Based on lessons learned from previous missions and additional field insights, our 2019 Sri Lanka Mission is focused on the following thematic areas of concern:

economic-empowerment

Economic Empowerment

Economic empowerment is key to development of vulnerable communities, especially women in female-headed households (FHHs) families which are vulnerable to poverty, violence, and social exclusion due to a shortage of opportunities and services. Two key challenges to the success and sustainability of micro-finance and other livelihood programs that seek to help women in FHH families are insufficient market linkages and market saturation. We seek to co-create solutions that could help open access to urban markets within Sri Lanka and diaspora markets.

economic-empowerment

Human Rights

A human rights-based approach is essential to achieving sustainable development goals. Our work on sustainable development takes into account the broader human rights implications and issues surrounding transitional justice for vulnerable populations in war-impacted communities whom we work with. As such, we seek to help build capacity and sustain local human rights institutions and communities so that they can advocate better.

leadership

Leadership Development

Much of the work we have done thus far has focused on teaching English-as-a-Second Language, Information and Communication Technologies, and Creative Arts to young people under the care of local partners. One of the outcomes of this work has been increased leadership capacity amongst these youths. As such, we have re-designed our Education programme stream to provide focused interventions that will help build more sustainable leadership capacity for young people to become changemakers within their own respective communities.

mental-health

Psychosocial Support

The need for mental health and psychosocial support has never been greater. There continues to be a need to provide support for survivors of war, conflict, trauma, and torture. We intend to place social workers and therapists from the diaspora to provide direct services such as counselling, medical support, and physiotherapy; alternative yoga and relaxation techniques; and other simple yet effective interventions. In addition to this, we will also seek out local government partnerships to help provide new clinical assessment tools, peer support, and training opportunities.

capacity-building

Public Sector Capacity Building

Over the past two years or so, there has been a significant increase in bi-lateral visits of local and national government officials between Sri Lanka and Canada. This includes signing of various sister-city agreements between municipal governments in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and Ontario. However, there has been little to no visible progress on how best to implement, evaluate, and monitor activities identified in these agreements. Given our focus on leveraging diaspora technical expertise, we are seeking to work with diaspora public sector professionals to help manifest outcomes intended in these agreements and generally build the capacity of public institutions in Northern Sri Lanka.

 

Current Opportunities

Position. No. Position Title Partner Duration Location Themes Program
Position. No. Position Title Partner Duration Location Themes Program
2019-024 Impact Manager Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation 3 - 6 Months Colombo Capacity Building Associateship
2019-018 Youth Facilitator (ICT & STEM) Aaruthal Sri Lanka 3 - 4 Months Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-017 Teacher Trainer Organization for Rehabilitation of the Handicapped 3 Months Vavuniya Capacity Building Right of Return
2019-020 Youth Facilitator (Soft Skills Development) Aaruthal Sri Lanka 3- 4 Months Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-019 Mental Health Counsellor Aaruthal Sri Lanka 3 - 4 Months Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya Psychosocial Support Associateship
2019-023 Grant Writer Social, Economical and Environmental Developers 2 - 6 Months Vavuniya Capacity Building Associateship
2019-016 ESL Teacher (Adults) Organization for Rehabilitation of the Handicapped 3 Months Vavuniya Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-022 Health Care Assistant Humedica International Lanka 3 -12 Months Manipay, Thunnalai, Sakkottai, Kallapadu, Neduntheevu, Nuwara Eliya, Hatton Psychosocial Support Associateship
2019-015 ESL Teacher Trainer OPEnE Hub 2 - 3 Months Mannar Capacity Building Right of Return
2019-014 Special Needs Education Trainer Organization for Rehabilitation of the Handicapped 3 Months Vavuniya Capacity Building Associateship
2019-013 Research Associate INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre 1 - 3 Months Colombo Human Rights Associateship
2019-012 Café Manager Bridging Lanka 1 - 6 Months Mannar Economic Empowerment Associateship
2019-021 ESL Teacher Humedica International Lanka 3 -12 Months Manipay, Thunnalai, Sakkottai, Kallapadu, Neduntheevu, Nuwara-Eliya, Hatton Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-011 ESL Teacher Street Child 2 - 3 Months Batticaloa, Kilinochchi Leadership Development Associateship
2019-010 ESL Teacher Friends of Youth Organization 6 Months Jaffna, Kilinochchi Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-009 Special Education Teacher Healing Opportunity for Person for Empowerment 2 - 3 Months Trincomalee Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-005 Web Marketing Coordinator Church of the American Ceylon Mission 2 - 3 Months Various Capacity Building Right of Return
2019-003 Mental Health Counsellor Church of the American Ceylon Mission 1 - 3 Months Batticaloa Psychosocial Support Associateship
2019-001 Project Management Consultant Institute of Regional Development and Governance 3 - 6 Months Kilinochchi Capacity Building Associateship
2019-008 Youth Facilitator (ICT) Sponsor A Mind Build A Life 3 - 4 Months Jaffna Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-007 ESL Teacher Sponsor A Mind Build A Life 2 - 3 Months Jaffna Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-006 ESL Teacher Church of the American Ceylon Mission 2 - 3 Months Batticalao, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Uda Pusselawa Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-004 Youth Facilitator (Creative Arts) Church of the American Ceylon Mission 2 - 3 Months Batticalao, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Uda Pusselawa Leadership Development Right of Return
2019-002 Graphic Designer Bridging Lanka 1 - 3 Months Mannar Economic Empowerment Right of Return