Programme Coordination Consultant

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th December, 2018

Job Description


UNDP Sri Lanka began its innovation work in 2014, which resulted in the first National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development held in 2016. The primary outcome of the Summit was to strengthen the foresight and innovation eco-system through the establishment of a Social Innovation Lab in the country. Following a scoping mission conducted by Pulse Lab Jakarta to gauge the readiness of the institutions and organizations for a Lab of this kind, and extensive deliberations with multiple partners and stakeholders on possible ways forward, Citra Social Innovation Lab was established as a joint cost-shared initiative between the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Research and UNDP.

Citra use foresight and innovation tools to prototype and test development solutions to ensure they are agile and holistic before nation-wide implementation. The Lab facilitates creating an environment that is conducive to looking at problems from different perspectives and delivers holistic and sustainable development solutions.

Since its inception, Citra Labs has worked with different ministries and have engaged and continues to engage with the various projects that are initiated by them. The Lab closely engages with the network of partners in order to bring value addition to the solutions that are being developed.

The Programme Coordination Consultant will be tasked with liaising and coordinating with the Different Ministries as well as the other partners who are engaged with Citra Labs, further developing the partnerships between them.


Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Innovation Focal Point, the Programme Coordination Consultant will be responsible for coordination between the Citra Lab and the Government partners.

  • Coordinate and liaise between the Citra Lab, Government partners, UNDP and development sector organizations who will work with the Lab;
  • When required, be based at partner ministry/department/organization to liaise and support the partnership with Citra Lab;
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders, government entities and departments, network partners, policy makers, and all other relevant parties as required;
  • Scope areas of opportunity and identify potential partnerships with Government entities;
  • Develop partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders involving youth, technology and innovation, both externally such as at universities and ICT associations, as well as internationally with different UNDP clusters, and the Government of Sri Lanka;
  • Assist in any and all other tasks as required for the operation of the Lab.

Duties and Responsibilities


The Organization will;

  • Ensure timely work is carried out in order to meet each target in accordance with the pre-planned timeline;
  • Be open to working collaboratively with the facilitators from the partnering organization and the Citra team to ensure the programme fits with the needs of the public sector in the country;
  • Work effectively with all relevant stakeholders and partners to create impactful and positive ways forward.

Expected Outcomes/Deliverables

  • Successfully liaise between Citra Social Innovation Lab and Government partners;
  • Identify potential areas of engagement for Citra within the Government and successfully support the coordination of such efforts;
  • Successfully represent Citra Lab within the based Government office/department;
  • Maintain notes and reports of meetings;
  • Managing projects and related specific activities within given constraints of time;
  • Conduct periodic and post-project reviews to ensure that the project is on track;
  • Coordinate functional perspectives from within and outside project teams;
  • Support with project related communications and advocacy efforts;
  • Ensure all project documentation is updated and conveyed to relevant stakeholders on time;
  • Enforce and develop integrated development plan representing appropriate level of detail;
  • Ensure risks have appropriate mitigation and contingency plans.


  • The Consultant will be contracted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sri Lanka on behalf of Citra Social Innovation Lab.
  • The Consultant should incorporate all related costs in their financial proposals.


  • The expected duration of the assignment is approximately 10 months from the time of entering into the Contract;
  • The target date of commencement of the work will be January 2019, with the expected date of full completion of the assignment being October 2019, making allowances for any un-envisaged challenges.




  • Familiar with the work of UNDP Sri Lanka;
  • Excellent coordination skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Good team player who has ability to maintain good relationships with UNDP and Government;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations, government ministries, and youth groups, as well as working in a team from a variety of cultures;
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills with experience in motivating cross-functional teams to meet ambitious project goals and timelines;
  • Direct experience supporting innovation processes and tasks;
  • Strong research, organizational, and networking skills;
  • Interested in social entrepreneurship, ideas and innovation;
  • Creative flair and originality;
  • High level of motivation, ability to show initiative and work independently without much supervision;
  • Ability to travel, occasionally to remote locations;
  • Prior experiences in developing strong partnerships and working relations with actors from various backgrounds.


Ability to engage effectively and build partnerships with government actors at the highest levels, and provide high quality advisory services and substantive input to all related activities.


Ability to facilitate the achievement of meaningful results, especially in terms of further developing the existing partnership between UNDP, Ministries as well as other network of partners.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Communications, International Development, Social Sciences or any related fields.


  • Minimum of three years of experience working in the public sector and working with other public-sector officials in various capacities;
  • Experience in event/project management, coordination and advocacy;
  • Experience in working in/with the Government, development partners and private sector;
  • Prior experience working in the UN system will be an advantage;
  • Experience is building strategic partnerships and networks with diverse actors.

Language: Excellent working knowledge of Sinhala and English language skills, especially in conducting meetings and facilitating workshops in both languages.


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