Election Expert on Women’s Political Representation (m/f/d) — Sri Lanka

Form of Employment: Short-term consultancy

Starting Date: 01 March 2021

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 also working in Sri Lanka on electoral reforms. Women’s political representation in the Sri Lankan Parliament, as well as in other elected political bodies, remains abysmally low. Despite being the majority of the electorate as well as the majority among registered voters, women’s voices remain absent from formal politics. Over the last 31 years (1989 – 2020) during which elections have been held under the proportional representation system, there has been no significant change in the percentage of women who are elected to parliament. In fact, the recent 2020 general election saw the lowest number of women entering parliament through preferential votes in the last two decades. As of the 1 January 2020, Sri Lanka ranked 182nd out of 191 counties in terms of percentages of women in Parliament.[1] The percentage of women who get elected is usually significantly lower than the percentage of female candidates who contest, suggesting that even the few women who do get nominated do not get elected.

In 2012, a mixed-member proportional system was introduced for local authorities elections, where 60% of candidates are elected through wards and the other 40% through proportional representation. A further amendment in 2017[2] brought in quotas for women, requiring that 10% of candidates nominated for the wards must be women and 50% of the candidates on the proportional representation list must be women. 25% of the members in local authorities are required to be women, and if this number is not met through the candidates elected through the wards, that percentage is made up by the proportional representation list.[3] However, there are certain loopholes in the law which can result in a situation where less than 25% of the seats in a particular authority are filled by women.[4] Apart from the law itself, other social, political, economic and cultural constraints exist, which limits women‘s political participation. These include traditional roles attributed to women, lack of support from family, male-dominated politics, challenges getting nominated since major political parties are reluctant to nominate women as they are not considered winnable candidates, perception of voters, lack of equal playing field in the absence of a campaign finance regulation among others.

In light of this, it is important to look at legal and other constraints impacting women’s representation in politics and suggest recommendations on steps that can be taken to increase women entering politics by looking at international best practices, particularly from similar jurisdictions.

DRI, therefore, requires the services of an Election Expert: Women’s Political Participation in Sri Lanka.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of DRI’s Director of Programmes in Berlin Head Office and the Country Representative (Sri Lanka). The Election Expert will perform tasks and deliverables which include the following:

  • Review existing provisions on women’s political participation in Sri Lanka;
  • Provide input towards improving legislation on women’s political participation in Sri Lanka in line with international standards;
  • Hold interviews with relevant stakeholders to inform the research;
  • Provide comparative examples / best practice cases for women’s political representation from other countries;
  • Synthesize information to outline the needs and shortcomings of women’s political representation in Sri Lanka against international standards and country examples;
  • Provide materials and analysis on women’s political representation, as required;
  • Draft an outline for an analytical paper on improving women’s political participation 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 infographics to illustrate the findings;
  • Draft recommendations for Sri Lankan stakeholders to drive the discussion on improving women’s political participation forward and improve the legal framework;
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

Your Education and Experience

  • University degree in law, gender, politics, social sciences, or any other relevant discipline;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in applied research and/or political analysis or international politics, particularly regarding women’s political participation, electoral reforms, and election observation;
  • Demonstrated expertise in analysing trends in relation to women’s political participation, including legislation and regulations;
  • In-depth understanding of elections and democracy issues in Sri Lanka and internationally;
  • Knowledge of international standards for democratic elections, especially related to women’s political participation;
  • Comparative expertise on women’s political representation internationally;
  • Demonstrated experience of writing high-quality research reports;
  • Excellent analytical skills and the 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 (short outline of how you would address this topic, CV and fee rate) to [email protected]. Please include “2021: Election Expert: Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka” in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2021.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 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

Elbestr. 28/29

12045 Berlin,

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.

