Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung — Geneva Office Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung — Geneva Office

RLS in Geneva

Photo: Eva Wuchold

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s (RLS) Geneva office has been strengthening the Stiftung’s work at international level since 2019. International solidarity is the key to a socio-ecological transformation and to the implementation of social rights on a global scale. A revitalised UN could play a decisive role in this transformation. Against this background, the RLS office in Geneva serves as a liaison office between the United Nations in Geneva as well as other Geneva-based international organisations and RLS partners from the global South who are fighting for their rights.

The current focus of our work is on three topics, which are also dealt with in international Geneva: social rights (Human Rights Council OHCHR, UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, International Labour Organisation ILO, World Health Organisation WHO, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development UNRISD), socio-ecological transformation (Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change IPCC, World Meteorological Organization WMO) and the international organisation of workers (international trade union confederations, International Labour Organisation ILO). Together with our international partners, we organise conferences, seminars, workshops and side events at UN conferences, but also research projects with the aim of accompanying processes and supporting partners in the articulation of their interests at the international level. We involve non-state actors (NGO activists, trade unionists, academics) as well as staff of international organisations based in Geneva. The activities are supplemented by publications, studies or reports and other media formats.


Our Team

Jan Leidecker
Director

Jan is the Director of RLS Geneva. He studied history and political sciences with a special focus on Africa in Hanover, Germany and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Before coming to Geneva, he was the regional director of the RLS office for Southern Africa since 2015. He has a background in politics and social activism.

Jan.Leidecker@rosalux.org

Eva Wuchold
Programme Director Social Rights

Eva studied political science and peace studies in Münster, Tokyo and Stadtschlaining and coordinated projects worldwide on peace policy, climate, environment, food and development. Since 2013, she has been working for RLS and is now responsible for setting up and managing the Social Rights Programme in the Geneva office.

Eva.Wuchold@rosalux.org

Jeanne Planche
Project Manager Social Rights

A graduate in political science and an activist in the anti-globalisation movement, Jeanne has worked for various organisations, including Attac France, an association where she was responsible for expertise and publications. In the RLS team in Geneva, she supervises projects on the question of social rights.

Jeanne.Planche@rosalux.org

Vsevolod Kritskiy
Project Manager Trade Unions

Vsevolod has a PhD in International History from the Graduate Institute of Geneva, having worked in various academic institutions, the NGO sector, ILO and the UN. Prior to joining the RLS in 2021, he completed a postdoctoral research project on the history of international communism in the interwar period at the University of Amsterdam.

Vsevolod.Kritskiy@rosalux.org

Veronica Forin
Project Manager Global Health

Veronica joined RLS in 2021. She holds degrees in Economics, International Management, and Migration Policies and Integration. She worked with NGOs and UN agencies in health and development programmes on Middle Eastern, South American and African countries. She is actively collaborating with social movements in Italy and in France.

Veronica.Forin@rosalux.org

Barbara Mukherjee-Vuagniaux
Finance Manager

Prior to joining the RLS Geneva team in 2020 as finance manager, Barbara Mukherjee-Vuagniaux, holding a business management degree from Geneva University, has been working in Switzerland and South Asia with development organizations in their finance teams since 2002 after a stint in the private sector.

Barbara.Mukherjee-Vuagniaux@rosalux.org

Emilia Cavuoto
Office Manager

Emilia joined RLS in 2020, bringing along the expertise in administration, office and event management she gained within several organizations active in Geneva on an international level in public health, migration, humanitarian demining and international solidarity. Over the course of her career, she also collaborated with modern/contemporary art galleries and auction houses.

Emilia.Cavuoto@rosalux.org

Yann Hakam
Communication and Media Manager

Yann holds degrees in English and Arabic literature, and in Digital Publishing. After completing his studies, he worked at the ILO as a publishing and communication officer and he regularly volunteers within different activism organizations in Geneva. He joined the RLS Geneva team in 2021 and is in charge of the office’s communication strategy and media relations.

