Project Officer (Sri Lanka)

Position Title: Project Officer

Position Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Start Date: As soon as possible


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 implementing a two-year project to strengthen democratic consolidation in Sri Lanka by generating broad stakeholder participation in democratic reforms and contributing to the effective implementation of international human rights and labour conventions. Specifically, DRI is working to build awareness about the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) and contribute to a facts-based debate about the link between the trade concession and human rights.

Objective and Role

DRI is recruiting a Project Officer to join our Sri Lanka Country Office in Colombo. Under the overall supervision of the Country Representative, the Project Officer will support the delivery of high quality activities and events at national, regional, and local levels. These activities will include workshops, conferences, trainings and discussion sessions with a variety of participants from government, civil society, business, and international partners.

Duration and Location

The Project Officer will be based in Colombo with some travel to other provinces. The contract is a fixed term for 12 months with the possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the Programme Coordinator in the planning of activities in accordance with the project framework;
  • Coordinate day-to-day logistics for activities, including procurement and administrative tasks, in cooperation with the Finance and Administration team;
  • Support Monitoring and Evaluation, including the preparation of activity reports and the tracking of project outputs, ensuring that data is collected, filed and fed back to team members;
  • Monitor and conduct research on political/legal issues in Sri Lanka for project development;
  • Attend outward-facing meetings and build relationships with partners and relevant stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least three years of experience coordinating events and activities, such as workshops, conferences, trainings and discussion sessions, preferably as part of multi-stakeholder initiatives;
  • Demonstrable experience with the financial, logistical, and administrative aspects of event/activity coordination;
  • University degree in Law, Political Science, other social sciences, or a related discipline;
  • Understanding and experience of Monitoring and Evaluation methods;
  • Strong networking and communication skills and experience working with a range of stakeholders including government, business, civil society;
  • Excellent attention to detail and commitment to quality;
  • Ability to travel regularly in Sri Lanka;
  • Strong proficiency in English, fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil;
  • Understanding of political context and democratic reform process in Sri Lanka is desirable.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunity employer.

For interested applicants, please send your application (cover letter, CV and three references) to [email protected]. Please include “Project Officer (Sri Lanka)” in the subject line.

DRI offers a competitive salary according to donor regulations and incumbent experience.

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2017 (midnight CET). Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

DRI reserves the right to cancel or postpone the recruitment process at its own discretion without providing grounds for its decision or correspondence to that effect.

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