[1]‘Women in Politics: 2020 (Map)’, Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women, 2020. Available at https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2020/women-in-politics-map-2020-en.pdf?la=en&vs=827

[2]Available at https://elections.gov.lk/web/wp-content/uploads/publication/acts/16-2017_E.pdf

[3]For a detailed explanation of the system see – Chulani Kodikara and Kumudini Samuel, ‘The Significance of the 25% Quota for Women in Local Government’, Groundviews, 7th February 2018. Available at https://groundviews.org/2018/02/07/the-significance-of-the-25-quota-for-women-in-local-government/

[4] ‘Women’s quota in local authority elections: Outcomes will fail the promise’, Verité Research, DailyFT, 9th February 2018. Available at http://www.ft.lk/opinion/Women-s-quota-in-local-authority-elections–Outcomes-will-fail-the-promise/14-649106

Social Media Coders (Sri Lanka)

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

Form of Employment: Consultancy

Starting Date: 2nd April 2020

Duration: April 2020 – August 2020

Location: DRI Sri Lanka Country Office in Colombo

    

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 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 (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 is launching the project “Strengthening Reconciliation in Sri Lanka by Supporting Regulatory Framework Reforms on Disinformation and Hate Speech Online and Monitoring Social Media” funded by the GIZ. Part of the project focuses on the analysis and discussion of online discourse on diversity and reconciliation around the 21st of April 2019 Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka, including countering/strengthening narratives.

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

Your Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Your Skills and Experience:

  • University degree 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;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team;

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “2020/03: Social Media Coders” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding.

Closing date for applications: 20th March 2020, 23:59 Colombo Time. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

 

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

DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

 

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 Analysts for Roster (Sri Lanka)

Position:                           Election Analysts for Roster (Sri Lanka)

Form of Employment:   Short-term consultancies as part of a roster

Starting Date:                  As soon as possible / as assigned

Duration:                          Multiple short-term deployments of an average of up to 15 days

Location:                          Homebased with extensive travel

Medium:                           Tamil

 

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.

 

DRI will engage with different stakeholders such as policy makers, political parties, media and civil society on the need of electoral reforms in light of international electoral standards and good practices. Under this DRI will launch a series of analyses, including on social media monitoring, and advocacy activities which include briefing papers on key electoral reform issues, events, social media campaigns etc. DRI’s work may include the topics of campaign finance, out-of-country voting, voting for persons with disabilities, and the registration of first-time voters.

DRI intends to develop a pool of electoral experts who will be placed on a roster and approached by DRI for specific assignments as required to support the project team in carrying out project activities on electoral reform issues.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Election Analyst works under the supervision of DRI’s Programme Director in Sri Lanka and takes on tasks and assignments on set project activities. In general, s/he will:

  • Conduct research on key electoral issues in Sri Lanka, including comparative research and good practices in electoral management;
  • Review existing electoral legislation related to specific electoral issues and outline reform proposals in line with international electoral standards;
  • Design, develop and/or contribute to briefing papers and short policy briefs on key electoral reform areas;
  • Develop and conduct trainings and briefing sessions on key electoral reform issues for policy makers, parliamentarians, ministers, and officials of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka as well as civil society groups;
  • Collect and collate data for case studies on specific election issues in Sri Lanka and from around the world;
  • Develop and refine key messages for inclusion in infographics and animated videos for a social media campaign on electoral reforms;
  • Participate in and steer debates and discussions organized as part of the social media campaign;
  • Perform any other task as required.

 

Qualifications & Experience:

  • University degree in law, political science social sciences, humanities or a relevant discipline;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in elections, governance and democracy;
  • Sound understanding of and ability to apply international electoral standards and best practices in elections and democratic governance;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to conceptualise policy formulation within the subject area;
  • Demonstrated experience in legislative research support and familiarity with the elections framework and case law in Sri Lanka;
  • Good familiarization with the Sri Lankan political context as well as legal framework. Previous position as legal analyst for national or international organizations is an advantage;
  • Excellent Tamil language skill as well as English (spoken and written);
  • Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to travel within Sri Lanka.

