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



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


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