Vacancy Alert: Manager – Programs and Innovation (Sexuality and Disability Program)

10 February 2020

Location: Global/Virtual

Department: Programs and Innovation. The position reports directly to the Director of Programs and Innovation spearheading the Sexuality and Disability Program

Employer: CREA


Organisational Profile

Founded in 2000, CREA is a feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women's rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes.


Position Background

The Manager Programs and Innovation (Sexuality and Disability Program) will be responsible for implementation of CREA’s national, regional and global portfolio of work on sexuality and disability as part of the Strategic Outcome Area Increase voice and visibility of marginalized women, girls and trans persons. CREA’s portfolio of work focuses on advancing inclusive and more visible advocacy and leadership by diverse persons with disabilities and to break down the stigmatizing frameworks and harmful systems of beliefs that marginalize women, girls and trans persons with disabilities.  Building on the pioneering human rights reforms proposed by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), CREA strengthens capacity, creates knowledge resources and supports public education to translate vision into practice.

This position requires creative and analytical thinking, decision-making ability and skills that can ensure accessibility and reasonable accommodation for all those associated with CREA’s programs. The Manager -Programs and Innovation will report directly to the Director, Programs and Innovation spearheading the Sexuality and Disability Program and will also work closely with CREA’s Global Program Directors and Executive Director.


Guiding principles for this work

  1. Diversity– being inclusive in work and approaches to ensure that the most marginalized constituencies are engaged.  
  2. Accessibility– ensuring that information, communication, spaces and language are accessible to all without creating barriers. 
  3. Complicate– Insist on politics of deep inclusion
  4. Do no harm – ensuring the work does not cause tensions or stimulate political conflict between and within movements. Striving to ensure conversations and dialogues are authentic and movement/activist-led.

Key Responsibilities


  • Support broad-based advocacy across national, regional and global advocacy spaces, including the UN, to influence the advocacy narrative on disability, gender and sexuality in these forums. This will include capacity building for advocacy with various disability rights organisations and networks; technical support for reporting to various policy and treaty monitoring bodies and supporting meaningful inclusion of disability rights activists to participate in these processes.
  • Identify new and/or better-leveraged opportunities for CREA’s and our partner’s participation in advocacy campaigns, special events, conferences, partnerships, and other international and regional forums that will help advance the advocacy goals articulated above.


  • Support CREA to convene dialogues based on intersectional rights issues bringing together activists from different movements to broaden understandings around disability, gender and sexuality and to forge partnerships and alliances to advance new forms of understanding on inclusion and rights.

Leadership building

  • Support the implementation of CREA’s Disability Sexuality and Rights Online Institute and in person Global Institute on Disability, Sexuality and Rights. Both seek to equip activists with disabilities and other advocates and allies with critical leadership skills and analytical tools to carry out transformative advocacy.
  • In addition, support the design and conduct of capacity building initiatives at the national level, in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda

Analytical tool building and information production

  • Support the creation of tools and produce information that can be used by activists to bridge fault lines with other social movements, provide an intersectional analysis on critical rights issues and support transformative advocacy and ensure accessibility across a wide spectrum of disabilities.


Organisational Responsibilities

  • Support Director, Programs and Innovations in the development and implementation of annual activity plans and budgets.
  • Assist in planning and facilitation of CREA led events e.g. rethink evenings and campaigns
  • Support grant management related functions including reporting to the donor
  • Support development of proposals, concept notes and support the Resource Development team as needed.
  • Support the Communications team in highlighting the program on different social media platforms
  • Represent and present CREA's work at meetings, forums and conferences at the national, regional and global levels.


Key Qualifications

  •  Graduate (Master's Degree preferred, or equivalent experience) in the area of /social science/ human rights/ international development with relevant issues based experience on advancing the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • 7-10 years of experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience with NGOs from the global South and/or international development organizations with experience working in multiple regions and contexts.
  • Strong understanding of and experience   with disability rights and the sexual and reproductive rights of persons with disabilities, and a commitment to advancing these rights.
  • Excellent writing skills in English and strong communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
  • Detail oriented and takes initiative with an ability to self-motivate and produce high-quality products.
  • Committed to ongoing professional learning and knowledge sharing with CREA staff.


Persons with disabilities who identify as women, gender non-conforming, non-binary and/or trans are strongly encouraged to apply. CREA promotes pluralism and equal opportunity and is committed to diversity in its staff and to the maintenance of an environment free of discriminatory employment practices. CREA's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals. No individual shall be discriminated against because of his or her actual or perceived age, caste, class, gender, disability, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation. Compensation will be based on experience and internal equity. A generous benefit package is included.


Interested candidates who meet the required educational and experience requirements should send their CV along with a cover letter, current and expected salary to by 20 February, 2020. Please include in the subject line the name of the position you are applying for.