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Embassy of Ireland, Sierra Leone
Our mission is to promote and protect abroad the values, interests and economic wellbeing of Ireland and its people. We do this under the political direction of our Ministers,
through our staff at home and through our Embassy network abroad.
The role of Embassy of Ireland to Sierra Leone is to promote and protect Ireland’s values and interests and to deepen bilateral, political, economic and cultural cooperation between Ireland and Sierra Leone. We promote our values in support of a fairer, more just, secure and sustainable Sierra Leone with a focus on the empowerment of women and girls. Through the Irish Aid programme, the Embassy aims to improve access to quality education for marginalised children and youth especially girls.

The Embassy is seeking to recruit a highly motivated and results orientated individual to join the
Embassy team as Senior Education Adviser. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the growth and
development of the Irish Aid education programme in Sierra Leone.

Role and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Head of Development, the Senior Education Advisor will have responsibility for overseeing and developing the Education portfolio and providing technical advice on education related programming. The Senior Education Advisor will work closely with other colleagues across all pillars of the Irish Aid programme, in particular with the gender pillar, and the governance and food security and nutrition pillars. The Senior Education Advisor will represent the Embassy on an education donor technical working group and education sector coordination mechanisms, and will provide advice and support to the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) in the roll-out of Free Quality Education.

In summary, the Senior Education Advisor will be required to:
 Support the design, development, delivery and monitoring of the Embassy’s education programme and contribute to the Embassy’s overall strategy and business planning.
 Manage existing education programmes, grants and partnerships, and strengthen linkages with
HQ support to the education sector.
 Represent the Embassy on national education dialogue and coordination groups.
 Provide or commission research and analysis on education issues in Sierra Leone to inform

Candidate Profile:
To be considered eligible, a candidate must have:
 Master’s degree in a relevant field.
 At least five years of specific post qualification experience at the same level in a similar role with a bilateral, multi -lateral organization, Government or NGO.
 Demonstrated experience in strong programme planning, implementation, management and monitoring skills.
 An excellent understanding of education issues and the education sector in Sierra Leone.
 Ability to work as part of a team and in partnership with other stakeholders.
 Proficiency in the Microsoft suite of applications.
 Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
 Commitment to Irish Aid’s values.
 The legal right to work in Sierra Leone. All locally hired staff are required to have a legal entitlement to live and work in Sierra Leone prior to hiring;
 Excellent leadership, decision-making, analysis, interpersonal, written and verbal Englishlanguage communication skills, a track record of high performance and delivering results and a strong commitment to Irish public service values of honesty, integrity, impartiality, ethical behaviour, reliability, resilience and initiative.

Terms and Conditions
The successful candidates will be hired on a fixed-term contractual basis and will be based at the Irish Embassy, Freetown and will be expected to undertake regular in-country travel.

There is a 3-month probation period, after which performance is reviewed and a two-year contract confirmed.

Salaries are paid direct to a bank account, therefore the successful candidate must have a bank

How to Apply

• Please send an email to: requesting for the application form and/or a
detailed job description for the position of Senior Education Advisor.
• Completed applications forms for the position of Senior Education Advisor should be sent by
email to or by physical copy address to the Head of Administration,
Embassy of Ireland, 8 St. Joseph’s Avenue, off Spur Road, Freetown, on/before close of business
by Friday, 28 January, 2022
• You must include the title of the job you are applying for and your name in the email subject line.
• Please note that late or incorrectly completed application forms will not be considered.

Selection Process
• Depending on the number of applications received, a short-listing of candidates to be called for
interview may be undertaken based on the Essential Requirements above. Please note that
only short listed applicants will be contacted.
• It is planned that interviews will take place at the Embassy in February 2022.

Data Protection
All personal information received will be kept in line with GDPR and Data Protection guidelines.
Security Clearance Police clearance will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for appointment. Enquiries may also be made with the police force of any country in which the applicant under consideration for appointment resided. If unsuccessful this information will be destroyed. If the applicant subsequently comes under consideration for another position, they will be required to supply this information again.

Please note that canvassing will disqualify applicants.
The Embassy of Ireland Sierra Leone is committed to a Policy of Equal Opportunity.

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