VACANCIES

Program Manager – Right to Information (RTI)

Background
Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the leading global movement against corruption. TISL raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it. TISL also works on a range of governance issues, including critiquing and refining the landmark Right to Information Act. TI has a Secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 100 Chapters worldwide.

The passing of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in 2016 marked a significant step toward strengthening transparency and the fight against corruption in Sri Lanka. Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has been advocating for the adoption of right to information since the organisation’s inception, and with the passage of the Act, will continue to push for best practices in terms of implementation of RTI in the coming years.

TISL is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to oversee all program implementation related to the Right to Information as the Program Manager – RTI. The Program Manager will be responsible towards driving the RTI related work in the organization which includes creating awareness, facilitating RTI requests among the public and contributing to the jurisprudence of RTI in Sri Lanka.

Scope of Work
• Implement and oversee all RTI related programs
• Design, establish and oversee the operations of RTI hubs in selected districts
• Liaise with relevant State institutions regarding the implementation of the RTI Act, with emphasis on proactive disclosure
• Develop strategies to promote the right to information at a national level and preserve the integrity and the spirit of full disclosure
• Establish an RTI knowledge hub within TISL
• Work with key stakeholders in disseminating RTI knowledge
• Organize campaigns at the national and the local level to raise public awareness on RTI
• Manage the RTIwatch.lk trilingual web portal
• Liaise with civil society organizations and groups to promote the use of RTI
• Oversee the facilitation of client RTI requests and liaise with the RTI Commission and Ministry of Mass Media where necessary
• Work towards the achievement of organisation wide objectives and results related to RTI

A suitable candidate would ideally have:
• Undergraduate degree in a relevant field including social sciences, law or human rights
• 3 years of relevant work experience, including supervising a team
• Demonstrable knowledge of how RTI can be utilized and its corresponding challenges, with a strong understanding of governance related issues
• Comprehensive knowledge of the theories and concepts of right to information from other jurisdictions will be an added advantage
• A vision for developing a vibrant RTI jurisprudence
• Experience in conducting training exercises
• Ability to compile project reports and make presentations
• Networking skills with civil society and government counterparts
• Excellent written and oral English communication skills, with fluency in one of the local languages (Sinhala / Tamil)
• Computer literacy including familiarity with Microsoft Excel
• Commitment to inclusivity and diversity
• A thorough understanding of MEL processes
• Committed to the values of Integrity and Anti-Corruption

Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] referencing “Program Manager – RTI” in the subject line
Application closing date – Wednesday, 15th July 2019
Commencement of Duties – Immediate

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Program Officer – Open Government Partnership (OGP)

About Us: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the global movement against corruption. TISL raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it. TISL also engages in a range of governance related activities which includes the promotion of right to information (RTI), election monitoring and supporting the Open Government Partnership.

On 28th October 2015 Sri Lanka became the 68th member country of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative. The OGP requires that member countries develop National Action Plans (NAPs) through dialogue and the active engagement of government and civil society. TISL played a lead role in convening a coalition of civil society organizations for the development of Sri Lanka’s first and second National Action Plans (http://www.tisrilanka.org/ogp-sri-lankas-2nd-national-action-plan-2018-2020/). The implementation of the 2nd National Action Plan has commenced and will conclude in 2021.

TISL is seeking a suitable candidate for the position of Program Officer – OGP to lead and drive civil society efforts towards the full implementation of the OGP 2nd National Action Plan within TISL. The candidate will be offered a 12 month fixed term contact and will be based in Colombo with frequent travel to all parts of Sri Lanka. A keen understanding of how bureaucracy functions and experience in civil society coordination would be an added advantage.

