Job Overview

  • Date Posted
    June 5, 2024
  • Expiration date
    June 18, 2024
  • Experience
    5 Years
  • Gender
  • Qualification
    Bachelor Degree
  • Organization
    Concern Worldwide
  • Required Languages
    English, Krio

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:


Job Title Program Coordinator
Reports to: National Health Coordinator
Direct reports: District delivery Manager (4)
Liaises with: All project team members, Public Health Specialist, Area coordinator, National Health Coordinator

All sector Programme Managers, Coordinators, Director of Programmes,  Country Director, Systems and HR staff

Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, District Health Management Team, School heads, teachers and other partner agencies

Job Location: Freetown with travel to operational Districts
Contract Details: Fixed term
Job Purpose: Concern Worldwide is recruiting for Program Coordinator for the Saving Lives Phase 3 program in Sierra Leone based in Freetown with regular travel to field sites in Western Area, Port Loko and Tonkolili. The Saving Lives Project Manager will work under the oversight of the National Health Coordinator.

Overall the role of the Program Coordinator is to provide strong management of the Saving Lives 3 program operating in Western Area, Tonkolili and Port Loko. 

The Program Coordinator will provide solid leadership and management of the District Delivery Managers and other project staff and ensure accurate and timely program planning, budgeting and reporting. S/he will be responsible for the day to day management of the district based teams, developing project plans and ensuring they are carried out, and ensuring the M&E plan is properly implemented. Approximately 60% of his/her time will be spent in the field in Tonkolili, Port Loko and Western Area carrying out supportive supervision visits to the team and 40% will be office based in Freetown. The Project Coordinator will ensure that close coordination between the health team and other sectors is maintained at all stages of the project while also maintaining positive relationships with District ministries, Consortium Partners and other district partner organizations.

Main duties & 


General Responsibilities: 

  • Promote accountability and ensure compliance with Concern’s Programme Participants Protection Policy, Anti- Fraud Policy and Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) standards, including the complaint and response mechanism (CRM), to ensure maximum protection of programme participants and the efficient and transparent use of Concern’s resources.
  • Promote Equality, especially gender, within the organisation and across programmes, in line with Concern’s Equality Policy and, and ensures targeting and project implementation is informed by How Concern Understands Extreme Poverty (HCUEP).
  • Promote and protect the reputation of Concern in external settings, ensuring that the organization’s experience and expertise is well communicated and consistently presented, and that we are looked upon as a professional organisation, guided by organizational policies and Concern’s Code of Conduct

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Directly line manage the 4 District Delivery Managers and ensure they are appropriately managing their district teams.
  • Collaborate with Regional Public Health specialist (both Concern and partner employed) to monitor all aspects of program delivery and maintain clear information flow from National level to operational districts.
  • Support District Delivery Managers to develop fully costed annual district RMNCAH plans with DMOs in collaboration with the Public Health Specialist. 
  • Coordinate activities with other Consortium members to meet the wider objectives of the program;
  • Participate in supportive supervision in the operational districts for RMNCAH related activities, as and when needed;
  • Support the District Delivery Manager and NPHS on the delivery of training for the DHMTs;
  • Support the District Delivery managers to coordinate activities of all RMNCAH partners in the districts
  • Support all assessments for the programme by providing information and/or data as and when needed. 
  • Responsible for compiling National level reporting for internal, donor and GoSL compliance and coordination.

Programme Management

  • As the budget Holder for the Concern Worldwide Saving Lives 3 budget, track budget and ensure spending is meeting projections. 
  • Participate in Budget revision exercises throughout the project period.
  • Develop activities based budgets for each of the districts and support District delivery Managers to utilize these for day to day management of district specific implementation.
  • Support District Delivery Managers to Plan work schedules and ensure the Detailed Implementation Plan for the program is harmonized across districts
  • Be flexible and use negotiation skills in dealing with problems in the field and Concern Worldwide office levels;
  • Support the District Delivery Manager on all programme related work;


  • Attend National level RMNCAH meetings and other workshops, working groups, and coordination forums as required to ensure close coordination and collaboration as requested.
  • Any other reasonable tasks as assigned by the National Health Coordinator.
Person specification: Education, Qualifications & Experience Required

effectively deliver this engagement, the applicant should meet the following requirements; 


  • At least a bachelor’s degree in Public Health, management, other related field

Experience Required:

  • At least 5 years of relevant programme management experience
  • Experience in planning and management of programs in Sierra Leone, including experience in implementing/managing RMNCAH programmes
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of having worked with district health systems

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

  •  Demonstrated strong data analysis skills
  • Excellent English and Krio speaking/writing skills required.
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 SME&Lrify 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, 156A Freetown Highway Mile 91, 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 Tuesday 18th June 2024


Only short listed candidates will be contacted.