Country Coordinator - Sierra Leone

Start Date: March/April 2020
Work Area: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Employer: Girls Empowerment Sierra Leone
Application Deadline: 18th of February, 2020
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone. Open to all nationalities.

Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
This role is open to Sierra Leonean and non-Sierra Leonean candidates based in Sierra Leone.

Application Instructions: Submit CV and Cover Letter to with “’GESL CC” in Subject Line.

  • Mission

    Girls Empowerment Sierra Leone (GESL) is a feminist-based organization in Sierra Leone that nurtures and enhances the leadership skills of young girls to become effective advocates and social change agents in their communities. With a keen interest to support sustainable development at the community and national level, GESL offers year-long comprehensive training programs to participants. In addition to our year-long programs, in the event of emergencies and natural disasters, GESL ensures that it can respond effectively to these emerging issues. We recognize the potential of young leaders as such; we are committed to facilitating an efficient process to leverage these opportunities for community and national development. Through our core programs that emphasize personal and leadership growth, community service, health and sexual reproductive rights, innovation and creativity, GESL has successfully impacted the lives of over 300+ girls in the past 7 years.

  • Vision

    GESL nurtures and enhances the leadership skills of young girls to become effective advocates and social change agents in their communities.

  • Scope of Responsibility

    The Country Coordinator – Sierra Leone is ultimately responsible for managing all aspects of GESL’s work in the country. She is responsible for ensuring that GESL’s Strategic Plan is implemented, and new strategies developed in line with GESL's overall strategy and policy objectives. The Country Coordinator is responsible for all personnel as well as effective management of all GESL funds and equipment in Sierra Leone. S/he will provide leadership for the country’s projects and oversee relationships with participants. GESL expects its Country Coordinator to adopt a collaborative management style, but to ultimately make necessary decisions.

  • Specific Duties:


    • In conjunction with the ED, develop and implement strategic direction of SL activities.
    • Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and the development of the country’s activities.
    • Provide substantive advice to the ED on the direction of SL strategy and programme/project planning.
    • Finalize annual workplan and budget.


    • Represent GESL in forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, report on progress achieved and present ideas.
    • Build relations and partnerships and participate in critical meetings and events.
    • Lead and support advocacy activities.
    • Lead the development/implementation of resource mobilization strategies.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization.
    • Finalise donor reports and establish reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.


    • Lead the office in the delivery of operational goals.
    • Providing direction, guidance and technical support when necessary.
    • Manage the preparation of GESL’s country reports.
    • Manage the audit review process and timely response to audit reports.
    • Manage the performance of staff, provide managerial guidance and direction and provide performance feedback and coaching to staff.
    • Approve the implementation of innovation and best practices.
    • Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity building to enhance the competencies/ productivity of staff.

    • Excellent programme formulation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation skills.
    • Ability to develop plans and budgets and deliver on them.
    • Ability to advocate and interact with partners and decision makers.
    • Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
    • Ability to envision and lead strategic direction.
    • Excellent networking skills.
    • Ability to identify and analyse trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies.


    • Master’s Degree or Equivalent in development related disciplines.
    • A project/ programme management certification would be an added advantage.


    • At least 5 years of progressively responsible development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership.
    • Experience leading a team.
    • Familiarity with girls’ leadership work in the West Africa sub region is a plus.
    • Field based experience in Sierra Leone and another African country.

    CVs from University leavers in Sierra Leone are welcome and will be considered for entry level positions and for internships. When submitting your CV for open consideration, please accompany with a cover letter clearly indicating job interest.

    All candidates must be able to work in the English Language. Applications are welcome from both within and outside Sierra Leone.