Yann.Hakam@rosalux.org

The whole team in front of the office.
Geneva, 2021

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) is an internationally active, progressive non-profit organisation for political education. Since its establishment in 1990, the foundation has been engaged in the analysis of social processes and developments. Through its teams in 27 regional and country offices, the Stiftung works with hundreds of partner organisations, political actors and individuals in over 80 countries. The aim of RLS’s work is to strengthen emancipatory political forces. In this way, the Stiftung contributes to the development of democratic-socialist alternatives to society worldwide. Our idea of a future society is based on the full implementation of democratic and social rights for all people, on a socially just and ecologically sustainable economic world order, on gender equality and on feminism, international solidarity and peace. A prerequisite for this is the overcoming of the capitalist mode of production. Since 2013 the RLS has enjoyed consultative status within the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung sees itself as part of the basic intellectual current of democratic socialism. In 1992, the Stiftung was recognised by the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) – today DIE LINKE – as a party-affiliated foundation operating nationwide. As of autumn 2020, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung exists for 30 years, initially as an association for critical social analysis and political education, and since 1999 under this main name. The RLS began receiving public funding in 1999, and the Archives for Democratic Socialism (ADS) began its work.


Global Network


Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919), name giver to the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, is probably the best-known socialist in the German-speaking world. Rosa Luxemburg was, along with Karl Liebknecht, the most important representative of the left-wing socialist, anti-militarist and internationalist positions in the Social Democratic Party of Germany before 1918, and tried with all her strength to prevent the First World War. From this criticism, she drew the strength for revolutionary action.

Rosa Luxemburg was a Polish Jew and a participant in the Russian Revolution of 1905. She co-founded the Social Democratic Party in the common kingdom of Poland and Lithuania. Rosa Luxemburg was a passionate and convincing critic of capitalism and anti-democratic and dictatorial tendencies within the Bolsheviks. She confronted the compelling logic of economic laws and political strategies with the utopia of a new world. In Luxembourg’s view, this new world had to be created despite the widespread despair, disenfranchisement, cowardice and corruption of power.

Rosa Luxemburg impressively combined political commitment, scientific analysis and the quest for empowerment as a woman. She fought both on the scientific and political fronts, her daily life being the essential basis for this. Rosa Luxemburg fascinates as an emancipated and versatile woman who lived and worked in a time which is still important for the political left today. For the political left of today, her approaches are extremely stimulating.

Learn more on Rosa Luxemburg:

Short biography Rosa Luxemburg
Rosa Luxemburg and the German Revolution
Pictures of Rosa Luxemburg

Literature on Rosa Luxemburg in English:

  • Georg Adler, Peter Hudis and Annelies Laschitza (eds.), The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso, 2011)
  • Sally Campbell, A Rebel’s Guide to Rosa Luxemburg (Bookmarks, 2011)
  • Kate Evans, Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso, 2015)
  • Peter Hudis and Kevin B. Anderson (eds.), The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (Monthly Review Press, 2004)
  • Mathilde Jacob, Rosa Luxemburg: An Intimate Portrait (Lawrence & Wishart, 2000)
  • Mark Jones, Founding Weimar: Violence and the German Revolution of 1918-19 (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • Robert Looker (ed.), Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Political Writings (Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1972)
  • J. P. Nettl, Rosa Luxemburg (Oxford Paperbacks, 1969)
  • Jacqueline Rose, Women in Dark Times (Bloomsbury, 2014), especially chapter 1 ‘Woman on the verge of revolution: Rosa Luxemburg’
  • Helmut Trotnow, Karl Liebknecht, 1871-1919: A Political Biography (Archon Books, 1984)
  • K. Weinhauer, A. McElligott and K. Heinsohn (eds.), Germany 1916-23: A Revolution in Context (Transcript-Verlag, 2015), especially ‘Incapable of Securing Order? The Prussian Police and the German Revolution 1918/19’ by Nadine Rossol
  • Benjamin Ziemann, War Experiences in Rural Germany 1914-1923 (Berg Publishers, 2006)

Die Linke

DIE LINKE was founded in 2007 as a merger of the primarily East German “Party of Democratic Socialism” (PDS) and the West German “Election Alternative Work and Social Justice” (WASG). In the last Bundestag elections in September 2017, it was elected to the German Bundestag with 9.2% of the votes (2013: 8.6%) and 69 seats (37 women and 32 men). The chairpersons of DIE LINKE in the Bundestag are Dietmar Bartsch and Amira Mohamed Ali. The current federal party chairpersons are Janine Wissler and Susanne Hennig-Wellsow.

