Southern Province, Sierra Leone
£25,000 - £30,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description




If you are looking for an exciting role focused on programme management in a fast moving, ambitious organization, we encourage you to apply for our new vacancy as Programme Manager – Sierra Leone.

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 since 2008, 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 drive quality programme delivery in Street Child’s flagship Sierra Leone programme. The successful candidate will have relevant field experience in development programming and grant management, 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.



Key Responsibilities


Programme management (75%)

  • Work closely with Street Child’s national partners to ensure excellent programme delivery
  • Prepare donor narrative and financial reports in collaboration with national partners, in particular for three large UKAID funded projects.
  • Lead on budget management across all live projects, liaising with partner and SC UK finance teams
  • Support the development and implementation of robust MEL systems, conduct frequent field monitoring visits, and complete SCUK internal reports
  • Directly provide partner capacity development support in priority areas, as required


Proposal development & reporting (15%)

  • Collaborate closely with SCUK, EU & US branches on trust and foundation fundraising opportunities, including proposal development and report writing
  • Support high level proposal and budget development as required alongside the Sierra Leone Country Representative
  • Support partners to identify opportunities, needs and gaps and develop funding proposals aligned with the organisation’s strategy


Safeguarding (5%)

  • Undertake active monitoring of exploitation and abuse risks as the country safeguarding focal point
  • Support the design and implementation of appropriate mitigation measures in liaison with SCUK Lead Safeguarding Focal Point and local partners


Street Child UK support (5%)

  • Coordinate staff/stakeholder/donor visits as required
  • Proactive engagement with SCUK fundraising and communications teams
    • Support Sierra Leone based events in coordination with SCUK fundraising teams, including the Sierra Leone marathon, bike rides & international teacher training programme




Person Specification





  • 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



  • Relevant field experience of development programming, with a commitment to and respect for local partnership;
  • Demonstrable experience of grant management, budget management and developing / delivering MEL approaches;
  • Relevant experience of working in support of local partners
  • Demonstrable experience of proposal development and report writing


  • Strong working knowledge of education, child protection and livelihoods; approaches
  • Strong working knowledge of the Sierra Leone, Liberia or wider West African context;


Skills and Abilities



  • Excellent relationship building skills, with an ability to skilfully navigate both national and international stakeholders;
  • Ability to skilfully balance independent working with wider teamwork with both UK and international teams


  • Proven coaching/capacity building skills




  • 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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Posted on: 03 July 2020
Closed date: 24 July 2020
Tags: Intl Development, Management

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