Sri Lankan expert needed to conduct study on the death penalty

on 21 December 2021

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty is recruiting a Sri Lankan consultant to draft a preliminary study on risks, abolitionist civil society and their capacity building needs, people on death row with a focus on gender-based discrimination and the strategy to be pursued to prevent executions and move towards abolition of the death penalty in Sri Lanka.

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, an alliance of more than 160 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities, and unions, was created in Rome on 13 May 2002. The aim of the World Coalition is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty. Its ultimate objective is to obtain the universal abolition of the death penalty. The World Coalition gives a global dimension to the sometimes isolated action taken by its members on the ground. It complements their initiatives, while constantly respecting their independence.

Ojectives of this study

a) Identify national civil society actors campaigning against the resumption of executions in their country;
b) Analyze the risks related to the project;
c) Support the actors in their approach by carrying out a needs assessment as it relates to capacity building;
d) Map the situation of people sentenced to death in Sri Lanka with disaggregated data, when available
e) Draw a strategy to be pursued to prevent executions and move towards abolition of the death penalty in Sri Lanka

This study will be carried out on the basis of:

research carried out by the Author, with the assistance of the members of the World Coalition and the staff
individual interviews with international and national civil society organizations
questionnaires sent to civil society organizations in Sri Lanka

Implementation Timetable

End of January 2022: Meeting with the World Coalition Sri Lanka Working Group
February-March 2022: Research, interviews and questionnaires
1st April 2022: Validation of the study’s detailed plan
30 April 2022: Submission of the project’s study
15 May 2022: Comments from the World Coalition
31 May 2022: Submission of the final study
June 2022: Translation and publication

Working Conditions

Consultancy fees for the writing of the study of € 3,000.

Candidates’ Profile

Graduate degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law or political science with significant experience in project management;
An excellent understanding of the national context and of the civic space in Sri Lanka;
Proven professional experience in drafting studies of at least 5 years;
Previous experience in a human rights project in Sri Lanka would be highly valued;
A good competence in report writing and analytical skills;
Fluency in English and Sinhalese;

Candidates should be independent and transparent about any pre-existing relationship to political entities or civil society organizations within Sri Lanka.

Application Timeline

20 January 2022: Deadline for receipt of bids
20 – 25 January: Analysis of offers and selection of consultant

How to apply

The documents to be submitted are:
• CV
• A 3-page memo with proposed methodology for the study

Applications should be sent to recrutement [at] by 20 January 2022, midnight Paris time.

Terms of reference here.


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