DIE LINKE has MPs in 10 of the 16 federal states and thousands of elected representatives in county councils, city and municipal councils. In the European Parliament, its five members are part of the “Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left” (GUE/NGL).


Jobs & Calls


Call for Proposals

Consultancy: Evaluation of the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (the “Client”) intends to award the services specified in the enclosed Service Description in a Call for Proposals.

Please note the following dates:

End of the tender submission period:                  11/11/2021 (November 15) 10:00 O’clock CET

End of the award and binding period:                  15/11/2021 (November 152021)

Contract period:                                                      15/11/2021 (Nov 11, 2021) – 30/06/2022 (June 30)

Terms and conditions:

The contractual conditions of the Client shall apply exclusively. The terms and conditions of the tenderer are excluded. Side offers are excluded!

The present Call for Proposals shall not be construed as an offer, and the bidder shall not have any rights arising thereof.

To participate in the Call, please submit your Application digitally before the end of the offer period. Documents have to be submitted in English.


Call for Proposals

Consultancy: Senior Advocacy Consultant

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (the “Client”) intends to award the services specified in the enclosed Service Description in a Call for Proposals.

Please note the following dates:

End of the tender submission period:                  18/11/2021 (November 18) 10:00 O’clock CET

End of the award and binding period:                   22/11/2021 (November 222021)

Contract period:                                                      22/11/2021 (Nov 22, 2021) – 30/09/2022 (Sept 30)

Terms and conditions:

The contractual conditions of the Client shall apply exclusively. The terms and conditions of the tenderer are excluded. Side offers are excluded!

The present Call for Proposals shall not be construed as an offer, and the bidder shall not have any rights arising thereof.

To participate in the Call, please submit your Application digitally before the end of the offer period. Documents have to be submitted in English.


Call for Proposals

Consultancy: Graphic Design Lead for ‘StatelessHUB’ global library and resource
platform on statelessness

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (the “Client”) intends to award the services specified in the enclosed
Service Description in a Call for Proposals.

Please note the following dates:

End of the tender submission period: 11/11/2021 (November 15) 10:00 O’clock CET
End of the award and binding period: 15/11/2021 (November 15 2021)
Contract period: 15/11/2021 (Nov 11, 2021) – 30/06/2022 (June 30)

Terms and conditions:

The contractual conditions of the Client shall apply exclusively. The terms and conditions of the
tenderer are excluded. Side offers are excluded!

The present Call for Proposals shall not be construed as an offer, and the bidder shall not have any
rights arising thereof.

To participate in the Call, please submit your Application digitally before the end of the offer period.

Documents have to be submitted in English.


Call for Proposals:

Study on the scope and impact of official development assistance in Afghanistan in the period from autumn 2001 to autumn 2021, and here in particular Germany’s contribution

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (the “Client”) intends to award the services specified in the enclosed Service Description in a Call for Proposals.

Please note the following dates:

End of the tender submission period:                   12.11.2021 12:00 o’clock CET

End of the award and binding period:                   12.11.2021

Contract period:                                                      15.11.2021-31.01.2022

Terms and conditions:

The contractual conditions of the Client shall apply exclusively. The terms and conditions of the tenderer are excluded. Side offers are excluded!

The present Call for Proposals shall not be construed as an offer, and the bidder shall not have any rights arising thereof.

To participate in the Call, please submit your Application digitally before the end of the offer period. Documents can be submitted in English, German or French language.


Call for Proposals

Consultancy : Co-design and coordinate delivery of trainings from stateless community members

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (the “Client”) intends to award the services specified in the enclosed Service Description in a Call for Proposals.

Please note the following dates:

End of the tender submission period:                   08/11/2021 12:00 O’clock Noon Central European Time

End of the award and binding period:                    10/11/2021

Contract period:                                                       10/11/2021 (Nov 1st) – 30/04/2022 (April 30th)

Terms and conditions:

The contractual conditions of the Client shall apply exclusively. The terms and conditions of the tenderer are excluded. Side offers are excluded!

The present Call for Proposals shall not be construed as an offer, and the bidder shall not have any rights arising thereof.

To participate in the Call, please submit your Application digitally before the end of the offer period. Documents have to be submitted in English.