Program Manager

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

4 Off Hill Cot Road, Freetown

Sierra Leone

Tel: (232) 76-471-796



Position:                                Program Manager (Economic Recovery and Development)

Grade:     7B

Location:     Freetown with frequent travel to IRC District

Reports to:     WGPE Coordinator

 Application Deadline:         25th May 2022


The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression, and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation, and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home. The IRC has been implementing specific programs to promote and protect the rights of women and girls affected by gender-based violence (GBV) in Sierra Leone since 2001. The IRC country program is managed from the head office in Freetown and has field offices in Kenema, Kono, Bo, and Kailahun.


This position of  Program Manager (ERD) will be based in Freetown with frequent travel to IRC districts of operation. This position will work closely with the WGPE Senior Program Manager and district field managers and will report directly to the WGPE Coordinator. The IRC seeks a dynamic individual who will provide overall technical expertise to the WGPE team and partners on the implementation of Economic and Social Empowerment (EA$E) approaches as well as cash assistance to vulnerable girls and women to support them in meeting their basic needs.  


  • Position Reports to:  WGPE Coordinator
  • Position directly supervises:  None 
  • Receives technical support from: WGPE Coordinator, WGPE Senior Program Manager, M&E Coordinator, M & E Manager, Field Managers
  • Other internal: Deputy Director of Programs
  • External: Government, INGOs, NGO and other key partners, donors, and stakeholders 


Program Management, Capacity Building and quality

  • Oversee implementation of the ERD aspects of the project which include tracking the Economic and Social Empowerment (EA$E) components of the workplan, Livelihoods Programming including Cash Assistance, apprenticeships, and enterprise support.
  • Train and support IRC program staff and partner staff on the EA$E approaches (business skills training, VSLA, and gender discussion groups) and tools.
  • Prepare and organize the cash distributions in liaison with the relevant RI staff (logistic and finance department) and with the Money Transfer Service Provider including the preparation of the beneficiary list, relevant supporting documents, etc.
  • Conduct regular supportive field visits to the districts and communities where programming is implemented to provide technical support, guidance and mentoring to the IRC and Partner teams.
  • Ensure there is a free flow of information sharing and support. 
  • Lead in the recruitment of a suitable vocational training college for the vocational skills component of the project.
  • Ensure that program is accountable to women, keeping them and their meaningful participation and partnership in the program at the center of all aspects of the work and practice of the teams
  • Proactively communicate and collaborate on a regular basis with the M&E Coordinator. 
  • Support project budget oversight as necessary.

Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting

  • Work closely with the WGPE Senior Manager and M&E Coordinator to ensure all ME&L tools related the Engaging Men in Accountable Practices (EMAP) and EA$E approaches are in-line with the program framework, model and guiding principles.
  • In close collaboration with the M&E Manager, ensure that the project has a clear Post Distribution Monitoring framework, and that indicators and data are properly collected and processes.
  • Provide programmatic input into all program report and documentation.

Coordination, Advocacy and Representation

  • Support the development of donor reports and external resources using monitoring data and feedback.
  • Participate in internal cross-sectoral coordination efforts around GBV prevention, men and boys’ engagement, economic empowerment programming.
  • Represent IRC in various fora as requested
  • Ensure professional ongoing and regular coordination, collaboration, and partnership with the MoGCA, the Community of Practice on VAWG, other relevant/key stakeholders, national coordination mechanisms and pillars, and other relevant actors

Business Development

  • Support co-design sessions that involve potential partners and are responsive to client needs
  • Support the development of concept notes and proposals related to ERD programming expansion and continuation, including budgets, logical frameworks, relevant indicators, and written narratives.


  • Undertake all other tasks as requested by the supervisor


Education:  Education to Bachelor or Master’s degree level in Economics, Business Administration or equivalent field experience in Cash Assistance and Livelihood.

Specific technical experience and skills:

  • 5 year-experience in humanitarian, development, or similar organizations 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to speak at least one key local language in the target communities a plus
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Specific experience in gender sensitive programming, VSLAs, business skills training, cash disbursement and men and boys’ engagement.
  • Strong understanding of how patriarchy, gender inequality and crisis impact upon the lives of women and girls and their experiences of violence, and how GBV intersects with traditional socio-cultural beliefs, traditions, and practices in Sierra Leone.
  • Good and proven independent worker, able to take initiative, be a proactive problem solver, but also able to ask for help as needed.
  • Strong networking skills and ability to constructively engage with a variety of stakeholders (INGOs, government officials, community leaders, women’s groups).
  • Experience working with communities using highly participatory, inclusive and sustainable approaches.
  • Excellent practical individual and group training and facilitation skills that respect professional boundaries, with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Excellent empathy, listening and effective communication skills.
  • Willing and ready to travel frequently to communities, and work in very basic conditions.

Mandatory (General) Abilities:

  • Committed to the mission and principles of the International Rescue Committee.
  • A good, motivated team player with a positive attitude who can motivate and encourage others.
  • Results driven – ensures goals, objectives and deadlines are met.
  • Applies effective utilization of resources.
  • Self-Management – Knows own strengths and weaknesses and acts accordingly, copes well with pressure and adapts and learns; willingness and ability to work in a frequently changing and demanding context.
  • Interpersonal skills – Listens willingly and respectfully to the concerns of all groups and individuals and provides feedback, gaining commitment by persuasiveness does not demand.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative and problem-solving abilities.
  • Lives up to commitments and works towards the aims and principles of the IRC, showing consistency between words and actions and always acting with integrity.

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.