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Position: Field Officer

Location: Kambia (04)/ Port Loko (02)

Closing Date: 2nd August 2021

Contract Duration: 1-year with the possibility of extension based on performance

 

Job Overview: Based in Port Loko or Kambia, with frequent field visits, the Field Officer will be responsible for directly liaising with communities and beneficiaries and supporting the Project Officer to implement all field activities for the Women and Girls FIRST (Financial Inclusion & Resilience Strengthening) project. This three-year initiative is being funded by Jersey Overseas Aid and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). In partnership with CAFOD, Kambia District Development and Rehabilitation Organisation (KADDRO) and several private-sector service providers, the project will focus onstrengthening resilience and improving financial inclusion among rural communities in Sierra Leone, especially women and girls. This will be accomplished through three main strategies: improving access and adoption of inclusive and appropriate financial services and products, strengthening knowledge and understanding of financial skills by reinforcing literacy development, and financially empowering women and girls by building up their confidence, self-reliance and agency and supporting women-led micro, small and medium enterprises. 

Reporting to: Project Officer

 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Support the project officer in mobilization, planning, coordination, and monitoring of all field activities.

  • Develop work plans (Weekly, Monthly, and Quarterly) to ensure effective implementation of activities as outlined in the proposal.

  • Facilitate the identification and formation, and mobilization of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) and other project beneficiaries through local structures and community engagement.

  • Facilitate the identification of VSLA Financial Champions to enhance community awareness and sustainability.

  • Monitor and oversee the VSLA meetings and activities. Ensure toolkits are supplied appropriately.

  • Support roll-out of CAFOD’s model for private sector engagement. 

  • Mentor and support project beneficiaries throughout the implementation period. 

  • Identify technical capacity challenges for beneficiaries and existing skills/knowledge gaps in Financial and Business development skills. 

  • Support the monitoring of project activities at the field level, as per the M&E plan, through collection of data and submission of timely and accurate reports. 

  • Contribute to ensuring accountability to project beneficiaries and local stakeholders. 

  • Support community mobilization efforts through communication and information sharing with project beneficiaries at the community level.

 

Requirements

  • Diploma in social work, community development or other related field from a recognized academic institution. A Bachelor’s degree will be an added advantage.

  • At least 1-year field experience with a local or international NGO in Sierra Leone.

  • Experience organising community structures in remote locations.

  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant information. 

  • Knowledge and experience in the Village Savings and Loans (VSLA) model a plus. 

  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, coordination and writing skills.

 

Other Skills

  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.

  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.

  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.

  • Ability to manage and prioritise multiple tasks.

  • Flexible work schedule to include some weekends.

  • Possession of a driver’s license and proven ability to ride motorbike in difficult terrains.

  • Readiness to travel and work in remote areas.

 

Language Required

Fluency in English, Krio and the local language of the region. 

 

Application Procedures

  • ALL application should be addressed and submitted to the Finance and Admin Manager, KADDRO at 101 Kukuna Road, Kambia or emailed to medbangs.kaddro@gmail.com on or before 2nd August, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

 

WOMEN ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

 

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

 

Safeguarding for young People and Vulnerable Adults

 

We recognise the personal dignity and rights of young people and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect. We required that all our staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in their power to create a safe environment for young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse. We are committed to acting at all times in the best interests of young people and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount. Any candidate offered a job with us will be expected to adhere to our Safeguarding policy as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provision of this document. This post involves responsibility for people who will have contact with young people and vulnerable adults and applicants will be subject to specific checks related to safeguarding issues.

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