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The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute is hiring!

September 26, 2016    Reading Time: 3 minutes

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The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) engages in independent research of Sri Lanka’s international relations and strategic interests, to provide insights and recommendations that advance justice, peace, prosperity and sustainability.  The Chairman of the Institute is the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs.

LKI is at an exciting time of growth. It seeks high-achieving candidates who meet the criteria for the following positions.

1.     Deputy Director

LKI has an exceptional leadership opportunity for a Deputy Director. The Deputy Director will direct the financial and administrative functions of LKI, including: fiscal management; revenue enhancement; human resources leadership; grant reporting; client and member relations; and infrastructure development.
The ideal candidate will value LKI’s mission, be able to think strategically, and have a passion for improving quality and performance. Applicants should be graduates (preferably with a postgraduate qualification in management) and have at least 4 years’ managerial experience with a proven track record. Experience in a research-based organisation is preferred. Excellent communication skills in English are essential, and fluency in Sinhala or Tamil is an advantage.  An attractive salary will be offered to the selected candidate.
2.     Communications Manager

LKI seeks a skilled and enterprising professional to manage its communications needs and develop its communications platforms.  The Communications Manager will engage with a variety of audiences and stakeholders (including the press, social media followers, government officials, diplomats, partner organisations, and donors) to support and publicize LKI’s work. He or she will also assist with editing LKI’s publications prior to release.
Candidates should be degree-holders (postgraduate preferred) with at least 2 years’ experience in a communications-related role. The position requires outstanding English language and organisational skills – including the ability to market and distribute various research and other outputs, both locally and abroad. A background in international relations, and fluency in Sinhala or Tamil, is an advantage.  An attractive salary will be offered to the selected candidate.

3.     Research Associate (Global Economy)

The Institute seeks a Research Associate for its Global Economy programme. The Research Associate will work with LKI’s current Research Director to produce excellent research and insights on Sri Lanka’s place in the international economy, and facilitate related programmes and events at LKI.

LKI welcomes applications from graduates in economics (first or upper second class degree, or equivalent), with superior quantitative analytical skills. They should be outstanding writers, who can articulate their position fluently in English. Research Associates should be able to multitask, meet tight deadlines, and work well within a team. A record of previous research publications will be an advantage. A competitive salary will be offered to the selected candidate.

4.     Project Coordinator (6 month position, with possibility of extension)

LKI seeks a Project Coordinator to coordinate an upcoming programme related to Sri Lanka’s foreign policy. The Project Coordinator will work with the direction of the Research Fellow to organize the programme, including communicating with local and international participants, producing programme materials, arranging logistics, and assisting with publicity.

Candidates must have excellent communication and planning skills. He or she should be fluent in English, display a high degree of initiative and attention to detail, and be able to work with minimal supervision. Prior experience in coordinating conferences and seminars is essential. A degree or other background in international affairs is desirable. A competitive salary will be offered to the selected candidate.

5.     Librarian

The Institute seeks a Librarian to steer the development of its library, both physically and online. The Librarian will need to: complete the cataloguing of existing books and materials; create and manage a lending system; and develop LKI’s library into a well-regarded resource for the study of international relations in a Sri Lankan context.
The position requires at least 3 years’ experience as a librarian, good IT skills, and fluency in English. Candidates should have a qualification in library sciences and be familiar with current library-related products and trends. This role calls for a self-motivated individual who would enjoy the challenge of growing a small library into a valuable centre of learning. Applications are welcome from current and retired librarians who meet the above criteria. A competitive salary will be offered to the selected candidate.
Applications should be sent on or before 3 October 2016, by email to or by post to the address below.
Applicants should include a one-page cover letter that explains their suitability for the position, and a CV (max. 3 pages) with names and contact numbers of two non-related referees. Applications for the position of Research Associate should also include a writing sample in English (max. 15 pages).
Executive Director
Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
24 Horton Place
Colombo 7

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