If you are looking for an exciting leadership role in a fast moving, ambitious organisation, we encourage you to apply for our new vacancy as Country Representative – Sierra Leone & Liberia. At Street Child, we believe that every child deserves the chance to go to school and learn. We have programmes in fourteen countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, priding ourselves on being willing to go to the world’s toughest places. We have been working in Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2008 and 2013 respectively, initially supporting a small number of street children with access to education. Following the Ebola outbreak in 2014 our work grew rapidly as we responded to the crisis, resulting in a broad portfolio of programmes including education, child protection and livelihoods.
We are seeking an outstanding professional with the ambition and skill to lead Street Child UK’s flagship Sierra Leone programme and its Liberia programme. The successful candidate will have previous experience in delivering high quality education and/or child protection programming with an excellent ability to build strong relationships with our local partners. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply following the steps outlined below.
Programme management (40%)
- Drive programme design and impact through the development of evidence-based, technically robust and value for money programmes together with national partners and communities;
- Ensure excellent programme delivery, line managing the Sierra Leone programme manager (planned future hire) and coaching Street Child’s national partners to ensure quality in implementation;
- Lead on donor narrative and financial reporting in collaboration with national partners and SCUK teams, in particular for three large UKAID funded programmes.
- Ensure that the financial management of Street Child supported programmes is accountable and transparent, and that all staff are fully aware and able to comply with the finance policies
- Ensure that partners have robust systems for planning and delivering projects that are in place and implemented, from design and inception to delivery and evaluation
- Ensure that project performance is monitored regularly and compared to targets, deliverables, and budget
- Ensure that the planning, delivery and evaluation of projects complies with donor expectations and the terms of donor contracts, and that reporting to donors is of the highest standard
- Support the identification and sharing of key programme learning, utilising this to support continued strengthening of programme impact
Partner capacity development (25%)
- Establish, develop and maintain excellent working relationships with national partners
- Work alongside national partners to assess organisational capacity and to identify technical capacity gaps
- Support national partners in identifying the blockages that prevent the effective and efficient implementation of their programmes
- Assist in the design of an organisational development plan that strengthens sustainable organizational capacity
- Where appropriate, directly provide coaching and training input and support in priority areas
Resource mobilisation and representation (25%)
- Lead the development of strategic partnerships with relevant in-country actors including donors, INGOs and local/national government;
- Identify and drive new potential needs / gaps / expansion opportunities in line with Street Child’s strategy in Sierra Leone and Liberia;
- Represent Street Child at the highest level in the region, including pro-active participation in relevant coordination mechanisms at national, regional and local level;
- Proactive engagement with Street Child UK head office and programmes team on strategic, networking and fundraising activities.
Strategic leadership (10%)
- Work with national partners and other key stakeholders to develop the country strategy for Street Child in Sierra Leone and Liberia in alignment with Street Child’s global priorities
- Identify and develop new opportunities and partnerships which align with strategic goals
- Educated to Bachelor degree level or higher
- Masters degree in International Development or related field; or attendance at specific relevant training courses
Experience and Knowledge
- Previous experience of and track record in delivering high quality education and/or child protection programming, with a commitment to and respect for local partnership;
- Demonstrable experience of budget management, grant management and developing / delivering MEL approaches;
- Demonstrable experience of proposal development and/or winning funding;
- Strong working knowledge of education, child protection and livelihoods approaches;
- Technical specialism in one or more of the following fields: education; child protection; livelihoods; gender; inclusion;
- Strong working knowledge of the Sierra Leone, Liberia or wider West African context;
Skills and Abilities
- Proven coaching skills and organisational development experience
- Excellent relationship building skills, with an ability to skilfully navigate both national and international stakeholders;
- Strategic thinking, with a strong ‘nose’ for initiating and building partnerships and sourcing funding opportunities;
- Ability to skilfully balance independent working with wider teamwork with both UK and international teams
- Excellent written and spoken communications in English (additional languages welcome)
- A ‘can-do’, and agile attitude, a passion for problem solving and adaptative thinking;
Attractive benefits are included – details available on request. Please note that this role is unaccompanied and not suitable for candidates looking for a family posting.
How to apply
Please click apply to submit your CV and cover letter by midnight on Friday 24th July 2020. We will review applications as they are received and reserve the right to bring forward the closing date. As this role is based in country, appropriate pre-employment checks will be required as part of our recruitment process in line with our Safeguarding Policy.
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