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  Child & Youth Protection Development Coordinator
Department: Education
Requisition Number: 0000003025
Location: Sierra Leone
Job Description:

IRC has been present in West Africa for over ten years and has been implementing programs in Sierra Leone since 1999. Current programs broadly encompass child protection, education, gender-based violence, community development and empowerment, and health. IRC’s primary donors in Sierra Leone include the European Commission, UNHCR, USAID, Irish Aid, US Department of Labor, CIDA, SV and the NoVo Foundation.


Since peace was declared in early 2002, IRC has focused on post-conflict development and reintegration services for Sierra Leoneans returning home from neighboring countries, as Sierra Leone is now a country in transition from relief and rehabilitation to development. The IRC country program is managed from the head office in Freetown and has three field offices in Kenema, Kono and Kailahun.


IRC’s Child and Youth Protection and Development (CYPD) portfolio in Sierra Leone currently includes two programs. The Countering Youth and Child Labor through Education (CYCLE) program is a four-year United States Department of Labor funded initiative aiming to prevent and respond to exploitative child labor by providing educational or skills training opportunities for children and youth in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The LEGACY Initiative is a five-year NoVo Foundation funded program aimed at developing and mainstreaming education innovations that provide marginalized children and youth access to relevant and protective learning and development opportunities in the countries of the Mano River Union (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea) and Cote D’Ivoire.


The CYPD Coordinator is a key position in the IRC Sierra Leone programs department. S/he will work under the direction of the Program Coordinator as the primary focal point for all child and youth protection and development programs in Sierra Leone.



·         Act as primary focal point and help drive design, monitoring and evaluation processes for  formal/non-formal education  and CYPD programming in Sierra Leone

·         Provide technical support and training to CYPD program staff

·         Ensure appropriate levels of CYPD advocacy, coordination and representation with government, UN agencies and NGOs

·         Provide strong management support and supervision of CYPD staff, especially for counter-part managers, including

o        staff training

o        daily mentoring

o        capacity building

o        support in planning and implementation

o        ensuring job descriptions are up to date and relevant and staff appraisals are carried out on a regular basis

·         Liaise regularly with CYCLE and Legacy regional teams and the CYPD Technical Unit on key program issues

·         Identify and assess potential funding sources; liaise with funding partners or donors on project concepts; and develop proposals to finance existing and future education activities

·         Monitor and manage multiple grants budgets in coordination with CYPD and finance staff

·         In coordination with the Program Manager, prepare and submit donor reports in accordance with project deliverables

·         Coordinate closely with operations departments to ensure that support needs are adequately planned for and to look for creative solutions to operational issues hindering effective implementation

·         This position requires up to 40% of time in the field sites



External: Government line ministries at national and district levels, educational institutions, UN agencies, national and international NGOs


Internal: Program Coordinator; CYPD program staff; Freetown based program coordinators, operations and finance staff; regional CYCLE and Legacy teams; CYPD teams in other West Africa countries; CYPD technical unit at IRC HQ



·         At least five years of international experience in formal or non-formal education, child protection, or youth development or livelihoods, including a minimum of two years as a manager

·         Experience in education and child protection or youth livelihoods management in the developing world

·         Strong planning, monitoring and evaluation skills;

·         Strong personnel management experience;

·         Strong facilitation and training skills;

·         Good writing skills including previous proposal writing experience;

·         Demonstrated budget management;

·         Advanced university degree in relevant human development field;

·         English written and spoken language fluency

This is a one year unaccompanied position