Political Analyst (Sri Lanka)

Position:                        Political Analyst  

Form of Employment:  Short-term consultancies

Starting Date:                As assigned

Duration:                       24 days

Location:                       Sri Lanka / home-based

 

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is operating in Sri Lanka since 2016 and has implemented various democratic strengthening projects with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). DRI has worked in Sri Lanka on the thematic areas of human rights, justice: constitutions and the rule of law, and democratic discourse with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI is currently expanding its work in Sri Lanka to include electoral reforms. The 2019 presidential as well as the 2020 parliamentary and provincial council elections are defining moments regarding Sri Lanka’s democratic development. With funding from the German Federal Foreign Office DRI is implementing the project “Preventing electoral violence in Sri Lanka by advancing core electoral reform issues and strengthening the integrity of the public discourse”, which aims at supporting Sri Lanka’s institutions in delivering major election-related reform priorities to prevent violence erupting during the electoral periods and thus threaten Sri Lanka’s democratic development. The project will render the following two results: 1) Increased integrity of the elections through improved electoral frameworks and 2) Strengthened public awareness and multi-stakeholder response to disinformation and hate speech through social media to improve online democratic discourse and the integrity of the elections.

The project aims to among other things analyse, publish and critically discuss data on misinformation and hate speech and build momentum among key stakeholders on how to address challenges posed by social media.

 

Objectives of the Assignment:

Under this project DRI intends to publish data-driven analysis of social media, including for instance network analysis, analysis of engagement and reach, hate speech and disinformation analysis among others both during the election campaign period and after it to understand the level of disinformation and hate speech in the run-up to the elections, voter influencing and candidate targeting etc with a focus on women candidates and their reception in social media. Towards this, DRI requires the services of a Political Analyst to interpret and analyse the data according to the current socio-political context.

 

Tasks and Deliverables:

The Consultant will work under the supervision of DRI’s Programme Director in Sri Lanka and take on tasks and assignments as set out below. In general, s/he will:

  • Interpret and analyze the data according to Sri Lanka’s current socio-political context and provide input for the briefing paper in a timely manner;
  • Review the briefing paper and provide input and recommendations based on the political economic and social trends taking into considerations factors such as public opinion, election results etc.;
  • Critically evaluate government policies, media landscape and provide expert input to the development of social media monitoring products where necessary;
  • Monitor the timeline of events influencing public discourse around it and feed into the relevant pre identified monitoring categories for social media monitoring;
  • Conduct all necessary research to ensure that the analysis and input provided is up to date and reflects the current political context.

 

Qualifications & Experience:

  • University degree in law, political science, international development, social sciences, humanities or a relevant discipline;
  • An excellent grasp of the Sri Lankan political context;
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Excellent English and Sinhala and/or Tamil language skills (spoken and written);
  • Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to keep set deadlines.

 

Deadline for applications: 2 February 2020

For interested applicants, please send your application to [email protected] with “Political Analyst (Sri Lanka)” as the subject heading and supporting documents in the following format: SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_POLITICALANALYST

The application must include

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Updated Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact details of two professional references

 

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Consultant for Baseline Assessment (Sri Lanka)

Position: Consultant for Baseline Assessment  

Form of Employment: Short-term consultancy

Starting Date: As soon as possible / as assigned

Duration: 15 days

Location: Sri Lanka / home-based with possible field visits

 

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is operating in Sri Lanka since 2016 and has implemented various democratic strengthening projects with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). DRI has worked in Sri Lanka on the thematic areas of human rights, justice: constitutions and the rule of law, and democratic discourse with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI is currently expanding its work in Sri Lanka to include electoral reforms. The 2019 presidential as well as the 2020 parliamentary and provincial council elections are defining moments regarding Sri Lanka’s democratic development. With funding from the German Federal Foreign Office DRI is implementing the project “Preventing electoral violence in Sri Lanka by advancing core electoral reform issues and strengthening the integrity of the public discourse”, which aims at supporting Sri Lanka’s institutions in delivering major election-related reform priorities to prevent violence erupting during the electoral periods and thus threaten Sri Lanka’s democratic development. The project will render the following two results: 1) Increased integrity of the elections through improved electoral frameworks and 2) Strengthened public awareness and multi-stakeholder response to disinformation and hate speech through social media to improve online democratic discourse and the integrity of the elections.

