Programme Manager Sri Lanka

Legal Action Worldwide

Job Description

Programme Manager Sri Lanka

LAW is an independent, non-profit organization. LAW’s thematic area of focus is gender justice, particularly the needs of women and children as well as victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse. LAW’s approach is to empower national actors to drive the justice process and to work closely with Sri Lankan organisations. LAW Sri Lanka provides legal capacity building and technical assistance to justice institutions, legal academic institutions and lawyers.

Sri Lanka Programme

The Programme Manager will work closely with the senior management team to develop and deliver LAW projects in Sri Lanka, including coordination with government stakeholders, research, operations, advocacy, and partnerships.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional individual to work collaboratively with partners, institutions and stakeholders. The post holder will take the lead in implementation of activities to ensure the achievement of project objectives and the delivery of project outputs.

Position Description Reports to: Duration:

Operations Director 12 months – extension subject to funding

Direct Reports: x 5

Location: Hours:

Colombo, Sri Lanka Full-time, 40 hours per week

Role Overview and Responsibility:

The Programme Manager will manage the projects and donor grants ensuring that the programme is running smoothly and effectively in compliance with donor regulations, LAW’s policy and procedures and national legislation. The post holder will perform duties in accordance with the responsibilities outlined below:

Leadership and Programme Management

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key actors including relevant government departments, NGOs, partners and community groups in Sri Lanka**;**
  • Ensure projects are implemented in accordance with proposals, budgets, LAW policies and procedures and donor regulations;
  • Lead on risk management;
  • Lead and coordinate policy, research, legal advocacy efforts and identify programming opportunities;
  • Design and organize trainings, workshops, roundtables and other events for justice actors;
  • Oversee the projects, ensuring high quality programming and robust monitoring and evaluation methodologies and that learning is integrated into project design and development;
  • Develop and lead on LAW’s strategy work with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including monitoring and supporting the work of partners;
  • Design a national strategy for the operation and an action plan ensuring alignment with LAW’s global strategy and theory of change;
  • Build the capacity of partners, delivering technical assistance, monitoring, fundraising, M&E and security, safeguarding and other relevant skills;
  • Coordinate with LAW’s Senior Management Team, and other programme managers as needed.

Finance Management and Accountability

  • Develop a fundraising strategy to identify opportunities to ensure the sustainability and expansion of programmes;
  • Develop project proposals and fundraise for new programmes;
  • Prepare budgets and oversee programme expenditure, ensuring accurate projections of spend and implementation of expenditure plans;
  • Ensure timely and quality narrative reporting to donors and compliance with donor grant requirements and LAW policies and procedures;

Advocacy and Communications:

  • Develop an advocacy strategy and design products that can be shared with both internal and external stakeholders, based on evidence gathered from the programmes;
  • Develop the profile and visibility of the programme and represent LAW on national and regional platforms;
  • Establish networks with local NGOs, diplomatic missions and Government bodies and participate in coordination mechanisms at a national and regional level;
  • Coordinate high-level legal and project strategy, research and events;
  • Responsible for the website and social media content related to the programmes is up to-date and engaging with audiences;
  • Contribute to LAW’s advocacy tools, including factsheets and the LAW Annual Report;
  • Develop and implement a high-level advocacy strategy in line with global priorities that engages national and regional institutions and the international community.

People Management

  • Lead the Sri Lanka team effectively ensuring high calibre staff are recruited and retained;
  • Create an enabling environment for innovation and high performance, ensuring staff are appropriately supervised, develop work plans and engaged in training and development opportunities;
  • Manage network of technical experts and their consultancy agreements;
  • Ensure the Sri Lanka office is compliant with all relevant legal requirements relating to employment law as well as safety, security, health and safety regulations

Any other task relevant to the position as requested.

About You

  • A Masters degree in Law or Human Rights;
  • Qualified lawyer with demonstrated 5-10 years’ experience in international humanitarian law, human rights law, justice and accountability, criminal law, or refugee law;
  • Track record of working in humanitarian or development contexts;
  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role including; programme /project management, planning design, M&E, and budget management;
  • Experience representing vulnerable individuals is essential, with experience in cases of sexual and gender-based violence preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising for legal and protection projects in complex or conflict-affected environments and liaising with donors;
  • Proven management skills and experience to lead and motivate a geographically dispersed team;
  • Substantive knowledge and experience in implementing legal aid services, working with vulnerable communities and gender programming;
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing advocacy strategies;
  • Excellent written and oral required in English, also research and drafting skills;
  • Qualification or relevant PSEA Investigation training and/ or child protection training;
  • Ability to effectively manage individual and project workplan in a fast-paced environment and to effectively problem solve and troubleshoot;
  • Flexibility and ability to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects; ability to prioritise tasks, particularly under pressure, and to meet tight deadlines.

Preferred / desired requirements:

  • Experience advising government or judicial institutions;
  • Field experience working in South Asia;

How to Apply

The work is diverse and challenging but if you are an exceptional individual who can lead our programme with a strong track record of shaping strategy, fundraising and people management we would like to hear from you.

Deadline for applications: This position is on rolling basis – LAW will be scheduling interviews as the applications come in therefore, please apply in the first instance.

Start date: Immediate start

Child Safeguarding Statement

LAW will uphold the highest consideration for the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults. Policies are in place whereby all applicants will be required to undergo relevant vetting processes (which may include police criminal background checks, subject to local jurisdiction).When starting employment with LAW, staff members must sign a declaration stating there are no reasons or events that would render them unsuitable for the post and declaring any criminal conviction or ongoing criminal prosecutions against them.

LAW reserves the right to follow up on references with any previous employer to seek their considered views and opinion on the candidate’s suitability to be in contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. The successful applicant will only be offered a position subject to: (a) satisfactory and suitable references; (b) proof of qualifications; (c) relevant vetting/clearance procedures; and (d) proof of identification.

All staff joining LAW agree to familiarise themselves with the safeguarding policies and comply fully with its standards and the code of conduct. Staff are required to be vigilant and aware of potential risks to children and/or vulnerable adults. Staff are also responsible to report any suspected or known concerns and to participate fully in any safeguarding investigation if requested. Furthermore, staff are required to participate in annual trainings on safeguarding/child protection.

To learn more about LAW please visit our website:

How to apply

Please send an email with a CV and covering letter outlining how your skills and experience match the role (neither exceeding 2 pages of A4) in English to [email protected]. The subject of the application should read ‘Programme Manager Sri Lanka’.

Only shortlisted candidates who meet the person specification criteria will be invited for interviews.

At LAW we are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues, reflecting the people and communities that we represent and support. Our team includes many nationalities with diverse professional backgrounds, skills and knowledge. This enables us to deliver and understand the cultural and political contexts on the ground and to tailor our support effectively and appropriately. Women lawyers with experience representing at-risk clients are particularly encouraged to apply.

Noting that Closing date is 25-Jul-22