Vacancy - Advisor/Senior Advisor, economic development and commercial cooperation

We are hiring

The Norwegian Embassy is looking for an Advisor/Senior Advisor who will work on economic and commercial cooperation with a special focus on business cooperation between Sri Lanka and Norway and the Maldives and Norway, blue economy and clean energy. The position will be included in the Programme Section in the Embassy, which is handling development assistance, private sector development and political and economic matters. Managing development grants will be a part of the job.

Key responsibilities:

  • Closely follow the commercial and economic development of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with particular reference to private sector.
  • Prepare high-quality reports on private sector development and economic-related issues in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
  • Manage development grants and projects related to private sector development, blue economy and clean energy (prepare decision documents and agreements, assess result framework, plans and progress/financial reports, participate in meetings, reviews, field visits etc.).
  • Draft statements and speeches related to economy-related issues, including blue economy, clean energy and other relevant topics.
  • Liaise with and advise Norwegian businesses engaged in, and interested in exploring investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
  • Liaise with and advise Sri Lankan businesses engaged in, and interested in exploring investment opportunities in Norway.
  • Contribute to and maintain networks with the business community in Sri Lanka.
  • Maintain contacts with relevant institutions in Norway promoting Norwegian investments abroad.
  • Assist in the preparation of visits from Norwegian businesses and contribute to the implementation of business events.
  • Attend relevant seminars, briefings and meetings.


Qualifications required:

  • A university degree at minimum Master’s level, preferably in a relevant subject/field
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Very good written and oral communication in Sinhalese and/or Tamil will be emphasized
  • Good analytical skills
  • At least a minimum of three years of related work experience
  • Ability to work under pressure and produce high-quality work quickly
  • Since the key responsibilities might change in light of the priorities of the Embassy it will be important with a flexible approach and a varied background
  • Willingness to work out-of-hours as required
  • Experiences with programme management and development cooperation will be emphasized
  • Good networking skills
  • A strong team spirit
  • Some domestic travel is required

The positions will commence in early September 2019. The first 6 months are on probation.  Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview. Salaries and benefits are competitive at national level and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The key responsibilities might change in light of the priorities of the Embassy.


Applications should be submitted within 7 July 2019, to
Questions regarding the position can be directed to Monica Svenskerud at: