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Position: Family Business Officer

Department: Programmes

Reports To: Project Coordinator

Country/Location: Bo, Bonthe, Moyamba, Pujehun



Street Child of Sierra Leone (SCOSL) is a local Non-Governmental Organization promoting the right to education and child protection for children in the most remote communities in Sierra Leone.

We believe that every child deserves the right to live in a safe place, secured home and above all, have the chance to receive a quality education. As an organization, our key focus is helping children into schools-and ensuring that they stay there. For those that have no access to education, we work towards creating access in some of the most remote parts of the country, ensuring that no child is left behind.



SCoSL - through its main partner Street Child UK – has received a 3 year grant from DFID to implement a project titled “Children on the Margins: increasing access, quality & retention in basic education for highly marginalized children in Southern Sierra Leone”.  This project will target highly vulnerable categories of children in the Southern Province, which has the highest percentage of children at-risk of dropping out of JSS. The specific categories of children will include:

-          girls engaged in or vulnerable to transactional sex

-          teenage mothers

-          children affected by disability

-          children in border communities at risk of trafficking

-          children in remote and marginalised communities

-          children in the poorest households

-          street-connected children, including those involved in child labour


The 3 objectives of this project are to:

  1. To support 6000 of the most vulnerable children to be able to access, and succeed in, more inclusive secondary education
  2. To support 3750 families through Family business Livelihood support for increased retention of beneficiaries
  3. Increase access to quality primary education for 16,000 children in remote rural communities, with a particular focus on upper primary classes.



In line with achieving Objective 2 of this project, the Family Business Officer shall under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, have close contacts with children and work directly with their caregivers/ families. The Family Business Officer is expected to support caregivers to develop and maintain sustainable businesses through adaptive mentoring and coaching skills. He/she shall also support caregivers to be enrolled into the savings scheme for maximum of 20 weeks. He/she will also seek to promote Child Right Issues and Child Protection within our communities of operation and support such families to cope with their situations.

Direct responsibilities of Family Business Officer include, but are not limited to the following:


      Assist families draw up achievable business plans.

      Assess the suitability of all business grants plans and follow up where appropriate – together with the Team Leader - Business.

      Help families manage their family business grants

      Review the training needs of beneficiaries and design non-grant support to meet those needs.

      Conduct appropriate business training for families.

      Undertake follow-up visits and monitor project beneficiaries, in order to assess impact of the grants on the livelihood of the family - especially children.

      Write weekly reports and updates for internal purposes

      Collect relevant data on beneficiaries

      Assist the Team Leader develop mitigation techniques in reducing the project’s exposure to risks of implementing a grants scheme for families

      Work with other Business Officers to develop best practices for the monitoring and evaluation of the family business scheme.

      Any other duties as delegated/instructed by the PROJECT Coordinator


Education and Experience


Minimum Diploma in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or other related fields

Minimum 2 years’ experience working in a similar Business Administration or Accounting and Finance role

A commitment to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable children

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Good team spirit

Willingness to live and work in remote areas



  • Experience working in a child protection role within the Southern Province
  • Possession of valid motorbike driver license is an advantage

  Women and Persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply


SCOSL has Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies in Place, and is committed to the protection of vulnerable children and adults


To apply for these positions please send an up-to-date CV and supporting letter along with copies of relevant certificates to Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Closing date for the receipt of application packages is on: 30th November, 2020.


Occupational fields: NGO

Employment type: Contractual Full time one year, subject to renewal

Years of experience: 3 - 5 years

Required Qualification: Minimum Diploma or equivalent in Business Administration or Accounting and Finance

Required general skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Good team spirit

Region: South

Organization: Street Child of Sierra Leone

Start date on: 20th November, 2020

End date: 30th November, 2020


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