The project aims to among other things analyse, publish and critically discuss data on misinformation and hate speech and build momentum among key stakeholders on how to address challenges posed by social media.

 

Objectives of the Assessment:

DRI intends to conduct awareness-raising workshops for civil society and grassroots actors across the Island  on misinformation, hate speech and social media bias with the aim to equip civil society and grassroots actors with critical skills for improved (social) media literacy, enabling them to detect political hate speech and misinformation and identify them as obstacles to social cohesion and peace in Sri Lanka. DRI will draw on the findings of its own social media analysis and other studies as a basis of the workshop contents. This will include women’s and youth groups, students, communities at risk of instigating violence in the vicinity of political/social/religious influencers, among others identified through a baseline assessment.

The intended assessment is aimed at identifying districts for social media literacy workshops to which DRI intends to obtain the services of a consultant to conduct a baseline assessment based on an analysis of which geographical areas are prone to inter-communal violence taking into account conflict markers such as ethnicity, religion, gender, past exposure to/instigation of inter-communal violence. In particular, the baseline assessment will carefully select the target group participants in view of their potential to act as agents of change rather than contributing to more potential hate, disinformation and violence, which will put Sri Lanka’s democratic trajectory at risk.

 

Overall the baseline assessment aims at

  • Identifying districts which are prone to violence taking into account specific markers including self-identified ethnicity and gender, religious belonging, roots causes of conflict in the respective areas and past exposure to/instigation of inter-communal violence.
  • Select target groups in view of their potential to act as change makers /influencers that can deflect hate speech, disinformation and violence at the community level.

 

Tasks and Deliverables:

The Consultant will work under the supervision of DRI’s Programme Director in Sri Lanka and take on tasks and assignments as set out below. In general, s/he will:

  • Employ both quantitative and qualitative methods for collection of data/information. The consultant/agency is expected to use participatory tools and techniques for data collection, which may include but not be limited to in-depth interview, key informant interview, focus group discussion etc.;
  • Conduct comprehensive desk review of all relevant documents i.e. review related literature, news reports, reports and related government policy documents as deemed necessary;
  • Conduct interviews with a range of stakeholders including civil society representatives, community leaders, government officials as relevant;
  • Submit an outline of the report, obtain prior approval from DRI on data collection tools;
  • Submit a draft report for review and the report to include:
  1. Cover page
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Executive summary of key findings and recommendations
  4. Methodology
  5. Background information and context analysis
  6. Research findings, analysis
  7. Conclusion and recommendations
  8. References
  • Final report incorporating comments from DRI;
  • Present report findings (power point presentation) to DRI and partner staff if required.

 

Qualifications & Experience:

  • University degree in law, political science, international development, social sciences, humanities or a relevant discipline;
  • More than 5 years of experience conducting project evaluations and/or monitoring and evaluation experience including data collection through interviews, surveys and focus groups discussions;
  • An excellent grasp of the Sri Lankan political context, especially regarding political, social, ethnic, religious, and gender fault lines and conflicts in the country;
  • Demonstrated understanding, experience and networks working with civil society organizations, preferably including youth and marginalized communities;
  • Excellent Sinhala and/or Tamil language skill as well as English (spoken and written);
  • Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to travel within Sri Lanka;
  • Excellent time management skills.

For interested applicants, please send your application to [email protected] with “Consultant: Baseline Assessment (Sri Lanka)” as the subject heading and supporting documents in the following format: SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_CONSULTANT_BASELINEASSESSMENT

The application must include:

  1. Technical proposal outlining a short methodology for the analysis (maximum 2 pages);
  2. CV;
  3. Contact details of two professional references.

