Program Officer, International Fund

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
March 31, 2021
New York, New York, United States of America
Job Type




(Europe, Central Asia, Middle East/Southwest Asia portfolio; Asia & Pacific portfolio)


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 grant maker 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 $49 million to LGBTQI activists and artists in our 43-year history.


POSITION DESCRIPTION – Full Time (35 hrs/wk with benefits)

Astraea seeks two dedicated, passionate and collaborative Program Officers to join our Program Team and sustain our international grantmaking two geographic portfolios:

  • Europe, Central Asia, Middle East/SouthWest Asia (ECA & ME/SWA)
  • Asia & Pacific

Program officers will be responsible to oversee all programmatic work in their respective portfolios under key pillars of Astraea’s work: grantmaking, capacity building and accompaniment, philanthropic advocacy, research and communications. They will develop country, regional and thematic strategies, manage relationships with grantee partners and advisors, engage in capacity building, research and advocacy in philanthropy, and participate in learning and evaluation of Astraea’s programs.

The program officers will report to Astraea’s Associate Director of Programs, International Fund and may be based either in their respective location (in or out of US) or in Astraea’s New York office* - with availability for meetings in the morning hours in New York, USA (Eastern Time).

*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 fall 2021. Staff will return to Astraea’s office when it is deemed safe.



  • Develop and manage diverse LGBTQI rights grantmaking portfolios in relevant regional portfolios, including designing, updating or reviewing regional strategies and budgets, conducting outreach to applicants, writing and disseminating requests for proposals, soliciting input from activists and advisors, writing grant summaries and recommending grants for approval.
  • Contribute to the development of in-depth knowledge and strategic analysis of the regional/thematic portfolio, including current trends, threats and opportunities, and key resource people and organizations.
  • Build, strengthen and sustain relationships with Astraea’s regional and thematic advisors, including recruitment, interview, nomination, 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.
  • Provide capacity building and accompaniment support to grantee partners, including through 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.
  • Be a key player in representing Astraea at local and international 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.
  • Work collaboratively with the International Fund and Program team leadership, and Astraea’s Development team to help secure and retain resources for Astraea’s programs.
  • Coordinate philanthropic advocacy or organizational initiatives, through programmatic oversight, project coordination, budget management, strategy co-creation and implementation as well as liaison with activists, peer organizations and consultants.

Communications and Research

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues and trends facing LGBTQI organizations and movements globally, with specific regional expertise and focus, and particularly in Astraea’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 Astraea 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 & evaluation activities of the International Fund, including coordinating with 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields (e.g., gender studies, international relations, social sciences, public policy, international human rights law) OR equivalent work experience required.
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in gender and racial justice, women’s rights, LGBTQI and human rights and/or social justice movements.
  • At least 3 years’ experience with grantmaking processes and procedures and familiarity with participatory or trust-based grantmaking models. Prior experience in a philanthropic organization is 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 a gender and racial justice lens, facilitation and public speaking skills. 
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and multi-stakeholders, including donors, colleague funders, community members and grantees.
  • High level of proficiency with computers, databases and other technology.  Knowledge of Blackbaud or other grantmaking databases is a plus.
  • Experience with supervision of staff and overseeing the work of consultants is desirable.
  • Prior experience with an international organization, including experience working with remote teams would be considered a plus.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Ability to travel within the US and internationally up to 25% of work schedule (when it’s safe to do so).


Additional requirements based on the regional portfolio:

Program Officer, Asia & Pacific

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to global LGBTQI and feminist movements and issues, especially in the Asia and Pacific regions.
  • Experience of working in or with gender justice and/or human rights movements in Asia and/or Pacific.
  • Knowledge of one of the regional languages is strongly preferred, especially Mandarin and/or Hindi.

Program Officer, ECA & ME/SWA

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to global LGBTQI and feminist movements and issues, especially in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, and Middle East/Southwest Asia.
  • Experience of working in or with gender justice and/or human rights movements in ECA and/or ME/SWA.
  • Knowledge of one of the regional languages is strongly preferred, especially Russian and/or Arabic.


Astraea offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position, including resources for professional development. The starting annual compensation is $80,000.00. U.S. work authorization is required only for candidates based in the U.S.


Please send resume/CV and cover letter to [email protected] with “Program Officer, International Fund” 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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