 

Deadline for applications: 10 February 2020

For interested applicants, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected] with “Roster: Election Analyst (Sri Lanka)” as the subject heading and supporting documents in the following format: SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_ELECTIONANALYST-TAMIL

The project might need experts immediately; hence 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.

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.

 

Election Analysts for Roster (Sri Lanka)

Position:                             Election Analysts for Roster (Sri Lanka)

Form of Employment:  Short-term consultancies as part of a roster

Starting Date:                   As soon as possible / as assigned

Duration:                           Multiple short-term deployments of an average of up to 15 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.

DRI will engage with different stakeholders such as policy makers, political parties, media and civil society on the need of electoral reforms in light of international electoral standards and good practices. Under this DRI will launch a series of analyses, including on social media monitoring, and advocacy activities which include briefing papers on key electoral reform issues, events, social media campaigns etc. DRI’s work may include the topics of campaign finance, out-of-country voting, voting for persons with disabilities, and the registration of first-time voters.

DRI intends to develop a pool of electoral experts who will be placed on a roster and approached by DRI for specific assignments as required to support the project team in carrying out project activities on electoral reform issues.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Election Analyst works under the supervision of DRI’s Programme Director in Sri Lanka and takes on tasks and assignments on set project activities. In general, s/he will:

  • Conduct research on key electoral issues in Sri Lanka, including comparative research and good practices in electoral management;
  • Review existing electoral legislation related to specific electoral issues and outline reform proposals in line with international electoral standards;
  • Design, develop and/or contribute to briefing papers and short policy briefs on key electoral reform areas;
  • Develop and conduct trainings and briefing sessions on key electoral reform issues for policy makers, parliamentarians, ministers, and officials of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka as well as civil society groups;
  • Collect and collate data for case studies on specific election issues in Sri Lanka and from around the world;
  • Develop and refine key messages for inclusion in infographics and animated videos for a social media campaign on electoral reforms;
  • Participate in and steer debates and discussions organized as part of the social media campaign;
  • Perform any other task as required.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • University degree in law, political science social sciences, humanities or a relevant discipline;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in elections, governance and democracy;
  • Sound understanding of and ability to apply international electoral standards and best practices in elections and democratic governance;
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to conceptualise policy formulation within the subject area;
  • Demonstrated experience in legislative research support and familiarity with the elections framework and case law in Sri Lanka;
  • Good familiarization with the Sri Lankan political context as well as legal framework. Previous position as legal analyst for national or international organizations is an advantage;
  • 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.

 

Deadline for applications: 9 January 2020

The project might need experts immediately; hence early applications are encouraged.

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

 

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.

Sri Lanka: DRI works with local partners to strengthen social media monitoring

DRI held a workshop on social media monitoring in Colombo on 3 and 4 December to strengthen how local partners monitor social media. The cooperation with the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) and People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) is a part of DRI’s efforts to prevent electoral violence in Sri Lanka by advancing electoral reforms and strengthening the integrity of public discourse.

The workshop included an overview of DRI’s methodology, examples of previous social media monitoring efforts, project objectives and relevant issues to monitor. The CMEV and PAFFREL identified key issues to monitor, such as governance, reconciliation and peace, as well as religious and ethnic issues. DRI also learnt from CMEV and PAFFREL’s experiences and challenges in observing Sri Lanka’s 2019 presidential elections.

Participants gained knowledge and skills that they will be able to apply directly in their own work during a coding exercise. The session concluded with a discussion on awareness-raising workshops for civil-society and grassroots actors on misinformation, hate speech and social media bias.

Following the workshop, DRI was invited to a roundtable meeting hosted by the European Union’s Election Observation Mission (EU EOM). DRI and the other stakeholders present exchanged views on the role of social media during Sri Lanka’s presidential elections. DRI, EU EOM and Hashtag Generation exchanged tools and methods used for observation and discussed methodological challenges around electoral observations online.