Closing date for applications: 23 January 2020. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

 

Finance and Administration Coordinator – Sri Lanka

Form of Employment:        Full-time employment

Starting Date:                      As soon as possible / January 2020

Duration:                             20 months until 31 August 2021, with the possibility of extension

Location:                              Colombo, Sri Lanka  

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is operating in Sri Lanka since 2016 and has implemented various democratic strengthening projects with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). DRI is working on the thematic areas of human rights, elections, and democratic discourse with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time Finance and Administration Coordinator for its Country Office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Under the overall supervision of the Head of Programmes and his assigned representative, the Finance and Administration Coordinator will ensure that the country office and management of project funds, meet all donor requirements, Sri Lankan legal requirements, German bookkeeping requirements as well as DRI internal policies and procedures, including procurement, recruitment and human resources, reporting, and legal matters. The Finance and Administration Coordinator will be responsible to line-manage a small finance and administration team of two staff.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead on budget developments, expenditure forecasts and budget follow up;
  • Prepare monthly financial reports for DRI Head Office;
  • Forecast cashflow requirements and prepare monthly wire transfer requests;
  • Supervise and be responsible for all procurement processes;
  • Manage the local bank accounts and process payments (cash and bank) and prepare all accounting records;
  • Develop an electronic and physical filing system for administrative and financial records;
  • Act a main contact person for financial and administrative external stakeholders (bank, lawyers, state authorities regarding office registration, sub-grantees);
  • Review financial reports from local partner organizations and provide them with support to improve the quality of reporting;
  • Ensure that all invoices and bills are collected, classified and stamped in accordance with the structure of the budget and DRI cost centre;
  • Support the team with recruitment of candidates for open positions in coordination with Head Office, the approval and signature of timesheets, payroll preparations and payroll related statutory compliances;
  • Prepare donor financial reports as per donor contracts;
  • Line-manage a team of two staff, including the delegation, review and quality check of tasks and input for staff’s performance appraisals;
  • Perform any other related duties, which may be assigned.

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in finance, accounting, business administration / commerce;
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience with monthly financial reporting, cash flow forecasting, budget development and expenditure forecasting, preferably on democracy related projects in a non-governmental organization working on the basis of donor regulations;
  • Experience with European donors funded projects and in working with subgrantees;
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to the development and review of organizational finance and administration policies, procedures and guidelines;
  • Ability of supervise and manage professional and support staff;
  • Understanding and demonstrable experience of human resources, information technology, procurement and logistics aspects of administration;
  • Understanding and experience of facility and asset/inventory management;
  • Strong coordination and communication skills and experience working with a range of stakeholders including from the profit and non-profit sector such as service providers, CSO/NGO representatives etc.;
  • Excellent attention to detail to numbers and commitment to quality;
  • In-depth of knowledge and experience in working with Microsoft (MS) Excel and other MS Office products;
  • Strong proficiency in English, fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil;
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally;
  • Understanding of or interest in the political context and democratic reform process in Sri Lanka is desirable;

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Finance and Administration Coordinator – Sri Lanka” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 05 January 2020. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300 – Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Media and Communications Consultant (Pakistan)

Position Title:                          Media and Communications Consultant

Form of Employment:           Consultancy

Starting Date:                          October 2019

Duration:                                  Up to 20 working days

Location:                                  Pakistan

 

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

Under the project “Overcoming shrinking civil society space through effective engagement with parliamentary structures and the media“, DRI Pakistan is planning to engage with national parliamentarians and media to discuss the role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) / Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and how they can effectively assist the socio-economic development of Pakistan in its unique national context. The overall objective of the project is to engage various stakeholders in consultations to understand the role of civil society in the Pakistani context and discuss how an appropriate policy framework can make civil society even more effective in having a meaningful impact on country’s development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project also focuses on the need of Pakistani media professionals to understand and deepen their knowledge of the civil society sector to make them more effective in contributing to improving the conditions for Pakistani citizens.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

DRI requires the services of an experienced Media and Communications Consultant to deliver the following:

  • Identification of key media persons/ journalists to engage with for effective reporting on civil society sector issues including SDGs, Human Rights, Public Policy and the role of the civil society sector and its contributions;
  • Design and deliver briefings/workshops for various media persons/journalists who regularly report and write on social/civil society issues with a view to enhancing their understanding and capacity to better report on human rights and the civic space;
  • Engage in a two-way exchange process to widen participants’ horizon on how sustainable development is delivered and what role government, civil society and international development partners play together in eliminating poverty and improving the living standards of the people of Pakistan;

 

Qualifications we require:

