Researcher, Caribbean Program

Job Type

Full Time Contract





Application Deadline:



New York
United States


Researcher, Caribbean Program

Duration: April 2018 - March 2019 (with possible extension) 

About Outright Action International

Founded in 1990 and guided by the values of collaboration, depth and feminism, OutRight Action International strives to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people live safer, healthier, and more empowered lives worldwide. OutRight focuses its efforts on supporting organizations to effectively document human rights violations and advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ people. OutRight ’s vision of change includes policy reform, legal challenges, increased coalition work, and stronger LGBTIQ communities worldwide. OutRight currently seeks a Researcher to support our Caribbean Program.

About the Position

The foundation of any substantial progress on LGBTIQ issues is community-based organizing and advocacy. In the Caribbean, opportunities for organizing across the islands have been uneven, and many islands lack any registered LGBTIQ organizations. OutRight sees legal action as a viable route to overturn “morality,” “indecency,” and sodomy laws that continue to limit the freedoms of LGBTIQ people, but also knows that unless litigation is paired with awareness-raising and strong community and civil society mobilizing, the risk for backlash is significant.

OutRight is implementing a project focused on supporting legal registration for LGBTIQ organizations as well as strengthening the capacity of newly founded organizations. So far, OutRight has supported the registration of organizations in 4 countries in the region.

Moving forward, an important part of the programme is to support advocacy with evidence gathered by researching the realities of LGBTIQ people in the region. The findings will support legislative and policy change. help foster awareness and mobilize the community and potential allies: the three pillars of the programme.

Note: While OutRight is based in New York City, we would ideally find a candidate in the Caribbean, or with deep knowledge of LGBTIQ issues in that region.

Tasks, Responsibilities & Key Deliverables

  • Produces no less than 2 research publications per contract year. For instance, the researcher’s focus could be transgender rights or potential policy changes favourable for LGBTIQ communities, but the exact themes and immediate research needs will be prioritized by the Caribbean LGBTIQ community.
  • Conducts evidence-based, policy-oriented, and publication-quality research under the supervision of the Senior Advisor for Global Advocacy, in close coordination with OutRight’s Caribbean Advisor, Outright’s Global Research Coordinator and LGBTIQ organizations in the region;
  • Contributes to the translation of the research into practical training materials and case studies for OutRight’s partners in the region;
  • Provides necessary information, statistics and PowerPoint presentations from the research for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) purposes and activities;
  • Collaborates in drafting concept papers for further LGBTIQ research in the Caribbean;
  • Supports the writing of grant proposals and project documents presented by OutRight to donors;
  • Contributes to and participates in relevant events, press releases and website articles to promote the research findings;
  • Supports other tasks, as assigned.

Qualifications and competencies

  • Education: University degree (minimum Bachelor ́s degree or equivalent) in social science or law.
  • Experience: Minimum of 3 years, in research and publication. Previous work experience in a related field, preferably LGBTIQ, is a strong asset for this job.
  • Strong writing skills and publication track record essential.
  • Fluency: In English and French. A third Caribbean language would be an asset.
  • Professionalism: a competence of qualitative and quantitative research methods, conscientious and efficient attention to meeting organizational commitments, deadlines and results, and persistence when facing difficult problems or challenges.
  • Collaboration: An ability to work with others to achieve organizational goals; soliciting input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; and always willing to learn from others with the team agenda as the ultimate priority.
  • Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals and priorities that are consistent with team strategies; adjusts priorities as required.
  • Time management: Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions
  • as necessary to provide the most efficiency.
  •  Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others; asks questions; can
  • tailor language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; and comfortable with the frequent communication needed for remote management.
  • Technology: Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint Google Suite and on-line survey tools is essential. Familiarity of data visualization software is a strong asset.
  • Passion: Deep knowledge and passion about international LGBTIQ rights Duration
  • April 2018 - March 2019 (with possible extension) 

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and French. A third Caribbean language would be an asset. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter explaining how their skills and background fit this position, a resume/CV and a published writing sample to Please refer to “RESEARCHER - CARIBBEAN” in the subject line. 

OutRight is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, People of Color, and transgender/gender-variant individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: March 26, 2018.