Sierra Leone/Liberia Country Representative

Street Child
£38,000 - £48,000
Closing date: 23 May 2021
Job Type: Paid
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Street Child UK are searching for an impressive, resourceful professional to play a key leadership role in developing our partners and their growing portfolios in Sierra Leone, and also Liberia - two high-priority countries for the charity. 

 

1. The role 

Street Child UK is a global, child-focussed INGO operating in fifteen countries in Africa and South Asia. In Sierra Leone and Liberia, the very first countries the charity began working in, we principally deliver change through long-standing partnerships with our two 'federal partners' - Street Child of Sierra Leone (SCoSL) and Street Child of Liberia (SCoL). Our high-impact projects chase gains in education access and outcomes for the most marginalised children - through signature integrated education, child protection and livelihoods initiatives. 

The crux of this role is the provision of excellent delivery and representative support to these two key national partners, SCoSL and SCoL - including resource-mobilisation and organisational capacity development.  

Specifically, and importantly, this role-holder will be directly accountable for the strong management and delivery of all Street Child UK-contracted projects in Sierra Leone and Liberia (presently c.$3.5m p/annum; growing) - reporting to Street Child Senior Leadership and/or donors directly.  

The role is based in, and is expected to primarily focus on, Sierra Leone - with travel to Liberia as required (estimated 20%).  

 

2. Key relationships  

Impact and influence will be primarily driven through excellent peer-to-peer collaboration with the SCoSL & SCoL's Country Directors, senior staff and programmes teams. Excellent, trusting, supportive relationships with these figures will be essential.  

The role is supported by a small 3-strong Street Child UK team reporting directly in to it, with two SC-UK Programme Managers in Sierra Leone and one in Liberia.  

This role will have matrix reporting lines into, and significant support from, Street Child UK's Head of Africa Programmes; Head of Global Education & Technical; and Global Programme Co-ordinator. Other key internal relationships will be with Street Child colleagues in finance (especially), other global programmes teams, fundraisers and communications.  

The role-holder is expected to be highly active in external representation and engagement - with Ministries, UN agencies, FCDO, partners, donors and other relevant parties.  

 

3. Skills 

We need someone with the  experience and skills to add real value. Ideally but, not essentially, you will have a strong background in education (and/or protection and livelihoods) – either way you must be passionate about creating impact in these fields and will interact positively with Street Child's Global Head of Education and Technical. ‘Teaching at  the right level’ is a key feature of much of our present programming - prior experience with this method would be hugely beneficial; or a willingness to learn, fast.  

Above all we need someone with the inter-personal skills, and patience, to drive outcomes through respectful, patient,  purposive peer-to-peer interaction with SCoSL and SCoL Country Directors and Senior Teams, including experience in supporting partners to develop and grow. 

We also need someone with the operational and management qualities to ensure excellent programme delivery, in particular of Street Child-UK contracted programmes. Monitoring, data management, reporting and evaluation are key components of the role - evidence of strong capabilities in these areas is vital.  Strong writing abilities, and willingness, to deliver excellent reports and proposals, are also essential -including to tight deadline as required.  

 

4.Opportunity 

This is not an easy job! But for the right person, it's a really great job. There will be considerable freedom to develop the role, as the senior representative of Street Child UK in-country; and equally, considerable support from Street Child UK global leadership, most of whom have extensive experience of these two contexts. 

Moreover, our work in Sierra Leone and Liberia sits right at the heart of the charity. These are flag-ship programmes for the charity. Sierra Leone in particular remains among the very best supported programmes by Street Child's core donor base, many of whom have visited the country (including over 1000 for the Sierra Leone Marathon, which the charity has staged every year, apart from 2020 sadly - COVID-19). 

In recent years Street Child's work in Sierra Leone and Liberia has won considerable recognition. In 2019 the charity received an award at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Qatar for our 'Family Business for Education' work in both countries. Street Child Liberia also emerged from the December 2019 RCT evaluation of the high-profile PSL/LEAP programme with massive credit - delivering the best value outcomes of all eight operators, by a clear distance. The opportunity in this role is to carry forwards this momentum and play a key role in driving the next phase of Street Child's journey in these two critical contexts.  

 

We anticipate paying a salary in the region of £38-48k for the successful candidate, depending on prior experience.  

To learn more about Street Child and our work in Sierra Leone and Liberia please visit www.street-child.co.uk 

 

Benefits 

Attractive benefits are included – details available on request. Please note that this role is unaccompanied and not suitable for candidates looking for a family posting.  

Region: Rest of the world
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Sector: Leadership Management Projects and programmes

Application notes

Please send your CV and a short cover letter to [email protected] ASAP. We will review applications as they are received. Pre-employment checks will be required as part of our recruitment process in line with our Safeguarding Policy. Street Child welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. 

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