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Action Against Hunger is an International Non-Governmental Organization that is charitable, impartial, non-political, independent and non-profit making. Action Against Hunger overall objective in these contexts is to fight against hunger and this is achieved through the implementation of nutrition, health, food security and water & sanitation (WASH) projects. Action Against Hunger is seeking motivated, dynamic and experienced candidates for the following positions:


Capacity Building and Partnerships Officer (HOP)


DURATION OF CONTRACT: 8 Months                                          

LOCATIONS: East Freetown

END OF CONTRACT DATE:   31st December 2018                               

STARTING DATE: 1st May 2018

PROBATION PERIOD: 3 Months                                                        


NUMBER OF POSITIONS: One (1)                                               


SALARY: According to Action Against Hunger Salary Grade + Allowances               



Participate and contribute to the WMT assessment and monitoring to identify training and support needs. Ensure effective community involvement for all WASH activities. Ensure an efficient collaboration between Action Against Hunger and partners in the WASH sector (WASH Committees, CBOs, other NGOs, DHMT, GVWC, etc.), act as primary focal point between these WASH partners and Action Against Hunger.



Objective 1: Represent Action Against Hunger within target city sections and communities


  • In partnership with the Software team, identify key stakeholders in the target communities, ensuring that all sections of the community are represented
  • Develop strong relationships with all key stakeholders, and ensure they are aware of Action Against Hunger activities in the communities
  • Plan, organise and lead community meetings on a regular basis, according to the project needs, ensuring that all sections of the community are involved in the planning and decision making processes for all WASH activities
  • Coordinate with both the software and hardware teams to ensure that consistent messages and information is given to the community. Alert the WASH D/PM and Urban WASH Expert if any conflicting messages are being spread in the same community
  • Keep track of the overall level of involvement of the community in ACF projects, and alert the WASH DPM/PM and Urban WASH Expert if there are any issues or concerns

Objective 2: Represent Action Against Hunger and ensure a good quality of the relationship between Action Against Hunger and partners in the WASH sectors.


  • Build and maintain relationship with DHMT, GVWC,  WDC, WASH Management Team, and other partners
  • Represent the project to ACF partners, especially Ministry of Health and Sanitation, DHMT, GVWC and WASH Management Team
  • The Capacity Building Officer will be responsible for identifying and helping to resolve problems and conflicts that arise in relation to the project. In the event that s/he is unable to resolve a problem or conflict s/he will promptly share the issue with the WASH DPM and/or PM
  • Present the outcomes/results of the project activities on a regular basis
  • Ensure local Action Against Hunger representation and coordination with other stakeholders within the intervention area 

Objective 3: Take leads in the WASH management Team (WMT) Mapping and  quarterly performance assessment/monitoring of WMTs.


  • Contribute to the development of WMT mapping tools and participate in the mapping exercise
  • Participate and contribute in the performance assessment of WASH Management Team at consortium level
  • In coordination with the WASH software DPM and the software team, plan the monitoring of WASH Management Team in each ward in good time and ensure cash count at the end of each month
  • Ensure that each WASH Management Team have a bank account and monitoring their monthly financial transactions
  • Ensure that problem (s) with WASH facilities is/are communicated to the hardware DPM and follow up on fixing the problem (s).
  • Working with the software team, contribute to the development and delivery of refresher training to all ACF community structures (WMT, KTV, CHW).
  • Monitor the activities of the WASH Management Team and highlight any issues with their capacity or performance to the WASH DPM and/or WASH PM.

Objective 4: Capacity Building of WASH Management Team and community level organisations


  • In consultation with the WASH DPM (soft), design, plan and conduct capacity assessments of all WASH Management Team, in coordination with WASH PM and WASH Urban WASH Expert
  • Review feedback from assessments and identify training needs for WASH Management Team
  • Request training for WMT to be provided by the software or hardware teams as required
  • Contribute to development of new training tools where it is not already available
  • Where other CBOs are involved in the WASH project, coordinate with the WASH DPM (soft) and assess their needs and provide support to them as required

Objective 5: Facilitate the relationship between WASH Management Team, FCC/WDC and GVWC:


  • Represent ACF during negotiations with FCC, GVWC and other relevant stakeholders to establish action plan for registration of WASH Management Team
  • Ensure that tariffs are developed with the participation of key stakeholders, and that they are appropriate in terms of sustainability of the system and affordability for consumers
  • Act as a facilitator of the handover process between Action Against Hunger, the WASH Management Team, FCC and GVWC


Other responsibilities:

Represent ACF in the Urban WASH Consortium in all matters regarding WMT, community involvement and partnerships.

Collect monthly data as required, perform data cleaning and data entry

Implement and be in accordance with the policy and procedures of Action Against Hunger at all times

Carryout other functions assigned to you by the manager or Urban WASH expert.


Educational / Professional Background:

Teacher, Instructor or Professional experience in the field.

At least 2 years proven experience in supporting  capacity building initiatives at community level including organisational development


Required Competence & Skills :

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to monitor activities and progress against work plan
  • Experience of implementing similar projects 
  • Patience, good relations with other people, capacity to manage priorities, precision, dynamism, good writing and organisational skills,
  • Capacity to share knowledge.
  • Experience of working with external stakeholders and partners
  •  Ability to communicate, motivate, negotiate and persuade
  •  Previous experience of working with poor and vulnerable groups.
  • Capacity to drive a motorbike (driving licence) 


Applicants should submit their application letters with two referees, CV and copies of professional certificates to:

Human Resources Manager 

Action Contre la Faim    

10 Sall Drive, Cockle bay        

Off Aberdeen Road 



Administrator East Base

Action Contre la Faim       

10 New Diversion, Old railway line         

Ojuku Junction, Lower Allen Town



Admin Base

Action Contre la Faim

Sembehun road,



Or by Email:




Deadline for applications:  23rd April 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Action Against Hunger for a written test and interview and please mark position applied for at the top right hand of envelop.


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