VACANCIES

Vacancy: Senior Manager – Advocacy

About Us: 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, most recently on critiquing and refining the landmark Right to Information Act. TI has an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 90 Chapters worldwide.

Job Description: Overseeing all matters relating to Advocacy / Projects (outreach/Networking) Based in TISL Colombo Office. Requires frequent field visits.

The Senior Manager, Advocacy will be responsible for ensuring that advocacy outcomes are achieved, measured by the indicators agreed as per the work plan and will be responsible towards managing a team of core staff and report directly to the Executive Director.

Main areas of responsibility being as follows;
• Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of a large, complex communications campaign; works with various partners – civil society organizations, private sector, and affected communities -to implement the campaign.
• Develops strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize impact of promotional objectives; serves as a spokesperson/principal communications and advocacy liaison to media organizations, governmental bodies, national groups, private sector organizations, educational organizations, international organizations, etc.
• Takes the lead in organizing media outreach; arranges all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; provides talking points and other materials as needed for staff; responds to media inquiries quickly and effectively.
• Coordinates and directs public information to staff.
• Takes the lead in developing and implementing social media strategies.

Core Competencies:
• Demonstrable strategic commitment and sound judgment;
• Committed to Self-development, initiative-taking;
• coordinate as a team player and facilitating work;
• Facilitate and encourage open communication in the team;
• Strong media network;
• Assist TISL with other functions assigned by the Executive Director.
• Undertake field visits relating to the activities of the project or any other function assigned by the Executive Director.

A suitable candidate would ideally have;
• An undergraduate degree in a relevant field including, communication, journalism, social sciences, law or human rights.
• At least 6-8 years of relevant working experience in advocacy, public relations, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area, experience within a similar role in a civil society organization or business environment an asset.
• Excellent written and oral English communication skills. Fluency in one of the local languages (Sinhala / Tamil)
• Local or international experience in advocacy management.
• Ability to compile project materials and make presentations.
• Have networking experience with agencies and executive / senior management levels
• Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail
• The ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
• Strong analytical, training, communication, and team-building skills
• Flexibility in a changing environment
• Excellent leadership and management skills and be a team player

Applications should be sent by email to careers@tisrilanka.org
Application Closing Date – 18th February 2017
Commencement of Duties – Immediate
The remuneration package, including benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The initial post is expected to be on a full-time contract position for one year.

Vacancy: Legal Officer – Research

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, most recently on critiquing and refining the landmark Right to Information Act. TI has an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 90 Chapters worldwide.

A core element of TISL’s work includes the strengthening of anti-corruption mechanisms through research-based advocacy. Over the next year TISL will be focusing on 3 core pieces of legislation that have a strong bearing on preventing and fighting corruption, 1) the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) Act, 2) the Witnesses Protection Act, and 3) the National Audit Bill. Through a detailed study of the legislation, TISL aims to identify gaps and to present recommendations to the relevant authorities, advocating for stronger anti-corruption measures.
TISL is seeking a suitable candidate to support the above mentioned program as a Legal Officer – Research.

Scope of Work
• Conduct an in-depth study of three key anti-corruption legislations, identifying gaps and/or weaknesses. This includes:
In-depth study of:
1. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) Act
2. Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Act
3. The National Audit Bill
Provide comparative analysis of all 3 pieces of legislation with international best practice and/or similar legislation in neighbouring countries
Identify recommendations for strengthening of these 3 pieces of legislation to support anti-corruption mechanisms and practice in Sri Lanka
• Produce 3 policy briefs based on research findings
• Provide assistance and support to the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC), Colombo, as required by the Manager, ALAC

A suitable candidate would ideally have:
• Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
• 3 years of relevant work experience in legal research
• Sound knowledge of anti-corruption mechanisms and laws, in Sri Lanka and abroad
• Fluency in English and either Sinhala or Tamil
• Must be computer literate
• Committed to the values of Transparency International Sri Lanka

