Programme Director

The Opportunity


The “Genda Bizness” project is an anticipated two-year project that seeks to address adolescent pregnancy in urban areas of Sierra Leone using a multi-sector integrated approach, which will be funded by Irish Aid.  The “Second Chance” Project is a 4-year DANIDA-funded project (2018-2021) that aims to improve access to support and services for adolescent mothers in urban areas. The Programme Director will provide overall leadership and direction of both projects, ensuring high quality delivery, complementarity, integration and learning as important models of Save the Children’s adolescent pregnancy prevention programming in urban areas.  The Programme Director is accountable for the effective financial and operational management of both projects, including human resources, technical approaches, learning and adaptive components.  He/she reports to the Western Area Manager and works in close collaboration with all other departments and programmes in Sierra Leone, in the coordination and in the Western Area offices.



In order to be successful you will have:



  • A university degree in Public Health or any of the social sciences.  A post graduate degree will be considered as an added advantage

  • At least 6 years of relevant programming experience, with 5 of these in management roles: adolescent pregnancy, SRH, SGBV, child protection, youth, livelihoods, and related topics.

  • At least five years of experience working with an INGO, preferably in the Sierra Leone or West African context.  Experience in more than one country is an advantage.

  • Proven experience in all aspects of programme management, including design, planning, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation.  Experience in adaptive programming is an advantage.

  • Proven experience with financial management; management of programme grants and budgets of over 1 million USD is an advantage.

  • Experience in managing programme teams, including managers, across multiple geographic sites, including staff development, coaching, and performance management.

  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, use of qualitative and quantitative data to analyse progress in programmes, and the use of logical or results frameworks, theories of change, etc.

  • Substantial experience and skills in establishing and maintaining external relations with government, community stakeholders and civil society.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English; excellent documentation and report-writing skills.

  • Proficiency in computer e.g.  MS Word, MS Power Point and Excel. 

  • Experience in working with local/national civil society partners, managing partner contracts and relationships, mutual capacity building, joint monitoring, etc.

  • Child participation: experience in implementing programmes or activities directly with/for children.


  • Experience in integrating gender, diversity and other power related issues into programme activities.


LOCATION: Freetown (Western Urban) with frequent travel to western area rural- Waterloo


The Organisation


We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

 Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 11 Feb 2019

Closing date: 25 Feb 2019

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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