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Education Project Officer


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Location: Western Area (based in Waterloo)

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 22nd March 2019.


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 Manager and will be responsible for project planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reports writing and the education needs assessment in the project area. The position will be based in Waterloo field office with a frequent visit to project communities. S/He will coordinate with other members of the team in attaining the strategic goals and objective of the project and the education programme generally.


  • In order to be successful in this role, you should have previous experience of undertaking a MEAL related role in development and humanitarian context and strong knowledge in Statistics, Economics or equivalent field experience and 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.


Higher Teacher’s Certificate. Degree in Education, Community Development will be an added advantage


  • At least 3 years extensive experience working preferably with an International and Non Governmental Organization, Government Parastatals or private sector in similar proposed field

  • Experience facilitating training and contributing to the development of materials and modules.  

  • Experience of overseeing staff responsible for community-based education activities  

  • Experience in using participatory methodologies in programme implementation, preferably involving children.  

  • Good understanding of children and/or family issues, as well as issues of discrimination, diversity, and inclusion

  • Experience of collaborating closely with line Ministries, particularly DEO and Local Councils.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills and ability to think strategically

  • Attitude of humility, flexibility, openness and transparency showing a willingness to learn

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Strong interpersonal skills including communication and networking skills

  • Experience contributing to project design, planning, and proposal development.

  • Understanding of basic MEAL terminologies with experience in data collection and data entry

  • Experience working with civil society and partners

  • Experience working successfully in a team

  • Familiarity with child protection and safeguarding issues


Contract length: 9 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/Admin 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.

  • 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 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 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.