Policy Specialist, LGBTI Inclusion, Africa.

With support from the Government of Sweden, UNDP has launched a new initiative in sub-Saharan Africa. Titled the “Inclusive Governance Initiative”, the project is designed to support countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to become increasingly accountable to, and inclusive of, their entire populations, including LGBTI people. This in turn will contribute to better laws, more responsive public sector services, and social norms that affirm LGBTI rights. The project is focused on five outcomes, concentrating its country-level work in a sub-set of countries with strategic windows of opportunity for positive change:

  • Strengthening the commitment and capacity of African decision-makers to include and respond to sexual and gender diversity issues (including parliamentarians, judges, human rights officials, religious leaders and others).
  • Strengthening the capacity of LGBTI activists and allies from other SDG-focused social movements (gender equality, poverty alleviation, health for all, etc.) to understand and work with each other and to influence decision makers.
  • Including sexual and gender diversity issues and LGBTI communities in the development and implementation of laws, policies and programmes.
  • Stimulating demand for and use of relevant ideas, evidence, and innovations.
  • Sustaining and expanding international donor funding for evidence- and community-informed LGBTI and key population regional work in Africa.

Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree in a relevant field such as public/business administration, gender/sexuality studies, public health, law, or international development studies, or an undergraduate degree with an additional 2 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.
– Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience, including at least 5 years in Africa.
– Demonstrated experience of working with African civil society groups involved in LGBTI inclusion and rights or closely related fields, such as HIV among key populations.
– Demonstrated experience in working on programmes that interact with government officials at national, sub-regional and/or regional levels.
– Knowledge and experience of collaborating with (or working within) UNDP and/or UN agency is an advantage.
– Relevant publications are an advantage.
Language Requirements:
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese an asset.
– Willingness to travel to UNDP Country Offices.
– Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS – — Word, Excel, etc.)
– Non-Smoking environment