Programme Assistant – Livelihood (PA-LH) 

Application ends: July 8, 2022

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Job Description

 

Career with BRAC International

BRAC is an award-winning international non-governmental development organization, with the vision of a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination, where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential. BRAC is a leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programmes to assist poor and disadvantaged communities in low-income countries, including in conflict-prone and post-disaster settings. It is an organization of and for the people of the Global South, pioneering new development and social enterprise approaches to equip communities to achieve prosperity. As well as being the world’s biggest NGO by number of staff and people directly reached, BRAC has regularly been ranked the number one NGO in the world by the Geneva-based NGO Advisor, an independent organization committed to highlighting innovation, impact and governance in the non-profit sector. BRAC retained the top spot in 2020 among the top 500 NGOs for the fifth consecutive year.

 

BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. It started its first Programme outside of Bangladesh in Afghanistan in 2002, and has since reached millions of people in 11 countries in Asia and Africa. BRAC has a holistic approach to development that uses a wide array of programmes and social enterprises, including in microfinance, education, health, agriculture, gender and human rights. BRAC believes that every person has inherent potential, and when an enabling environment is created and that potential is unleashed, even the poorest can become agents of positive change in their own lives, for their families and their communities. 

 

 

About the Programme

In 2022, the Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BRAC International (BI) will be announcing an initiative that will create a positive and measurable impact for 1.2 million adolescent girls and young women and 9.5 million people across seven countries in East and West Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda.

 

There is mounting urgency to support adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) living in poverty, which has been further amplified by the global pandemic. Through this partnership, scalable economic development approaches will be delivered in communities to foster the agency and voice of AGYW. They will have the opportunity to fulfill their aspirations, achieve sustainable livelihoods, and engage in advocacy issues.

 

BRAC Sierra Leone will implement an integrated and holistic model to address the various life cycles of a young woman living in poverty, ensuring she is able to transition safely from adolescence to adulthood. She will be equipped with the appropriate skills, tools, and access to finance to effectively exercise her agency and build a fulfilling and productive livelihood.

 

 

In preparation for the launch, BRAC Sierra Leone is seeking applications from competent, dynamic and self-motivated individuals to fill the following position in Sierra Leone)

Programme: Mastercard Foundation Accelerating Impact for Young Women in partnership with BRAC (AIM)
Job Title: AIM Programme Assistant – Livelihood (PA-LH) 
Location: Branch Office – Sierra Leone
Reporting to: AIM Branch Manager
Level/Grade: TBD
No. of persons supervised: N/A
Number of positions: 6

 

 

 

JOB PURPOSE:

Reporting to the AIM Branch Manager (AIM-BM), the AIM Program Assistant – Livelihoods (PA-LH) will be responsible for overall implementation of livelihood, value chain and market development related activities under a branch office. They will lead the participant selection process and the set-up of the club. PAs will also be in-charge of the day-to-day management and supervision of the clubs and will supervise and follow-up on all mentor activities. They will also be responsible for conducting mentor training, asset selection, purchase and distribution. PA-LHs will also provide training, coaching and job-placement support to participants. 

 

 

Key Duties/Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 

  • Lead the AIM program inception activities including community and participant selection, club selection and setup, mentor selection and onboarding, community mobilization, linkage services and value chain mapping
  • Lead the implementation and supervision of activities in  assigned clubs as per program design, activity plan and budget
  • Ensure achievement of club-level program targets as per implementation guideline and report any operational/management issues to AIM-BM
  • Coordinate closely with the AIM-Technical Sector Specialists (TSS) to seek technical guidance and knowledge; provide support to AIM-TSS as needed
  • Guide and supervise mentor activities and develop their capacity by providing regular coaching, mentoring and training 
  • Organize livelihoods trainings for participants, manage assets and input transfer activities, provide enterprise development support, and coordinate all market development and facilitation activities in the community
  • Attend monthly coordination meetings organized at the branch level and provide updates on club activities, flagging any issues needing attention from the branch/area manager. 
  • Support AIM-BM with all branch level procurement and logistics and other tasks, as required 
  • Ensure cash flow by submitting cash requisition timely for smooth day to day operations
  • Organize and facilitate livelihood trainings for participants; provide support to connect program participants with broader linkage services and with employment/livelihood pathways
  • Follow-up closely with participants to minimize attrition and prepare monthly attendance reports and bi-monthly drop-out reports
  • Prepare MIS and financial reports and other reports and ensure timely submission
  • Ensure the safety of team members from any harm, abuse, neglect, harassment and exploitation to achieve the project goals on safeguarding implementation and act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment
  • Practice, promote and endorse the issues of safeguarding policy among team members and ensure the implementation of safeguarding standards in every course of action
  • Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, encourage others to do the same.

 

 

SAFEGUARDING RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure the safety of team members from any harm, abuse, neglect, harassment and exploitation to achieve the programme’s goals on safeguarding implementation.
  • Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment.
  • Practice, promote and endorse the issues of safeguarding policy among team members and ensure the implementation of safeguarding standards in every course of action.
  • Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place and encourage others to do the same.

 

 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Ability to spend extended periods of time in the field and travel within the country
  • Proficient in using mobile devices, and computers, particularly with Microsoft Office
  • Strong sense of teamwork and collaboration and demonstrated ability to build relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of BRAC

 

 

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 2-years post-secondary Diploma degree in relevant subjects

 

 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3 years experience in the international development sector, including experience working with marginalized communities to implement community development programs including microfinance, livelihood, agricultural and food security, and/or girl’s and women’s empowerment programs. 

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: (CONTRACTUAL)

 

SALARY: (NEGOTIABLE/ MENTION THE AGREED SALARY AMOUNT or RANGE) 

 

JOB LOCATION: Sierra Leone 

If you feel you are the right match for the above-mentioned position, please follow the application instructions accordingly:

Candidates need to email their CV with a letter of interest mentioning educational grades, years of experience, current and expected salary at recruitment.sierraleone@brac.net

 

Please mention the name of the position in the subject bar.

Only complete applications will be accepted and shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

Application deadline: 8th July 2022

BRAC is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share the same commitment. We believe every stakeholder and every member of the communities we work with has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect, harassment, and exploitation – regardless of age, race, religion, and gender, status as an individual with a disability or ethnic origin. Therefore, our recruitment process includes extensive reference and background checks, self-disclosure of prior issues regarding sexual or other misconduct and criminal records and our values are a part of our Performance Management System.

 

BRAC is an equal opportunities employer.

ONLY female candidates will be considered for this position.