  • Master’s in politics/ communications/ media/ human rights or equivalent from a reputable university;
  • Demonstrated experience of working with a reputed media development organization with a track record of capacity building and training;
  • Ability to design and deliver workshops on issues like sustainable development, SGDs, human rights, the role of civil society and regulatory issues.
  • Good understanding of civil society space issues and media approaches to the topic;
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging and working with journalists. You should bring to the table a vast contact base and engagement history with key stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated understanding of how laws and policies work in a democracy space and media’s role in supporting the public interest agenda;
  • Excellent communication and team skills.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, sample of your writing and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Pakistan: Media and Communications Consultant” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

 

Closing date for applications: 8 Oct 2019. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Data Quality Checkers (f/m/d; two positions in Sri Lanka)

Position Title:                           Data Quality Checkers (f/m/d; two positions in Sri Lanka)

Form of Employment:           Consultancy

Starting Date:                           End of October 2019

Duration:                                   30 working days between end of October 2019 to 31 December 2020

Location:                                    Sri Lanka / Home-based with frequent online meetings

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is operating in Sri Lanka since 2016 and has implemented various democratic strengthening projects with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union (EU), the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). DRI has worked on the thematic areas of human rights, constitutions, and democratic discourse with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI, together with its partners PAFFREL and CMEV, is launching the project “Preventing electoral violence in Sri Lanka by advancing core electoral reform issues and strengthening the integrity of public discourse” funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Part of the project focuses on the analysis and discussion of anti-democratic social media content to counter disinformation and hate speech in Sri Lanka during the upcoming election year.

DRI is currently recruiting two Data Quality Checkers for the implementation of its project in Sri Lanka. In collaboration with, and under supervision of, the Social Media Analyst you will be checking the coding of social media content scraped from Facebook and Twitter.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Take part in an introductory training on social media analysis and manual coding;
  • Develop data coding sheets, controls and analysis tools that help ensure consistent quality throughout the data coding process;
  • Assist DRI’s Social Media Analyst in filtering the posts of relevant Sri Lankan social media pages;
  • Check the coding applied to posts and comments against the defined “categories” and work with Social Media Coders to fix the coding errors;
  • Collect and review the narrative reports produced by the Social Media Coders to uncover any data errors and to coordinate correction.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • Academic background in politics, media, law or other relevant fields;
  • Knowledge of ongoing political and social reform debates in Sri Lanka;
  • Profound understanding of the (social) media landscape in Sri Lanka;
  • Strong analytical skills to identify content, abstract data and provide analysis thereof;
  • Eye for details and meticulous working style;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel;
  • Fluency in writing and reading in Sinhala and English and/or Tamil and English;
  • Legal right to work in Sri Lanka;

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “2019/08: Data Quality Checker” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 9 October 2019, 23:59 local time.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. The positions may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Social Media Coders (f/m/d; multiple positions in Sri Lanka)

Position Title                            Social Media Coders (f/m/d; multiple positions in Sri Lanka)

Form of Employment:          Consultancy

Starting Date:                          End of October 2019

Duration:                                   60 working days between end of October 2019 to 31 December 2020

Location:                                  Sri Lanka / Home-based with frequent online meetings

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is operating in Sri Lanka since 2016 and has implemented various democratic strengthening projects with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union (EU), the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). DRI has worked on the thematic areas of human rights, constitutions, and democratic discourse with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI, together with its partners PAFFREL and CMEV, is launching the project “Preventing electoral violence in Sri Lanka by advancing core electoral reform issues and strengthening the integrity of public discourse” funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Part of the project focuses on the analysis and discussion of anti-democratic social media content to counter disinformation and hate speech in Sri Lanka during the upcoming election year.

DRI is currently recruiting four Social Media Coders for the implementation of its project in Sri Lanka. In collaboration with, and under supervision of, the Social Media Analyst you will be coding social media content scraped from Facebook and Twitter.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Take part in an introductory training on social media analysis and manual coding;
  • Assist DRI’s Social Media Analyst in manual coding of content of relevant Sri Lankan social media pages;
  • Manually code by interpreting the messages of individual social media posts and comments;
  • Provide narratives, i.e. significant short stories from the data that you code, to be used for illustration in the final report of the project.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • Academic background in politics, media, law or other relevant fields;
  • Knowledge of ongoing political and social reform debates in Sri Lanka;
  • Strong analytical skills to identify content, abstract data and provide analysis thereof;
  • Profound understanding of the (social) media landscape in Sri Lanka;
  • Eye for details and meticulous working style;
  • Proficiency in key computer applications, such as Excel;
  • Fluency in writing and reading in Sinhala and English and/or Tamil and English;
  • Legal right to work in Sri Lanka;

