International Expert on civic space, fundamental freedoms and law

Title:  International Expert on civic space, fundamental freedoms and law

Starting Date:  December 2022 

Location: Remote

Contract duration: 15 days, between 12 Dec 2022-13 Jan 2023

DRI is currently recruiting a part time International Expert on civic space, fundamental freedoms, and law for its country office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The expert will work under the overall supervision of DRI’s Programme Manager in Sri Lanka and in coordination with a local expert. The objective of the position is to develop a Briefing Paper on existing legislative/administrative measures that undermine freedom of expression, association, and assembly in Sri Lanka and to provide recommendations to reform such measures. The expert is required to conduct online interviews with local stakeholders including DRI staff, local expert, and civil society activists.


• Design and develop a clear and detailed outline for the paper based on the scope provided and identify additional areas for research where needed;

• Conduct research, including comparative research, on all areas relevant to the briefing paper;

• Conduct interviews with key stakeholders in Sri Lanka as part of the research;

• Draft the briefing paper in the English language (20 – 30 pages, including infographics to highlight key messages and increase readability of the content), addressing all questions identified in the scope of research;

• With support of a local consultant, identify key messages of the paper and work with DRI Sri Lanka’s Communications Officer to translate technical information into reader-friendly content and graphics/visuals to be used in the paper and as part of the project’s advocacy campaign on social media;

• Adhere to DRI’s Style and formatting Guidelines in writing and formatting the document.


• University degree in law, political science, social sciences, humanities or a relevant discipline;

• At least 6 years of professional experience in civil society activism, democracy and human rights;

• Sound understanding of and ability to identify relevant international standards and best practices, fundamental freedoms, and civic space;

• Excellent analytical skills and ability to conceptualise policy formulation within the subject area;

• Demonstrated experience in legislative research;

• Sound understanding of the socio-political context of Sri Lanka. The previous position as a legal analyst/consultant on areas concerning civic space in Sri Lanka and active relationships with civil society in Sri Lanka would be an advantage;

• Excellent report writing and communication skills, including a comprehensive command of English language (spoken and written).

How to apply

If you are interested, please send us your CV and cover letter to the following e-mail address: [email protected]  by 29 November 2022. Please include “ International Expert on civic space, fundamental freedoms and law ” in the subject line.