Parliament Specialist Jobs at UNDP Careers in Colombo, Western Province

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UNDP Careers company opens jobs for Parliament Specialist positions in the Western Province region. The type of work we provide is Full-time.

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Job Information

Company:UNDP Careers
Position:Parliament Specialist
Region:Western Province, Colombo - Western Province
Job Function:Other
Seniority Level:Mid-Senior level
Employment Type:Full-time
Industry:International Affairs

Job Description

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP has been supporting the Parliament of Sri Lanka for more than a decade. Building on results and partnerships, UNDP proposes to take forward its work to strengthen core functions of the Parliament – lawmaking, oversight, representation and budget approval/implementation – in collaboration with key parliamentary stakeholders including civil society organizations. This service line of the SDG 16 portfolio contributes to improved ability of the legislature to deliver people-centered services and enabling the public to effectively engage in parliamentary proceedings and processes. It also has a special focus on mainstreaming gender across all core functions and promoting youth participation in legislative processes. Whilst advancing public participation, representation and ownership in the development trajectory through robust civic engagement & social dialogue, ensuring the “leave-no-one-behind” agenda is incorporated, including language and disability mainstreaming is also a key priority.

The key outputs expected from this area of work are as follows:

  • Parliamentary development initiatives identified through consultative processes and Action Plans designed and implemented in coordination with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms established by the Parliament of Sri Lanka for parliamentary development initiatives coordinated and assisted.
  • Policy dialogue, policy adoption and implementation increased on parliamentary development initiatives.
  • The Parliament of Sri Lanka, state and non-state actors have increased access to progressive international principles, standards and good practices on parliamentary processes.
  • Technical needs met for parliamentary development , with an emphasis on public outreach and responsiveness to excluded and vulnerable groups including women, youth and Persons with Disabilities.

Against this backdrop, UNDP aims to recruit a Parliament Specialist to lead the design, and to provide substantive and technical advisory support towards the implementation of projects supporting the Parliament of Sri Lanka, while also providing technical input as and when required to the overall UNDP SDG16 portfolio. The role is also expected to liaise with all the development partners supporting parliamentary development initiatives.

The Parliament Specialist will work as part of a dynamic team, that will not only focus on the above-mentioned portfolio, but also support UNDP Sri Lanka’s overall Country Programme and in particular the SDG16 Portfolio. The Parliament Specialist will be responsible for the provision of high level technical advice and the coordination of support provided to the Parliament, its staff, MPs and committees, for the design of innovative interventions to achieve development results, provide technical advisory support, ensure quality documentation of data/knowledge generated, support to form creative partnerships, including joint programming and resource mobilization efforts and work in overall coordination with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Duties And Responsibilities

Day to day reporting to the Senior Technical Specialist for Pillar 1 and 4, and under the overall guidance of the Policy Specialist & Team Leader – Inclusive Governance and the Portfolio Coordinator – SDG 16. The Parliament Specialist will also liaise with other teams in UNDP and work closely with the Economist, Gender Adviser and the UN Reconciliation and Development Adviser.

Provide quality advisory support, facilitate knowledge sharing, analysis and outreach

  • Provide high quality technical advisory support to the design of activities and dedicated technical advisory support to the key partner institutions (i.e. Parliament of Sri Lanka, government, civil society, UN agencies and, where relevant, private sector etc).
  • Liaise with, and source technical support and policy advice from the UNDP HQ and Regional Hub, and other national and international technical and academic institutions/think tanks to further enhance the quality of the technical advisory support provided to partners.
  • Ensure synergies with/between UNDP portfolio/projects other areas of programming, to ensure strengthening the achievement of integrated results and promoting Sustainable Development.
  • Facilitate knowledge-building. Ensure that project lessons learned and best practices are documented and periodically shared to inform wider policies.
  • Analyze the country and world context, assess impact upon the thematic area of focus, and identify any issues that requires the attention of UN/UNDP leadership, and prepare succinct reports containing recommendations for course adjustments, for discussion.
  • Provide regular briefing to UNDP senior management on developments by the parliament, including the works of the committees and parliamentary sessions on the legislative agenda and major developments.
  • Participate in relevant events and networks related to the specific scope of work.

Provide advisory support for implementation and delivery of quality results

  • Support the Parliament of Sri Lanka in implementing its Parliamentary Development Action Plan (PDAP), including the provision of technical assistance, coordinating development partner support, supporting the PDAP Advisory Board, etc.
  • Provide technical advisory support for the implementation of the activities, enabling high quality delivery of outputs and results as per the portfolio/project documents and/or Project Board decisions.
  • Designing new project activities and other interventions. Prepare risk analyses, and ensure application of relevant principles relating to gender, conflict and environment as cross-cutting factors in every aspect of activity implementation and management.
  • Preparation of annual work plans and ensuring complementarity with other thematic areas of programming.
  • Provide input to high quality reporting, in a timely manner. Based on the M&E frameworks help develop and refine indicators, baselines and targets for the effective implementation of the project.
  • Provide high quality technical advisory support to analyze results and lessons learned and recommend strategies for future.

Advocacy, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization, which entails inter alia

  • Strengthen existing partnerships, while developing creative and new partnerships, including with UN Agencies, the Parliament of Sri Lanka, government institutions, development partners, civil society organizations, private sector, etc., with a view to achieving development results
  • Strengthen partnerships between the Parliament of Sri Lanka, government entities and civil society organizations.
  • Strengthen partnership and collaboration with other UN agencies.
  • Analyze and research related areas and prepare substantive briefs.


Core Competencies

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Direction and Strategy

  • System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
  • Partnership Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide network of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

2030 People Agenda

  • Gender Gender: Mainstreaminig

Business Management

  • Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Risk Management: Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.

2030 Agenda: Peace

Governance: Inclusion and Participation


Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development studies, social sciences, political science, law, economics, public administration, or other relevant areas is required. OR
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s Degree) in Law, Development Studies, Polictal Science, or other relevant field in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master´s degree.


  • Minimum 5 years of working experience (with master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) in related areas such as development, public administration, Law, Political Science, or other relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience working with institutions such as the Parliament would be an asset.
  • Experience in policy and programming support of governance /development processes an advantage;
  • Experience working with CSOs or consultation processes will be an asset.
  • Experience in development, governance, public administration, civil society or related sector will be an asset.
  • Experience in analysis of the political, social, and economic developments an asset.
  • Experience with UNDP/UN system or other development actor would be an advantage.

Required Languages

  • Fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil with excellent English communication skills.


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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