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11 Juillet 2022 Dans 2 semaines

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Régions concernées par cette opportunité: Tunisie

Free to be Me – Community of Action facilitator  

Period: 2022 – 2025, starting with a one-year contract 

Scope: country, focus on national level, but with regional and international linkages 

Location: Tunisia 

Hours: full-time 


Free to be Me puts LGBTIQ+ people and their organizations in the driving seat. Local LGBTIQ+ organizations are best  placed to indicate their needs, opportunities and risks. Enabling them to effectively lobby and advocate for their own  rights, is our best chance to achieve long-lasting impact. This is what makes our program unique: we bring the  principles of local ownership, gender equality, diversity, and inclusion into practice. 

Our consortium brings together a wealth of experience with enhancing LGBTIQ+ leadership, and many rightsholders  are already organized in a diversity of ways. They are aware of their human and economic rights and ready to join  forces with their peers and allies, to improve these rights. Free to be Me goes beyond local ownership of the program:  we support LGBTIQ+ activists in strengthening and taking this ownership, working from their own safe space, the  Community of Action (CoA). Our regranting system is participatory, rightsholders are represented in our governance  system and we will be as accountable to them as they are to us. 

The Free to be Me alliance consists of six diverse and experienced organizations that are strongly committed to  improving the lives of LGBTIQ+ people worldwide. For many LGBTIQ+ organizations, Hivos was the first funder thanks  to our support since the 1990s. Rooted in regional hubs, Hivos regrants and connects to creatives, techies and data  specialists. Positive Vibes improves the well-being, resilience and ‘coming to voice’ of activists, communities and  organizations, while ILGA World is the global network of LGBTIQ+ organizations, with 1654 members in 162 countries,  and an influential voice at the international level. Technical partner Sogicampaigns has a wealth of experience in  supporting LGBTIQ+ activists to positively influence public opinion, the Global lnterfaith Network knows how to  engage religious leaders in dialogues with LGBTIQ+ people of faith, and Workplace Pride brings in its valuable  networks and understanding of how to involve (multinational) companies in workplace inclusion. 

The Free to be Me alliance will work in fourteen countries globally. 

The program 

We will bring LGBTIQ+ people and organizations from all parts of the LGBTIQ+ rainbow together in inspiring  Communities of Action (CoAs), and empower them to strengthen or build a movement. Within our overarching  Theory of Change, LGBTIQ+ communities will decide about objectives, strategies and activities to engage key actors  and convince duty bearers to improve their human and economic rights.  

Resilient and self-confident activists are at the core of the strongest and most successful LGBTIQ+ organizations.  Where necessary, we will support LGBTIQ+ individuals and groups to increase their (personal) well-being and become  well-prepared advocates, cooperating in inclusive LGBTIQ+ civil society organizations. Based on this sound foundation  for movement-building, and supported by expert working groups, Free to be Me will assist CoA participants to  increase public support for LGBTIQ+ people and issues, lobby for legal and policy changes and remove key obstacles  to social justice and economic development. 

Free to be Me will be the first program of its kind to pave the way for targeted lobby and advocacy to get SOGIESC  issues mainstreamed in economic development programs. The CoAs will focus on improving the economic inclusion  of LGTBIQ+ people in their respective countries, while our trailblazer approach will map, connect and inspire key  actors, help them develop a strategic global action plan and initiate pilot research to find out what strategies work  best. 

The five-year program started April 1st, 2021 and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the  Strategic Partnership Fund, which is part of the Strengthening Civil Society subsidy framework.

Main goal of the job 

The Community of Action (CoA) facilitator is the linking pin between the different organizations and groups that  participate in the CoAs. She/he/they is able to bring organizations and groups together, stimulate collaboration,  motivate groups to share experiences, to build LGBTIQ+ joint advocacy plans and to undertake coordinated and  collaborative advocacy action to improve the lives and context of LGBTIQ+ rightsholders. She/he/they bring good and  positive energies, can create a safe environment, and is responsible for upholding Free to be Me values and principles  and translating them into practice. 

The CoA facilitator is a leading person in facilitating the development and implementation of a localized Theory of  Change (ToC), as well as in organizing and facilitating inspiring and useful CoA-meetings that focus on the fulfillment  of the ToC. She/he/they will facilitate and support the development and implementation of organizational level and  joint project proposals and reports, in line with Free to Be Me guidelines. In doing so, she/he/they will closely work  together with relevant consortium-staff, particularly with the project officer of Hivos. 

