Governance, Peacebuilding, Conflict Sensitivity Advisor, USAID/Sri Lanka Media Support Program

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Location
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 20

Position description

IREX seeks qualified Governance, Peacebuilding, Conflict Sensitivity (GPCS) Advisor candidates for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded program to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to solidify recent advances in media freedom and democratic governance. The program will seek to enhance the professionalism of state and private media and expand access to information in Sri Lanka through assistance to local media support institutions, media outlets, and media professionals. The GPCS Advisor will be responsible for mainstreaming conflict and gender sensitive approaches across all project activities.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Provide analytical, strategic and technical support to ensure conflict sensitivity are integrated into the design and implementation of the program;
  • Identify opportunities to build confidence and mutual trust between national stakeholders, including government, community and civil society;
  • Review and advise on research proposals, drafts and briefs, and leading field work as assigned. Promote learning and knowledge management through documentation and knowledge sharing around best practices;
  • Provide conflict/gender-sensitive/peacebuilding media training to journalists and editors;
  • Work with Sri Lankan government stakeholders to constructively engage with media and civil society on conflict mitigation and peacebuilding issues;
  • Help media produce content on governance, reconciliation and peacebuilding issues that is unbiased and representative of diverse viewpoints;
  • Work with media and CSOs to produce content that highlights the voices and issues of marginalized and underrepresented groups;
  • Provide technical support, training and mentoring to local partners;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key government officials, other donors and implementers, civil society partners, program beneficiaries and media and information stakeholders;
  • Help draft project deliverables such as work plans, proposals, and reports for USAID;
  • Contribute to monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, international relations, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred;
  • At least seven (7) years’ experience working in media and civil society programming in post-conflict and reform environments;
  • Extensive experience applying conflict/gender-sensitive approaches to media programming and the use of media to advance peacebuilding;
  • Experience on USG-funded media projects, preferably in Southeast Asia;
  • Experience working with Sri Lankan media highly preferred;
  • Exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a proven track record of working effectively with media, civil society, and government counterparts;
  • Excellent spoken and written English.

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