United Nations Program Officer

United Nations Program Officer

United Nations Program Officer

United Nations Program Officer

Outright International
May 1, 2023
New York, NY
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Not specified
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
$60,000 - 70,000


Founded in 1990, Outright International strives to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people live safer, healthier, and more empowered lives worldwide. Working from its offices in 12 countries and global headquarters in New York City, Outright documents human rights violations, helps resource LGBTIQ movements and allies, and advocates for the rights of LGBTIQ people.


Outright currently seeks a United Nations Program Officer (UNPO). Outright is a US-based LGBTIQ organization which has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). One of Outright’s core areas of work is advocating for the advancement of the rights of LGBTIQ people at the United Nations. Outright engages in a wide range of UN dialogues, debates, special sessions and events on the UN-NY Headquarters annual calendar, including with the UN General Assembly, the Security Council, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Outright works to ensure that UN institutions and fora recognize, affirm and protect human rights for all people,  regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). Outright brings LGBTIQ advocates and civil society leaders from around the world to engage with UN processes as briefers on country and regional discussions and as experts on thematic issues relating to SOGIESC. Outright is also a co-founder and Secretariat of the UN LGBTI Core Group, a group of member states and other partners devoted to advancing LGBTIQ human rights at the UN. The Program Officer will work in close collaboration with other members of Outright’s UN Program focusing on these processes and mechanisms.


The position is based in New York City and may require some international travel. The selected candidate will report to the United Nations Program Director, or to the Senior Director for Law, Policy, and Research.



  • Engage, in collaboration with other UN team members, with relevant national, regional and international stakeholders in New York, including UN Member State missions, UN agencies, and UN mechanisms to support LGBTIQ rights at UN headquarters.
  • Support the work of civil society and other stakeholder coalitions that conduct multilateral advocacy at the UN, including by identifying, joining and leading relevant coalition efforts; defining joint advocacy objectives; and organizing meetings and trainings.
  • Serve as a contact point for Outright’s role as secretariat of the UN LGBTI Core Group.
  • Support and build substantive participation and engagement of LGBTIQ international civil society with the UN headquarters mechanisms, including co-leading with other UN Team members Outright’s UN Rights and Religion Fellows Program, its annual Advocacy Week Program, participation of activists at the CSW, and other major events at UN headquarters in which Outright participates in
  • Respond to ad hoc requests from UN Member State and UN agency for input and expert advice.
  • Draft written material, including: resolution language proposals for UN negotiations, advocacy materials, civil society submissions to UN mechanisms, curricula for training programs, blog posts, commentaries, press releases, advocacy letters, and material for newsletters.
  • Support fundraising efforts for the program and Outright in general. This includes contributing material for proposals and reports and attending Outright fundraising events and meetings.
  • Under the direction of Outright management, serve as an organizational spokesperson, including to government officials, international agencies, media and the public.
  • Provide administrative support to the UN Team, including database maintenance, record keeping and filing.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by Outright Management.



  • Knowledge of and experience working in the United Nations and/or relevant multilateral contexts.
  • Knowledge of and experience working on international human rights, with a focus on LGBTIQ issues.
  • Strategic thinker who can develop new strategies for engaging parts of the UN system to foster LGBTIQ human rights advances.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to interact professionally and diplomatically with diverse groups from different cultures and backgrounds at multiple levels, experience in building coalitions, and comfort leading training sessions and motivating and supporting activists.
  • Experienced writer and editor.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English. Fluency in another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is strongly desired.
  • Advanced degree or 8 years minimum experience in a related field such as advocacy, movement building, international law, international relations, development, or other relevant fields in social, political and/or legal sciences.
  • Willingness to work in New York City and, if necessary, to apply for and qualify for a US Visa.
  • Commitment to the on-going study of political change, cultural norms and movement building.
  • Flexible and passionate about achieving change through the use of UN mechanisms.




Interested candidates should apply via BambooHR at this link. Alternatively, applicants can email a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position, a resume/CV, of at least 2 pages to jobs@OutRightInternational.org. Please refer to “United Nations Program Officer” in the subject line.


Please also submit a response of 300-500 words to the following question:

What is one of the most pressing issues facing LGBTIQ people around the world, and what mechanisms or advocacy strategies would you use to engage with UN headquarters in New York to address this issue?


Outright is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, people who are transgender, intersex, or gender-variant, and individuals originally from the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.


Only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please do not call.

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