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: TISL is seeking a suitable candidate to oversee all matters relating to advocacy and lobbying within the programs and mandate of Transparency International Sri Lanka. This will include taking a lead role in executing activities related to communications, networking and outreach. The successful candidate will be based in Colombo with travel to the districts as and when required.

The Senior Manager – Advocacy will be responsible for designing and implementing advocacy strategies to promote values of anti-corruption, transparency and accountability among the public and private sector and the citizenry. He/She will report directly to the Executive Director and will manage a team of core staff members while giving advocacy input to all programs.

Main areas of responsibility being as follows;
• Takes the lead in strategizing, planning, development and implementation of national level advocacy campaigns; 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:
• Sound understanding and knowledge of values and principles of good governance.
• 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 – 27th March 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 basis for one year.

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
Application closing date: 23rd March 2017
Note: Please state in the subject line of the email the following – “RTI Legal Officer – Matara”
Those who applied to our previous vacancy, need not re-apply.

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 selected candidate will be primarily working on election monitoring related activities.

The duration of the employment contract is 4 months. 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
• Plan and implement election monitoring related activities
• Conducting widespread voter education programs to raise awareness on electoral reform and electoral process in Sri Lanka.
• 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.
• Keen interest and knowledge of the ongoing electoral reform dialogue.
• Experience in engaging in election monitoring activities locally or internationally is essential.
• 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 with election experience should send their application to – careers@tisrilanka.org
Applications closing date – 10th March 2017

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