DRI’s social media monitoring in Sri Lanka aims to increase awareness and understanding of disinformation and hate speech online. DRI aims to achieve this by producing data-driven analyses on social media and by building momentum amongst key stakeholders to address the challenges posed by social media today.

Procurement and Logistics Assistant– Sri Lanka

Form of Employment:        Full-time employment

Starting Date:                         As soon as possible / 1 January 2020

Duration:                                 Seven months until 31 July 2020, with the possibility of extension

Location:                                    Colombo, Sri Lanka  

Application deadline:           29 December 2019

 

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 Procurement and Logistics Assistant for its Country Office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In collaboration with, and under the supervision of the Finance Manager, you will support procurement and logistics tasks to ensure DRI’s operations in Sri Lanka and the delivery of high-quality activities including workshops, conferences, trainings with a variety of stakeholders across the Island.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Support in conducting procurements based on DRI’s procurement policy and procedure, including requests for quotes, offer evaluations, offer purchase recommendations;
  • Participate in market assessments of suppliers and service providers;
  • Assist in drafting and updating a procurement plan according to the project budget and work plan;
  • Provide logistics assistance to the DRI local team and local experts to implement activities in Colombo and the provinces, including travel, accommodation arrangements, printing and design of documents;
  • Assist the team with receiving international experts and consultants by providing airport pick-ups and local travel arrangements, hotel reservations, communication kits, and security arrangements;
  • Liaise with the Communication Officer in the creation of posters, follow-up of the conceptualization and printing with the graphic designer of reports/leaflets/roll-ups etc;
  • Provide support to inventory and asset management making sure DRI equipment such as multi-media projectors, cameras, recorders, banners etc. are well stored and maintained at all times;
  • Ensure the proper organization of the workspace at the DRI Country Office;
  • Attend to purchases, maintenance and repairs issues at the DRI Country Office including office equipment, office supplies and consumables, insurance matters etc.;
  • Establish and manage relationships with suppliers and providers.

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in commerce, procurement, economics, logistics or (project) management;
  • Prior experience as a procurement and/or logistics assistant with a non-governmental organization working on the basis of donor regulations;
  • Understanding and demonstrable experience of procurement and logistics aspects of event coordination;
  • 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 and commitment to quality;
  • Ability to travel alone to provinces within Sri Lanka;
  • Strong proficiency in English, fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil;
  • 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 opportunity 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 “Procurement and Logistics Assistant – Sri Lanka” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 29 December 2019. 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.

 

Programme Associate – Sri Lanka

Form of Employment: Full-time position

Starting Date: 1 January 2020

Duration:   7 months, until 31 July 2020 with the possibility of extension

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 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 – including social media monitoring – with a focus on strengthening civil society in their work towards democratic reforms.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time employee for the position of Programme Associate for its country office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Under the supervision of DRI’s Programme Director in Sri Lanka and in close coordination with other team members and DRI Focal Points at Headquarters, your tasks will be two-fold in providing research and data processing/visualization support on social media monitoring as well as administrative support for the implementation of multiple projects on democracy strengthening in Sri Lanka.

 

 Your duties and responsibilities:

Research and data processing/visualization

  • Conduct desk research to identify organisations currently working on social media monitoring or more generally on disinformation and hate speech in Sri Lanka and their methodologies used, and keep track of their work;
  • Conduct ongoing desk research on the political situation in Sri Lanka and identify key political issues relevant for social media monitoring against project needs;
  • Support determining key words to analyse the public discourse around identified issues;
  • Assist in developing relevant categories for coding of user engagement in social media;
  • Support the coordination of local coders to provide deliverables on time and do random quality checks of the coded datasets;
  • Assist in producing visualizations of the analysed data to communicate key findings;
  • Proofread publications translated to Sinhala and/or Tamil.

