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National Consultant to Assess Training Needs of All Staff Categories of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCL)

Colombo (Sri Lanka)



Following many changes in context in Sri Lanka since 2015, and the universal commitment made in September 2015 to ensure the achievement of sustainable development by 2030, UNDP embarked on a process of re-defining the alignment and strengthening the design of its access to justice/ rule of law, human rights, Parliamentary support and peacebuilding portfolio.

UNDP from 2017 will support Sri Lanka with innovative programmatic and operational design and implementation of priority actions identified in key policy frameworks and plans. To this end, UNDP will work in collaboration with several stakeholders, including government, semi-government, civil society, private sector, UN agency and development partners and through increased engagement with the people of Sri Lanka, on the above mentioned inter-linked and complementary thematic areas of focus, to provide integrated and high quality technical advisory and support services.

Against the above-mentioned backdrop, UNDP Sri Lanka seeks to recruit a Consultant  to assist in its support to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCL).


The objective of this assignment is to assess the training needs of all categories of staff of the different divisions of the HRCSL (administration, inquiry and investigation, education, research & monitoring and media & communications) in order to strengthen the HRCSL’s ability to provide effective and efficient service to the public.

Duties and Responsibilities


The consultant shall be expected to;

i. Review organogram, existing laws, rules, regulations and other documentation applicable to the functions of the HRCL and obtain a thorough understanding of the tasks carried out by the HRCL;

ii. Conduct local analysis of existing capacity and training curricula;

iii. Conduct interviews with local staff/senior management to identify existing training gaps and desired capacities to be included in the HRCL training curricula;

iv. Liaise with officers involved in development of automated case management system to identify training needs to strengthen staff capacity and enable efficient and effective use of the system;

v. Make necessary arrangements on his/her own to visit 10 Regional Offices of the HRCL to understand operational mechanism at regional level;

vi. Carryout a close analysis of roles and functions of staff (task analysis/operational analysis) and propose training requirements and desired capacity development for respective staff.

Expected Output/Deliverables

The following deliverables and outputs are expected from the Consultant:

1. Analysis of local capacity and current HRCL training activities and curriculum - based on interviews with staff at Colombo and Regional level;

2. Identification of existing gaps in training after gaining a thorough understanding of the role and work processes/functions of the Commission;

3. Proposition of required training plan for each staff category aligned with expected outcomes and recommendations where appropriate;

4. Present the draft report (including the above 1- 3) to the HRCL for review and feedback;

5. Incorporate any suggestions made by the HRCL into the report and finalize report with definite recommendations for training of respective officer categories;

6. Present the finalized report to the HRCL.


  • Starting on 13th of September – 13th December 2017.  The final report shall be presented to the HRC prior to one week of contract expiration.



  • The consultants will be identified based on relevant experience in a similar prior capacity of work, analytical skills and educational qualifications and familiarity with the work, scope and legal mandate of the HRCL;
  • 7-10 years of experience in similar assignments;
  • Previous experience in working with the UN is preferred;
  • Fluency in English and Sinhala/Tamil both oral and written, is a necessary requirement.


a  Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge on mandate of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Human Rights and related issues and analytical knowledge in the area of training and capacity building needs;

b.  Partnerships

  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior members of national institutions;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent coordination skills and result oriented collaboration with colleagues.

c.  Results

  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Good team player who has ability to maintain good relationships.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters degree in Human Rights or a Masters degree in Law Social Sciences or Development Studies with strong practical knowledge of Human Rights; a combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the Masters degree;
  • Experience in training needs assessment of similar nature along with the above qualifications will be an added advantage.


The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work;
  • Updated CV to include qualifications/competencies and relevant past experience in similar projects and contact details of 3 professional referees who can certify your competencies, professionalism, quality of writing, presentation and overall suitability to this TOR;
  • Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a combimation of factors including cover letter, the credentials on offer and brief interview (optional) and the offer which gives the best value for money for the UNDP;
  • Please send the Financial Proposal separately to the following e-mail address:  stating the vacancy number/position  in the subject line.


All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR


All Inclusive Daily Fee: LKR

Amount in words: Rs.

Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily perdiums and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.

For an Individual Contractor who is 62 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided.  Such medical examination costs must be factored in to the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts. 


The selected Consultant shall receive payment in three installments from UNDP as follows, upon HRCs acceptance of the deliverables and UNDP certification of deliverables: 

Upon completion of (1) – (3) deliverables - (10%);

Upon submission of the draft report to the HRC - (35%);

Upon presenting the finalized report to the HRC - (55%).

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Human Resources
    • Human Rights
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-28

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