Strategic Management Adviser (m/f/d) – Sri Lanka

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: 6 months until August 2021

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka or 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 projects to strengthen democratic processes 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 Strategic Management Adviser for its Country Office in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Your Tasks:

Under the overall supervision of the Director of Programmes in Berlin Head Office and in close cooperation with the Programme Director in Sri Lanka, you will provide advice and support on the planning and implementation of programme activities, including on adherence to the requirements of the grant giver and DRI and regular reporting to DRI HQ in Berlin on project implementation and the political context. The Strategic Management Adviser will also ensure fundraising and the strategic development and consolidation of DRI’s programme in Sri Lanka, including the finalisation of a Country Programme Strategy. You will support and advise on the management of the DRI Sri Lanka office, including its set up, performance appraisal system and financial management.

More specifically, the Strategic Management Adviser will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Based on DRI’s global strategy develop, review and implement a country-specific strategy for DRI Sri Lanka, including a short-term, mid-term and long-term focus;
  • Explore potential partnerships for DRI and ensure outreach and fundraising for project activities by engaging with donors to identify further funding opportunities;
  • Lead on the design of project proposals together with the Programme Director that meet donor guidelines and develop expressions of interest, concept notes and project proposals, considering DRI’s global and country strategy and donor requirements;
  • Advise on project implementation to ensure that project outputs and activities are responsive to the political and security context and project goals and delivered effectively, efficiently and timely;
  • Support and advise on the establishment and maintenance of strong working relationships with local project partners and stakeholders;
  • Draft, review and contribute to reports, briefing papers and other knowledge resources of the projects and of DRI Sri Lanka;
  • Advise and support the development of a visibility and outreach strategy for the projects;
  • Advise on implementation of DRI’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) strategy as well as gender and diversity mainstreaming in the implementation of projects and within the country office;
  • Advise on day-to-day management and leadership (including staff development, capacity building and mentoring) of DRI Sri Lanka office and staff
  • Ensure capacity-building of staff in fulfilling their function, including ongoing mentoring;
  • Contribute to effective coordination between DRI Sri Lanka and DRI HQ, especially with regards to reporting to DRI’s Director of Programmes or their assigned representative.


Your Skills and Experience:

  • At least eight years of relevant professional experience in providing strategic advice and leadership on organisational management, programme development and resource mobilisation, including fundraising;
  • Strong outreach, presentation (written and oral) and donor liaison skills;
  • Experience in working on or managing projects related to democracy assistance, human rights or governance reform is preferred.
  • 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);
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written is required; additional languages, including Sinhalese or Tamil, are considered an asset;
  • 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.


What We Offer:

DRI offers you flexible working hours, travel health insurance, training options, and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team. Moreover, DRI offers a competitive salary according to donor regulations and incumbent experience.


How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (cover letter, CV and three references) here. This position is subject to funding.

Closing date for applications: 14 February 2021. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.


Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28 / 29

12045 Berlin, Germany

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