Job Opening - Indonesia Program Officer


Indonesia Advocacy Officer

About OutRight Action International
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 currently seeks a Caribbean Advocacy Officer to support our Caribbean Program.

Reporting to the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Senior Advisor of Global Advocacy, the Indonesia Program Officer executes and manages the work of OutRight’s ‘Preserving Fundamental Freedoms in Indonesia’ program, implemented together with 5 Indonesian partner organizations.  The position will play an important role by both managing directly program activities and managing the program.

The chosen candidate will be responsible for:

  • Implementing country-specific and international advocacy and research activities of the program.
  • Identifies and develops collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in (Eastern) Indonesia among community organizations, civil society, media, different levels of government, private sector and others, who are working for, or are supportive of preserving fundamental freedoms in the country.
  • Coordinating and supervising all related grant activities in conjunction with OutRight’s co-implementing partners including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Supporting OutRight’s national implementing partners in program implementation. This includes doing trouble-shooting and providing technical assistance, if required and/or requested.
  • Represents OutRight in conferences, meetings and events in Indonesia relevant and appropriate for the program, its goals and the organization as a whole.
  • Informs the Asia Program Coordinator and the Senior Advisor on Global Advocacy on developments, news and other relevant happenings in Indonesia useful for OutRight’s strategic position and the program.
  • Participates in relevant media events, writes press releases and website articles relevant to the program.
  • Supports other tasks, as assigned related to the design, implementation and promotion of OutRight’s Indonesia program or the organization as such.


  • Education: University degree, preferably a Master’s, in political science, law, development studies or related field preferably in social sciences.
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years preferably in program coordination and conducting program monitoring and evaluation, preferably in government funded programs. Work experience in the human rights and/or LGBTIQ field is a strong asset for this job.
  • Proven expertise in human rights international standards and equality issues
  • Excellent political judgment and understanding of national and regional political dynamics in Indonesia, international institutional frameworks and how they relate to the national processes.
  • Experience in developing and conducting advocacy initiatives in Indonesia aimed at the adoption of strong legislation and policies which effectively respond to needs of a marginalized group or a community.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular ability to build meaningful relationships with institutional and other partners.
  • Has an existing network of contacts and allies, including LGBTIQ activists and organizations and their allies in Eastern Indonesia.
  • Capability to take initiative, to plan and work independently, while being a strong and dependable team player; ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Proven experience of working on culturally very sensitive issues in the Indonesian context with respect for and knowledge about the country’s and Eastern region’s ethnic and religious diversity.
  • Must be willing and able to travel extensively for work (COVID-restrictions permitting).

How to Apply
Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position, a resume/CV, and three references to Please refer to “Indonesia Program Officer” in the subject line.

OutRight is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, People of Color, and transgender/gender-variant individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: September 22, 2020