Over the past decade, the end of the war combined with strong economic growth, has made Sri Lanka a development success story. At the same time, the complex political environment, the continued prevalence of conflict drivers, persistent and growing inequality, and the risk of climate change and natural disasters, threatens to reverse the country’s development trajectory and its people’s well-being. Incoherence in policy arising out of segmented initiatives for addressing governance and development issues in moving beyond conflict, has prevented achieving positive outcomes in peace, justice and institutions. This has ultimately had adverse consequences on the country’s ability to achieve its ambition of graduating to the next level of economic and social development.  

In response to this, UNDP Sri Lanka is currently developing her flagship program under the Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, for the period of 2018-2022. The programme’s underlying strategy is to strengthen the ability of key institutions to be able to deliver “people-centred” services, and to address governance deficits, as a contribution to sustainable peace and inclusive socio-economic development in Sri Lanka. Democratic governance extends to working with and through sub-national structures, re-positioning them so as to make for localized engagement in peace building and delivering on development outcomes. An integrated approach will promote democratic governance, thereby, enabling to address tensions in the social contract between state and society.

The Programme has 3 inter-related service lines: (1) Effective Parliament and oversight commissions; (2) Rule of law and access to justice; and (4) public sector modernization and local governance.

The Programme will pay special attention to traditionally excluded and vulnerable groups.  In the Sri Lankan context, UNDP regards particular groups of women, youth and ethnic minorities, those affected by human conflict, climate change and natural disasters, the urban and rural poor, the disabled, people living with communicable diseases, and those with these intersecting identities, as traditionally excluded and vulnerable groups, among other more issue and location specific groups.



The Consultant will support the UNDP country program team to formulate and develop concepts and proposals, as well as provide technical input for the design and implementation of projects relating to the governance and peacebuilding program portfolio. S/he will also be required to contribute the same towards ongoing initiatives that can be scaled up in keeping with national and regional priorities as well as trends. The Consultant will report to the Policy and Design Specialist (Governance and Reconciliation), and work closely with the governance and peace building program team.


Duties and Responsibilities


The Consultant’s responsibilities are to:

  • Develop and formulate concepts and proposals for UNDP’s governance and peacebuilding program portfolio, within the overall framework of UNDP’s Country Programme Document;
  • Collaborate with UNDP programme/project leads on governance, peace-building, environment, disaster resilience, etc., as relevant, to maximize synergies and identify new opportunities;
  • Provide technical inputs on design and implementation of governance and peacebuilding initiatives;
  • Support exploration of new opportunities for resource mobilization based on ongoing initiatives as well as national and regional priorities and trends;
  • Support the Country Office to strengthen knowledge, skills and competencies on areas relating to governance and peacebuilding.



  • Draft concept notes and proposals meeting the requirements of the UNDP country program on governance and peacebuilding;
  • Substantive technical inputs, as and when required, to project designs and implementation;
  • Participation/contribution at working level and strategic discussions on the governance and peacebuilding program portfolio.



The timeframe of the Consultancy is a maximum of 50 days over a period of 1 year, starting August 2018, with the possibility of extension.



The prospective Consultant should, as a minimum, have the following functional and technical Competencies:



  • An astute understanding of the Sri Lankan political economy context, administrative systems, government and its institutions at national and sub-national levels;
  • Experience designing and working on governance and peacebuilding programming with development partners, preferably including at national and international levels;
  • Demonstrable experience working on government capacity building initiatives, focusing on the area of governance and peacebuilding;
  • Considerable experience working with local level entities, both government as well as non-government; and
  • A demonstrable understanding of conflict sensitive programming and do-no-harm principles.


  • An ability to think of creative solutions to complex problems;
  • Demonstrable research and concept note/proposal writing skills;
  • Timely and quality completion of tasks;
  • Strong analytical skills, and an ability to distill key messages;
  • Demonstrated integrity;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.


  • Strong reputation of technical capacity amongst key stakeholders;
  • Good networks across Sri Lanka to be able to undertake required consultations;
  • Good team player who has ability to maintain good relationships;
  • Provides constructive and helpful inputs and feedback to the overall process;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with government and non-government actors at the highest levels.


  • Proven delivery of high quality results, in a timely manner;
  • Ability to plan own work and use time efficiently, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience



  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in political science, social sciences, law, public administration, development studies, peace studies or other relevant field.


  • 10 years of professional experience working in the development sector, including on developing concept notes/proposals related to governance and peacebuilding;
  • Strong familiarity with management and/or implementation of programs/projects in the Sri Lankan context;
  • Experience engaging with civil society on governance and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka;
  • Prior experience working within UNDP, nationally and/or internationally, would be an asset;
  • Experience working with government institutions in Sri Lanka would be an asset;  
  • Demonstrable experience working on government capacity building initiatives, focusing on the area of governance and peacebuilding;
  • Proven experience in policy analysis and formulation would be an asset.



  • Excellent written English language skills;
  • Fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil (Tri-lingual would be a great asset).


•    To apply please access UNDP Jobs site

The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position;
  • Updated CV and P11 to include qualifications/competencies and relevant past experience in similar projects and contact details of 3 professional referees who can certify your competencies, professionalism, quality of writing, presentation and overall suitability to this TOR;
  • Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on a combination of factors including cover letter, the credentials on offer and brief interview (optional) and the offer which gives the best value for money for the UNDP;
  • Please send the Financial Proposal separately to the following e-mail address:  stating the vacancy number/position in the subject line.



All Inclusive Daily Fee: LKR

Amount in words: (Rs)


Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Daily Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the Consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily perdiums and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.

For an Individual Contractor who is 62 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided.  Such medical examination costs must be factored in to the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA Contracts.



Payments will be based on the submission of written reports specifying the tasks accomplished and corresponding number of work days put in towards achieving the deliverables outlined above.