Consultants with experience in alternative dispute resolution, MEL and community engagement are needed for an exciting new opportunity in Sri Lanka. 

Strengthening Effective Dispute Resolution (SEDR) will contribute to the EU’s Strengthening Transformation to Inclusive Democratic Engagement Action (STRIDE) initiative, working closely with World Bank and UNDP. 

The programme aims to:

a) enhance the effectiveness and availability of formal dispute mechanisms in Sri Lanka

b) develop preventative mechanisms that can reduce the prevalence of serious grievances requiring formal resolution

Our approach will blend capacity building assistance with measures to support a step change in attitudes and behaviours, fostering collective action across communal boundaries in the pursuit of common objectives. 

We are currently looking for a Team Leader as well as short term experts to contribute to specific activities. 

Applicants for the Team Leader should be able to demonstrate:

  •  At least 10 years’ proven strategic, advisory, and team leadership experience in justice, civil society and/or governance work, preferably in the South Asia region 
  • Experience of successful delivery of complex multi-annual donor funded governance programmes in Sri Lanka or comparable contexts in South Asia 
  • Strong awareness of the role of political economy for informing programming decisions 
  • Previous financial management responsibility for annual budgets in excess of £1m
  • Powerful communicator, influencer and advocate, with advanced skills in communicating complex issues in simple and concise language for multiple audiences, including government, politicians, media, civil society, the business community and international agencies. 
  • Experience of leading on strategic communications and advocacy approaches
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is essential, other relevant languages (e.g. Sinhalese, Tamil) are desirable

Other short term experts with experience of MEL, community engagement, and ADR are also invited to submit CVs for consideration for short term inputs. 

The programme team will be based in Colombo with regular travel to Northern, Eastern and Uva provinces. We expect the programme to start in summer 2019. The programme duration is four years. The programme is subject to final Ministerial approval, and roles, timings and other details are subject to change.  The appointment is also subject to the European Union signing of the Financing Agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka, and the subsequent signing of the contract between the British Council and European Union.   

If you wish to register your interest, please send a CV and a summary (maximum 500 words) of relevant experiences to by 5 May 2019 with title: EOI SEDR TEAM LEADER or EOI SEDR SHORT TERM as appropriate.