Programme administration and support

  • 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 reviewing and editing of documents;
  • Support in the development of event visibility and publication materials such as brochures, banners, briefing papers in collaboration with a graphic designer;
  • Support the work of short-term experts by taking care of logistical arrangements, administrative and other tasks;
  • Keep administrative records of all project documents;
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

  

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in political or social science, international relations, development, media studies, ICT or other relevant fields;
  • At least 2 years of work experience in the international development sector and/or project related work;
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to translate findings into convincing language along with strong verbal communication skills;
  • Diligence, eye for details, and creativity supporting DRI’s programme implementation;
  • 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 “Programme Associate” 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: 29 December 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.

Handbook on GSP+ Scheme and Human and Labour Rights in Sri Lanka

DRI published this handbook in Sinhala and Tamil to raise awareness among trade union activists, trade unionists and civil society actors on the GSP+ scheme, its economic implications, and eligibility criteria – particularly the list of human rights and labour rights conventions countries must adhere to qualify for, and remain a part of, the scheme. These handbooks were distributed at awareness raising sessions held in the districts to promote CSO members to use GSP+ as a tool to hold government accountable to promote and protect human and labour rights.

Sri Lanka has been an EU GSP+ beneficiary since 2005. In 2009, for the first time, the EU decided to temporarily halt GSP+ benefits to Sri Lanka due to non-compliance with three conventions (ICCPR, CAT and CRC). In 2017 Sri Lanka was re-granted GSP+ status because of positive human rights developments. Official statistics demonstrate the positive impact the scheme has had on Sri Lanka’s economy since the country regained the status. You can find out more about GSP+ here.

 

 

This project is funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

DRI Annual Report 2018

Our Annual Report 2018 is out. It gives an overview of our activities and our organisational development.

In 2018 we continued our work on local governance, constitutions, human rights, rule of law and human rights. Social media monitoring during elections has become an important part of our activity across the countries we work in. Last year we worked with different actors, including government, civil society, election administration and universities.  We regularly consulted and engaged them in discussions to identify their needs and support them in their work to strengthen democracy.

Download the DRI Annual Report 2018

Read the 2018 annual audit report here.

More trade, more rights: how Sri Lankan civil society monitors GSP+ compliance

Sri Lanka benefits from better access to the EU market under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+), under which Sri Lankan companies can export goods with no custom duties to the EU. In return, the Sri Lankan government committed itself to better protect the human rights of its people in line with 27 international conventions. The EU will launch its next report on this compliance in January 2020. Sri Lankan civil society is naturally interested in Sri Lankans enjoying their rights and is preparing to contribute to the EU’s reporting. They will provide first-hand, grassroots information on the respect for these rights and their violations in the form of an alternative report and engage in conversation with Sri Lankan officials, politicians and others about the country’s compliance.

Bringing in technical know-how and comparative expertise, DRI has supported a network of 75 civil society representatives and activists representing all 25 districts in Sri Lanka to make most use of the opportunity to improve the lives of Sri Lankans by reporting on progress and shortcomings in the protection of their human and labour rights.

DRI organised two trainings for Sinhala and Tamil speaking groups on 12 January 2019 and on 11 February 2019 in Colombo to build the capacity of civil society to use GSP+ as a monitoring and advocacy tool. In particular, DRI helped honing participants’ understanding of relevant human and labour conventions, ways to monitor them on a local level through different data collection methods, ethical standards when collecting data and how they can effectively organise themselves based on a Monitoring and Reporting Plan that was jointly prepared during the workshops.

During the workshops, the civil society representatives and activists from across Sri Lanka exchanged on the key rights areas they want to monitor, including the neglected or unresolved issue of Sri Lankans working in the plantation sector who are seen to be deprived of the right to land, housing, and equal wages. One participant stressed the need to “raise awareness of the link between GSP+ and human and labour rights specifically among small scale producers and exporters as a strategy to influence the government to protect international human rights and labour standards”.

Following the workshop, the participants have reached out to local constituencies to discuss the human and labour rights situation in their communities and collect data on rights violations. Since March 2019, DRI continues supporting these groups through field visits and ongoing technical support.

This project is funded by the European Union.

Index of publications on Sri Lanka

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