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Mon, 23/09/2019 - 17:00

We know young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being ignored and overlooked. We are the agency that works with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, we work with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. Our programmes are genuinely life-changing, but can’t do any of this without talented, creative individuals at every level of our organisation.

In Sierra Leone, Restless Development has operated at the invitation of the government since 2005, working with and for young people to help the country rebuild from civil war. When Ebola broke out in 2014, it was Restless Development that worked with the next generation of young people – including 3,000 social mobilisers – to reach and build trust with communities across half the country, playing a critical role as the country put an end to the disease.


Now, after 2018 elections committed the country to a new national trajectory, Restless Development is working with hundreds of young leaders across the country to unlock the power and agency that exists within communities, strengthen the provision of key services, and build a new future for Sierra Leone. In 2019, Restless Development Sierra Leone is scaling up significantly, and is likely to more than double the scale of its operations with the delivery of two major new programmes.



Restless Development considers the welfare and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults to be an organisational imperative with primacy over the success of programmes or strategic objectives. We recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we expect all of our staff, volunteers and partners to ensure we protect the communities in which we operate from harm and abide by our Safeguarding Policy.

This is an exciting role for a focused and self-motivated individual with a passion for youth-led development.


Job title

Senior Programmes Manager


Freetown, Sierra Leone


SLL168,069,645 plus benefits

Preferred start date

1st October 2019 (subject to donor funding)

Length of contract

1 year minimum 

Reports to  

Head of Hub Sierra Leone

Direct reports 

3 Programme Managers and 1 Programme Coordinator

Expected travel

National travel to districts of operations expected, possible international travel

Restless Development Sierra Leone recently scaled up its programmes portfolio to include several new multi-year projects. This has increased the portfolio to 7 medium to large size projects nationwide, all of which sit within our Health, Leadership, Living and Voice strategic ambitions. The Senior Programmes Manager will be required to provide leadership and guidance to our Voice and Living programmes portfolio, and ensure effective delivery. They will have strong coordination, team management and health technical expertise. The successful candidate will also be a member of the senior leadership team and will be expected to work with the rest of the team to manage the hub’s essential standards, key performance indicators and risks.  




  • Oversee and support national programming by working closely with Programmes Managers, consortium leads and downstream partners (where relevant).

  • Develop and support mechanisms for effective collaboration with Finance, MEL, Operations, and Administration, within Restless Development Sierra Leone and within downstream partners.

  • Ensure the Sierra Leone Hub meets its Bottom Line Accountabilities relating to internal performance and programmes delivery.

  • Contribute to strategy development and overall management of the Sierra Leone Hub as part of the Senior Leadership Team and Management Team. 

  • Represent Restless Development at stakeholder engagement meetings and present our work when called upon.  

Programme Management 

  • Work with Programme Managers and downstream partners to ensure that all programmes are implemented to the highest quality, in an effective and efficient manner.

  • Be accountable for the implementation of programmes, through Restless Development and downstream partners, against schedules and budgets agreed with donors.

  • Lead the development of internal programme budgets and those of downstream partners.

  • Work closely with the Partnership Manager to develop health and voice proposals for funding. 

  • Work closely with Programme Managers to develop timely and accurate donor reports. 


People Management & Risk

  • Assume accountability for the performance of direct line reports, ensuring a minimum frequency for line management meetings of once per month for each line report.

  • Work to support and build the capacity of staff across all units, including mentorship of young people working within the agency.

  • Ensure that effective risk management and safeguarding systems are in place, and that all staff understand and comply with organisational policy.

  • Uphold our safeguarding policy and ensure all programmes staff comply.

  • Be a member of the safeguarding working group and help strengthen safeguarding mechanisms. 

Financial Management and Reporting

  • Maintain budget oversight and support to internal programmes teams in tracking and reporting on income and expenditure against budgets.

  • Ensure all financial donor reports are accurate, high quality, specific, well-communicated and submitted within deadlines. 

  • Support the development of new budgets for concept notes and proposals. 


  • Deputise for Head of Hub when necessary.

  • Collaborate with Restless Development International as required, under the guidance of the Head of Hub.

  • You may occasionally be required to work on weekends and/or public holidays, for which time off in lieu will be granted.

  • Other duties as required, as agreed with the Head of Hub.


We are looking for people with the right competencies and skills for the role, and who demonstrate the personal qualities consistent with our Values.



What we expect of the Senior Programme Manager


We are who we serve.  We are brave.


