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Job Title Gender and Radical Inclusion Lead
Division International Education Division
Reporting to Deputy Team Leader
Salary / Grade D
Location Freetown, Sierra Leone with frequent in-country travel
Job Profile FCDO awarded Mott MacDonald to lead the implementation of the Sierra Leone Secondary Education Improvement Programme (SSEIP) 2, which builds on the work of the first phase: Sierra Leone Secondary Education Improvement Programme (SSEIP), also called Leh Wi Lan (Krio for “Let’s Learn”).


The programme will support the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) to improve learning outcomes for boys and girls at the secondary level and to increase the enrolment, retention and well-being of girls and children with disabilities in school.


We expect that the programme will work at a national scale to deliver outputs including:


  • Improvement of the secondary education system in Sierra Leone and to create safer and more enabling environments for girls, boys, and all children with disabilities to access education and achieve learning results.
  • Overall systems strengthening to improve areas such as teaching and learning including teacher capacity building, school leadership, data systems for decision-making, PFM, and systemic approaches to supporting girls (e.g., CSE, GBV)
  • Supporting the implementation of recent major policies (Free Quality School Education and Radical Inclusion) and supporting policy development in new areas, potentially including pre-service, teacher allocation, distance to school and COVID-19 resilience.
  • Gender and Disability inclusion (linked to the national policy for Radical Inclusion), with improved access and results for girls, pregnant girls in particular, students with disabilities, and other vulnerable students.
  • Community engagement and community messaging to challenge social norms, improve links to good healthcare for girls, improve access to services, and build positive messages for the education of girls, boys, and individuals with a disability.
  • Using data, research, and adaptive management to identify what works and inform programme direction.

The team will consist of different technical and programme support leads who work together closely to ensure coordinated and streamlined delivery as one programme team under the overall direction of the Team Leader.

It is expected to be a full-time in-country role from April 2023, preferably for someone who has lived and worked in Sierra Leone for about 5 years.

The position is expected to sit in the Mott MacDonald Freetown Project Office and will require periodic travel to the districts to support project implementation.

Job description Role Summary: To lead the design of program approaches that develop quality learning environments for girls that is safe and empowering. Working at a senior technical level in a national scale programme aiming to transform the life chances of girls in Sierra Leone.



  • Oversee the development and implementation of key interventions towards this goal.
  • Support the creation of materials and pieces of training for key interventions (oversee creation and delivery and work with technical advisers as needed)
  • Support capacity development of programme, partner, and system actors
  • Act as the point of liaison on gender matters with relevant development partners with a view to ensuring coherent support to MBSSE
  • Work with all Technical Leads to ensure gender inclusion is mainstreamed throughout the programme
  • Directly support the project Safeguarding component and integrate project safeguarding with wider school safety concerns
  • Contribute to monitoring, evaluation, research and learning of improvements for girls
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Team Leader/Deputy Team Leader.
  • These deliverables are flexible to respond to changes in the scope and needs of the wider programme.


Note: This job description reflects the present requirements of the post.  As duties and responsibilities change and develop the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder and line manager.

Candidate Specification Skills

·         Very advanced understanding of Gender Based Violence and Gender Gaps in Sierra Leone

·         Exceptional understanding of girl-centred programme design

·         Excellent ground knowledge of current systemic gaps in Sierra Leone education for girls, sexual health provision for girls, and sexual violence response to girls

·         Experience in planning, designing, and running a workstream independently, ideally within a development programme context

·         Sensitivity to working in a complex cultural and resource-constrained environment, whilst upholding the highest standards of business ethics and personal conduct in line with the company’s values, directives, and procedures

·         Fluent use of core computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

·         Ability to create and maintain full programme budgets, down to monthly cash flow level

·         Ability to create synthesised reports, both formal written documents in Word and PowerPoint presentations with exhibits

·         Ability to create and maintain detailed work plans, down to hourly logistics as needed (e.g., training workshops, team travel to districts)

·         Ability to frame a strategy for overall initiative design, and follow through to execution

·         Strong communication skills to communicate clearly and succinctly both in written form (e.g., email updates) and verbally (e.g., presenting in stakeholder meetings, remote phone management of learning coaches and updates with district education offices)

·         Ability to work effectively as part of a team to coordinate across the wider programme and with other development partners, building collaborative relationships and coaching team members as needed

·         Experience working within or alongside Government officials at national and local levels

·         Ability to prioritise and work under pressure

·         Good organisational skills, project planning and management

·         Autonomous professional practitioner with the ability to exercise judgement



·         Higher (postgraduate) degree in a relevant area desirable

·         At least 7 years of practical experience overseeing the delivery of front-line programmes (ideally but not necessarily education)

·         Experience managing consultants and leading a small team of education professionals

·         Some education-specific experience, either as a teacher, through relevant degree studies, or through work with NGO or government-run programmes



·         English (professional proficiency)

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