Research Analyst – Governance and Anti-Corruption

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The Governance and Anti-Corruption Unit at Verité seeks to build knowledge and research that can provide nuanced guidance to building sectoral and general anti-corruption and governance solutions locally and internationally, tracking developments, and responding with agility.

About Verité Research
Verité Research is a private, interdisciplinary think tank based in Colombo, conducting leading-edge research in economics, politics, law, and media. Our research teams cross-fertilise and improve each other’s insights, providing a powerful lens into Sri Lanka’s complex politico-economic environment. Verité seeks to enhance critical discourse and influence decision-makers and the public through relevant, credible information, analysis, and solutions.

Why Verité Research
At Verité Research our work makes a difference. We consistently aim to bring about real change through transformative research and are guided by our core values: professionalism, ethics, curiosity, supportiveness, and humility. By joining our research team, you will be pushed intellectually and have the opportunity to enhance your skills in critical thinking, analysis, writing, and communication. You will be an integral part of an interdisciplinary work environment and have a real, on-the-ground influence on public policy through rigorous research. You will also have the advantage of being mentored by a leading and dynamic group of experts in the fields of economics, politics, law, and media.

Job Description
We are seeking to hire a Research Analyst to join our research team with immediate effect. We are looking for like-minded candidates aligned with our core values and purpose, capable of original and innovative thinking, and willing to take a pro-active role in different areas of our organization.

In this role, you will be expected to:

  • Provide leadership in conducting research on corruption and governance, including – law, policy, new developments and best practices in the public and private sector.
  • Interpret and present data analysis surrounding potential anti-corruption approaches and design cutting-edge anti-corruption strategies to address these.
  • Draft legal frameworks and legislative guidance on governance and anti-corruption.
  • Use research communications such as written reports, presentations, meetings, and events to carry out research-underpinned advocacy on governance.
  • Build and manage a team of researchers and research processes to successfully deliver results through their engagement.
  • Build and update a knowledge base on governance and anti-corruption, in theory and practice.
  • Engage in proposal-writing, and build demand for the outputs of the Research and Advisory Practices and other products and services of the organisation.
  • Represent the organisation and build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders to gather insights, share findings, and ensure research aligns with organisational values and objectives


Candidates are required to meet the following set of qualifications to be considered for this position:

  1. Education: First Class or Second Upper-Class degree in social sciences or law. A Master’s in law, governance, social sciences, or equivalent work experience.
  2. Work experience: Minimum of four years’ work experience in the fields of social sciences, law, policy analysis, academic research, governance or advocacy
  3. Skills: Comprehensive knowledge of governance and anti-corruption. Critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity to evaluate complex research-related issues objectively. Public speaking skills and the ability to plan and execute advocacy campaigns. Ability to work independently but collaboratively in delivering outputs. Exceptional writing skills in English, ability to read and analyze content in Sinhala and/or Tamil;. Ability to work under pressure and deliver on time
  4. Language Proficiency: Full professional working proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English is required. Professional working proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Sinhala and/or Tamil is required.
  5. Network: An established network of professional contacts in the fields of governance and anti-corruption. This is not mandatory but will be an added advantage

Application Process
Verité is an equal-opportunity employer. As a step in our recruitment process, all final candidates will undergo a background check, to get a better understanding of our future employees. To apply for this position, please send in your CV, cover letter, and writing sample to Please note that only applications meeting all the qualifications set out above will be considered.