Research and Coordination Assistant - Sri Lankan Nationals Only

Location : Colombo, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :27-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months


In 2017, the Government of Sri Lanka renewed the commitment made in 2015, to implement a comprehensive transitional justice strategy, reflected on Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 (co-sponsored by Sri Lanka). In accordance, Sri Lanka’s Peacebuilding Priority Plan (PPP) was developed in close collaboration with the Government, civil society and development partners with the purpose of embedding sustainable peace. The PPP is also aligned with the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; specifically, with SDG 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. Under the overall guidance of the PPP, UN continues to extend support to the Government of Sri Lanka with innovative programming, operational design and implementation of priority actions identified in key policy frameworks and plans. To this end, UN also works in collaboration with government stakeholders to build capacity by providing integrated and high-quality technical support services.


It is in this context, UNDP (on behalf of UN) seeks to recruit a Research and Coordination Assistant to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen its research and coordination efforts around the commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka to further protect and promote human rights in Sri Lanka.



Under the direct guidance and supervision of the UN Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the consultant is expected to work daily in assisting coordination and research functions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, the consultant will report to the Peacebuilding Secretariat of the UN Resident Coordinators Office on updates on progress of assignment and performance goals.

Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Support the coordination of activities within the Division/Ministry, with priority focus on furthering the Government’s commitments to promote and protect human rights and reconciliation activities;
  2. Support effective coordination with the UN Peacebuilding Fund;
  3. Support the Ministry with work on legal reforms and human rights;
  4. Efficient coordination of relevant activities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with its partner institutions (Government, non-government, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka) and external partners to ensure effective documentation of meeting/discussion records;
  5. Provide research and analytical support to the Division/ Ministry on identified priorities relating to peacebuilding, human rights, legal and development issues in Sri Lanka;
  6. Facilitate inter-agency coordination to support implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan;
  7. Assist the timely preparation of high-quality briefing papers and reports required by the Ministry for the Universal Periodic Review, and mandatory Treaty Reporting for ICCPR, ICESCR, CEDAW, ICED, CRPD, CERD, CRC and CAT;
  8. Assist the (Government) Delegations to Treaty Bodies;
  9. High quality preparation of documentation (including correspondence) required by the Ministry;
  10. Undertake any other priority tasks assigned by the UN Division.



April 2019 – March 2020 (1 year)



Experience and competencies:

  • Minimum three (03) years previous relevant work experience the peacebuilding, human rights, humanitarian, or development sector;
  • Familiarity in working with Sri Lanka Public Sector;
  • Knowledge of Peacebuilding or related conflict sensitive approaches;
  • Knowledge and experience with UN and donors;
  • Good research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge in data collection and analysis.
  • Attention to detail, and strong planning and organisational skills;
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating high-level meetings and events;
  • Ability to deliver high quality products in a timely manner within tight deadlines;
  • Excellent written language skills in English;
  • Working knowledge of Sinhala/ Tamil is an advantage.


Required Skills and Experience


Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Law, International Relations, Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Sciences, or any other related field.



The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work;
  • Updated CV to include qualifications/competencies and relevant 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 Lump Sum Fee: LKR (______________________________________) / 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 Lump Sum 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 perdium and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.


For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for 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. 


Payment for Services

Payments will be based on satisfactory submission of monthly reports summarising the progress of the completion of key deliverables assigned by MFA. It is expected that these monthly reports are approved by Senior Director General- EU and Multilateral Treaties Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and counter signed by UNDP Project Manager.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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