Project Director -Community Engagement Pillar

THE ROLE: Community Engagement Pillar Project Director

Save the Children is recruiting for an upcoming funding opportunity for a multi-year, multi-district secondary education project in Sierra Leone. The Project Director will lead the Community Engagement pillar of the project, which focuses on community mobilisation and social accountability for improved service access and quality, and ensure overall direction of pillar as part of a wider programme consortium.

The Project Director will ensure efficient and maximal use of resources, implement social accountability models and mobilise families, communities, the government and service providers in support of the project’s goals and expected outcomes. The Project Director will be accountable for the effective financial and operational management of the pillar activities, including human resources, technical approaches, monitoring, and learning. The Project Director will be responsible for coordinating activities amongst a number of international and national NGO partners, as well as coordinating with the overall Programme Lead of the consortium. Within Save the Children, s/he reports to the Director of Programme Operations in Sierra Leone, and works in close collaboration with all other departments and programmes in Sierra Leone, in all operational districts


  • Degree in development studies, other social sciences or related field of study.
  • Postgraduate degree/ postgraduate diploma is an advantage.



    • At least 8 years of relevant programming experience, with 5 of these in management roles: gender equality-related programming, community engagement, social accountability, adolescent sexual reproductive health, girls’ education, youth-focused programming, community development, and/or related programming.
    • At least 5 years of experience in community centred programming, which may include community engagement, community mobilisation, social accountability
    • At least 5 years of experience in either education programming and / or SRH programming.
    • Experience providing technical leadership to community engagement, mobilisation or accountability work in the health/SRH and/or education sectors
    • Previous experience in the Sierra Leone or West African context. 
    • Proven experience in all aspects of programme management, including design, planning, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation.
    • Proven experience with financial management; management of programme grants and budgets of over 4-5 million USD is an advantage.
    • Experience in integrating gender, diversity and other power related issues into program activities.
    • Experience in managing programme teams, including coordinators, 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. 
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
    • Experience in working with local/national civil society partners, managing partner contracts and relationships, ensuring mutual and institutional capacity building, joint monitoring, etc.
    • Child participation: experience in implementing programmes or activities directly with/for children.
    • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically.
    • Willing to commit to Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.


    • Experience in more than one country is an advantage.
    • Ability to be self-sufficient and resourceful, proactive in identifying and addressing challenges, yet consulting and asking for assistance as needed/relevant.
    • Ability and willingness to travel to project communities and stay in basic conditions.

Additional job responsibilities

The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the Post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.


Closing Date: 10th June, 2022

The Organization

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 realize 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. 


Applicants are advised that 

Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process and we maintain zero tolerance to dual employment.  Any request in this direction should be immediately

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document including details of your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role.

      Candidates should apply through the links that will be provided by

      Applicants should attach a copy of a valid Labour Card to their applications


Date advertised: 10 May 2022

Closing date: 11 Jun 2022 - 00:59 WAT

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Department: Business Transformation

Type: Contingent

Schedule: Full-time

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