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Vacancy: Director of Advocacy and Policy

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Closing date: Midnight 23 September 2019

Start date: As soon as possible

Type of contract: Full time permanent

About Women@theTable

Women@theTable is a growing global Swiss Civil Society Organization (CSO) based in Geneva, and the first organization to focus on systems change by helping women gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: the economy; technology; democracy and governance; sustainability; and peace.

As a strategic communications think tank, Women@theTable supports academics, activists, and International Geneva to build long-term access for a gender equality conversation on the mainstream global stage; advises on the development of gender action plans, and creates synergistic gender equality programs for International Geneva actors. Women@theTable also spotlights and supports women change-makers in order to share multiple varied visions of women’s leadership and innovation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Women@theTable is looking for an experienced, results-oriented, individual to help drive its agenda in Geneva. The Director of Advocacy and Policy will work directly with the Founder / CEO of Women@theTable on developing and implementing initiatives that focus on systems changes to laws, regulations and norms to bring synergies and innovations focused on achieving gender equality and strengthening democracy.

The Director of Advocacy and Policy will work with actors in International Geneva and around the globe to strengthen gender equality in the economy, standards and artificial intelligence, through multilateralism. The individual will work directly to the CEO / Founder of Women@theTable and will play an active role in the preparation and execution of deliverables to the CEO / Founder.

It is highly desirable that the successful applicant has or can demonstrate:

  • A Masters degree in one of the following areas: human rights, international relations, politics or international human rights law;
  • At least 10 years’ professional experience working to influence laws, policies and institutions with a strong preference for those with experience with diplomatic missions in International Geneva or governments in the field of human rights and women’s rights. Additional experience working with a civil society organisation and a national or regional human rights institutions will be considered favourably;
  • A demonstrated ability to plan and publish rigorous, interdisciplinary research in areas related to gender, artificial intelligence and machine learning  including a strong research track record, in line with career stage, demonstrated by publications and/or conference papers;
  • Specialised knowledge and experience engaging with the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review process, with treaty bodies and the Trade Policy Review Mechanism;
  • Proven track record in designing and implementing successful human rights programs, campaigns and initiatives, including experience in developing project applications and fundraising proposals to secure necessary resources;
  • Significant knowledge of international human rights law applicable to monitoring and promoting the rights of women;
  • Experience in leading or contributing to successful networks or coalitions;
  • A strong commitment to, and passion for, the principles and practice of human rights;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively, independently, flexibly and effectively in a small, dynamic team; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English is required, fluency in an additional language is preferred.


Women@theTable seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. Women@theTable will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.


Please submit a motivation letter, curriculum vitae and contact details for two relevant referees via email to Applications are open now, and will close at midnight on 23 September 2019.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For questions on the position or the process contact

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