The United Nations Peacebuilding Programme was established by the UN Secretary General in 2006, following a request from the General Assembly and the Security Council. With the primary aim of preventing a relapse into conflict, the peacebuilding programme is providing fast, flexible and relevant funding to over 20 countries. In 2015 Sri Lanka began accessing the Peacebuilding Programme premised on the peacebuilding priority plan, which forms the framework for supporting strategic priorities to advance peace and reconciliation.
The Transitional Justice Specialist (project coordination) is expected to work in the UN Resident Coordinator Office under the supervision of the Senior Human Rights Advisor and with the peacebuilding implementing agencies to ensure the successful implementation of the transitional justice and human rights aspects of the peacebuilding projects.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The key functions of the Transitional Justice Specialist (project coordination), include:
Support the office of the UN Resident Coordinator and the Senior Human Rights Advisor
- Contribute to the overall effectiveness of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and the Office of the Senior Human Rights Advisor in Sri Lanka in the areas of transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation
- Lead the engagement with other UN partners and agencies in the design, management and implementation of projects related to human rights, transitional justice and reconciliation under the UN Peacebuilding Fund Programme and the Joint Programme for Peace (JPP). Under the guidance of the Senior Human Rights Advisor, and in coordination with the Peace and Development Advisor collaborate with relevant civil society partners in the design, management and implementation of projects related to human rights, transitional justice and reconciliation under the UN Peacebuilding Fund Programme and the JPP.
- In particular, contribute to the integration of a victim-centric approach and a gender perspective in transitional justice measures and projects under the UN Peacebuilding Fund Programme and the JPP.
Support the UN Country Team, UN Resident Coordinator and the RC office
- Contribute to the overall effectiveness of the UN in Sri Lanka in delivering in the areas of transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation, in particular through the UN Peacebuilding Programme and JPP.
- Support reporting and other programmatic requirements pursuant to the UN Peacebuilding Programme and JPP in the areas of transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation, including with donors and other partners.
- The achievement of the key results will positively impact the UN’s ability to support and influence the peacebuilding agenda in Sri Lanka, promote progress and key messages to partners.
- Demonstrates commitment to the UN’s Mission, Vision and values
- Understands the UN system reforms and UN agency reforms
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Knowledge Management and Learning
- Excellent communication skills in English (both Written and Oral)
- Excellent communication skills in Tamil (both Written and Oral)
- Strong organization skills and ability to work with little supervision
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning
- Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Advocates effectively
- Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies
- Excellent communication skills, excellent writing skills
- Ability to conceptualize issues and analyze data
Leadership and Self-Management
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Remains calm and in control under pressure
- Builds relationships with internal and external partners
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Required Skills and Experience:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in law, international development, social sciences, public administration or other relevant field with relevant experience on human rights, transitional justice or reconciliation (5 years).
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in law, international development, social sciences, public administration or other relevant field with relevant experience in human rights, transitional justice or reconciliation (7 years).
- Relevant experience at the national or international level in human rights, transitional justice, reconciliation
- Relevant experience in project management, including related to human rights, transitional justice, reconciliation
- Excellent English and Tamil language drafting and communications skills.
- Creative thinking
- Proven experience working with Government, civil society, international organizations and donors.
- Knowledge and sound understanding of peacebuilding and gender related issues is an asset.
- Excellent understanding of the local context.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Tamil, proficiency in Sinhala is an advantage