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We’re hiring: Program Manager: Engaging with Faith

Vacancy name: Program Manager: Engaging with Faith (Free to be Me)
Reports to: Executive Director
Period: 1/9/2021- 1/12/2025. Starting with a one-year contract, with the possibility of extension for the full program period.
Scope: Global; Particularly the regions of Africa, and Southeast Asia
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa (or virtual, to be discussed).
Hours: fulltime
Staffing level: senior, salary range commensurate with skills and experience
Closing date for applications: 6 August 2021
Start date: 1 September 2021 (or as soon after this as possible)

About GIN and Free to Be Me

GIN is a global network of LGBTIQ++ people of faith who use their faith traditions as a source of insight and energy to advocate for the human rights of LGBTIQ++ people globally.  GIN has a specific focus on what we call Key Affected Contexts, places where violence and power collude with religion, culture and tradition most viciously to instigate homophobic and transphobic discrimination, many of which are in the Global South. Our Secretariat is based in South Africa, and we have approximately 420 members (both individuals and organisations) worldwide. 

Free to Be Me is a HIVOS-funded program that will help build and maintain a vibrant LGBTIQ+ movement that is confident and capable to lobby and advocate for their human and economic rights. The program is led by an alliance of three consortium members – Hivos (the lead party), ILGA World and Positive Vibes – and three technical partners – Sogicampaigns, The Global Interfaith Network (GIN) and Workplace Pride. Together the alliance will coach, accompany, fund, and train LGBTIQ+ persons and organizations to influence norms and attitudes, generate (public) support, and promote laws, policies and regulations that recognize, respect and protect LGBTIQ+ people’s human and economic rights.  

GIN’s portion of the programme, which this position will oversee and implement, will engage with LGBTIQ+ activists in 5-8 countries in Africa, and Southeast Asia to support them to develop their capacity to engage with religious leaders with a view to changing faith-based attitudes in order to influence social norms towards LGBTIQ+ people positively .

Job context

The Programme Manager is an ambassador, trainer, and public speaker. They will direct the GIN components of the Free to be Me programme operationally, and will be  responsible for the delivery and quality of the program results, for sound financial management, and to manage other staff involved in the programme. 

The overall components of the programme are as follows:

They are accountable to uphold both GIN and Free to be Me values and principles. In brief, they lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive program management process at operational levels. They represent the program with regard to the results in implementation, expertise & learning, both internally and externally. They will be called upon to perform in congruence with the expectations of multiple stakeholders, document and disseminate their work products, and actively participate in the technological, educational, strategic, and financial aspects of GIN. They report to GIN’s Executive Director, who in turn reports on the programme to the Free to Be Me Steering Committee and HIVOS.

Expectations of Competency


Leadership and management of programme team

Program planning & delivery of results

Program accountability

Program knowledge, learning and quality improvement

International level LGBTIQ+ advocacy and campaigning

External positioning


We particularly welcome applications from queer Muslims, women, trans and/or intersex people (in the broadest sense of each of these terms). We offer a contract based on South African local labor conditions, with a remuneration commensurate with the experience and expertise requested. It is not required that the candidate be based in South Africa, but we would prefer to employ someone from either the African continent, or South East Asia, as these will be the locations of the work.

Want to Apply?

Kindly submit your resume and motivation letters to hr@gin-ssogie.org by 6 August 2021