Duties and responsibilities:
The Project Officer will be required to assist the Senior Manager Programs in the implementation of project activities which includes:
• Provide operational and coordination support for implementation of project activities
• Track the progress of the second National Action Plan through civil society and government networks.
• Gather data to update and maintain the OGP online tracker.
• Provide secretarial assistance in preparation of documents, guidelines and follow up
• Liaise and coordinate with relevant civil society organization for the implementation of the 2nd National Action Plan.
• Support the promotion of open government principles within the civil society sector.
• Support organization of consultations and meetings, including logistic assistance such as travel arrangement, hotel booking etc.
• Organize and systematize documentation and reference materials, including preparing abstracts of reports and maintaining proper record of important files including project specific documentation and minutes of the project meetings
• Prepare project reports and maintain relevant supporting documents
• Perform any other tasks assigned by the Senior Manager Programs and the Executive Director.

Qualifications:
• An Bachelors degree in Social Sciences, Law, or related field from a recognized university
• At least 3 years of experience in project management and coordination
• Experience in working with government officials and civil society networks
• Sound knowledge and experience in project financial management
• Ability to draft project reports and presentations
• Experience in supporting information technology-driven projects an advantage
• Fluency in English (written and spoken) and either Sinhala or Tamil required
• Ability to travel around the country required

Application Process: Please send a cover letter and an updated CV to [email protected]. The name of the position should be mentioned as the subject.
Application Deadline: 10th July 2019

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Program Assistant– Open Government Partnership (OGP)

About Us: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the global movement against corruption. TISL raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it. TISL also engages in a range of governance related activities which includes the promotion of right to information (RTI), election monitoring and supporting the Open Government Partnership.

On 28th October 2015 Sri Lanka became the 68th member country of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative. The OGP requires that member countries develop National Action Plans (NAPs) through dialogue and the active engagement of government and civil society. TISL played a lead role in convening a coalition of civil society organizations for the development of Sri Lanka’s first and second National Action Plans (http://www.tisrilanka.org/ogp-sri-lankas-2nd-national-action-plan-2018-2020/). The implementation of the 2nd National Action Plan has commenced and will conclude in 2021.

TISL is seeking a suitable candidate for the position of Program Assistant – OGP to support the activities related to full implementation of the OGP 2nd National Action Plan within TISL. The candidate will be offered a 12 month fixed term contact and will be based in Colombo with frequent travel to all parts of Sri Lanka.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Provide operational and coordination support for implementation of project activities
• Provide secretarial assistance in preparation of documents, guidelines and follow up
• Assist in collation and compilation of data and information from partner organizations
• Support organization of consultations and meetings, including logistic assistance such as travel arrangement, hotel booking etc.
• Organize and systematize documentation and reference materials, including preparing abstracts of reports and maintaining proper record of important files including project specific documentation and minutes of the project meetings
• Perform any other tasks assigned by the Project Officer – OGP.

Competencies:
• Ability to organize and prioritize work independently
• Experience in working in a civil society environment.
• Experience working with government officials and civil society networks
• Strong interpersonal skills including ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries
• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
• Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Qualifications:
• A Bachelors degree in Social Sciences, Law, or related field from a recognized university
• At least 3 years of experience in project management and coordination
• Sound knowledge and experience in project financial management
• Ability to draft project reports and presentations
• Experience in supporting information technology-driven projects an advantage
• Fluency in English (written and spoken) and either Sinhala or Tamil required
• Ability to travel around the country required

Application Process: Please send a cover letter and an updated CV to [email protected]. The name of the position should be mentioned as the subject.
Application Deadline: 10th July 2019

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Program Officer – Communication

About Us: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the global movement against corruption. TISL raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it. TISL also engages in a range of governance related activities which includes the promotion of right to information (RTI), election monitoring and supporting the Open Government Partnership.

Communicating to external stakeholders the range of anti-corruption activities conducted by TISL and the negative impact of corruption on society is crucial aspect TISL’s anti-corruption work. For this purpose, TISL is seeking an energetic and dynamic individual for the position of Program Officer – Communications to be responsible towards formulating messages and communicating to diverse stakeholders to achieve the vision and mission of TISL.

TISL is seeking an energetic and dynamic individual for the position of Program Officer – Communication to work as a part of the Communications Team. Candidates with proficiency in English, Sinhala and Tamil will have an added advantage.

Scope of work
• Take the lead in developing content for press releases, advertisements, articles, web posts and other communication tools.
• Manages all social media platforms and website with new content and regular updating.
• Manage implementation of communications, outreach and advocacy activities with TISL’s Communication Consultant.
• Takes the lead in organizing media outreach, press briefings, interviews etc.
• Manages the documentation of TISL related media articles, photographs, numbers related media reach (social media included), video etc.
• Report periodically to Management with corresponding evidence on progress made and activities conducted.
• Ensures all communication material is available in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
• Ability to draft project reports and make presentations when required.

A suitable candidate would ideally have:
• Bachelor’s degree in any discipline related social sciences with specialization in communications, media relations or similar subject matter.
• At least 2 years of experience communications in either the public, private or civil society sector.
• Be bilingual (fluent in English & a local language). Fluency in both Sinhala & Tamil would be an advantage.
• Must be computer literate
• Have networking experience with media agencies.
• Sound understanding of the anti-corruption and governance discourse in Sri Lanka.

Application Process: Please send a cover letter and an updated CV to [email protected]. The name of the position should be mentioned as the subject.
Application Deadline: 10th July 2019

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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (MEL Officer)

About Us: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the global movement against corruption. TISL raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it. TISL also engages in a range of governance related activities which includes the promotion of right to information (RTI), election monitoring and supporting the Open Government Partnership.

Capturing impact, best practices, lessons learnt and documenting the achievement of results and objectives is crucial to ensuring an organization is working towards it mission and vision. TISL is seeking an individual with competency in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks to oversee all matters related to MEL within the organization.. The MEL Officer will be responsible for the implementation of the MEL system and in ensuring that TISL operates as a learning organization prioritizing the achievement of its goals and objectives.

The candidate will be offered a 12 month fixed term contact and will be based in Colombo with frequent travel to all parts of Sri Lanka.

The areas of responsibility being as follows;
• Operationalize a MEL system based on TISL’s Strategic Plan.
• Develop and use appropriate information collecting tools for baselines, capturing results and impact assessments.
• Provide training and support to colleagues to implement the MEL system.
• Conduct regular visits to the field and other locations for MEL purposes.
• Compile success stories, best practices and lessons learnt for all programmatic areas.
• Assist in developing monitoring mechanisms and log frame analysis for project proposals.
• Track the achievement of results and outcomes as per the log frame analysis and TISL’s MEL framework.
• Monitoring successful completion of project milestones and ensuring donor requirements are met.
• Generate donor reports with the support and cooperation of assigned officers.
• Organize periodic program reviews and end of the project evaluations with the participation of an external evaluators as required.
• Revise log frame and develop indicators and milestones based on project activities as required.
• Conduct interviews and field visits with beneficiaries, target groups and other stakeholders to track project impact.
• Developing periodic reports to be submitted to the management for review.
• Preparation of TISL’s annual report.
• Maintaining photographic and video documentation of program activities.
• Ensuring program activities are complimentary to Goal 16 of Sustainable Development Goals.

The Candidate Should Ideally Have;
• An undergraduate degree in social sciences, law, human rights, development studies or any other relevant field.
• At least 2 years of experience in engaging in work related monitoring and evaluation and results based reporting in a non-profit organization or business environment.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the theories and concepts of governance and anti-corruption. Exposure to work related to governance will be an added advantage.
• Ability to compile project reports, possess good presentation and communication skills and good at multi-tasking is mandatory.
• Excellent written and oral English communication skills. Fluency in one of the local languages (Sinhala / Tamil)
• Must be computer literate
• Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail
• Flexibility in a changing environment
• Excellent management skills and be a team player

Application Process: Please send a cover letter and an updated CV to [email protected]. The name of the position should be mentioned as the subject.
Application Deadline: 10th July 2019

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