Christian Aid (CA) has worked in Sierra Leone for over 25 years, with governance being one of our key thematic areas. CA works through a distinct partnership approach which reflects our belief that local organisations and people are best suited to solve their own problems. We have partners at all levels (Community, District and national) in often very remote areas where few others operate, as well as national partners who challenge the systems and structures that perpetuate poverty and inequality in Sierra Leone.
About SABI Programme:
SABI is a citizen-led accountability programme working in every district of the country to increase awareness of, and demand for, the delivery of basic health, education and social protection services. SABI will support the building of relationships between citizens and state. Funded by UK Aid, it is a four-year programme being implemented by a consortium of international and local partners, including Restless Development.
About the role
To manage the programme team, provide technical input and ensure the effective implementation of the programme. To manage SABI’s national partner and ensure there is effective coordination between the national partner and regional partners. To provide oversight over the management of the SABI portfolio of partners and grantees through the Senior Programme Officers (SPOs), programme delivery and reporting as agreed with the SABI Head of Programmes and SABI Team Leader. To serve as gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) focal person and ensure GESI is integrated in all SABI activities. To promote quality programming, including GESI-sensitivity, and to ensure close collaboration with finance, communications and MEL colleagues. To ensure appropriate support and capacity-building is provided to local partners. To contribute to team reflection, building and innovation, and to ensure learning is incorporated into partners’ programming in an adaptive way, and that the intended programme outputs, outcomes and impacts are met or exceeded.
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in development studies, international relations, political science or similar discipline. Significant experience in international development, programme management and partnership engagement. You will bring significant experience of managing teams and demonstrate a high level of adaptability and exceptional interpersonal skills.
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.
As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:
Tell us about a time when you had to build relationships with different individuals or other organisations to further your own organisation’s goals: What was the context? what were your responsibilities? What actions did you take? Why? What were the results of your actions? How did you know you had furthered your organisation’s goals?
Please give us an example of a time when you found ways to achieve more effective outcomes by using existing resources in a new or different way: What was the context? What was your task? What action(s) did you take? How successful were you? What was the impact of your actions?
Please tell us about a time when you had to give feedback to a staff member whom you managed on a difficult or contentious issue: What was the context? What was the difficult/contentious issue? How did you feel about it? How did you plan and deliver the feedback? What was the response? What was the outcome? Did you have the desired impact?
We have more than 70 years’ experience of working in partnership to support communities to thrive. We tackle the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks. And if disasters happen, we get people the help they want straight away.