Duration of contract: 12 months

Applications should be sent by email to careers@tisrilanka.org
Application closing date – 12th February 2017
Commencement of Duties – Immediate

Vacancy: Program Officer Elections

About us: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is the local chapter of the global movement against corruption, committed to promoting good governance and eradicating corruption in Sri Lanka. The mission and purpose of TISL is to contribute in increasing the understanding of corruption, strengthening anti-corruption structures and processes and in upholding integrity. In envisioning a nation that upholds integrity, TISL’s goal is to support the collective effort of eradicating corruption in order to build a future Sri Lanka which is equitable, peaceful and just.

TISL is seeking a seeking suitable candidate to be a part of the team implementing the project titled “Ensuring Electoral Integrity in the Electoral Process through Independent Election Observation and Remedial Action”. This project focuses on enhancing the integrity of the electoral process in Sri Lanka through electoral reform and advocacy oriented initiatives while engaging in election monitoring activities when required.

The duration of the employment contract is 6 months and the project is supported by the European Delegation for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Selected candidates should be able to take up duties immediately. The position is based in Colombo with frequent travelling to all parts of Sri Lanka.

Scope of work
• Implement advocacy strategies to contribute to the ongoing electoral reform discussion.
• Conducting widespread voter education programs to raise awareness on electoral reform and electoral process in Sri Lanka.
• Implement election monitoring activities during the forthcoming local government elections.
• Design and implement capacity building program to enhance voter choice and the quality of candidates.

The Candidate should have
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Law or Human Rights from a recognized University.
• At least 3 years of experience in project implementation and / or project management.
• Keen interest and knowledge of the ongoing electoral reform dialogue.
• Experience in engaging in election monitoring activities locally or internationally will be an added advantage.
• Ability to draft reports, possess good presentation and communication skills and good at multi-tasking.
• Fluency in English and at least one of the local languages.
• Team spirit and the ability to work in a team environment but with minimum supervision.
• Ability and willingness to travel around the country.

Eligible individuals should send in their application to – careers@tisrilanka.org

RTI Programme Officer

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, most recently on critiquing and refining the landmark Right to Information Act. TI has an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 90 Chapters worldwide.

The passing of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in August this year marks 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 organization’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 months.

In order for the RTI to have a positive impact on governance practices in Sri Lanka, a multifaceted approach is required – including public awareness-raising, implementation-monitoring, capacity-building and advocacy on what RTI is, and how it can be used to the benefit of the individual and the public both at the national and local levels. To this end TISL has initiated several programmes across Sri Lanka.

TISL is seeking a suitable candidate to support the above mentioned programmes as an RTI Programme Officer based in Colombo supporting the overall RTI-related work of the organization.

Scope of Work
• Assist the management of the organization’s RTI-related programmes
• Mobilize citizens to utilize RTI
• Organize and conduct RTI trainings
• Establish and maintain strong relationships with national/local level public officials and CSO/CBO representatives
• Co-ordinate CSO/CBO coalitions on thematic issues in selected districts
• Assist RTI-related work of partner CSOs/CBOs in selected districts
Provide technical support to regional RTI hubs
• Design RTI related material
• Work with key RTI stakeholders in disseminating RTI knowledge.
• Liaise with relevant State and public officials regarding the implementation of the RTI Act
• Work towards the achievement of project objectives and results
• Assist content generation for www.RTIwatch.lk

A suitable candidate would ideally have:
• Undergraduate degree in a relevant field including social sciences, law or human rights.
• 3 years of work experience as a Programme Officer or in similar positions in the civil society sector
• General understanding of RTI related concepts.
• Committed to tracking RTI jurisprudence
• Networking skills with civil society and government counterparts.
• Experience in dealing with public issues and grievances with a civic minded attitude.
• Fluency in local languages with the ability to communicate in English.
• Must be computer literate.
• Committed to the values of Transparency International Sri Lanka.

