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Partnership & Governance Advisor


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Location: Freetown

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 25th October 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 Director of Programme Development and Quality in coordinating our partnership work with other INGOs, and with government as relevant, representing the organization in partnership discussions, and in helping to identify and pursue new partnership opportunities in the Sierra Leonean context. S/he engages in Save the Children’s global and regional partnership discussions/initiatives, contributing learning and leveraging best practices from other contexts, and maintains open communication with global and regional partnership focal persons for discussion on specific issues relating to partnership.


  • In order to be successful in this role, you should have previous experience in designing and implementing development programming in Sierra Leone. You should have strong knowledge of local partnership, civil society and donor context and the ability to engage effectively with people at all levels from different cultures. 


Child Safeguarding Level 3:  the role 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) because they work in country programmes; or are visiting country programmes; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff



  • Master's Degree in social sciences, or any relevant field. Extensive and substantive relevant practical experience may be considered in lieu of a Master's Degree;



  • Passion for leveraging partnerships for strategic achievement of organizational goals, mutually beneficial relationships, strengthening civil society/government/etc.
  • A minimum of 7years relevant work experience, including at least 3 years of management experience
  • Experience designing and implementing development programming in Sierra Leone
  • Solid understanding of governance and specifically child rights governance approaches
  • Deep knowledge of local partnership, civil society and donor context
  • Demonstrated skills in systems thinking and policy development
  • A holistic understanding of organizational structures, ways of working & accountability
  • A working knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning
  • Expertise in thought leadership
  • Ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector working; demonstrated understanding of basic departmental roles and functions.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability managing and growing a team
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Training, capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams, in emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

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 Senior HR Coordinator, Save the Children, 55 Sir Samuel Lewis Road, Aberdeen, Freetown or 117 Mano Sewalu Road, Masanta Section, Kailahun Town and send a copy of their application addressed to the NGO Desk Officer, Ministry of Labour & Social Security, New England, Freetown.
  • 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 Monday to Thursday between 0900hrs and 1700hrs and from 0900hrs – 1400hrs on Friday.
  • All applications should be submitted not later than 1700hrs GMT on the closing date.
  • Please indicate on the envelop position applied for and job location as stated on the advert.


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.


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