The SRI is hiring an Advocacy Advisor, Universal Periodic Review


The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) is a coalition of six national and regional organizations (including Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) from all parts of the world with an office in Geneva, Switzerland that has been advocating for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality in the UN human rights system since 2006.

The SRI aims to advance sexual rights (broadly defined) as a particular set of rights and as a crosscutting issue within international law, specifically in the work of the UN Human Rights Council and its mechanisms. The SRI’s approach to advocacy combines feminist analysis with important normative advances in the recognition of human rights of women, marginalized communities and young people.

The SRI’s Secretariat is housed in Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, based in Ottawa, Canada. Action Canada and the SRI Geneva team work closely together to administer the work and functions of the SRI.

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Working closely with SRI partners and Geneva-based team, the key objective of this role is to support the engagement of national level organisations in the work of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as a tool to hold governments accountable for sexual and reproductive rights violations, and to ensure greater visibility and integration of a wide range of sexual rights in the UPR process.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), salaried position. Salary for this position is CHF 80,000 to CHF 90,000 per annum, commensurate with experience. SRI also provides a generous benefits program, including extended health and dental, and pension contributions. SRI also provides relocation support.


Working closely with SRI partners and Geneva-based team and reporting to the Manager of the SRI Office Geneva, the Advocacy Advisor – Universal Periodic Review will assume the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for the SRI’s engagement in the UPR process that includes a targeted outreach strategy for collaboration with national NGOs to develop quality, timely and persuasive written UPR submissions for every UPR session, coordination of in-country and Geneva advocacy opportunities, support follow-up/implementation activities, and identification of research, training and resource needs;
  • Build strong and trusting relationships with diverse stakeholders working to advance human rights related to sexuality, gender and reproduction within the UPR process including national, regional and international NGOs, UN Permanent Missions, UN agencies and UN experts;
  • Monitor, engage and report on events, developments and initiatives related to the UPR, including pre-sessional advocacy opportunities, one-on-one member state advocacy on national reports, and analyses of each UPR session;
  • Serve as a point of contact in Geneva for the SRI on all UPR related matters;
  • Ensure the SRI’s UPR database is up to date and responsive to user needs;
  • Provide briefings, trainings and seminars on sexual and reproductive health and rights to different audiences that can include permanent missions, special procedures, treaty body members and NGOs

SRI Teamwork

All members of the SRI team in Geneva are expected to work collaboratively, to ensure strong communication and linkages between the SRI’s streams of work and partners, and to actively support the achievement of the SRI’s strategic goals as determined by the SRI partner organizations.

  • Serve as a focal point for one of the UN regions - including by contributing information and contacts from the region to inform SRI’s work; and serve as a focal point on general SRI / partner engagement for that region.
  • Support SRI partners’ and Geneva-based team’s work on the Special Procedures, Treaty Monitoring Bodies and the Human Rights Council including direct advocacy with States as required;
  • Provide input into policy briefs, position papers, shadow reports, and statements on sexual rights prepared by SRI partners and Geneva-based team;
  • Monitor and report to SRI partners and Geneva-based team on developments, opportunities, initiatives, and emerging trends within the Geneva based UN mechanisms and national engagement in the international human rights system;
  • Represent the SRI on relevant external panels, committees and meetings as well as at every Human Rights Council session;
  • Develop and contribute to public communications from the SRI to different audiences;
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders at global and national levels, including relevant UN Agencies, Permanent Missions, UN Experts and NGOs;
  • Contribute to the development of SRI digital tools;
  • Assist in the development of funding proposals and other fundraising activities;
  • Prepare regular activity reports for SRI partners and donors;
  • Participate in SRI Geneva-based team meetings and SRI partner meetings;
  • Assist with planning and running events in Geneva organized by the SRI
  • Perform other duties as required;


  • Strong understanding and articulation of feminist principles and perspectives, sexual rights, intersectionality and de-colonial social justice movements;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international human rights mechanisms, (particularly the UPR) and instruments and how to use them to advance sexual rights;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant international organizations especially the UN Human Rights Council and its mechanisms and the Treaty Monitoring Bodies;
  • Excellent writing, analytical and persuasive skills in English and one other official UN language;
  • Fluency in Spanish, French or another UN official language considered an asset;
  • Flexible and adaptive, able to respond quickly and effectively to changing circumstances;
  • Commitment to working as part of a diverse and participatory team;
  • Enjoy working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders;
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with people from a range of national and cultural contexts;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize work effectively;
  • Strategic thinking, sound judgment and a very clear and focused approach;
  • Sensitivity and a strong capacity for confidentiality, tact, discretion and diplomacy.


  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in legal/policy analysis and advocacy on human rights related to sexuality, reproduction and gender;
  • A minimum of 3 years working with a feminist civil society organization in the Global South;
  • A degree in a related field such as: Women’s/Gender Studies, Political Science, Human Rights, Law (an advanced degree would be considered an asset);
  • Experience drafting shadow reports, UN submissions, policy papers, and advocacy materials;
  • Experience working in coalition with diverse stakeholders to achieve a common goal;
  • Experience developing and executing successful advocacy strategies to advance sexual rights at the national, regional and/or international level;
  • Experience working with government officials, particularly diplomats and foreign ministry officials;
  • Experience providing trainings and briefings to a range of audiences.


Please send a cover letter, CV and 3 references to [email protected] with subject line “SRI Advocacy Advisor – Universal Periodic Review” by 17h00 Geneva time on 14 May 2021.

Please also include where you heard about this opportunity in the body of your email.

Interviews will be conducted mid-May and the position will commence as soon as possible thereafter.

Recognizing that we are facing an unprecedented and unusual time, we have made adjustments to our hiring processes and modalities of work. At this time, all staff at SRI are working from home, and the interviewing and on-boarding process may occur remotely. It is likely therefore that due to the COVID-19 pandemic it will not be possible for a non-Swiss national to be relocated to Switzerland immediately. In that case, the successful candidate will work from their home country on a salary adjusted to local conditions and cost of living. Once it is possible to relocate to Switzerland the salary will be adjusted to the range provided above.

SRI is committed to working within an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities, and from members of other equity-seeking groups and will prioritise applications from persons from the Global South. We welcome applications from people living with disabilities; please let us know if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process.

We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

Posted on 2021-04-26
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