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SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone is an international non-governmental organisation that has been active in the field of children's rights and committed to children's need and concerns since 1974. We focus our work on children without parental care and children at risk of losing parental care, by providing an alternative family like structure, in which the love of a Care Giver is essential.

Located in Freetown, Bo and Makeni, SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone, operates a wide range of programmes which includes Family Strengthening Programmes, Technical College and Vocational Institute and Youth Programmes. In addition to quality care, we seek to provide quality education to all the children through our Herman Gmeiner International Schools and Kindergartens, supporting more than 4,199 children in accessing and exercising their rights.

SOS Children’s Villages Sierra Leone is looking to recruit qualified candidates for the position:


One – (1) - Village Director for Bo



  • The village director leads the SOS Children’s village in BO. He/she co-ordinates all activities and is responsible and accountable for programme quality and overall development of the SOS Children’s Village in BO. She/he supports the implementation of the Federation Strategy as well as the programme quality standards outlined by its child protection policies. In close collaboration with the Deputy National Director, the Village Director ensures (1) the safety of all children and Youths in the care of SOS Sierra Leone in Bo (2) that adequate support is provided and (3) that needs and requirements are undertaken for the proper care and safeguarding of all children and Youths



The Village Director’s work is based on good and effective guidelines of leadership & management (e.g. human resources development etc) and child & youth care (e.g. child and family development etc). These two main task areas of a village director are equally important and complement each other. He/she will be mainly responsible for

  • Ensuring the overall development of SOS children’s village in Sierra Leone, particularly in BO

  • Guiding and supporting SOS Children’s Villages’ co-workers

  • Guiding and supporting SOS mothers and SOS families to ensure the well-being of the SOS families.

  • Guiding and supporting SOS Youth Care Co-workers

  • Promoting strong and long-term partnerships with communities and

His/her tasks include:

  • Assuring the quality of child care within the framework of the SOS alternative and child-care models.

  • Ensuring that the individual needs and rights of children are addressed and respected and bearing in mind that the rights and concerns of children are at the center of his/her work

  • Providing framework conditions for families and children to grow with love, respect and security.

  • Guiding and supporting youth empowerment activities in order to adequately prepare children and youth for community reintegration.

  • He/she both follows his/her vocation and carries out a job within special working conditions.

  • He/she ensures the capacity development of all village co-workers.

  • He/she ensures the implementation of the organisation’s policies and guidelines, effective planning, evaluation, reporting, accountability and financial management.

  • The village director builds partnerships with the local community and government authorities and represents the SOS organisation and its integrated approach (family-based child care, family strengthening, education and advocacy) to the internal and external environment.

  • He/She comes to terms with living both private life and profession and strives to bring them into balance (work-life balance for himself/herself and his/her family).

Cooperation and Reporting Line

  • The Village Director reports directly to the Deputy National Director and in collaborates closely with the  Alternative Care Coordinator;

  • He/she receives ongoing guidance and support from the national director, Deputy National Director and other national office staff  and has regular performance appraisal discussions with his/her supervisor to develop his/her career.

  • Fosters good relationship and maintains close cooperation with all SOS village co-workers, especially with SOS mothers and SOS youth care co-workers.

  • Represents the SOS children’s village towards local government authorities and other external bodies and organisations and promotes strong and long-term partnerships with local communities.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Studies / Business Administration

  • Must be a trained, qualified and experienced in Child Care.

  • Must have knowledge on Child Protection and Child’s Rights Issues.

  • He/she must have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the aims and principals of the SOS Ideals and its Vision, Mission and Values.

  • Must have total commitment, dedication to SOS CV Sierra Leone

  • Must have a high level of integrity and excellent financial management skills

  • Must have leadership qualities with a positive approach to work under pressure and be prepared to work if necessary outside the normal working hours.

  • Must have a positive and cheerful attitude to life, firm principle and a balance temperament


Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


To apply submit a letter of interest, with Curriculum Vitae, photocopy of certificates, and three (3) professional references with at least one (1) from a direct supervisor, by email only to Please indicate in the subject line the position, the location


Closing date for the submission of applications is Friday 1st February 2019

Only the successful candidates will be contacted.


In accordance with the organisation’s child protection policy, all employment is subject to applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.

What We Stand For:

SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a caring and protective environment, which promotes its core values, and prevents and addresses child abuse and exploitation. We strongly condemn all forms of child abuse and exploitation, be it within or outside of our organisation, and always respond to any case of proven, alleged or attempted abuse within our sphere of influence according to its nature. Efforts ensure that mechanisms are in place to raise awareness, aid prevention, encourage reporting and ease response. They range from human resource development actions such as training and counselling to measures such as suspension, dismissal, and legal action.


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