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Human Rights Manager - Can you elevate the LGBTQ-agenda to new heights?

In 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames are celebrated in Copenhagen and Malmö under the name: ‘Copenhagen 2021’. During the celebrations, we organize a series of Human rights events and conferences to educate decision makers and activists on LGBTI+- challenges and in an attempt to catapult LGBTI+ rights into the debate on Global Goals and global development.

We are looking for an impassioned champion of human rights, who with an acute understanding of politics and a solid insight into the LGBTI+ community is able to create an ambitious conference and elevate the LGBTI+ agenda to new heights. 

The position:

The position as Manager for human rights is a full time position – 37 hours/week. It runs to and until the completed execution of Copenhagen2021 (12th-22nd of August 2021) and will terminate without further notice on the 31st of October 2021.The Human Rights Manager reports directly to the CEO.

As Human Rights Manager you are in charge of:

  • Planning and execution of an international human rights Conference for 1200 participants.  
  • Using your insight and your network within the LGBTI+ community to identify the themes, that have direct potential for change, and which are relevant, have actuality and are debated in 2021.
  • Working with professional organizations and grassroot activist groups from the LGBTI+ community to establish a wide-ranging and inclusive conference programme.
  • Evaluate and curate letters from researchers, activists and decision makers, who wish to utilize our conference to inform of their work.
  • Attracting activists, speakers and decision makers for the conference.
  • Collaborating with an international board of advisors and an international ambassador corps for the conference.
  • Building relations with and network with high-level decision makers as well as grass root activists, who work in LGBTI+ adverse parts of the world, to create awareness of the conference.
  • Collaborating with a PCO to ensure all details and all logistics around the human Rights activities - from registration over food and beverage to interpretation.
  • Working with a dedicated group of volunteers to get the topics of the conference out into the streets of Copenhagen during a Folkemøde inspired democracy festival.  
  • Planning and execution of an interparliamentary plenary assembly of elected LGBTI+ politicians from around the globe.
  • Participating in fundraising for all Human Rights related activities.
  • Developing your own ideas for formats and events, that may advance the human rights aspect of Copenhagen 2021 and place LGBTI+ rights even more at the centre of the event.

About you:

Your motivation comes from setting the agenda and lending a voice to those marginalized groups, who do not receive enough attention. You are updated on all things related to the LGBTI+ community – both at the UN and in commentaries on SoMe. You possess a political understanding and talent that enables you to navigate an ocean and agents who may have quite opposing or conflicting agendas.

It is to your advantage to possess:

  • A relevant, academic education or practical experience to match.
  • Knowledge of queer theory, norm criticism and other academic fields of relevance to the LGBTI+ agenda.
  • A large network within the LGBTI+ community, spanning international borders and intersectional identities.
  • Understanding of the many nuances and special interests that form the LGBTI+ community.
  • Experience from participation in several international LGBTI+ conferences.
  • Fluency in two or more main European languages.
  • Firm knowledge and understanding of the Pride movement
  • A solid ability to work autonomously and with large output.

About us:

In 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames will be celebrated in Copenhagen and Malmö with Copenhagen Pride and Pan Idræt as the official hosts. The two organizations have chosen to execute the two events as one unified mega-event under the title: Copenhagen 2021, and to this end, the project organization Happy Copenhagen has been established to be responsible for the planning.

As Human Rights Manager in Happy Copenhagen and responsible for planning and execution of our Human Rights Conference, Democracy festival and all other related human rights activities, you will work with 12 colleagues in the heart of Copenhagen, backed by a large number of volunteers from the city’s LGBTI+ community. We have an informal, creative work environment. We lift together – which means that we spar with each other, lend a hand in brewing coffee for meetings and all feel a responsibility for keeping things tidy.

Our ambition is to create the most inclusive event ever. This means, that we regard ourselves as a vehicle for change and that we constantly navigate between many different interests – without ever giving up on our DNA: Inclusion of all regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, variations in sex characteristics, nationality, ethnicity, bodily capability, religion, age or any minority status  

We encourage all qualified applicants of all genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, bodily capabilities, ages or other intersectional identities to apply.

Send us your application and your CV before 22th of July 2019 to First round of interviews will be held in week number 30 and we would like you to start as soon as possible. For questions about the position, please contact CEO Lars Christian Østergreen on +45 3150 2468 or via e-mail

Læs mere om Copenhagen 2021, Copenhagen Pride og Pan Idræt.

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