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “2019/07: Social Media Coders” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 9 October 2019, 23:59 local time.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. The positions may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Election Expert Campaign Finance (Sri Lanka)

Election Expert Campaign Finance (Sri Lanka)

Form of Employment: Short-term consultancy

Starting Date: 1 October 2019

Duration: 15 days

Location: home based

 

 

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is operating in Sri Lanka since 2016 and has implemented various democratic strengthening projects with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). DRI has worked in Sri Lanka on the thematic areas of human rights, constitutions, and democratic discourse with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI is currently expanding its work in Sri Lanka to include electoral reforms. The upcoming presidential, parliamentary and provincial council elections will be a defining moment for Sri Lanka’s democratic consolidation. The lack of a legal framework for campaign finance increases the risk of social polarization, electoral violence and the violation of human rights. In Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, unregulated campaign finances have led to an uneven playing field and bear the risk of unregulated foreign and domestic interference in the elections by regional powers and networks of religious-political extremist groups in the country. Hence, it is critical to support reform efforts to introduce a mechanism to regulate campaign finances during the upcoming elections.

DRI therefore requires the services of an Election Expert: Campaign Finance in Sri Lanka.

 

Your Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of DRI’s Director of Programmes in Berlin Head Office, the Election Expert will perform tasks and deliverables which include the following:

  • Review existing provisions on the regulation of campaign finance in Sri Lanka;
  • Review draft regulation on campaign finance in Sri Lanka and assess it against international standards;
  • Provide a legal assessment of existing and draft regulations for campaign finance in Sri Lanka, to the extend needed;
  • Hold interviews with relevant stakeholders to inform the research, if needed;
  • Provide comparative examples / best practice cases for campaign finance from other countries, including a suitable implementing mechanism to implement a campaign finance law once passed through parliament;
  • Synthesize information to outline needs and shortcomings of campaign finance in Sri Lanka against international standards and country examples with a view to strengthening local advocacy efforts;
  • Provide materials and analysis on campaign finance regulations, as required;
  • Draft an outline for an analytical paper on campaign finances and revise this as per feedback from DRI and partners;
  • Collate all findings in an analytical paper according to the agreed outline;
  • Provide information for the creation of info graphics to illustrate the findings;
  • Draft recommendations for Sri Lankan stakeholders to drive the discussion on campaign finance forward and improve the legal framework;
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Your Education and Experience

  • University degree in politics, social sciences, law or any other relevant discipline;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in applied research and/or political analysis or international politics, particularly regarding electoral reforms, election observation, and campaign finance;
  • Demonstrated expertise in analysing campaign finance issues, including legislation and regulation for campaign finance;
  • In-depth understanding of elections and democracy issues in Sri Lanka and internationally;
  • Knowledge of international standards for democratic elections, especially related to campaign finance;
  • Comparative expertise on campaign finance regulation internationally;
  • Demonstrated experience of writing high quality research reports;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to conceptualise policy formulation within the subject area;
  • Excellent English language skills (spoken and written) is a requirement.

 

For interested applicants, please send your application (cover letter, CV and three references) to [email protected]. Please include “2019/06: Election Expert: Campaign Finance – Sri Lanka” in the subject line, refer to the source you have found this opportunity.

Closing date for applications: 6 October 2019. This consultancy is contingent upon funding.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Civil Society Expert (Pakistan)

Position Title: Civil Society Expert (Pakistan)   

Starting Date: October 2019

Duration: 15 days

Location: Pakistan

 

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

Under the “Overcoming shrinking civil society space through effective engagement with parliamentary structures and the media“ project, DRI Pakistan is planning to engage with national parliamentarians and media to discuss the role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)/Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and how they can effectively assist the socio-economic development of Pakistan in its unique national context. The overall objective of the project is to engage various stakeholders in consultations to understand the role of civil society in the Pakistani context and discuss how an appropriate policy framework can make civil society even more effective in having a meaningful impact on development and state oversight.

