Service Contract: Project Assistant, Reproductive Health and SGBV, Colombo, Sri Lanka, SB2

  • Level: SB2
  • Contract Type: Service Contract
  • Closing date: 05 Aug 2019 07:30 AM (Asia/Colombo)
  • Duty station: Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Position:

The Project Assistant coordinates and supports all relevant activities in the project to improve equal access to accurate information and services on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) for all women and young people to dispel myths and misconceptions and promote peaceful co-existence between communities. The project will function at multiple levels, with some activities operating at the national level and some at the provincial level targeting 4 provinces - North, East, South and Central.

You will report directly to the Project Manager of the Japanese government funded project in UNFPA Sri Lanka.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

The UNFPA 2018-2022 country programme contributes to the equitable enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights by all Sri Lankans, particularly among vulnerable women and young people, and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda. Within the classification of a middle-income country, UNFPA Country Office in Sri Lanka is engaged in policy advocacy and dialogue backed by evidence.  

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.

When women and girls live a life free from violence, they can fully realize and exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights. When young people have access to accurate information and services on sexual and reproductive health, they can make informed decisions about their bodies and lives. When population dynamics, shaped by people’s sexual and reproductive health and choices, are used to inform policies, we can reach those furthest behind.

UNFPA Sri Lanka, with a grant in aid from the Government of Japan, will implement a three-year project to improve access to youth friendly SRH information and services, as well as promote SRHR of young people and women at the National level and the Provincial level targeting North, East, South and Central Provinces. This is an initiative between Japan and Sri Lanka for further implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the project assistant works as part of the project team as well as in close collaboration with the Programme Analysts on SRHR, Women’s Rights & Gender, and Strategic Communications & Advocacy to ensure smooth implementation of the project. The project assistant also works closely with UNFPA’s operations team to ensure smooth function of all activities according to UNFPA guidelines.


Qualifications and Experience


Completed Advanced Level Education required. First level university degree in Business, Public Administration, Social studies or similar discipline desirable.

Knowledge and Experience:

Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in administration, in programme/ project in the public or development.

Proficiency in current office software applications, web-based management and ERP financial systems.

Prior experience in working with government authorities and civil society organisations.

Prior experience in working with UN agencies is an asset.


Full proficiency in English (including excellent writing and communication skills), and Sinhala or Tamil is required.

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