Program Officer - Intersex Human Rights Fund | Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Program Officer - Intersex Human Rights Fund
New York, NY
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 16, 2021


The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI groups around the world - particularly those led by lesbian, bisexual and queer women, trans and gender-nonconforming folks, intersex people, and people of color. Our grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support their work to build powerful movements for justice. A proud public foundation and one of the first women’s funds in the world, Astraea has granted over $46 million to LGBTQI activists and artists in our 43-year history.


Full Time (35 hrs/wk with benefits)

Astraea seeks a dedicated, passionate, and collaborative Program Officer to sustain our Intersex Human Rights Fund (IHRF) and join our Program Team. Working with the Intersex Fund team and the program team, the Program Officer IHRF will be responsible for managing relationships with grantee partners, provides support and accompaniment, engages in capacity building and advocacy in philanthropy, and participates in learning and evaluation of IHRF and Astraea’s programs. The Program Officer reports to Astraea’s Associate Director of Programs and may be based in their respective location or in Astraea’s New York office*.

* In response to public health guidelines concerning COVID-19, Astraea’s staff is currently working remotely. It is expected that they will continue working remotely at least through 2021. Staff will return to Astraea’s office when restrictions are lifted, and it is deemed safe to return.



  • Develop and manage the IHRF grantmaking portfolios in regions and/or thematic focus areas, including, conducting outreach to applicants, writing and disseminating requests for proposals, soliciting input from activists and advisors, and writing grant summaries.
  • Contribute to the development of in-depth knowledge and strategic analysis of the IHRF regional/thematic portfolio, including current trends, threats and opportunities, and key resource people and organizations.
  • Manage relationships with IHRF’s Advisory Board, including support and communication with advisors.

Capacity-Building and Accompaniment

  • Manage relationships with potential applicants and current grantees, including resolving questions and issues, maintaining regular communications, engaging in networking, and conducting site visits.
  • Engage with intersex-led groups and leaders to determine key issues and opportunities for the IHRF’s work
  • Work closely with the IHRF Associate Director of Programs and other IHRF staff to provide capacity building and accompaniment support to grantee partners, including through the organization of convenings and training, securing their access to technical assistance resources, and support with resource mobilization.

Philanthropic Advocacy

  • Manage strategic philanthropic and movement partnerships by working closely with partner organizations, consultants, and funder and activist advisory groups.
  • Represent the IHRF grantmaking and advocacy conferences and donor affinity groups as appropriate to Astraea’s philanthropic advocacy goals and participate in public speaking engagements and support grantee partner access to such spaces.
  • Support the IHRF and Program Team leadership and Astraea’s Development team to help secure and retain resources for IHRF’s programs.

Communications and Research

  •  Maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues and trends facing intersex organizations and movements globally, with specific regional expertise and focus, and particularly in Astraea’s and the Intersex Fund’s geographic and thematic focus areas.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Team on media and communications, generating data and reporting to impact philanthropy and develop materials that highlight the work of the IHRF grantee partners and support Astraea’s strategic goals.

Learning and Evaluation

  • Gather, analyze, and document issue-, country- and grantee-specific information to feed into Astraea’s grantmaking, learning and evaluation, and development efforts.
  • Participate in the program design, implementation, and evaluation processes, including evaluating grantee progress and ability to link analysis, planning, and evaluation.
  • Support the learning and evaluation activities of the Intersex Human Rights Fund, including coordinating with IHRF and Program Team members on mid-term check-in calls with grantee partners and contributing to the review and analysis of grantee reports/program activities.


  • As a member of the Program Team, be responsible for remaining in compliance and adhering to any/all Astraea Foundation policies and procedures.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. 


  • At least 5 years of direct involvement with intersex activism at the regional and/or international level.
  • Proven track record of working closely with intersex communities/movements.
  • Demonstrable experience in analyzing different contexts and situations, and coming up with tailored, sustainable, and systematic solutions.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with grantmaking processes and procedures. Prior experience in grantmaking, particularly participatory grantmaking or in a philanthropic organization considered an asset.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills, with demonstrated ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines, and develop creative solutions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to articulate a clear vision for social justice using gender and racial justice lens, facilitation, and public speaking skills. 
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and multi-stakeholders, including donors, peer funders, activists, community members, and grantees. Must be personable, approachable, and responsive.
  • Appreciation of the power dynamics that shape grantmaking relationships and a commitment to building trust, two-way accountability, and mutual respect with grantee organizations.
  • Commitment to, knowledge, and understanding of the needs and issues of global intersex, LGBTQI and feminist movements and activists especially in the geographic regions served by Astraea.
  • Intermediate to expert level experience with computer applications like MS Office suite, databases, and other technology.  Must be internet/web savvy and ready to use online platforms for work management and communication. Knowledge of Blackbaud or other grantmaking databases is a plus.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets desirable.
  • Experience with the supervision of staff and overseeing the work of consultants would be considered a plus.
  • Experience with training, capacity building, and participatory design/popular education a plus
  • Prior experience with an international organization, including experience working with remote teams would be considered a plus.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. Fluency in a second language related to IHRF’s grantmaking is strongly preferred, particularly Arabic, French, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish.
  • Ability to travel internationally and to work flexible hours (including early mornings and late evenings) as required and to accommodate time differences with other staff, grantee partners, advisors, donors, etc.


  • Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position, including resources for professional development. The annual compensation range is $65,000 - $70,000. This is a remote position and candidates can be based in any part of the world. US work authorization is not required. The IHRF and Astraea are not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.


Please send resume/CV and cover letter to with “Program Officer, IHRF” in the subject line or submit via the form on our website by April 16th, 2021. No phone calls, please. Only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class and multi-racial), collaborative and sustainable work environment. We select, place, train, and promote the best-qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience so as to provide equal opportunity for all of our employees without regard to non-work-related factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, economic status, personal appearance including height and weight, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation or any other status. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the application and interview process, please express that with your cover letter and resume submission.

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