In Pakistan, civil society has evolved over the years with periods when the government’s policy has been broadly supportive to periods where the work of CSOs was limited to some extent.  Globally, we are seeing a trend in the space for civil society being curbed and the same has been observed in Pakistan in the last few years. There is need to build awareness among various stakeholders on the importance and positive aspects of an active civil society.

DRI is seeking a national expert to develop a briefing paper and information material that will help raise awareness among parliamentarians and other stakeholders on Pakistan’s civil society.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on the role of civil society in Pakistan since 1947;
  • Collect data/success stories from various CSOs, including organisations working on human and women rights issues;
  • Consult with relevant stakeholders on the contents of the briefing paper;
  • Draft a briefing paper and information material based on the research done and data collected.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in social or political sciences, development studies, law, or other relevant fields;
  • At least 5 years of work experience within the development sector in the country;
  • Excellent understanding of civil society in general and the issues Pakistani civil society faces in the country;
  • In-depth knowledge of the political context of Pakistan, and experience of working with relevant stakeholders including policy makers, media, political leadership and Pakistani civil society;
  • Excellent writing and research skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu. Knowledge of local languages will be an asset.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, sample of your writing and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Pakistan: Civil Society Expert (National)” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Women are encouraged to apply! Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 24 September 2019. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

 

 

National Expert: Baseline/Midline/Endline Study (Pakistan)

Form of employment: Short-term consultancy

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: 45-50 days (20-25 days in 2019; 20-25 days in 2020)

Location: Islamabad/Pakistan, with travel to Lahore and Peshawar

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is currently recruiting a short-term national Baseline/Midline/Endline Study Expert for its country office in Islamabad, Pakistan. In collaboration with, and under supervision of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer you will conduct a baseline study in 2019 and a midline and endline study in 2020 for DRI’s German Federal Foreign Office funded project “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The Overall Objective of the Project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition in Pakistan, especially with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

As part of the project, DRI requires the services of a short-term consultant to collect data/information against indicators defined in the project logframe that will serve as a baseline for the project and will help the project in setting targets for project indicators and measuring progress against them. The consultant will also be required to collect data against the indicators for the midline and endline studies in 2020 to measure the level of achievement against the set targets. The consultant will be required to engage with key institutions including the Provincial Level Human Rights Bodies, the Provincial Assemblies, Political Parties, Civil Society Organisations etc in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provinces to:

  • assess the situation of institutions (Provincial level Human Rights Bodies and Parliament etc) in terms of their capacities to improve human rights advocacy and protection in Pakistan;
  • measure the awareness levels and technical knowledge among political stakeholders (parliamentarians, political parties etc.) and civil society on local government structures and reforms for effective decentralisation in Pakistan.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Design methodology of the study, including but not limited to the use of secondary data sources, the finalisation of the sample size, the development of the questionnaires for the focus group discussions, qualitative interviews and online surveys;
  • Revise the design, if necessary, for the midline and endline studies;
  • Collect data against the indicators at different levels of the logframe for the baseline in September/October 2019 as well as the midline and endline studies planned for February and end of 2020 respectively;
  • Develop a report based on the data collected from the provinces against the outcome and output indicators of the project;
  • Provide technical support and guidance to the project team for carrying out interviews and gathering information from different stakeholders in the future;
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in political science, development studies, project management, research methodology or other relevant fields;
  • At least 5 years of work experience with conducting baseline/midline/endline studies or evaluations for development projects in Pakistan;
  • Extensive experience of developing quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, data collection using participatory approaches and data analysis;
  • Proven track record of assessing capacities of institutions in Pakistan;
  • In-depth knowledge of the political context of the country;
  • Experience of working with relevant stakeholders which include the National Human Rights Bodies, the parliament and civil society of the country;
  • Good understanding of and experience in using project Logframes;
  • Good communication skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu, knowledge of Pashtu is an asset;
  • Report writing skills.

 

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “2019/06 National Expert: Baseline/Midline/Endline Study” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 18 September 2019. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

 

 

 

Request for Proposal: Social Media Communication & Campaign (Pakistan)

Read full request for proposal (RFP) document

1. Assignment Background

DRI is working on strategizing its social media presence around its three thematic areas of work including human rights, local governance and democratic discourse (shrinking space for the civil society). This will be done by developing specific social media campaigns and online knowledge products surrounding these topics to show how the issues gravitate over a period of time. The selected social media company/firm will provide strategic advice and support in the successful execution of online awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns. The company/firm will also be asked to produce online social media products to provide visibility to DRI’s activities in the field and strategize its presence online.

