Work with us: Trans Rights Advocacy Programme Officer Vacancy


VACANCY: Trans Rights Advocacy Programme Officer

The Trans Rights: Self Determination and Legal Gender Recognition Programme

Across the African region, Trans and non-binary persons face discrimination on the grounds of their gender identity, gender expression, and find themselves outside of the state human rights care and systems support.  Transphobic systemic violations occur when Trans people are not able to change their gender markers to be congruent to the gender they align and self-identify with. As a result, Trans people are economically marginalised, face violence, experience isolation and mental health distress merely for being themselves.  Iranti is focused on remedying this through a rights-based framework. 

The aims of the programme are to

  • Advocate for recognition and inclusion of Trans and non-binary persons in all spheres of our society.
  • Raise visibility and awareness within the wider community and the LGBTI movement on issues pertaining to gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics
  • Work towards the depathologisation and legal gender recognition of trans persons in the continent.
  • Support Iranti’s research to holistically cover Trans issues 
  • Empower trans communities, organisations and people in all their diversities to advocate for their rights with a particular focus on national, regional and international mechanisms
  • Support community organising, led by trans people regionally.
  • Raise visibility and awareness on Trans issues within queer and feminist movement(s)

Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated knowledge on campaign development on Trans rights.
  • Research experience and strong writing skills.
  • Excellent project management and organising skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with multiple constituencies and audiences, in and with diverse communities.
  • Experience and knowledge in working with regional and human rights mechanisms.
  • Good report and grant writing skills.
  • Proven ability to work remotely and independently, prioritize and complete multiple projects, meet deadlines, and maintain consistent attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the work and values of Iranti.

 If you want to make a difference and meet the following criteria, we invite you to apply for this position

  • English with French, Portuguese, Swahili, Arabic language criteria
  • Minimum an Undergraduate qualification. 
  • Experience in Trans advocacy rights.
  • Willing to be based in Johannesburg at the Iranti office.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who identify as Transgender.


Please send a 2 page CV with contactable references and a cover letter to by the latest Wednesday 22 October 2021.

Compensation will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate and the Iranti salary range for the position.

Iranti reserves the right to withdraw the position at any time. Correspondence will only be conducted with shortlisted candidates. Should you not hear from us 14 days after the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

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