LEGAL ACTION WORLDWIDE (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 working in conflict-affected areas in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.


In Sri Lanka, LAW works on gender equality, sexual and gender-based violence and provides legal capacity building and technical assistance to justice institutions.


You will lead the Sri Lanka office working closely with senior management and partners to develop and strategies LAW’s programming in Sri Lanka. You will also create dialogue and coordinate with government stakeholders, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and gender experts.


Where? The position will be based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This position is full-time on a 12-month contract with the possibility of extension.


Salary: Competitive salary and rates apply.


You will coordinate with the senior management and will lead the country office to provide overall leadership and direction to the programme team as well as contribute towards LAWs global working groups on thematic issues.


Leadership and Programme Management:

  • Develop a national strategy for LAW’s programme in Sri Lanka including legal, research and advocacy programmes;
  • Lead LAW’s work with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including monitoring and supporting the work of partners;
  • Strengthen relationships with key actors including relevant government departments, NGOs, partners, academics grassroots-level organizations and community groups in Sri Lanka;
  • Represent LAW at all national, regional and international meetings and conferences;
  • 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;
  • Build the capacity of partners to deliver 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;
  • Lead on risk management.


Advocacy and Communications:

  • Develop an advocacy strategy based on evidence gathered from the programmes;
  • Develop the profile and visibility of the programme and represent LAW on national and regional platforms;
  • Coordinate high-level legal events.


People Management:

  • 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 a 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.


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.
  • Any other task relevant to the position as requested.


Required Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Qualified lawyer with at least five years of relevant experience;
  • Master’s degree in international human rights or criminal law preferred;
  • Substantive knowledge and experience in implementing legal aid services, working with vulnerable communities and those who have suffered from sexual and gender-based violence;
  • Experience working with justice institutions preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role preferred,
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising for legal and protection projects in complex environments and liaising with donors preferred;
  • Proven management skills and experience to lead and motivate a geographically dispersed team;
  • Excellent written and oral required in English, also research and drafting skills;
  • 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.


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 a rolling basis – LAW will be scheduling interviews as the applications come in therefore, please apply in the first instance.


Start date:                               Immediate start


Please submit your CV and covering letter outlining how your previous experience and skills match this role (neither exceeding 4 pages of A4) to: recruitment@legalactionworldwide.org. The heading of the application should read ‘Programme Manager (Head of Programme), 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 with experience representing at-risk clients are particularly encouraged to apply.


To learn more about LAW please visit our website: www.legalactionworldwide.org

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.

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