 

2. Description of the services required:

The selected bidder will provide professional services as per detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) attached as Annex-I.

 

3. Contents of this RFP Document:

The document consists of the following annexes and should be read in conjunction with any Addendum that may be issued by the DRI.

Annex I:             Terms of Reference

Annex II:            Proposer Information Form

Annex III:           Technical and Financial Evaluation Form

 

4. Amendment in Document:

At any time, prior to the deadline for submission of RFP document, DRI may amend the document by issuing addenda. Any addendum issued shall be part of the RFP document and shall be communicated to the participating firms in writing by DRI. To give prospective applicants reasonable time and not less than one week to take an addendum into account in preparing their RFP document, DRI may, at its discretion, extend the deadline for the submission of proposal.

 

5. Disclaimer:

The submission for this RFP document does not entail any commitment on the part of DRI, either financial or otherwise. DRI may cancel the process, any time, without assigning any reason.

 

6. Submission of Proposal:

Completed RFP document with original signed cover letter should be submitted via courier/ hand delivered, in a sealed envelope clearly marked with “RFP –Social Media Communication & Campaignto the following address:

Touseef Ahmad Jan

Logistic & Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575, 2310576

Email: [email protected]

 

 

7. Deadline for submission of RFP document:

Deadline for submission of RFP document is Wednesday, 18 September 2019 by 1500 Hrs. Submitted RFP will be reviewed on a rolling basis by DRI-PK Procurement Committee and early submissions are encouraged. RFP received after the deadline shall not be considered. Documents sent by e‐mail or facsimile shall not be accepted.

 

8. Proposal Evaluation and Award criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated according to Annex-III – Technical & Financial Evaluation Form and contract will be awarded on best value for money basis.

 

9. Operational language

All written communications for this proposal must be in English. 

 

10. Confidentiality:

Information and procedure relating to evaluation of RFP is confidential.

 

11. Notification of Award:

The successful bidder will be informed in writing that its proposal has been accepted.

 

The successful bidder will be informed in writing that its proposal has been accepted. For more details, read the full Request for Proposal (RFP)

Programme Director (Sri Lanka)

Programme Director (Sri Lanka)

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: Until August 2021, with the possibility of extension

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is operating in Sri Lanka since 2016 and has implemented various democratic strengthening projects with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). DRI has worked on the thematic areas of human rights, constitutions, and democratic discourse with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time Programme Director for its programmes in its Country Office in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

Your Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Director of Programmes in Berlin Head Office, you will be responsible for overseeing the entire portfolio of work of the DRI Sri Lanka Country Office. This includes programmes to support election processes, democratisation efforts, and ongoing political reform projects. It also entails the design, implementation and evaluation/reporting on DRI Sri Lanka projects, and the management of the DRI Sri Lanka office.

More specifically, the Programme Director will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Ensuring that the projects’ outputs and activities are responsive to the political and security context and project goals, as well as delivered in an effective, timely and efficient manner;
  • Identifying significant developments (political, security, etc.) and their impact on the projects’ activities or entry points for engagement;
  • Drafting, reviewing or contributing to reports, briefing papers and other knowledge products;
  • Developing a visibility, communications and outreach strategy for the projects;
  • Monitoring the implementation of the projects and proposing any modifications to the projects’ work plans; ensuring a continuous and effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning process throughout the project management cycle;
  • Ensuring that gender mainstreaming is applied throughout the project management cycle and within the country office;
  • Overseeing the recruitment and work undertaken by local and international experts;
  • Overseeing project budgets and financial reporting, in cooperation with the Finance Manager and DRI HQ Finance Unit, as well as ensuring that procurement is carried out in accordance with DRI standard practices and donor regulations;
  • Acting as Security Focal Point and ensuring the safety and security of all DRI operations and persons contractually affiliated to DRI;
  • Managing and supervising the DRI team and experts in Sri Lanka;
  • Ensuring effective coordination with and reporting to DRI’s Director of Programmes and other relevant staff at DRI Headquarters;
  • Ensuring effective coordination with project partners and donors;
  • Ensuring outreach and fundraising for additional project activities;
  • Providing advice and briefings to key stakeholders on relevant issues of democracy and governance (including elections, social media monitoring, local governance and political participation);
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

