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Consortium Programme Manager 


LocationFreetown, Sierra Leone

Reports to (Job Country Manager Title)

Matrix manager (if Click here to enter text. applicable)


For more information on application procedures, visit Christian Aid website on and follow the steps to apply online.


Role definition Role purpose

Christian Aid is the lead for a consortium of four agencies implementing a DFID funded Accountable Grant on Public Financial Management, Revenue and Anti-corruption in Sierra Leone. Christian Aid is working with Restless Development, Budget Advocacy Network and the Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law.

The postholder will lead and deliver a one year to one-and-a-half-year project funded by DFID and led by Christian Aid on Public Financial Management, Revenue and Anti-corruption. This will be responsible for providing leadership and delivery of results for the programme, leading the consortium of four agencies and a management team from across the four agencies.

The post holder is required to ensure an effective programme planning, coordination and allocation of resources and, in a manner, that makes maximum contribution to programme objectives and is compliant with the donors and Christian Aid requirements. This will include leading a team, providing technical input and ensuring effective management and delivery of the programme and provision of appropriate support for consortium partner agencies.

Key outcomes

  • Quick and effective start-up of the programme ensuring that all partners of the consortium are up to speed to deliver within the limited timeframe. This includes staffing and the development of a clear, concise consolidated Six-Month Activity Plan showing activities and deliverables.

  • Project delivery achieves/demonstrates significant outcomes/results over the first six months and the first year of implementation.

  • High quality staff, delivering quality programme outputs within time and budget.

  • A strong consortium able to deliver on the programme outputs through quality programming and adaptation as would be necessary.

  • Effective coordination with Service Provider (DFID is recruiting for this separately) and relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to optimize impact and ownership of results.

  • Compliance with Christian Aid and donor’s requirements for accountability and delivery of the programme.

  • Added value by Christian Aid and partners in the delivery of the project.

  • High quality donor engagement and reporting.


Salary BandB

Competency level

Role agility

Expected travel per annum Occasional travelOn call/unsocial hours No

Surge capacity for emergency responses Choose an item.

In order to respond to ever changing demands within the environment, Christian Aid operates within an agile framework (both in workforce and operational) that requires from all employees, a high level of responsiveness and adaptiveness to processes and structures making flexibility and a project based working approach the norm. To sustain this system, managers may/will agree further details of specific tasks and duties as part of the performance agreement. Any reasonable duty may be assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility, and employees may be required to change the focus of their role from time to time.

Role context

The role of Consortium Programme Manager is a key position required for managing a first phase, one year to one and half year grant to deliver a set of outcomes in the areas of Public Financial Management. The overall impact of the programme is to contribute to Strengthening Public Financial Management, Anti-Corruption and Accountability Institutions in Sierra Leone. Key deliverables from this role include ensuring quality project and budget management and together with agreeing a results framework and ensuring demonstrable results. The postholder will engage and network with relevant actors in relation to the programme and the agreement between the donor and Christian Aid. The post holder with the support of Christian Aid is responsible for ensuring that the key functions are carried out in accordance with the Accountable Grant Agreement

The Consortium Programme Manager is based in the Christian Aid Office, Sierra Leone and is responsible for leading the Programme and its staff, and delivering against programme outcomes. The role is also responsible for operational management of consortium partners, with strategic and management oversight of the consortium to deliver within time and budget.

Role requirements


External Establishes and maintains a wide network of external contacts with the donor (DFID), Service Provider (to be recruited by DFID separately to support relevant MDAs), heads of partner agencies and other NGOs and research institutions/consultants to enable the research of creative ideas and opportunities for collaborative to achieve results. Maintains relationships with Clients and donor partners, consortium partners, other NGOs, Private Consultancy and Knowledge Sector alongside government agencies.

Internal Reports to the Country Manager- Christian Aid Sierra Leone. Maintains a close liaison with various Christian Aid teams including the Sierra Leone country office staff, finance, internal audit, communications, programme funding, policy teams.

