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 Plan International Sierra Leone

Job Announcement (1 Position for nationals only)

12-05-2020 Project Manager

Plan International is an independent non-profit development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The GATE-GEC project is a 4 year education project which started in April 2017 and ends in July 2021.  The project supports marginalized girls and children with disabilities to overcome barriers to gaining a quality education with the aim to increase literacy and numeracy outcomes. The project acts as a second phase to the GEC 1 with a focus on learning, transition and sustainability. Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. The project works across 5 districts in some of the most remote areas of Sierra Leone.


We are currently seeking to recruit:

Title:                        Project Manager

Grade:                     D1

Location:                 Country Office – Freetown

Report to:              Head of Programmes


Summary of the position:

The Student Teachers component of GATE-GEC project is promoting girls’ education by supporting young women to train and qualify as primary school teachers in rural areas of Moyamba, Port Loko, Karene, Kenema, Kailahun and Kono Districts. The Student Teachers are young women who aspire to become primary school teachers and role models for girls in their communities

The Project Manager will be responsible for the oversight of roll out and monitoring of the Student Teachers component in the project’s operational districts.


Dimensions of Role:

  • Technical delivery –The role will lead the quality planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Student Teachers component.
  • External representation – Represent Plan International Sierra Leone at all meetings at District Level and if requested at National level relating the Student Teachers Component.
  • Support to delivery teams – The role will provide hands support to the project delivery team and will directly line manage GATE-GEC District Officers based in Port Loko and Moyamba and one M&E Officer.
  • Capacity Building – The role will promote mutual understanding and the sharing of ideas, information and experience on education issues among team members. The role will also carry out capacity gap analysis and assessments that reflect real needs for project staff and coordinate training sessions based on gaps identified by the project to build the capacities of existing staff.



  • Coordinate the quality and timely implementation of the Student Teachers component.
  • Lead the planning and monitoring of the STs component.
  • Guide the field team in planning, implementing and monitoring the activities.
  • To represent the project towards the district authorities and the Teacher Training Colleges.
  • To attend and actively participate in relevant district coordination meeting and the steering group meeting with local authorities and key stakeholders.
  • Conduct weekly and/or monthly coordination meetings with project field staff to discuss on achievements and challenges in the implementation of the project.
  • Prepare and submit monthly progress reports to GEC Team Leader (narrative, output tracker and updated work plan).
  • Monitor, track and report on all activities taking an analytical approach.
  • Carry out regular field visits to support project interventions implementation processes and report on field visit findings with field team, GEC Team Leader and line manager.
  • Ensure proper filing of all project documents.
  • Ensure documentation of case studies, best practices and lessons learned.
  • Develop monthly and quarterly work plan to be submitted to PISL and the HUB.
  • Develop monthly and quarterly narrative report to be submitted to PISL and the HUB.
  • To manage the budget for the STs component by monitoring spent to ensure appropriate use of the funding budget
  • Support the CO team during budget monitoring meetings of Plan International Sierra Leone and partner staff and submit reports of such meetings to GEC Team Leader and line manager, PSM Ops, PIIA and CFM.
  • Support the HUB team during the quarterly monitoring audit from PwC.
  • Line Manage 5 District Officers and an M&E Officer.
  • Ensure that procurement processes and procedures are followed and procurement plans are prepared and sent to CO procurement team on either on quarterly or monthly basis.




  • Work closely with the Grant department and Finance department at PISL to ensure effective grant management and financial management and reporting.
  • Work closely with the Hub Team in Freetown to provide technical updates on the Student Teachers component.
  • Line manage 5 District Officers and an M&E Officer.


External stakeholders

  • Engage closely with key stakeholders such as MBSSE, TSC and Teachers Training Colleges at both district and national level



Education/Professional Background:


  • A University degree in Education, Political Science, Development studies or a related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years project management experience in Sierra Leone
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working within education in Sierra Leone
  • Experience with results based delivery on projects
  • Experience managing teams to deliver quality and meet deadlines
  • Experience working with education stakeholders such as MBSSE, TSC, TTCs.
  • Experience with data collection and data entry
  • Strong interest and willingness to engage on child protection and gender equality issues to challenge norms and behaviours



  • Previous experience working with DFID funded projects



The role will be required to travel frequently to ensure the operational District to support the field staff.



Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.


Ensure staff understand Plan International’s commitment to driving a feminist agenda within the organization, and the ambition for gender equality and gender transformative leadership is embedded in our value-based leadership framework.


Plan International’s Values

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.


Last date for submission of Application (CV and cover letter) is: 26th May, 2020 by 5:00 pm

Your application should include:
·         A cover letter
·         A comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent supervisor          

Send applications to the below link:

Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted. References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan International follows an equal opportunity policy and actively encourages diversity welcoming applications from all especially women and people living with disability.

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