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Senior Technical Advisor - Sri Lanka

FHI 360

FHI 360

Sri Lanka
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The Senior Technical Advisor will provide overall technical guidance and leadership for project approaches and activity design, including the integration of cross-cutting principles. S/he will determine technical assistance plans and support grantees. S/he will oversee thematic technical advisors and build partnership with grantee organizations on technical methodologies. S/he will report directly to the COP and will manage a team of up to five technical advisors. This position is contingent upon funder award and approval. Local applicants (Sri Lankan nationals) are strongly preferred.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall technical guidance and leadership for integration of conflict-sensitive, people-to-people peacebuilding approaches to develop local actor competencies in social cohesion, reconciliation, and respect for human rights as core, cross-cutting principles throughout project activities
  • Provide technical leadership on and oversee social cohesion, socio-economic empowerment, and capacity development for community resilience activities
  • Manage a team of technical staff, including a supervisory role, as well as overseeing coordination with grants teams and partner organizations, and reviewing technical products for quality
  • Oversee GESSI Technical Advisor’s work on mainstreaming gender equality, safeguarding, and social inclusion
  • Guiding development of the research and learning agenda, including co-designing the methodology for determining research topics, leading the process of commissioning research, providing quality assurance on the research methodologies, and overseeing on their implementation
  • Coordinate relevant capacity development trainings and mentoring visits
  • Conduct monitoring visits to project sites, analyze and provide feedback to COP, stakeholders, and project partners
  • Serve as a member of the start-up team, being able to mobilize by Week 2 of the project
  • Serve as a member of the SCA Senior Management Team, communicating daily with the team and tracking project progress, discussing potential issues, and providing support to the team
  • Coordinate and liaise with other key external stakeholders, including other USAID implementing partners
  • Provide technical input related to civic engagement of marginalized and underserved groups, and vulnerable populations
  • Ensure that Do No Harm principles are integrated into program methodologies
  • Participate in the documentation and dissemination of project activities
  • Work with project staff to develop materials to promote the project and disseminate key project results in consultation with COP
  • Ensure conflict-sensitive implementation through regular activity reviews and adjustments as directed by the COP


  • Master's Degree in international development or a relevant field
  • At least 12 years of relevant experience in social cohesion work with a focus on empowering, inclusive approaches to organizing with groups, organizations, and communities for reconciliation, that were inclusive of gender and social inclusion and Do No Harm approaches
  • Experience supporting research on governance issues and social integration
  • Fluency in English, Sinhalese, and/or Tamil
  • Strong management, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Sri Lanka
  • Skills in working as a part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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