LGBTI Program Assistant
International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
Location: Washington, DC
Start date: ASAP
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2014 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grassroots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote human rights and combat discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our work largely focuses on the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women, and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research, and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. We work with our partners to combat racial discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) through a holistic multi-faceted approach. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level. Hence our program includes building the capacity of our partners for advocating for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigation within the Inter-American Human Rights System, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy, and community mobilization. Using the Universal System is crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures Mandates, and the Universal Periodic Review. Race and Equality works extensively in the UN system.
Job Description: Working in close partnership with our partners, the Executive Director, and the LGBTI Program Officer, the LGBTI Program Assistant will provide administrative and logistical support to the LGBTI legal team, which includes officers in Colombia, Brazil, and Geneva, Switzerland. Other duties will include supporting social media work; drafting correspondence; translation of documents; copy-editing and formatting documents; assisting with the publication, revision, and distribution of reports, memos, and press work; assisting with the coordination of public events, conferences, and delegations; attending OAS meetings and other public events; accompanying LGBTI partners while in Washington; coordinating travel from and to multiple countries. Other duties not listed here, including assisting in research projects, will be assigned depending on the hiree’s interests and abilities.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Women’s/Gender Studies, or related field. Two years of experience working on LGBTI human rights issues or related fields on Latin America. Mature political judgment and knowledge of Latin American political and legal traditions. Demonstrated capacity to understand and work on SOGI issues. Knowledge of/experience with LGBTI issues in the region preferred. Fluency in Spanish essential, strong knowledge of Portuguese helpful. Must be a US citizen or legal resident with work permit.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and scale in non-governmental organizations.
Apply: No calls please. Send immediately cover letter, resume, and writing samples in English and Spanish by email to email@example.com
Afro-descendants, women, and LGBTI persons are encouraged to apply.
Race and Equality is an equal opportunity employer.