Posted on 21. November 2023 in Working with the Community, Jobs

TGEU is seeking to contract a consultant (up to 21 days) to support our work in the area of strategic litigation and raising legal literacy amongst the trans community in 2024.

Due to funding restrictions we regret we can only consider bids from individuals or teams based in the European Union.

Closing date

If you are interested, please submit your offer to by Friday, 10 December 2023 19:00 CET. TGEU will assess all bids received by the deadline and award tenders on the basis of “best value for money.” Publication specifications are estimates.


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 50 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.

Task description

The Strategic Litigation Consultant will be working with the Policy Team, in close collaboration with the Community Building Team and the Project Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. They will report to the TGEU Expert Advisor.

Key responsibilities​

  • Advise TGEU on its strategic litigation strategy 
  • Implement TGEUs activities to retain and advance legal protection and recognition for trans people under different legal mechanisms, such as: 
    • The EU 
    • Council of Europe, inclusive of the ECtHR court and its monitoring mechanism, and the European Social Charter (explorative)
    • UN litigation mechanisms (explorative).

This includes: 

  • Conceptualising, drafting, and coordinating up to four written submissions, such as third party interventions or Rule 9.2 submissions supporting strategic cases in the regional or international mechanisms or before high-level national courts (pending suitable cases)
  • Monitor the ECtHR database
  • Collaborate with TGEUs partner organisations
  • Support lawyers, paralegals and activists including: 
    • Organising one in-person meeting of the Trans Legal Network (2 days, first half of 2024, ca. 15 participants, simultaneous interpretation EN <> RU) for lawyers representing trans individuals from Europe and Central Asia
    • Information exchange and communication with members of the TLN network throughout the year 
    • 2-3 webinars for lawyers and activists
    • Advise TGEU members on litigation also in regard to international litigation mechanisms (upon need)
  • Draft a stand-alone publication on jurisprudence (Update to LGR toolkit pp 37 – 64)

Who we are looking for​

For this position, we are looking for a legal expert, preferably with experience in litigation for rights of trans, LGBTI and/or other marginalised groups locally and/or regionally/internationally. We are seeking someone who applies a (self-)critical approach to their work, includes intersectional perspectives, and accumulates a set of skills:


  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written); ability to work with French legal text (ECtHR) is essential
  • Strong understanding and commitment to trans rights
  • Knowledge of the European human rights framework is essential; knowledge of the international human rights framework is desirable
  • High sense of initiative and able to manage stressful situations
  • Ability to support complex working processes;
  • Intersectional understanding in approach of work
  • Highly comfortable with working with a diverse set of audiences and stakeholders 
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Sound ability to work individually and within diverse teams
  • Indisputable work ethics
  • Good knowledge of Russian is welcome


  • At least four years of experience in the areas of litigation and legal representation in the wider European area (Council of Europe member states), and particularly with the European Court of Human Rights; experience with the European Court of Justice or UN treaty body system is welcome
  • At least two years of experience in a national, or preferably international, organisation or private practice as a lawyer.
  • Work or volunteer experience in LGBTI advocacy and/or human rights related fields is desired.

We encourage applications from trans, gender-diverse, and intersex people, Black, indigenous and Latinx people and people of colour, D/deaf and disabled people, people with a migrant background, and sex workers. TGEU seeks to encourage applications from trans women and trans feminine people.


A maximum budget of €10,500 (including VAT) is available for these tasks. This sum includes all expenses.

TGEU office accessibility

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.

How to apply

To apply, please send us an offer. This offer should include:

  1. Short letter of interest detailing how you fulfil the qualifications we’re looking for
  2. Examples of similar work you have undertaken including copies or links to the final products (if possible)
  3. CV
  4. Contact information for 2 references
  5. A budget that includes your daily fee and other envisioned costs

If you are interested, please submit your offer to by Friday, 10 December 2023 19:00 CET.

Please send your any questions to 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.


21 November 2023 – Launch of the call

10 December 2023 – Deadline for applications

15 December 2023 – Decisions communicated to all applicants 

15 January 2024 – Start of contract

We guarantee that all information will be held confidentially.

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.

If you are interested, please submit your offer to by Friday, 10 December 2023 19:00 CET.