Sierra Leone

Operations Manager – Sierra Leone

Closing date

“Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations,
we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences,
where everyone can live in dignity”

Handicap International is changing his name and becomes « Humanity & Inclusion ». HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

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HI has been working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone, international and national partners in the country since 1996, supporting vulnerable groups and people with disability. Program sectors include capacity building in rehabilitation; advocacy and rights, mother and child health, economic empowerment, mental health, protection and inclusive education. HI is currently implementing 4 projects for the promotion of inclusive education, Mental Health, Accessible and Technical support and Protection.

HI Sierra Leone have a 600 000 for the period of September to December 2020. The total number of employees in the mission is 62.

HI Sierra Leone is looking for to replace the operations manager during her maternity leave.


Under the responsibility of the Country Director Mano River, you are responsible for developing and implementing, in Sierra Leone, the projects part of the Programme’s operational strategy.

  • In collaboration with the Technical Specialist, the MEAL manager and Support services managers, you deploy all adequate tools that will allow project monitoring in the Programme, financial controlling and compliance with HI policies and frameworks (in particular HI Project Monitoring & Evaluation policy), and the respect of contractual obligations towards donors.

  • You contribute to monitor and analyse context developments in Sierra Leone and Liberia, in order to identify operational risks and opportunities, and proposes actions to the Country Director

Management: you manage directly a team of 3/5 project managers, for a total team of 36 persons.**

You contribute to the Programme’s Operational strategy and HI frameworks & regulations

Influence: You develop external influence of HI (forums, operational & strategic alliances, etc.) and the external representation of the organization (events, media) on his/her responsibilities area**

Can represent HI vis-à-vis local, national, traditional, political, military and diplomatic authorities and bodies; and international organizations and coordination mechanisms & system.

Take on the messages of HI global advocacy to all relevant external parties.

  • Complete the NGO/INGO mapping

  • Develop local partnership


· You have at least 4 years' experience in project/program /coordination in a development context humanitarian or development projects in an international NGO

· You have already experience within HI, and preferably a background in protection, education or health.

· You have experience in planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning

· Excellent level – proven- in proposal writing & reporting

· You have experience in technical issues related to disability or vulnerable groups

· You have a good level of English

· Ideally you also have budgeting skills, communication and writing capacities in French and a Driving licence


Security - The overall situation in Sierra Leone is calm, however there are some factors that should be considered from a security perspective. In particular:

• The population’s vulnerability to external shocks (which could be, for example, increasing food prices; increasing of importation taxes; negative impact of changing US exchange rate, etc.).

• Health situation: generally speaking, the health system is deficient in Sierra Leone.

Travel - The program currently operates only in Sierra Leone but aims to re-start activities in Liberia (the program closed the office in December 2017 at the end of the project). The position is based in Freetown but some visits to the Sierra Leone bases in the Provinces would be expected and if required to travel to Monrovia.

Living conditions - The office and the international staff houses/apartments are comfortable. The power supply is erratic but all houses have generators and air conditioning and drinking water is supplied. Freetown is less developed than the main capitals in West Africa and food variety can be limited but most items can be found in supermarkets if you have time to shop around. People are very friendly and there are some lovely local beaches, which are relatively easy to access. Mobility restrictions within the city and the adjacent beaches are subject to evolution of COVID-19 in the Country.


· Starting date : 1st of September 2020**

· Length of the contract: 4 months

  • Salary from 2750€ gross/month regarding the experience of the candidate

  • Perdiem : 555,51€ net/month

  • Insurances : medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation

  • Paid holiday : 25 days per year ; R&R : 1 day per month

  • Status : position open to couple

  • Housing : individual taken in charge by HI

How to apply

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