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Closed: 04 July 2015

Project Planner & Grants Writer

Posted by The Welbodi Partnership

Location Greater London

Job Description

Position: Project Planner and Grants Writer

Location: Can be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, or in London, UK with 20% travel to Freetown.

Start Date: June 15th or earliest possible

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension

Reports to: UK Operations Director

BACKGROUND: Welbodi Partnership (WP) is a UK-registered charitable organisation based at the Ola During Children’s Hospital (ODCH) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. For the past five years, Welbodi has worked towards improved paediatric care in the Western Area of Sierra Leone through hospital system development, infrastructural changes, staff training, provision of equipment and community engagement in partnership with ODCH staff, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and the Sierra Leone Institute of Child Health (SLICH).

Our vision is that all women and children in Sierra Leone will have access to quality essential healthcare services characterized by respect and dignity for all stakeholders, including patients, communities, providers, and other staff members. We are a small but rapidly growing organisation that values people and partnerships. We believe in locally-led and sustainable change and we are always looking for talented people who share this vision to grow with us.

SCOPE OF WORK: Welbodi Partnership is looking to recruit a short-term Project Planner and Grants Writer to help us write at least one important grant over the next few months, and to help develop project plans, concept notes, budgets, and other materials to inform future grants.  The person can be based in London with at least 20% of their time spent in Freetown (2.5 weeks) or they can be based full-time in Freetown.

Due to the urgency, applications will be reviewed as they are received and suitable candidates contacted on an on-going basis. This position is for 3 months with possibility for extension.


  • Work with Project Managers and Country Director in Freetown to develop the content for future grants to support the Welbodi Partnership’s work at ODCH and two other government hospitals in Freetown, at peripheral health units, and directly with poor communities in Freetown. These will likely include support for postgraduate training in pediatrics, quality improvement in health facilities, nurse training and mentorship, and community engagement to promote health-seeking and improve relations between community members and health sector actors.
  • Work with UK Operations Director and Freetown Operations Manager to develop budgets, work plans, staffing plans, and other documents to inform future grants.
  • Work with Project Managers and the M&E Officer in Freetown to develop appropriate and informative monitoring and evaluation frameworks and learning objectives for incorporation into future grants; this will include selecting output, outcome, and impact indicators and designing data collection procedures.
  • Take lead responsibility for writing a large grant, due in August 2015, in collaboration and with input from Welbodi Partnership Project Managers, Country Director, UK Operations Director, and Acting CEO.
  • Take lead responsibility for writing concept notes, budgets, and other supportive materials for at least two areas of work not covered by the August 2015 grant.


  • You have excellent writing skills in English. You can convey complex information in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. You have a proven ability to produce high-quality material, on schedule, with limited supervision. You are also a strong verbal communicator.
  • You have a graduate level degree or equivalent work experience in maternal or child health, health systems strengthening, other aspects of global health, international development, or related areas.
  • You have training and/or experience with monitoring and evaluation of health, development, or related projects, preferably in West Africa.
  • You are extremely organized and able to self-motivate, prioritize, multitask and work autonomously within the scope of the role. You are flexible and comfortable with changing objectives or timeframes. You are willing to change direction as needed to respond to new or evolving opportunities.
  • You have excellent people skills and the demonstrated ability and enthusiasm to work with people from diverse backgrounds. You are committed to collaboration and working in partnership.
  • You have a positive outlook, a team spirit, and are enthusiastic and ready for a challenge. You're eager to roll up your sleeves and get work done, and you're not concerned about who gets credit. You see problems as a temporary obstacle to be overcome with determination and teamwork.
  • You're excited to be part of a small but growing organization, helping to develop new projects and procure funding to help the Welbodi Partnership make a difference in Sierra Leone.


  • Strong Excel skills and a proven ability to develop budgets. Financial management experience a plus.
  • Experience writing successful grants to major foundations or donors.
  • Familiarity with Sierra Leone and/or health systems elsewhere in West Africa.
  • Experience living or working in a developing country, preferably in West Africa.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Based on qualifications and experience, to be discussed with shortlisted candidates. Salary range: £15,000 – £22,000 per annum. Freetown position includes full package including accommodation.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Email your CV and cover letter tothe email listed in this ad as soon as possible, and include the job title in the subject line. Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate your skills, qualifications, and enthusiasm for this role. Feel free to be creative in the format and content of this letter. If you submit a generic letter not tailored to this position, you will be at a great disadvantage. Please specify your dates and duration of availability. We will only notify shortlisted applicants.

Equality and Diversity Statement

The Welbodi Partnership confirms its commitment to a comprehensive policy of Equal Opportunities in volunteering and employment in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given Equal Opportunities within the organisation. It is the Welbodi Partnership’s policy as an employer to treat all people equally irrespective of race, ethnic origin, nationality, sex, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, creed, disability, age or political belief.

Applicants for this position should be aware that if successful, they will be requested to complete a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check, or equivalent in countries other than the UK. Welbodi complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice. The entirety of the Welbodi Equality and Diversity statement is available upon request.

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