Upholds a values-led culture across the hub, inspiring a Restless passion and professionalism amongst all others. Considers the Restless Values when making decisions and taking measured risks at a strategic level.


Creates an enabling environment for innovation across the hub. Takes measured risks and solves complex issues with creativity and innovation. Maintains a focus on aligning the organisational vision for long-term growth in a changing world.


We are 100% professional.  We prove that young people can

Delivers Quality

Drives quality across the programme by holding all teams to account for high performance and value-for-money. Ensures the hub is effectively and efficiently resourced to deliver quality against strategic priorities.

Decision Making

Drives change across the hub by considering the long term impact of risks and strategic decisions to multiple teams.


We generate leaders.  We are proud to carry the banner for youth-led development.


Leads strategy development and creates a compelling organisational vision. Is accountable for performance at a hub level. Develops leadership in others for future growth of the organisation.

People Development

Builds organisational capacity by creating a culture of continual learning through performance management, training, coaching and mentoring; aligning their own personal and professional development to current and future organisational needs.


We are in it together.  We listen and learn.

Effective Communication

Builds consensus and commitment amongst staff and major national partners. Confidently anticipates and responds to challenge or resistance in difficult circumstances. Coaches others to communicate strategically.


Is a role model for collaboration at a national, regional and global level; frequently contributing to internal processes and decisions. Leads participatory decision making and strategy development.



  • Commitment to Restless Development’s values and mission (available on Restless Development International website).

  • Post Graduate-level degree in relevant field of study or proven relevant experience. 

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a leadership role within an NGO/INGO at country level.

  • Proven success in programme leadership and co-ordination, monitoring, evaluation and learning.

  • Experience in budget management across multiple projects, monitoring financial risks, and financial forecasting against plans and targets.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and interpret organisational data sets suitable for management, board, and global senior management audiences. 

  • Proven success in cultivating relationships with external stakeholders.

  • Experience of oversight of multiple teams and units.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

  • Excellent IT skills, especially Excel, Power-point, and Word.

  • Be results oriented and forward-thinking, with demonstrated analytical skills.

  • A role model, able to gain the respect of the management and wider staff team.


  • Experience in overseeing nationwide projects.

  • Working knowledge of spoken Krio. 

  • Experience of working with and for young people. 

  • Knowledge of relevant national and international strategies and frameworks in the areas of youth empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, livelihoods and other poverty related global development priorities.

  • Proven success of distance management of field offices


Restless Development is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. Restless Development will ensure that no applicant or staff member receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, social status, caste, race, ethnic origin, religious belief, age, HIV status, disability, or any other factor that cannot be shown to be relevant to performance.



We are proud to commit to a transparent global salary scale, ensuring a fair and comparable system of pay across all global locations. In addition to salary, we offer End of Service Benefit, and NASSIT (10% employer contribution) for all staff.

Values and Culture

At Restless Development, we’re proud that the strength and integrity of our Values has been recognised by staff, beneficiaries, donors and others who we work with.  Beyond this, we have a culture of recognising and celebrating both our Values and our global achievements with monthly Values Champions and an annual Values Day.

Work-life Balance

It goes without saying that we work hard, at Restless Development.  We also recognise the importance of helping staff to maintain a positive work-life balance by offering:

  • 24 days annual leave (in addition to public holidays and with an extra day of annual leave given for each full year of service, up to a maximum of 28 days).

  • Birthday Leave

  • Access to flexible working.

  • Generous study leave, maternity, paternity or adoption leave, and other leave allowances.

Professional Development

Restless Development is proud to be an employer who recognises potential and invests in the development of its staff.  We are committed to the professional development of our staff through:

  • Empowering opportunities to work on significant projects which stretch and inspire staff – allowing them to develop on-the-job. 

  • Regular performance management.

  • Training and development opportunities, including supporting our staff to identify mentors both within and outside of the agency.

  • Quarterly Staff Workshops for all staff to give and receive agency updates, receive training, and socialise.


Travel and Medical Insurance

Specify where staff and their dependents are covered by national/private medical insurance schemes.  When travelling abroad with work, all staff will be covered by Restless Development’s travel insurance.


Relocation package

For staff who relocate to work with Restless Development, we offer a competitive relocation package.  This will be discussed with relevant candidates and could include:

  • A lump-sum relocation allowance to support you in relocating to your new place of work.

  • Out of country supplements for the duration of your time working in your new place of work.

  • Medical insurance.


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