Assistant Country Director (Programs)


Job Description


Work Location : Sierra Leone - Freetown Type of Post : Other Possible Location : Funding : Expected Travel : Type of Contract : Language Requirement : English Application Deadline : 2/15/23 Employee Duration : Active Full-Time

Job Summary:

CARE Sierra Leone is seeking a talented visionary to assume the opportunity of an Assistant Country Director (ACD)- Program is responsible for ensuring that CARE's programs in Sierra Leone/Liberia are positioned to significantly contributes to CARE's Vision 2030. The ACD Programs provides strategic leadership in the areas of program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and ensures that CARE's programs/projects make a significant contribution to reducing poverty and social injustice. This person is responsible for overseeing the development, testing and implementation of new and innovative program approaches that are synchronized with the country office (CO) program strategy. They will work closely with, and is supported by the program units at the regional level, interested CARE International Member Partners, and CARE Global levels.

The ACD Programs is responsible for ensuring that program, program strategies and program quality and budgeting remain in line with CARE International Standards and the regional program strategy. They will ensure that CARE's programming principles and strategic directions are reflected in programs and understood by all members of program staff. The ACD Programs is responsible for ensuring integration across key programs with an emphasis on developing strong links between development and emergency programs as well as in building resilience. As the key contact person with senior programming staff, the ACD Programs ensures a coherent program approach with key synergies across all projects.

The person in this role will be responsible for reviewing monthly budget expenditure reports, pipeline, donor reports and receivables with the Country Director (CD), Administration & Finance staff and other senior program staff on a monthly basis and will ensure that Program Coordinators are managing budgets appropriately, effectively and efficiently. They will provide information for audit implementation, and review audits reports, while supporting the implementation of internal and external audit recommendations to make sure the CO complies with donor policies and procedures.

The ACD Programs will be responsible for maintaining and building upon CARE’s existing long-term programming and integrating humanitarian interventions in line with CARE's mandate that contribute to, and complement CARE's long term programming in the West Africa region.

This person will oversee a multi-sectoral team working on key areas like Community Development, Women Empowerment, Access to basic services and Nutrition and Livelihoods. They will also lead the development of new and innovative initiatives.
The ACD Programs will also be responsible for ensuring a sound Coordination with the projects/programs teams across Sierra Leone/Liberia. they will provide technical leadership to Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning; Gender and GED, and ensure the use of best programming practices in Sierra Leone and Liberia Country Programs, learning deriving from the regional Program Leadership team.

The ACD Programs is a key member of the Country Office Senior Management Team and as such is responsible for leading and supporting CO initiatives. They will be responsible for (along with the CD) maintaining good working relationships with host government officials, donors and other partners and may required to play the role Acting CD when the CD is out of the country. . Reporting to the Country Director, this role will be integral in the Selection & Due Diligence, Contracting, Implementation & Monitoring and Close-Out of all partnership agreements entered into by CARE with our
Partners, ensuring maximum compliance by Partners and complying with all donor .


Carry an excellent organizational and leadership skills with vast experience. Outstanding communication and public speaking skill. Be a problem solver and critical thinker. You must be able to clearly identify and define the different levels of Problem Solving and resolution. Think holistically with a vision and use your analysi and reporting skills Be a leader with influence. Demonstrated leadership, coaching and negotiation skills with internal and external partners with the ability to be a team player. Know the systems. Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Excel and Word and good skills at using financial Software Applications (PeopleSoft experience will be preferred).

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