Temporary vacancy (2 years) at the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo - Political Adviser

The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo is currently looking for a Political Adviser who will mainly work with political, economic, good governance and human rights issues in Sri Lanka.

The key responsibilities of the political adviser position include:

  • Gather information and prepare high-quality reports on political, economic, human rights and development-related issues in Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, which is also covered by the Embassy
  • Manage project/program support on Good Governance (prepare decision documents and agreements, assess plans and progress/financial reports, participate in meetings, reviews, field visits etc.)
  • Attend relevant seminars, briefings and meetings
  • Draft reports and statements on policy and media issues
  • Monitor the Sri Lankan media (English, Sinhalese and Tamil) with references to Norway and Norwegian interests
  • Provide translations from Sinhalese and Tamil, when required. This includes drafting and circulating media releases and attending Government press briefings
  • Prepare visits from Norway

Qualifications required:

  • A university degree at minimum Master’s level, preferably in a relevant subject
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in Sinhalese and Tamil will be emphasized
  • Good analytical skills
  • At least five years of related work experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce high-quality work under pressure
  • A flexible approach and willingness to work out-of-hours, if and when required
  • Experience with programme management and development cooperation will be emphasized
  • A strong team spirit
  • Some domestic travel is required

The position will commence in early September 2018 and will be for a period of initially 2 years. Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview. Salaries and benefits are competitive on a national level, and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Applications should be submitted within 6 April 2018, to emb.colombo@mfa.no
Questions regarding the position can be directed to Monica Svenskerud at: monica.svenskerud@mfa.no