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ActionAid is a global federation of 45 countries working across the world with a mission to achieve a just, equitable, and sustainable world in which every person enjoys the right to a life of dignity, 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 2018 which focuses on three (3) Programme Priorities: Engage the structural causes of violence against women and girls and promote the recognition, reduction, and redistribution of unpaid care work for economic justice, Improve public accountability for the provision of responsive basic public services and Advance responsive humanitarian action prioritizing women and girl’s safety, participation, leadership in emergency preparedness, response, and prevention. We are operating in Bo, Bombali, Kambia, Kono, Moyamba, Tonkolili and the Western Area. ActionAid Sierra Leone has secured a two- and half-year grant from the European Union and will be implemented in Bo, Bombali and Kono.


The Project: The proposed project, “Enhancing CSO participation in governance and national level policy processes”. which is funded by the European Union (EU) seeks to facilitate more inclusive CSO participation in dialogue with the government on development policy and practice by supporting CSOs and their networks to create an enabling environment for civil society to operate as actors of good governance at all levels. Lead agency AASL will work with co-applicants Advocate for Social Justice and Development (ASJD) and Women’s Action for Human Dignity (WAHD).


ActionAid Sierra Leone (AASL) is looking for qualified, experienced, and self-motivated persons to fill in the below positions;

Position : Safeguarding Officer (1)
Reports to : Head of HROD and Administration with a dotted reporting to the Project Manager
Supervises : No One
Location : Freetown with travel to the field as required
Job Reference No : SO/EU-CSO/2023/20/1
Duration : 2 Years  6months


Job Purpose: The Safeguarding Officer, reporting to the Head of HROD and Administration who is also the SHEA and Safeguarding Focal Person. Safeguarding Officer is responsible for the implementation of safeguarding projects; safeguarding risk man supporting; support of a network of Designated Safeguarding Leads; and promoting the safe practice in line with the ActionAid International Safeguarding Policy and sector-wide recommendations. The position liaises with the Designated Safeguarding Leads and relevant partner organizations to provide them with required resources, capacity-building support, and training. This position also supports with every aspect of the employment process, including orientation and training nof ew staff members.


Person Specifications:

Qualification: A post-graduate degree in Social Sciences, Local Governance or Public Administration from a recognized institution with a minimum of five (5) years of postgraduate experience.


Essential Experience & Knowledge: •

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences gained from a recognized University (i.e. in either Sociology, or Development Studies, or Political Science, or Public Administration, or International Relations, or Public Policy, Law, Human Rights or relevant disciplines). 
  • At least 2 years’ experience in Safeguarding work within an International NGO
  • Experience developing and implementing organizational policies and procedures
  • A practical understanding of safeguarding and how to create safe environments 
  • Experience working in an international development setting and an understanding of the safeguarding risks faced by our project participants and partners (desirable, not essential)
  • An understanding of social inclusion (desirable, not essential)
  • Experience traveling or working in with local communities is an added advantage



  • Project management e.g. organizing training
  • Personal time and workload management
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to challenge current approaches and propose improvements
  • Ability to produce high-quality written work, often to deadlines 
  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office products including Excel, 
  • PowerPoint and Word




  • Excellent understanding of ActionAid’s vision, mission, goals, and approach to poverty eradication and development
  • Good planning skills 
  • Good interpersonal, communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Budgeting and budgetary control
  • Financial management
  • Documentation and reporting 
  • People Management and Teamwork


How to apply:

  • These are local positions; thus, local terms and conditions apply.


  • All interested candidates should complete and return the application form on, along with valid labour.
  • Only electronically submitted documentation will be accepted.


  • Please quote the Job Reference Number. 


  • Whilst all applicants will be assessed strictly on their individual merits, particular consideration will be given to applications from Qualified Women


Closing Date: Deadline for receipts of all applications is on / before 5pm Friday, 30th January 2023
Interview date will be communicated to shortlisted candidates only.
These are local positions subject to the ethos of ActionAid Sierra Leone