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United Nations Program Director
at OutRight Action International

Location:  New York City, NY

Founded in 1990 and guided by the values of collaboration, depth and feminism, OutRight Action International strives to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people live safer, healthier, and more empowered lives worldwide. OutRight focuses its efforts on supporting organizations to effectively document human rights violations and advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ people. OutRight ’s vision of change includes policy reform, legal challenges, increased coalition work, and stronger LGBTIQ communities worldwide.


OutRight is currently searching for a UN Program Director, based in New York City.



Reporting to OutRight’s Director of Law & Policy, the UN Program Director contributes to the vision and direction and leads all the work of OutRight’s UN Program Team. Primary responsibilities include:


  • Direct the advocacy work for OutRight across the United Nations with a focus on the General Assembly, Commission on the Status of Women, and High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. 

  • Manage and support the staff in the UN Program Team.

  • Support and build substantive engagement of LGBTIQ international civil society with the UN headquarters mechanisms including through the UN Religion Fellows Program, the Annual Advocacy Week Program, and at major UN headquarters conferences. 

  • Support OutRight Regional Program Directors in developing advocacy strategies focused on engaging the UN in collaboration with the Director of Law & Policy.

  • Collaborate with like-minded NGOs, including by identifying, joining and leading relevant coalition efforts; defining joint advocacy objectives; and organizing meetings and trainings.

  • Engage relevant national, regional and international stakeholders, including UN Member State missions, UN special mechanisms, UN agencies and the UN Secretariat to support LGBTIQ people’s rights.

  • Play a key role in driving the agenda and vision of the UN LGBTI Core Group, a group of member states working within the UN framework to advance the human rights of LGBTIQ people.

  • Draft material, including in particular: resolution language proposals for UN negotiations, advocacy materials, OutRight’s quarterly UN New Yorker Newsletter, curricula for training programs, press releases, and advocacy letters.

  • Serve as an organizational spokesperson, including in engagements with government officials, UN agencies, media and the public.


  • Knowledge and experience working in the United Nations system and/or relevant and comparable regional systems

  • Knowledge and experience working on international LGBTIQ rights.

  • Knowledge and experience with high-level advocacy or lobbying.

  • Experienced writer and editor.

  • Experience managing staff and organizational processes.

  • Willingness and ability to travel. 

  • Ability to communicate fluently in written and oral English.

  • Ability to communicate fluently, written and oral, in a UN language other than English is strongly desired.

  • ​​At least 10 years relevant professional experience in advocacy.

  • An advanced degree in a related field is strongly preferred, but not required for candidates with substantial related experience.

  • Ability to work in New York City and, if necessary, a willingness to apply and qualify for a US working visa.  (Note: OutRight is willing to work with a preferred candidate on a US visa application, however, employment can only be given to someone who can secure and maintain the visa. COVID-19 has presented a great many delays in the visa process.)

  • Commitment to the on-going study of political change, cultural norms and movement building. 



Applicants can email a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position, a resume/CV, and a professional writing sample of at least 2 pages to Please refer to “UN Program Director” in the subject line.   


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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