Finance Assistant – Sri Lanka

Form of Employment:         Full-time employment

Starting Date:                       As soon as possible / 1 September 2019

Duration:                               One year, with the possibility of extension

Location:                               Colombo, Sri Lanka  


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 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 Finance Assistant for its Country Office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In collaboration with, and under the supervision of the Project and Finance Manager, you will support financial and administrative tasks to ensure the delivery of high-quality activities including workshops, conferences, trainings with a variety of stakeholders.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Support the Finance Manager in routine matters in relation to financial activities and the administration of the project as well as the Country Office;
  • Update relevant financial reports with transactions and activities on a daily basis;
  • Check the accuracy of financial documents forwarded for payments in line with the DRI financial, administrative, procurement, travel and security policies;
  • Prepare vouchers, reconciliation of monthly financial reports, scanning of financial documentations etc.;
  • Process payments on a regular basis as well as support vendors / suppliers in creating strong documentation for DRI;
  • Attend to procurement of project items, office supplies, consumables and other maintenance activities as needed to ensure the delivery of project activities;
  • Provide logistical support to project team members with travel arrangements, including visa and tickets, hotel reservations, communication kits, and security arrangements.
  • Act as the main focal point for the administration of the office including tasks such as inventory management, asset management, facility repairs and maintenance and logistics;

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in accounting, commerce, economics or (project) management;
  • Prior experience as a finance assistant within a non-governmental organization;
  • Demonstrable experience with the financial, logistical, and administrative aspects of event coordination;
  • Understanding and experience of procurement, logistics and facility management;
  • Strong networking and communication skills and experience working with a range of stakeholders including government and civil society;
  • 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 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 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: 16 August 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

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