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Project Officer – Sri Lanka

Diakonia is looking for a Project Officer as part of our Sri Lanka Country Office Team, who will coordinate a project funded by the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka with Diakonia as the Lead Applicant and two National Level Organisations as Co-Applicants.

Diakonia is a Swedish non-profit and non-political organisation for international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance, operating on feminist principles. We are looking to appoint a ‘Project Officer’ as part of our Sri Lanka Country Office Team, who will coordinate a project funded by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka with Diakonia as the Lead Applicant and two National Level Organisations as Co-Applicants.

The work implies travelling inside the country and occasionally abroad. The Project Officer and Finance and Administration Assistant will be part of a dynamic team and will be required to work according to, comply with, and uphold the principles, values, and policies of Diakonia and the EU.

  • Placement: Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
  • Employment Type: Fixed
  • Duration: Three years from commencement of employment
  • Start Date: March 2023
  • Positions Report to: The Country Director – Sri Lanka

Major Responsibilities

  • Coordinate programmatic and administrative support for planning, implementing, and managing project related activities within Diakonia to achieve the objectives of the project in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with and support the Co-Applicants of the project to plan, implement, and manage the project activities. Ensure regular follow-up of project activities with the Co-Applicants.
  • Coordinate with and support the Programme Officer at Diakonia to facilitate effective implementation of the project.
  • Ensure that the project is planned, implemented, and managed with special consideration for gender, environment, and conflict sensitivity, by Diakonia and the Co-Applicants.
  • Initiate and maintain partnerships with human rights defenders, civil society organisations, policy makers, and other stakeholders for project-related activities.
  • Organise, facilitate, and moderate discussions, symposiums, and policy dialogues with wide spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on the activities and outcome of the project conducted in accordance with rights-based approaches. Prepare project documents, reports, and evaluations as per requirements.
  • Collate information related to the project and ensure systematic information management and development of communication material.
  • Quality assurance of contractual obligations and compliances of Diakonia and the Co-Applicants.
  • Frequently undertake extensive field visits for monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
  • Coordinate procurement of services from potential consultants and service providers in line with relevant guidelines.
  • Any other relevant tasks assigned by the Programme Officer and Country Director.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent within any of the areas of Development Studies.
  • At least two years’ experience working with projects funded by the EU at NGOs and/or INGOs.
  • Hands-on experience in planning, implementing, monitoring, and overseeing national level projects.
  • Experience in working with human rights defenders, civil society actors, and policy makers.
  • Working knowledge and experience of gender justice, democratic principles, resilience and peace building, and civil society strengthening.
  • Experience in feminist principle based operations is an added value.


  • Good team player.
  • Fast learner.
  • Flexibility to adapt to change and work under dynamic conditions.
  • Excellent strategic and analytical ability.
  • Good interpersonal skills and attention to details.
  • Results-oriented approach to work.
  • Excellent command of English (written and spoken) and fluent in local languages (Sinhalese or Tamil).
  • Ability to address official and public gatherings with confidence in English and Sinhalese/Tamil.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Ability to drive an SUV within Colombo and outstation would be an added advantage.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and written examination. Employment will be subject to a probationary period and review.

Apply no later than February 12th.

Diakonia is an equal opportunity employer.

All Diakonia Representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of Child Abuse. In addition, it is Diakonia’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of Child Abuse.