Programme Manager – Sierra Leone


Salary: Paid SLL 151,673,645
Location: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 20 July 2021

About Restless Development.

We know young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being sidelined. We are the agency that works with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, we work with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. Our programmes are genuinely life-changing, but we can’t do any of this without talented, creative individuals at every level of our organisation.

Restless Development Sierra Leone has and will continue to be a flagship programme within the context of this new strategy. The agency’s role at the forefront of the social mobilization and behavior change data collection efforts in the country has led the agency to become an international leader in community engagement.

About the Role.

The Improving Financial Inclusion for Women Living in Informal Settlements programme (WLIIS) is a new, exciting, innovative, and far-reaching programme aiming to improve financial literacy for women in 37 informal settlements in Freetown. The strategic objective of the programme is that, by the end of 2023, 5,500 women in these informal settlements will have access to appropriate, useful, gender sensitive and inclusive financial products and services, resulting in increased financial resilience and independence to make choices. This will truly put these women at the heart of the economic growth of their communities, while supporting them to impactfully and sustainably advocate for improved financial services and policies. The WLIIS programme is funded by Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) and will be implemented over 2 1⁄2 years by Restless Development as Lead agency in collaboration with Centre of Dialogue on Human Settlement and Poverty Alleviation (CODOHSAPA) and Federation of Urban and Rural Poor (FEDURP).

The Programme Manager will be responsible for the overall coordination and facilitation of the WLIIS programme, and the Business Support programme (formally known as BDS) in Sierra Leone, and ensuring integrated holistic approach in programme implementation among downstream partner’s in the achievement of programme objectives. You will be specifically responsible to facilitate integrated programming in joint areas of operation with focus on: cross-learning, downward accountability, monitoring integration aspects and producing consolidated narrative reports. You will be responsible for coordination of activities across 37 informal settlements in Freetown to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the programme.

The Programme Manager will work closely with CODOHSAPA, FEDURP, MOGCA and the private sector. You will represent the LIVING programme portfolio at national and community levels to all relevant stakeholders. You will provide analysis and information to the Programme Steering Committee for overall strategic direction.

About You.

Essential skills and experience

● Commitment to Restless Development’s values and mission (available on Restless Development International website).
● Academic Qualification in Development Studies, Business Administration, Financial Services/Social Work. ● Fluency in spoken Krio and English; excellent documentation and report- writing skills.
● Proven experience in all aspects of livelihoods programme management, including design, planning, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation.
● Experience in overseeing gender and disability inclusive programmes.
● Experience in managing teams including staff development, coaching, and performance management, and hands-on knowledge working with downstream partners.
● At Least 3 years experience and skills in establishing and maintaining external relations with government, community stakeholders and civil society.
● Proven experience in budget management, monitoring financial risks, and financial forecasting against plans and targets.
● Be results oriented and forward-thinking, self-starter with demonstrated analytical skills.
● Ability to be self-sufficient and resourceful, proactive in identifying and addressing challenges, yet consulting and asking for assistance as needed.

●A role model, able to gain the respect of the management and wider staff team.
● Hands-on experience applying participatory approaches like RECFLECT

Desirable skills & experience

● Experience in youth programmes.
● Knowledge and experience in curriculum development approach to programming is a strong asset.
● Experience in leading advocacy efforts to influence systemic change.

How To Apply.

Please send a completed application form to email and copy by 5:00 pm on the 20th July 2021, with the subject line ‘Application for Programme Manager “LIVING” Programme’.

• Females are highly encouraged to apply. 50% of candidates shortlisted will be female.
• Please note that we do not accept CV’s and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews