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Program Officer-(Village Savings and Loan)

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Program Officer-(Village Savings and Loan)


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Location: Waterloo

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 26th January 2018


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.

We are seeking competent, reliable and self-motivated individuals to contribute to our Global Priorities by joining us in our Sierra Leone Country Office to ensure the delivery of high quality project activities in the target communities with a focus on building the capacity of Save the Children staff and key institutions with which SC collaborates, including both government and non-government agencies and organizations to ensure project quality and sustainability.

In this role, you will work closely with the Education Project Coordinator to directly provide technical support to Village Agents and VSLA groups to be technically healthy and functional. This will include introducing the model to various community stakeholders, community members and potential beneficiaries to facilitate understanding and soliciting support and participation. This encompasses raising awareness and ensuring support and commitment to achieving key deliverables of the VSLA component of the project.  S/he will work in close collaboration with other colleagues working on Education, Child Protection, Health and Food Security and Livelihoods programs. S/he will lead the establishment and periodic monitoring of VSLAs in various communities and will participate in baseline and end line assessment of the project. S/he will ensure MIS and other data and MEAL systems are up to date and ready to share whenever needed. The Field Officer for VSLAs will be required to submit weekly/monthly plans as well as reports in close collaboration with the MEAL officer to update indicator performance tracking tool on weekly basis and work with support staff (fleet, HR/ Admin, procurement, finance and logistics) to ensure logistical and financial support are provided in timely manner.   


In order to be successful in this role, you should have previous experience in integrating VSLA in child protection, Education, psychosocial support or gender based violence programmes. You should have strong knowledge in field of Education, social work, social sciences or a related field and the ability to engage effectively with people at all levels from different cultures.  

Child Protection – Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.



  • Degree or Diploma in Education, social work, social sciences or a related field.

  • At least 3 years relevant experience in integrating VSLA in child protection, Education, psychosocial support or gender based violence programmes.

  • Experience in VSLA and Bursary project is an added advantage.

  • Basic knowledge of the Education system in Sierra Leone.

  • Knowledge of child protection systems and/or gender based violence.

  • Experience working with communities, government, service providers, and local stakeholders in order to coordinate child protection services.

  • Experience in community mobilization and implementing trainings for groups and individuals at all levels

  • Excellent facilitation skills and strong interpersonal skills.

  • Experience in program planning, implementation, monitoring and review.

  • Excellent written and spoken English; experience in preparing project reports/documentation.

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative; experience working successfully in a team.

  • IT literate and able to use Word, Excel, and Power Point

  • Ability and willingness to travel to projects and stay in basic conditions

Contract length: 12 months  

Application Information:

  • SCI Safeguarding Policy Statement; we need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children.

  • Candidates should possess Social Security Numbers (NASSIT)

  • SCI maintains zero tolerance to dual employment.

  • Reference and Security clearance checks will be conducted.

  • Candidates must possess a valid driving license for positions related to field activities.

  • Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document including your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role.

  • Applicants should address their applications to the HR/Admin Manager, Save the Children, 55 Sir Samuel Lewis Road, Aberdeen, Freetown or 8 Beudu Road, Kailahun Town and send a copy of their application addressed to the NGO Desk Officer, Ministry of Labour & Social Security, New England, Freetown.

  • Please indicate on the envelop position applied for and job location as stated on the advert.

  • Applications can be hand-delivered to the addresses above or send by email to

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

  • Applicants should collect a copy of our Child Safeguarding & Code of Conduct policies from the nearest Save the Children office from Mondays to Thursdays between 0900hrs and 1700hrs and on Fridays between 0900hrs and 1400hrs.

Please read the job profile, ensure you meet the Essential Criteria before applying.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and questions about the post will be answered during the interviews.


SCI AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  PERSON WITH DISABILITIES AND WOMEN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Please note that Save the Children do not charge fees for recruitment, kindly call our toll-free fraud/general Feedback Line 922 (same number for Airtel and Africell) for complains.