Your Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in, law, political or social science or a related field;
  • At least eight years of relevant professional experience managing projects related to democracy assistance, human rights or governance reform. Experience with international non-profit organisations is preferred;
  • Proven experience in supervising and managing staff; experience in heading a project office, ideally in Sri Lanka, is an asset;
  • Strong networks with relevant stakeholders in the governance field, preferably in Sri Lanka;
  • Sound knowledge of international democracy and human rights standards; experience in working with civil society is a distinct asset;
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • The ability to travel within Sri Lanka is a requirement;
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written is required; additional languages, including Sinhalese or Tamil, are considered an asset;
  • Strong outreach, presentation (written and oral) and donor liaison skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, managerial and communication skills, and a strong administrative track record, including proven leadership, staff and financial management;
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team.

 

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. DRI offers a competitive salary according to donor regulations and incumbent experience. Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

For interested applicants, please send your application (cover letter, CV and three references) to [email protected]. Please include “2019/05: Programme Director – Sri Lanka” in the subject line, refer to the source you have found this opportunity, and also inform us about your earliest possible starting date.

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2019. This position is contingent upon funding.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy

Associate – Programmes and Communication (Sri Lanka)

Associate – Programmes and Communication (Sri Lanka)

Form of Employment: Full-time position

Starting Date: 1 October 2019

Duration: 23 months (until 31 August 2021)

Location: Colombo / Sri Lanka, with possible travel to the provinces

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI Sri Lanka is implementing a democracy support programme with a focus on building the capacity of local civil society and political stakeholders in the areas of human rights, electoral reforms, and democratic discourse and social media.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time employee for the position of Associate – Programmes and Communication for its country office in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of DRI’s Programme Director in Sri Lanka and in close coordination with other team members and DRI HQ’s Communications Focal Point:

Programme support and administration:

  • Assist the team in the preparation, implementing and follow-up of all project activities including support to agendas, invitation letters, participant lists, evaluation and feedback forms, and reports;
  • Support in the development of event visibility and publication materials such as brochures, banners, briefing papers in collaboration with a graphic designer and DRI programmatic staff;
  • Support the work of short-term experts by taking care of logistical and other arrangements;
  • Keep administrative records of all project documents;
  • Provide administrative support to the Programme Officer Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in data collection and storing of M&E data;
  • Undertake research on democracy subjects relevant to DRI’s ongoing and potential future programming;
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 Communication:

  • Act as Focal Point for communication in the Sri Lanka Country Office;
  • Support HQ in drafting a DRI-wide Communications Strategy in line with DRI´s corporate identity and lead on its implementation in the Sri Lanka Country Office;
  • Assess the current status and usage of social media at DRI Sri Lanka and provide suggestions on how to improve it in coordination with DRI HQ; specifically identify target audiences in relation to certain project activities and draft strategies on how to effectively engage them to help increase DRI’s online visibility;
  • Draft and edit news pieces, website content, scripts for videos and create graphs, icons, and charts, if needed in collaboration with DRI’s designer;
  • In coordination with DRI HQ’s Communications Focal Point, manage DRI Sri Lanka’s social media channels by creating content on events and post it online;
  • Provide internal capacity building on Communications for DRI project colleagues as well as DRI’s project partners, if required;
  • Collate analytics and metrics on DRI Sri Lanka’s communications and submit quarterly analysis reports to HQ;
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in political or social science, international development, media studies, journalism or other relevant fields;
  • At least 2 year of work experience in the international development sector and/or communications related work;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing social media (facebook, twitter, instagram etc.) both with regards to strategy and implementation thereof;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Diligence, eye for details, and creativity in driving DRI’s online presence forward;
  • Understanding of challenges and opportunities in messaging human rights and democracy work is an asset;
  • Proficient IT skills and ability to create graphs, icons, charts etc. with various open source software;
  • Ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team and under pressure;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Sinhala and/or Tamil.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply! Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “2019/04: Associate – Programmes and Communication” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 12 September 2019. This position is contingent upon funding.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.