Programmes Director

Ref: 5715

ILGA - Europe

Brussels, Belgium

Role Managed by:

Norbert Lieftink

Research Associate

t: +31(0)20 24 04 378


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 28/04/2022

Formal Interview Date: Weeks commencing May 16th and May 23rd

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Equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

ILGA-Europe is a driving force for political, legal and social change at a European and Central Asian level. Our vision is of a world where dignity, freedoms and full enjoyment of human rights are protected and ensured to everyone, regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. ILGA-Europe is comprised of over 600 member organisations throughout the European and Central Asian region. From Iceland to Turkey and Kyrgyzstan to Malta, we work together with extraordinary activists to bring about real change for LGBTI people across Europe.

As Programmes Director, you will be leading ILGA-Europe’s work supporting the development of resourced, skilled, accountable and sustainable LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia. You will be responsible for the management of a team of 7 members of staff, the overall coordination of several large programmes and ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference, and the fundraising for programmatic work.

If you are the candidate we seek, you have extensive programme management experience working in social movement NGO’s or grassroots organisations. You demonstrate excellent stakeholder management, networking, partnership-building and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will have experience in developing strategies to mobilise resource and implementing effective and innovative programmes that strengthen organisations in Europe and Central Asia, whilst bringing their influential and collective management style to lead a skilled team. Most importantly, our new Programmes Director will inspire in others a passion for and commitment to ILGA Europe’s mission and vision. 


This position will be based in Brussels, Belgium. Non-EU citizens and individuals who do not have an EU work permit can apply. We cover all the costs related to obtaining a work permit and visa and manage the process. ILGA-Europe colleagues can provide support in finding accommodation, registering your residence and many other day-to-day issues related to moving to Belgium.

As a workplace, ILGA-Europe strives to be flexible and responsive to employee needs, balancing that with the needs of the wider team and those of the LGBTI movement. We offer flexible working hours and the possibility to partially work from home, though we expect the office in Brussels to be your main location of work as soon as Covid-19 allows it.

We understand that relocation may be difficult in the current circumstances and will adjust as much as possible to your capacities in this regard. You may start your employment with ILGA-Europe entirely remotely (from your current country of residence) and move when it becomes more feasible in terms of Covid-19 restrictions.


Salary scale: from €69,753 to €75,460 starting at the beginning of the scale. This annual salary is comprised of 12 months remuneration plus additional holiday pay, paid out as of the second year of employment – the expected net monthly starting salary is approx. €3,000 and increases annually. The remuneration package also includes financial support for relocation, an employee pension scheme, a comprehensive health insurance and luncheon vouchers. The working week is 37.5 hours (5 days of 7.5h).

To apply, please submit an Application Form, which is available to download from the Perrett Laver website (click on Download Further Details below) , comprising of competency based questions detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to quoting reference 5715. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 29th 2022 at 9.00 am CEST.

Longlisted candidates will be invited to meet with Perrett Laver in week commencing May 16th and week commencing May 23rd and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Committee in week commencing June 6th.

ILGA Europe is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. As an organisation working for the benefit of the LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia in all its diversity, we value the knowledge and expertise that come with lived experiences of injustice and systemic oppression. We particularly welcome applications from trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary individuals, and those targeted by racism, classism and disablism.

We are also keenly aware of the barriers faced by many people when applying for jobs, especially those experienced by members of under-represented groups and related to disability, ethnicity or national origin, colour, race, language, creed, gender, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex characteristics, among others.

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