Centre for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR) is a non-profit educational institution attached to the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo that is in operation since 1991. Envisioned to create a nation with rights consciousness, in which dignity and rights of all the people are respected and celebrated, the CSHR is mandated to deliver Human Rights education and research using a multi-disciplinary approach to the university community and the wider general public.


CSHR is undertaking a project on Enhancing Legal Awareness of Public and Justice Sector Stakeholders in partnership with the UNDP Sri Lanka, and in collaboration with justice sector institutions. The project envisions a holistic approach to support the justice sector in Sri Lanka, to improve access to justice for all, and to improve the efficiency and quality of justice sector institutions, with a particular focus on providing free legal advice and awareness to the public across the country.


 Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the delivery of free legal advice and awareness across the country, by managing stakeholders and District Coordinators.

The Project Coordinator will support the implementation of project activities in a professional manner, in accordance with the project documents, guidelines and agreements made between the University of Colombo, the donor and other project stakeholders.

The Project Coordinator will ensure the effective and timely implementation of project activities, delivery of quality outputs, and achieve outcomes with maximum impact to project beneficiaries.

This is a 3-year project-based and full-time position that is based in Colombo with field work where required.

2. Duties

 1. Project management

a. Being responsible for the effective implementation of free legal advice activity and legal awareness across the country;
b. Plan the delivery of the hotline, legal advice clinics and legal awareness sessions
c. Developing frameworks and approval documents, and obtaining approvals from relevant university, donor and public sector institutions
d. Implementing legal advice and legal awareness sessions
e. Supporting the monitoring and evaluation of the project activities
f. Ensuring timely delivery of the project related reports to relevant persons including the donor as required;

2. Case management

a. Setting up standards for case management
b. Monitoring case management, and identifying issues and interventions needed

3. Stakeholder management

a. Liaising with relevant persons in justice sector institutions, other public institutions, civil society organizations, and the donor organization in relation to the project;b. Coordinating with resource persons to ensure their participation in the project;

4. Staff management/supervision

a. Supervise the delivery of legal advice and awareness by District Coordinators and student volunteers;

5. Financial management

a. Monitoring the expenditure of the relevant budget of the project and being responsible for payments made by you;

6. Office administration

a. Maintaining all files pertaining to the project;b. Carrying out all documentation relating to the project, such as correspondence, report writing, and translations where necessary;c. Taking due care in using all equipment belonging to the CSHR;d. Co-operating with all employees of the CSHR in realising its overall objectives and;
e. Attending to any other duties assigned by the Project Manager, Director and/or Deputy Director.
 All duties should be conducted respecting ethical standards in an equitable manner, respecting the dignity of all stakeholders.

Reporting structure
Line manager: Project Manager
Responsible for: District Coordinators and Student Volunteers

Working Relations
Director and Deputy Director, CSHR
Finance and Admin Team, CSHR
Legal Awareness Teams, Faculty of Law (CELP and LAU)

3. Qualification, Experience and Competencies

 Essential Criteria

  1.  Graduate of Law, Sociology or a related field from a recognized university
  2. Demonstrated 02 years of experience in case management, project management, and/or budget handling
  3. Demonstrated experience in supervising field-based projects
  4. Demonstrable skills in problem solving and teamwork
  5. Demonstrated commitment to human rights
  6. Willingness and availability to travel to project locations
  7. A high level of skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc)
  8. A high level of oral and written communication skills in English language, and one of the local languages (Sinhala or Tamil)

 Desirable Criteria

  1. Qualified Attorney-at-Law and relevant experience of court practice of 01 year
  2. Conversant in both national languages (Sinhala and Tamil)
  3. Demonstrated experience in working with the community
  4. Volunteering
  5. Existing relationships with community, community-based organizations, justice sector institutions, and civil society organizations

Closing date: 24th March 2023

Applicants must send their cover letter, CV and relevant supporting documents
1) via registered post to: Deputy Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, 94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo 03
2) email the same to deanoffice@law.cmb.ac.lk and deputydirector@cshr.cmb.ac.lk

Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.