Applications should be sent by email to careers@tisrilanka.org

Commencement of Duties – Immediate
Note: Please state the following in the subject line of the email – “RTI Programme Officer”

Manager – Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (Shelter for Integrity)

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, most recently on critiquing and refining the landmark Right to Information Act.

The Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC), locally known as Shelter for Integrity, is a legal advice center launched by TISL in 2012. The centers currently located in Colombo, Matara and Vavuniya, provide free legal support for victims and witnesses of corruption and implements advocacy oriented programs based on the nature of complaints received and the ongoing governance issues in the country.

TISL is seeking a suitable individual for the position of Manager – Advocacy and Legal Advice Center, to be responsible for its strategic direction and overall activity implementation. The position is based in Colombo.

Scope of Work
• Maintain and oversee the operations of Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers located in Colombo, Matara and Vavuniya.
• Provide legal support to victims and witnesses of corruption through the center and maintain a database of client and case information. Knowledge of land related issues an asset.
• Design and implement advocacy oriented activities to combat corruption based on the ALAC database and ongoing governance issues.
• Build and maintain strong relationships with actors working on corruption related issues.
• Liaise with civil society and State actors to develop advocacy goals and campaigns.
• Design and implement awareness raising and capacity building programs.
• Build and maintain a strong network of lawyers that can support the ALAC work.
• Initiate knowledge generation activities based on emerging issues.

A suitable candidate would ideally have:
• Bachelor’s degree in law and preferably be an attorney at law with experience of practicing in Sri Lanka
• Have project management expertise at a senior/middle management level
• Have experience on Project financial oversight
• Be able to generate required information, reports and related PR material
• 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 agencies and executive / senior management levels
• Sound understanding of the anti-corruption and governance discourse in Sri Lanka.

Applications should be sent by email to careers@tisrilanka.org
Commencement of Duties – Immediate

RTI Legal Officer – Colombo / Ratnapura

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, most recently on critiquing and refining the landmark Right to Information Act. TI has an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 90 Chapters worldwide.

The passing of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in August this year marks 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 months.

In order for the RTI to have a positive impact on governance practices in Sri Lanka, a key area that needs to be addressed is the lack of public awareness in terms of what RTI is, and how it can be used to the benefit of the individual and the public both at the national and local levels. To this end TISL has initiated a program titled Establishing awareness and ownership of RTI among the public in 5 districts of Sri Lanka.

TISL is seeking a suitable candidate to support the above mentioned program as a RTI Legal Officer based in either Colombo overseeing the field work in both the Colombo and Ratnapura districts.

Scope of Work
• Organize and conduct RTI related programs in the two districts.
• Establish and maintain strong relationships with local level public officials and CSO/CBO representatives.
• Mobilize citizens to utilize RTI.
• Provide technical support to regional RTI hubs.
• Assist citizens in compiling and submitting RTI requests as well as the appeal process.
• Design RTI related material.
• Work with key RTI stakeholders in disseminating RTI knowledge.
• Liaise with relevant State and public officials regarding the implementation of the RTI Act.
• Work towards the achievement of project objectives and results.

A suitable candidate would ideally have:
• Undergraduate degree in a relevant field including social sciences, law or human rights.
• 3 years of work experience as a Project Coordinator or in a similar positions in the civil society sector.
• Presence and networks in the relevant districts will be considered as an added advantage.
• General understanding of RTI related concepts.
• Ability to compile field reports.
• Networking skills with civil society and government counterparts.
• Experience in dealing with public issues and grievances with a civic minded attitude.
• Fluency in local languages with the ability to communicate in English.
• Must be computer literate.
• Committed to the values of Transparency International Sri Lanka.

Applications should be sent by email to careers@tisrilanka.org
Commencement of Duties – Immediate

Note: Please state in the subject line of the email the following – “RTI Legal Officer – Colombo / Ratnapura”

RTI Legal Officer – Matara

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, most recently on critiquing and refining the landmark Right to Information Act. TI has an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 90 Chapters worldwide.

