Job Overview

  • Date Posted
    July 8, 2024
  • Expiration date
    July 21, 2024
  • Experience
    5 Years
  • 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:


Job Title Programmes Director
Reports to: Country Director
Direct reports: Health Coordinator, WASH & Emergency Coordinator, Livelihoods Coordinator, Programme Development and Quality Coordinator, Business Development & Knowledge Capitalization manager and Advocacy & Communications Officer.
Liaises with: Programme and Systems Staff in all locations
Job Location: Freetown
Contract Details: 2yrs Fixed term Contract
Job Purpose: This is an exciting opportunity to lead Concern’s multi-sectoral development programme in Sierra Leone.  Reporting to the Country Director, as Programme Director, you will help develop and deliver Concern’s results focused long-term development and resilience programmes, with a particular focus on our innovative work in health, livelihoods, climate adaptation, and education.  You will lead, support and develop an experienced and hardworking team comprising both national and international staff. You will help to maintain and build excellent relationships with communities, donors, partners and the Sierra Leonean government. You will lead the country office in our localization journey, supporting our systems change work with the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and supporting the growth and development of national NGO partners. 

As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) you will contribute to the management of the overall country programme with specific responsibility for ensuring programme development, programme quality and the delivery of results in relation to Concern in Sierra Leone’s Country Strategic Plan.

Main duties & 


Programme Development and Implementation:

  • Implement all development (and humanitarian) programmes to a high standard of quality in line with donor requirements and Concern policies and strategies
  • Ensure the effective integration of different sectors within area based programmes to maximize impact wherever possible;
  • Coordinate the monitoring of progress against the Country Strategic Plan and Programme level Results Frameworks.
  • Design new programmes (proposals, budgets, work plans, procurement plans, etc.) with support from the Business Development and Knowledge Capitalisation Lead, in line with Concern’s Global Strategic Plan, Country Strategic Plan and National Government Priorities.
  • Monitor likely hazards that could give rise to humanitarian emergencies and actively work with programme team to reduce risk, ensure preparedness, and coordinate response (if needed).
  • Work with the Country Management team to develop and maintain a funding strategy to ensure future funding streams are identified and developed.

Management of Programme Team:

  • Continually foster the team spirit and collaboration necessary to achieve programme and organizational goals in Sierra Leone.
  • Work with the HR function and key managers, lead on staff recruitment and retention processes (capacity building, career development, etc.) in relation to programme staff.
  • Directly manage line reports, effectively utilizing the PDR process to develop objectives, monitor performance and actively supporting staff to build their skills & experience.
  • Ensure that all programme staff receive full inductions upon joining Concern and that they fully understand Concern’s policies and procedures e.g. Code of Conduct & Associated Policies.
  • Support and ensure effective collaboration and teamwork between programme and support system staff/teams to achieve our common goals & objectives.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

  • Support the PDQ Coordinator to maintain an effective MEL System in line with organizational guidelines, donor commitments and programme design.  
  • Ensure that programme implementation is guided by evidence based decision-making and that effective planning and review processes are in place.
  • Undertake regular monitoring visits to programme areas and provide feedback to programme staff and management – with focus on ensuring integration of programme delivery efforts.
  • Ensure research goals are embedded within the Sierra Leone programme, that effective research takes place, and that findings are considered and integrated throughout implementation.
  • Ensure learnings and best practice are effectively disseminated with internal and external stakeholders and contribute to policy change and/or uptake of recommendations by others.

Donor and Grant Management:

  • Track programme implementation progress, programme context and provide regular updates to Country Director and SMT.
  • Coordinate with programme managers, finance and support departments to ensure timely grant utilization and full compliance with donor requirements.
  • Develop and monitor programme budgets with programme and finance staff, tracking programme expenditure through monthly management and quarterly financial review.
  • Develop an annual reporting calendar for programmes and lead in ensuring that good quality reports are submitted in line with donor requirements.
  • Develop high quality donor proposals to meet the funding requirements of programmes.

Representation and Partnership:

  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders, in particular donors, government representatives, research institutions, and counterparts from International and National NGOs
  • Work with the Advocacy and Communications Officer to develop clear advocacy strategy and a communications plan including development of materials and dissemination.
  • Create a partnership approach and clear localization benchmarks for the Sierra Leone country programme, building on our existing work with government, private sector and national NGOs
  • Ensure Concern Sierra Leone is a good partner, working transparently with national partners and contributing consistently to developing their capacity.


  • Promote and ensure all work is carried out in line with organisation policies including safeguarding and protection, the Core Humanitarian Standard and equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Ensure that all staff are familiar with the principles underpinning accountability, safeguarding and Concern’s Feedback and Complaints and Response Mechanism (FCRM) and ensure that information about Concern’s commitments on accountability and safeguarding are disseminated among programme participants and communities 
  • Ensure that the FCRM is functional, effectively implemented and accessible in all programmes’ locations, enabling safe reporting of both programmatic and sensitive complaints, including safeguarding concerns 
  • Ensure that complaints are welcomed, managed and responded to in a timely, fair and appropriate manner; ensure that sensitive complaints, including safeguarding concerns, are handled with utmost confidentiality and that the safety of the complainants and those affected is prioritised at all stages. 

As a member of the Senior Management Team, contributing to the overall leadership of Concern’s country programme in Sierra Leone:

  • Active participate in Senior Management meetings, contributing significantly to decisions on policy, processes and strategic direction.
  • Ensure that the policies and strategies of Concern Worldwide are incorporated into our work and contribute to the ongoing development of existing policies and strategies.
  • Play a prominent role in supporting the Country Director maintain and develop best standards of practice in relation to code of conduct and safeguarding.
  • Effectively promote the work of Concern with external stakeholders – government, donors, UN agencies, other NGOs, etc. – as required.
  • Adhere fully to safety and security protocols and procedures and promote the adherence of all members of the programme team. Contribute to ongoing safety management and planning where necessary.

Undertake other related duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Country Director

Person specification: Your skills and experience will include:

  • Relevant Master’s degree qualification (development studies, agriculture, social science, gender studies, education, health, economics, rural development etc.)
  • A minimum of 5 years senior management level  experience with an INGO and 2 years at a senior management level with specific experience in managing development focused interventions
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation and research techniques, accountability to beneficiaries and inclusion
  • Experience in working with national partners (NGOs, government, private sector) on implementation and capacity building. 
  • Experience in managing gender sensitive/gender transformative programing
  • Experience/Knowledge of programme participant protection and safeguarding.
  • Excellent management/leadership experience
  • Proven record in proposal development and resource mobilization
  • Strong financial management experience
  • Good experience in networking, team building and mentoring
  • Strong staff management and development skills including Training, coaching and mentoring skills and ability to motivate and develop skills of others


  • Experience of working in Sierra Leone or West Africa.
  • Knowledge of Concern policies and programming approaches
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
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, 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 Friday 19th July 2024


Only short listed candidates will be contacted.





Due to the importance of this position, Concern reserves the right to short list applications on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.