s policy and programmatic work.

The place of work is located in Brussels, Belgium and will require frequent travel, including to the TGEU office in Berlin, Germany.

Closing date

Only applications sent by e-mail to before 22 February 2023, 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 200 member organisations in 48 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

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 trans people, homeless trans people, 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 Senior Policy Officer will be working with the Policy Team and the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Team, in close collaboration with the Community Building Team, and report to the Executive Director. They will be responsible for managing TGEU’s policy and advocacy work across all its portfolios, engaging with European institutions (EU, Council of Europe) and the United Nations, and increasing our capacity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA).


Key responsibilities include:

Building TGEU’s presence in Brussels with key institutions and stakeholders

  • As TGEU’s only permanent presence in Brussels, the Senior Policy Officer will build on TGEU’s existing relationships and strengthen partnerships and synergies with Brussels-based organisations
  • Scope out new relationships and find strategic ways to partner on TGEU’s core areas of work
  • Represent TGEU and trans issues at meetings, events, and identify those events for colleagues in Berlin to participate in 

Manage the work of the Policy and Advocacy Team

  • Supervise the Policy Team who work on policy and advocacy work with European institutions (EU, Council of Europe), and in the areas of legal gender recognition, health, asylum, combatting anti-gender movements, violence and hate crimes, parenthood, gender and other work, in close collaboration with the Advocacy Director
  • Manage and report on budgets including from the EU, governments and foundations
  • Guide the development of the Policy Team’s annual work plans, ensure that staff work across teams, and policy work is integrated into the core of TGEU’s work

Lead on TGEU’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia advocacy work 

  • With the EECA Team, lead on TGEU’s advocacy work at European and Global levels, including at the United Nations
  • Represent TGEU with partners on annual Trans Advocacy Weeks
  • Have a vision for how the EECA region can best utilise international mechanisms to advance trans rights, and be able to implement this vision
  • Network and engage with TGEU’s membership from the EECA region

EU policy and advocacy

  • Monitor implementation of the EU LGBTIQ Equality Strategy
  • Advocacy on a Council Directive on minimum standards for Equality Bodies
  • Advance the rights of trans parents within the EU
  • Any other developing work on advancing trans rights


  • Work with relevant stakeholders, including institutions on a European level, such as the European Union, and the Council of Europe 
  • Contribute to the organising of the bi-annual European Trans Councils
  • Support planning and grant reporting
  • Other tasks as assigned

Who we are looking for

For this position, we are looking for a strategic thinker with 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, good knowledge of international human rights mechanisms, as well as a strong grounding in the needs and perspectives of trans communities in Europe and Central Asia. We seek a sound manager who understands how to bring a team together and is an organised and empathetic leader. 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 three years of experience in a national or preferably international organisation;
  • Experience managing and supervising diverse and professional teams;
  • Good knowledge of international human rights mechanisms;
  • 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, especially Russian;
  • Knowledge of European and international human rights frameworks is desirable;
  • Ability to analyse and contribute to European and international-level policy and legislative processes;
  • Sound budget management and donor relationship skills
  • Intersectional understanding when it comes to work approach;
  • Excellent networking and relationship-building skills: highly comfortable with working with policy makers, partners, and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent ability to represent an organisation, and 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;
  • Ability to work well remotely, including building rapport with colleagues online.

What we offer

  • An 100% (38 hours per week) position for an initial period of 24 months, starting in April 2023
  • The possibility to work for the European and Central Asian trans movement 
  • A dedicated team that will allow you to implement your ideas
  • Gross salary of 47,231€ per year, with 5% increase after one year, at the Senior Officer level 
  • Holidays, healthcare and pension plan will be provided according to Belgium Employment Law
  • Up to 3,000 € of relocation support to Brussels, Belgium, if needed
  • Counselling/coaching sessions

Application procedure

To apply, please download and complete the application pack:

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 with SENIOR 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.


  • Relaunch of the call: 08 February 2023
  • Deadline for receiving applications: 22 February 2023
  • Notification to shortlisted candidates for interviews: 3 March 2023
  • First round interviews: 06-10 March 2023
  • Second round interviews: 13-17 March 2023
  • Decision communicated to applicants: 25 March 2023
  • Start of position: April 2023

Please send your application before 22 February 2023, 19:00 Central European Time.

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