Decision making Budgetary/savings responsibility The role has considerable budgetary authority relating to the programme portfolio.

The role has considerable decision-making authority around operational and strategic decision-making areas on individual partner interventions and overall performance. Working collaboratively with the Country Manager and other members of the Divisional Management Group, the post holder will work closely with the Senior Leads in PIF, Programme Quality team and Geographical Programme Divisions to make decisions relating to the delivery of the project including ongoing assessment and management of risks related to the project. Contributes to decisions on systems for managing the risks and ensuring an efficient supportive mechanism that allows for quality and speed in achieving outputs. The post holder will lead decisions on recruitment, selection and induction of new team members who will be key to the delivery and management of the programme

Analytical skills

Highly complex work involving a number of different factors or facets that relate both to own area of work and is likely to have cross-functional implications. Expected to take account of the wider and longer-term consequences of own and other ideas, recommendations and decisions. Risk assessment is an important part of developing solutions. Innovation is fundamental to developing solutions and the post holder is expected to develop and champion processes and ways of working to identify changes that will improve organisational performance

Developing self and others

Continuously look for opportunities for self-development. Give and receive honest and open feedback in a timely manner.

Has direct responsibility for developing, coaching and motivating colleagues/project team members, including those who report in through others and may include more than one team. May monitor performance review and development planning and activities within a function/across major projects to ensure that best practice is being met.

Number of DirectOverall people management

reports 3responsibility 7

Click here to enter text. The extent to which the job holder is responsible for their own work, for influencing and/or directing the work of others, acting in an advisory/specialist capacity

Role related checks

Child protection clearance Not required Counter terrorism screening Not required

Person specification

Applied skills/knowledge and expertise


  • Significant experience in public financial management, preferably in Sierra Leone or similar contexts.

  • Experience working with MDAs in Sierra Leone, supporting efforts towards transparency and accountability on revenue, public financial management and anti-corruption measures.

  • Strong experience of DFID and DFID funded governance projects/programmes in Sierra Leone or similar contexts.

  • Strong understanding of the political and economic landscape of Sierra Leone, including policies relating to revenue, tax, public financial management and anti-corruption.

  • Strong ability to coordinate research and new learning working with independent consulting forms or consultants in Sierra Leone.

  • Proven experience in delivery, leading and managing risk, consortia and delivery of highly demanding projects/programmes.

  • Experience of leading strategic thinking, and hands on planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Outstanding communication and networking skills for relationship building and facilitation, including consortium development and management.

  • Willing and able to pioneer new ideas and to innovate for impact.

  • University degree or equivalent in business, economics, international relations, development studies, environmental management, agronomy or a relevant subject.

  • Strong knowledge and expertise in working with institutional client donors, which may include DFID/HMG, USAID, European Commission, other bilateral agencies and Regional Development Banks and World Bank group of Agencies

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • High level of numeracy and understanding of financial controls and procedures.


  • Postgraduate or equivalent qualification in management or a specialised professional qualification in a relevant discipline

  • Experience of negotiating and delivering Accountable Grants within limited timeframes and in challenging contexts.

  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds

Digital/IT competencies required Word, Excel, PowerPointAdvanced

Web content design & development


Internet based collaboration tools and video calling


Social Media


Data Visualisation




Further details of specific tasks and duties will be agreed with the line manager as part of the performance agreement. Any reasonable duty may be assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.

This role profile is not prescriptive; it merely outlines the key behaviours the role-holder requires to be successful in the role; the key behaviours and responsibilities are subject to change. Any changes will be made in consultation with the role-holder.

You will be expected to abide by the Code of Conduct, policies and procedures within Christian Aid which may be updated from time to time.

You must be in sympathy with the aims, beliefs and values of Christian Aid as it seeks to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication.

How to apply

For more information on application procedures, visit Christian Aid website on and follow the steps to apply online.

Please note: We would not accept any application in hard copy.

Please forward any queries you have regarding this vacancy to the email,

Closing date for the receipt of application: 25th February 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and interview date(s) communicated


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