The CoA facilitator is preferably from the LGBTIQ+ community. She/he/they will be connected with the other CoA  facilitators to exchange experiences and learn together. Throughout this process she/he/they will be coached,  supported and mentored by the consortium partners. 


Establishment of 


Brings together organizations in a Community of Action (CoA). Seeks input, support  and active collaboration and participation of consortium members. Creates a safe and inspiring space for organizations to share their plans, ideas, expertise and fears in the CoA. 

Facilitates CoA-organizations to jointly localize the Free to be Me Theory of Change  (ToC). 

Facilitates and supports local organizations in the development of their organizational or joint LGBTIQ+ advocacy and capacity strengthening plans,which contribute to the fulfillment of the ToC. 

Contributes to the design of the overarching Free to be Me planning and processes,  and particularly to the design of innovative elements of theprogram. Participates in a network with other CoA facilitators for exchange, mutuallearning and sharing.

Development and implementationof workplans Organizes and stimulates CoA-meetings, both ‘closed’ meetings where only  organizations financially supported by the program participate, as well as ‘open’  meetings where other organizations (that bring specific expertise, knowledge, innovation, inspiration) are invited. 

Supports the realization of joint and organizational level LGBTIQ+ advocacyactivities. Supports the realization and facilitation of capacity strengthening and linking &  learning activities. 

Ensures a smooth exchange of information as well as collaboration between CoA members as well as with CoA-members, consortium members and other actors, such as for example the Dutch embassy.

Monitoring&control Takes active part in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of CoA activities. 

Keeps an eye on progress towards established goals in CoAs, and in the  organizational level or joint project plans, and flags with Hivos’ management team when problems arise. 

Relates progress to the overarching Free to be Me plans.


Coordination and collaboration Throughout the process of project design, implementation, monitoring and  evaluation, the CoA facilitator plays a proactive role in stimulating coordination  between the organizations that participate in the CoA, as well as with relevant  organizations that are not part of the Community of Action, the host organization,  consortium members.  

Convene the country coordination team meetings. 

Maintain close collaboration with Hivos and alliance partners.  

Actively contributes to and supports activities at the national and regionallevel, such as research, advocacy campaigns, learning events, etc.

Sharing,learning,and qualityimprovement Identifies, analyses and highlights success and good practices, as well aspotential risks and problems. 

Proposes solutions for identified problems and follows-up on those. Contributes to identifying and sharing positive stories. 

Collaborates with the CoAs, the consortium members, and Hivos’ capacity strengthening officer, in the design and realization of exchange and learning events. Contributes to reflection and learning on both the national and regional level, as well as on the wider programmatic level.



This position is for nationals or residents of the concerned country. 

The CoA-facilitator: 

  • Has expertise in and a passion for working on LGBTIQ+ inclusion and rights, for example through  advocacy. 
  • Has a progressive and positive view on LGBTIQ+ rights and inclusion, sees inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people  from an intersectional perspective and understands how exclusion works for a range of groups  marginalized in their country context.  
  • Believes in Free to be Me values and is accountable to them. 
  • Is keen on ensuring ownership by local LGBTIQ+-led, organizations, and in finding innovative and creative  solutions to realize goals. 
  • Is keen on ensuring that all parts of the LGBTIQ+ rainbow benefit from the Free to be Me program. Gets energy when she/he/they can bring people and organizations together around a shared goal. Has the confidence to manage and facilitate groups and loves to do so. 
  • Is able to establish productive and innovative collaborations, including between organizations, groups  and persons that maybe do not always work together. 
  • Is a good communicator, with strong inter-personal skills and empathy. 
  • Is self-aware and possess a comfort with their own identity. 
  • Is committed, able to build trust in others, keep confidences, and takes responsibility for personal  performance. 
  • Flexible attitude, creative, innovative, sense of humor. 
  • Ability to work and think at an abstract level. 
  • Minimum of three to five years of relevant working experience on LGBTIQ+ issues, and/or in program  design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Experience with or an appetite for working in international teams. 
  • Lived experience as a part of the LGBTIQ+ community is an asset. 
  • Full professional proficiency in English and language(s) relevant in the respective country context.


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