Job Overview

  • Date Posted
    March 28, 2024
  • Expiration date
    April 10, 2024
  • Experience
    5 Years
  • Gender
  • Qualification
    Bachelor Degree
  • Organization
    Concern Worldwide
  • Required Languages

Job Description


Concern Worldwide is a nongovernmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern Worldwide’s integrated programming approach aims to tackle all dimensions of poverty, focusing on the overlapping areas of health, education and livelihoods while maintaining our response to emergencies. Concern fully integrates equality in all its work, with emphasis on a gender transformative approach. Concern Worldwide has been operational in Sierra Leone since 1996. . Concern currently operates in the Districts of Western Area Urban (Freetown), Western Area Rural, Tonkolili and Port Loko – as well as remotely in Kambia, Koinadugu, Falaba, Bombali and Karene.


On  this note, Concern would like to invite well experienced and professional applicants for the under mentioned role:


01.  Job Title Nutrition Team Leader
Reports to: Project Manager
Direct reports: WASH Officer;  Gender & Nutrition Officer; Food & Nutrition Security Network Officer
Liaises with:
  • All project team members, but especially the Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Team Leader; Other project teams in Port Loko. Relevant counterparts in Livelihoods team in Tonkolili.
  • Port Loko Base Manager; Port Loko & Freetown finance, system and HR staff; Freetown    Programme Quality Unit & Equality and Gender Advisor; Integrated program coordinator.
  • Community and Chiefdom, District stakeholders including Ministry of Health /DHMT/PHUs, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Social Welfare and the Ministry of Gender and Youth’s Affairs in SGBV.
Job Location: Port Loko, Concern Office (50% in the field in project sites  – Lokomasama and Kamasondo Chiefdom)
Contract Details: Fixed term: 12 Months with possibility of extension
Job Purpose: The Nutrition Team Leader will provide day-to-day supportive supervision of the Field Officers in their team – to ensure that project activities are being carried out as per the agreed work plan. S/He will ensure that agreed targets are on track to be met fully and with high quality. S/He will ensure that staff are present in their assigned field locations and will monitor the delivery and completion of their work. 

Project specific;

Oversite and ensure quality of activities and outcomes for the following LANN-NSC pillars:

  • Nutrition Education activities: Through participatory approaches that raise awareness of the principles and importance of nutrition, especially for women and children, as well as on improving the use of healthy food (from mixed farming products, naturally available nutritious foods, backyard gardens etc) for dietary diversity for the household. 
  • Gender transformation activities: Through both empowerment interventions as well as Social Behaviour Change (SBC) activities that challenge gender and social norms that exclude women from equitably and safely benefiting from and engaging in sustainable nutrient-sensitive agriculture and Natural Resource Management (NRM).
  • Nutrition-Sensitive and gender-sensitive WASH activities at community level: Promotion of improved hygiene and sanitation practices and facilities at household and community level to reduce the prevalence of diarrheal diseases (for an improved utilization of and sustained effect of improved diets) – focusing both on behavior change and improved WASH hardware.
  • Scaling-Up Nutrition and Immunisation Movement (SUNI) and Food & Nutrition Security (FNS) network activities: Support the establishment and strengthening of Chiefdom and community FNS networks in project locations through – capacity building on FNS concepts; supporting FNS in conducting outreach activities related to analysis and monitoring. Fostering greater sharing and dialogue between FNS and SUNI as well as other the sectors on how to work collectively towards food and nutrition security at community and district level. 
Main duties & 


Specific Roles and ResponsibilitiesUnder the supervision of the Project Manager

Programme Cycle Management: 

  • Provide oversite, management and ensure quality of activities and achievement of outcomes for the following LANN-NSC pillars: Nutrition Education; Gender transformation; Nutrition-Sensitive and gender-sensitive WASH; and SUNI & FNS network  – coordinating with counterparts in Welthungerhilfe (WHH) to harmonise approaches and promote sharing and learning through the Project Manager;
  • Develop monthly and weekly work plans with their team based on the overall project work plan and timeframe, and monitor progress against these plans taking action to rearrange plans where necessary;
  • Prepare regular narrative reports on project activities and submit to Project Manager.
  • Ensure all expenditure is authorized and spent in accordance with Concern’s internal procedures and in line with project budget;
  • Ensure all aspects of project activities under their responsibility adhere to programme quality standards and policies (PM&E, accountability and mainstreaming) in a coherent and integrated manner;
  • Ensure that the project activities under their responsibility are accurately reflected in the integrated MEL system, identifying activities to be monitored and data to be collected; 
  • Participate in project community entry meetings and identification of vulnerable households using PRA tools; 
  • Support Project manager to organise and implement the project baseline study and needs assessment –  highlight areas of the adaptation of LANN-NCS to Port Loko context; 
  • Contribute to the designing and delivery of training models, learning processes, resources, materials and workshops
  • Participate as active participant in relevant project training of trainers;
  • Ensure identification of and documentation of good practices (with PQ unit): related to Nutrition Education; Gender transformation; Nutrition-Sensitive and gender-sensitive WASH; and SUNI & FNS network; 
  • Support Project Manager to build and maintain effective professional relationships with community leaders, Chiefdom, District stakeholders and project animators to aid successful programming 
  • Under the supervision of the Project Manager, And with FNS Officer ensure SUNI and FNS network are in place and functional according to the work plan; Identify training needs and conduct trainings with SUNI / FNS networks on FNS concepts, monitoring, advocacy, etc. on a quarterly basis; Contribute to the conduct of advocacy strategy meetings and setting up of SUNI / FNS Committees at Chiefdom & Community levels
  • Participate in project planning and review meetings with staff and stakeholders and ensure that key recommendations and learning are incorporated into day to day project implementation;
  • Submit weekly work plans aligned with the overall programme implementation plan and monthly reports to Project Manager;
  • Contribute to the development of monthly, quarterly and annual reports;
  • Under the supervision of the Project Manager, ensure the mainstreaming of cross cutting themes by field officers in all activities: COVID-19 prevention & awareness rising; Gender and Equality; Community participation and empowerment; Right-based approach.

