Coordination Assistant - Resettlement

United Nations Development Programme, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th February, 2019

Job Description


Since May 2009, more than 350,000 displaced persons have returned to their places of origin voluntarily and permanently across North and East of Sri Lanka, while approximately, 38,579 IDPs living in North and East. In 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka pledged to release private land under High Security as well as Economic Zones. Since then the Government, through the Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Norther Development, Vocational Training, Skills Development and Youth Affairs (henceforth Ministry of Resettlement) have made considerable progress in assisting the return/relocation and integration of those affected in facilitating durable solutions and northern province development projects. Under the overall guidance of the PPP, UN continues to extend support to the Government of Sri Lanka with innovative programming, operational design and implementation of priority actions identified in key policy frameworks and plans. To this end, UN also works in collaboration with government stakeholders to build capacity by providing integrated and high-quality technical support services.

It is in this context, UNDP (on behalf of UN) seeks to recruit a Coordination Assistant to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Resettlement to strengthen its coordination efforts around resettlement and re-integration of conflict affected populations.


Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Norther Development, Vocational Training, Skills Development and the Presidential Task Force on Northern and Eastern Provinces Development; the consultant is expected to work daily in assisting coordination functions focusing on resettlement and related programmes. In addition, the consultant will report on updates on progress of assignment to the Peacebuilding Secretariat of the UN Resident Coordinators Office.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Support the formulation and preparation of key documentation including that of cabinet papers, policy briefs and project proposals;
  • Support and coordinate the work of the dedicated resettlement and rehabilitation team within the Ministry under the guidance of the Secretary;
  • Support the government led demining programme, land releases and other resettlement related interventions including the operationalisation of the policy on durable solutions;
  • Assist overall monitoring, evaluation and results-based management of the projects;
  • Support to ensure effective coordination between the Ministry, donors and development stakeholders including UN;
  • Undertake any other priority tasks assigned by the Ministry of Resettlement and Rehabilitation on programme and policy related assignments.

TIMEFRAME: Six months with the possibility of extension.


Experience and competencies:

  • Minimum two (02) years previous relevant work experience the peacebuilding, human rights, humanitarian, or development sector;
  • Familiarity with the resettlement/ relocation needs, policies and frameworks that guide work with displaced populations, i.e. IASC Durable Solutions Framework is an advantage;
  • Familiarity in working with Sri Lanka Public Sector;
  • Knowledge of Peacebuilding or related conflict sensitive approaches;
  • Knowledge and experience working with UN and donors;
  • Strong planning and organisational skills;
  • Good analytical and writing skills in English;
  • Ability to take up problem solving approach and dedication to tasks assigned;
  • Ability to deliver high quality products in a timely manner within tight deadlines;
  • Working knowledge of Sinhala/ Tamil is an advantage.

Required Skills and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Law, International Relations, Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Sciences, or any other related field.


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