The passing of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in August this year marks 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 months.

In order for the RTI to have a positive impact on governance practices in Sri Lanka, a key area that needs to be addressed is the lack of public awareness in terms of what RTI is, and how it can be used to the benefit of the individual and the public both at the national and local levels. To this end TISL has initiated a program titled Establishing awareness and ownership of RTI among the public in 5 districts of Sri Lanka.

TISL is seeking a suitable candidate to support the above mentioned program as a RTI Legal Officer based in Matara overseeing the field work in the district

Scope of Work
• Organize and conduct RTI related programs in the district.
• Establish and maintain strong relationships with local level public officials and CSO/CBO representatives.
• Mobilize citizens to utilize RTI.
• Provide technical support to regional RTI hubs.
• Assist citizens in compiling and submitting RTI requests as well as the appeal process.
• Design RTI related material.
• Work with key RTI stakeholders in disseminating RTI knowledge.
• Liaise with relevant State and public officials regarding the implementation of the RTI Act.
• Work towards the achievement of project objectives and results.

A suitable candidate would ideally have:
• Undergraduate degree in a relevant field including social sciences, law or human rights.
• 3 years of work experience as a Project Coordinator or in a similar positions in the civil society sector.
• Presence and networks in the relevant district will be considered as an added advantage.
• General understanding of RTI related concepts.
• Ability to compile field reports.
• Networking skills with civil society and government counterparts.
• Experience in dealing with public issues and grievances with a civic minded attitude.
• Fluency in local languages with the ability to communicate in English.
• Must be computer literate.
• Committed to the values of Transparency International Sri Lanka.

Applications should be sent by email to careers@tisrilanka.org
Commencement of Duties – Immediate

Note: Please state in the subject line of the email the following – “RTI Legal Officer – Matara”

RTI Legal Officer – Anuradhapura / Trincomalee

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, most recently on critiquing and refining the landmark Right to Information Act. TI has an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 90 Chapters worldwide.

The passing of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in August this year marks 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 months.

In order for the RTI to have a positive impact on governance practices in Sri Lanka, a key area that needs to be addressed is the lack of public awareness in terms of what RTI is, and how it can be used to the benefit of the individual and the public both at the national and local levels. To this end TISL has initiated a program titled Establishing awareness and ownership of RTI among the public in 5 districts of Sri Lanka.

TISL is seeking a suitable candidate to support the above mentioned program as a RTI Legal Officer based in Vavuniya overseeing the field work in both Anuradhapura and Trincomalee districts.

Scope of Work
• Organize and conduct RTI related programs in the two districts.
• Establish and maintain strong relationships with local level public officials and CSO/CBO representatives.
• Mobilize citizens to utilize RTI.
• Provide technical support to regional RTI hubs.
• Assist citizens in compiling and submitting RTI requests as well as the appeal process.
• Design RTI related material.
• Work with key RTI stakeholders in disseminating RTI knowledge.
• Liaise with relevant State and public officials regarding the implementation of the RTI Act.
• Work towards the achievement of project objectives and results.

A suitable candidate would ideally have:
• Undergraduate degree in a relevant field including social sciences, law or human rights.
• 3 years of work experience as a Project Coordinator or in a similar positions in the civil society sector.
• Presence and networks in the relevant districts will be considered as an added advantage.
• General understanding of RTI related concepts.
• Ability to compile field reports.
• Networking skills with civil society and government counterparts.
• Experience in dealing with public issues and grievances with a civic minded attitude.
• Fluency in local languages with the ability to communicate in English.
• Must be computer literate.
• Committed to the values of Transparency International Sri Lanka.

Applications should be sent by email to careers@tisrilanka.org
Commencement of Duties – Immediate

Note: Please state in the subject line of the email the following – “RTI Legal Officer – Anuradhapura / Trincomalee”