Job Overview

Job Description

 

About ActionAid 

ActionAid is a global federation of 72 countries working across the world with a vision to achieve a just, equitable, and sustainable world in which every person  enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and all forms of oppression. We are working with people living in poverty and exclusion, their  communities, people’s organizations, activists, social movements, and supporters to achieve social justice, gender equality, and poverty eradication. As poverty  continues to be complex and dynamic, ActionAid Sierra Leone commences its new Country Strategic Paper in 2024 which focuses on three (3) Programme  Priorities: Inclusive and Empowering Education to foster diverse opportunities, inclusive and participatory governance for sustainable development, and Climate  Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood. In Sierra Leone, ActionAid works with poor communities and local partners in the Western Area, Kambia, Bombali,  Tonkolili, Kono, Bo, and Moyamba called Local Rights Programmes (LRPs). 

About the project 

ActionAid Sierra Leone is implementing a 30 month (2 years 6 months) project – from July 2024 to December 2026r This projected is funded by UNICEF and it  is titled “Expanding cross sectoral opportunities for the empowerment of adolescent girls and reduction of teenage pregnancy and child marriage through  gender-transformative engagements and social protection (Cash+) programmes”. The project is part of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child  Marriage (GPECM), focuses on enabling girls at risk of child marriage to choose and direct their own futures, supports households with positive social norms  change, and strengthens systems that deliver services to adolescent girls, in Pujehun, Bombali, Koinadugu, Kambia, and Tonkolili. To effectively implement this  project, ActionAid Sierra Leone (AASL) is looking for qualified, experienced, and self-motivated persons to fill the following positions:  

 

Position: Project Officers (5) 

Reports to: Project Manager 

Supervises: No One 

Location: Pujehun, Bombali, Koinadugu, Kambia, and Tonkolili with travel to the field as required 

Job Reference No: PO/UNICEF/INT.EXT/2024/07/04 

Duration: 30 months 

Please indicate three (3) locations you will be interested in working, starting with your first preference. 

Job Purpose: The Project Officer is a junior level management position. The Project Officer implements the activities of the UNICEF funded Project,  “Expanding of cross sectoral opportunities for the empowerment of adolescent girls and reduction of teenage pregnancy and child marriage through gender transformative engagements and social protection (Cash+) programmes” ensuring that policies and other commitments signed up to are fully complied to. 

Main/Specific Responsibilities: 

  • Implement all activities under the UNICEF project in your district in accordance with AASL polices under the guidance of the Project Manager.
  •  Set up and manage community safe spaces for adolescent girls. 
  • Facilitate positive parenting and men/boys’ engagement sessions.  
  • Develop actionable work plans to ensure the timely implementation of project activities in collaboration with the stakeholders
  •  The Project Officer is the Liaison officer between the beneficiaries of the Project and other networks in relation to the Project.
  •  Ensures everything is in place for the smooth running of the Project 
  • Interacts with the target beneficiaries and implement the various aspects of the project as per the project plan approved by the donor through the  preparation of concept note, budget and report. Financial liquidation of funds for activities, ensure the reimbursement are done in a proper manner Ensures proper documentation and accounting system  
  • Establish a regular system of work, i.e. work plan and monitoring plan for project activities  
  • Work with stakeholders at community and district levels to identify, analyse and prioritise their challenges, and develop strategies for the project  activities 
  • Maintaining and developing reporting using AASL/Donor reporting tools on field activities 
  • Fostering good relationship amongst stakeholders  
  • Carry out other activities as may be assigned from time to time by the Project Manager and Regional Manager 

Person Specifications: 

  • Diploma in the social sciences, including development studies, management, social works etc.  
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience from a reputable organization preferably at field level is essential. 
  • Excellent report writing skills 
  • Good understanding of education and children’s rights programming and a demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusive education and  accountability to communities, with a strong commitment to the project. Particular understanding is essential in girls programming.  Be prepared to work unsupervised and develop strong interpersonal relationships with Local Authorities, Community Based organisations,  communities and members of staff of AASL and the donor 
  • Knowledge of Participatory Approaches to development 
  • Computer skills is required especially in Microsoft MS-Word, Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Have a good Collaboration skills 
  • Communication skills 
  • Knowledge in preparing and managing a budget 
  • Ability to work long hours and under pressure. 
  • Capable of working to strict deadlines 
  • Ability and willingness to learn and ride a bike. 

ActionAid’s Sexual Harassment Exploitation and Abuse (SHEA) and Safeguarding approach 

ActionAid is committed to preventing any form of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse (including child abuse and adult at-risk abuse) and responding  robustly when these harms take place. SHEA and Safeguarding incidents are rooted in an imbalance of power, particularly gendered and sexualised abuses of  power. ActionAid views any form of sexual violence as a gross violation of human rights. We will not tolerate our staff or other representatives carrying out any  form of sexual harassment, exploitation or abuse towards anyone we encounter through our work. 

 

How to apply: 

  • These are all local positions; thus applicants should be a Sierra Leonean citizen.  
  • All interested candidates should fill in the application form which is available on https://aasl.byteltd.com/jobs
  • Only electronically completed AASL application forms, a valid scanned Labour card, and scanned certificates will be accepted and should be  uploaded on https://aasl.byteltd.com/jobs
  • Whilst all applicants will be assessed strictly on their merits, particular consideration will be given to applications from Qualified  Women!!!!! 
  • A copy of the filled application form must be sent to the NGO desk officer, Ministry of Labour, New England  

Closing Date: The deadline for receipts of all applications is on/before 5 pm Friday, 19th July 202

Due to the large amounts of applications, we receive, note that the Interview date will be communicated to shortlisted candidates only. These are local positions subject to the ethos of ActionAid Sierra Leone