People Management: 

  • Line manage WASH Officer; Gender & Nutrition Officer; and Food & Nutrition Security Network Officer, contributing to their capacity building and career development through technical support and on-the-job training and coaching, including a thorough induction at the start of their contract.
  • Ensure that all team positions have accurate job descriptions and that each member of the team fully understands deliverables which are expected of them, by setting SMART objectives, and that they are aware of the success criteria relating to their work.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of and comply with all of Concern’s Policies and procedures;
  • Monitor and review performance of your direct reports and hold them accountable for executing their job as per the agreed job description and performance objectives; give corrective feedback where required and take decisive action in the case of poor performance; conducting regular Performance Development Reviews; setting SMART objectives as per Concern guidelines and identifying areas of staff development needs; 
  • Ensure that work within the team(s) is planned and organised in a way which will meet the organisation’s needs in the most cost effective manner possible; ensuring that team members are given appropriate workloads and are working efficiently.
  • Routinely observe and monitor the co-facilitation of field activities to ensure they are carried out to the highest quality, providing critical and constructive feedback to Field Officers.

Others responsibilities:

  • Promote full accountability and staff, compliance with Concern’s Code of Conduct & Associated Policies, including promotion of Concern’s Complaints & Response Mechanism (CRM), to ensure maximum protection of programme participants and the efficient and transparent use of Concern’s resources;
  • Ensure that Cross cutting themes: Gender & Equality and COVID-19 prevention are mainstreamed in all activities;
  • Participate relevant meetings at District level and as maybe required by the Project Manager; 
  • Complete any reasonable task requested by the Supervisor.
Person specification: Essential

  • University degree in Nutrition and dietetics or accepted equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in project implementation ideally integrated Nutrition projects (gender sensitive- nutrition with WASH).
  • Minimum 4 year working with INGOs 
  • Field experience in community based projects working directly with communities, partners and government officials.
  • Strengths in community mobilization, fostering multi-stakeholder networks and platforms and knowledge of participatory approaches

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:


  • Demonstrated experience in line management of teams
  • Good budget and financial management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including report writing
  • Initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision; ability to work both as part of a team & independently.
  • Enthusiastic, energetic and motivated
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Ability to work as part of a team for shared results and learning
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • Excellent supervision skills
  • Good MS Office skills (Word, Excel)
  • Experience in working with district sector offices (such as gender WASH, Nutrition, health…), local NGOs and INGOs;
  • Strong spoken skills in Temne and Krio;
  • Valid motorbike license and ability to ride (desirable).
Emergency response Concern is committed to responding to emergencies efficiently and effectively in order to help affected people meet their basic needs, alleviate suffering and maintain their dignity. To this end, when emergencies strike and Sierra Leone Programme is to respond, all staff are required to actively participate in the response, regardless of location and contribute to the efforts aimed at achieving the humanitarian objective of the organization
HIV & AIDS Concern Sierra Leone is committed to respond to HIV & AIDS and to a supportive working environment for those infected or affected.  Each staff member is required to contribute to achieving this commitment by: 

  • Raising awareness and being updated on HIV & AIDS issues.
  • Protecting him/herself and colleagues.

Sharing information with colleagues and avoiding stigma and discrimination.

Gender Equality Concern Worldwide in Sierra Leone recognizes that the establishment of equality of opportunity between men and women is fundamental to both the achievement of fairness and to poverty elimination. 

Therefore, each staff member of Concern is expected to be sensitive to equality issues in their relationships with colleagues and in their work and to participate in implementation of gender mainstreaming plans, both at the workplace and in programmes.

Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies 

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, working or volunteering with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.  



Interested candidates should apply with:

  • An application letter clearly justifying how you meet the selection criteria
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae including names and full contact addresses of three (3) referees, one of whom must be their current or most recent employer.  
  • Candidates must state the position of each referee and his/her relationship to the candidate.
  • A copy of a valid labour card must be attached to ALL applications (written or electronic)
  • Police Clearance will be required from the successful candidate


Applications should be sent either through email or by hard copy to the following addresses.

You can send through email to OR deliver in Hard copy to the below locations


                                           HR Department, Concern Worldwide, 20 Old Railway Line – Signal Hill, Freetown

                                           HR Department, Concern Worldwide, 2B Shamel Street, Magburaka, Tonkolili.

HR Department, 24 Upper Kamara Lane, Back of EDSA Substation, Port Loko 


Please mark your application as per the references stated in position above

(by email please put the reference in the SUBJECT heading).


Closing date for receipt of applications for the above vacancy is 17.00 on Thursday 11th April 2024


Only short listed candidates will be contacted.