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General Description of the Programme/GOAL

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

GOAL has a long presence in Sierra Leone, with an overall aim of contributing to poverty and vulnerability reduction through the implementation of multi-sectoral, integrated programmes. The SL programs on improving Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent health (RMNCAH), water supply and sanitation, social inclusion and empowerment and decent work through systems-based programme approaches and community led social and behavioural change. GOAL currently has programmes in Western Area Urban (Freetown), Kambia and Kenema Districts, with funding from Irish Aid, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Job Purpose

The National Technical Advisor will represent and support the now merged and de-centralised Risk Communication and Social Mobilisation Pillar, working closely with the National Leadership body (Risk Communications Lead, Social Mobilisation Lead, Official Spokesperson). The initial focus of the role will be on the development of national, 3-month strategy; strengthening pillar systems and processes; and helping to streamline coordination. Additional technical support will be given to specific issues, interventions, and activities as requested. The below list is non-exhaustive.

Duties and responsibilities

To give technical support and advice to the Covid-19 Risk Communication and Social Mobilisation Pillar Actively identify and track funding opportunities, key donor priorities and approaches; liaise directly with donors and consortia partner on the same as appropriate.

Strategic Direction & Planning

  • Coordinate the development of a three-month National RCSM Pillar Strategy to fight COVID-19.
  • Contribute to development and roll-out of a National Results Framework and National Reporting System for RCSM.
  • Issue and analyse results from a Partner Activity Assessment Survey to help identify technical and geographical strategic gaps.
  • Help identify partners with relevant technical skills and geographic coverage.

Technical

  • Lead and support the development of specific strategic approaches and interventions.
  • Lead and participate in specific technical discussions and development of SOPs, protocols, and best practice guidelines.
  • Keep abreast of and share pertinent data and research.

District Support

  • Support district orientations on the National Strategy, Results Framework, Reporting System, and Budget by developing materials, guidelines, and facilitating trainings.

Coordination

  • Help put in place and manage systems to improve internal, cross-pillar, and district coordination:
    • Issues/Action Tracker for Daily Leadership Meetings.
    • Attend National Inter-Pillar Meetings three times a week on behalf of RCSM Pillar.
    • Gather and compile details of various permanent Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) Risk Communications staff, and temporary emergency response Social Mobilisation staff working for the pillar in various locations.
    • Record the pillar structure.
  • Support the coordination and management of the RCSM Pillar Committee Meetings:
    • Partner database.
    • Establishment and start-up of Steering Group.
    • Establishment and start-up of Technical Working Groups (TWGs) with TORs.
    • Weekly meetings with set agenda including epidemiological and NACOVERC updates, TWG updates, and technical partner presentations.
    • Pillar Google Drive to facilitate sharing of resources and materials.

Representation

  • Attend Daily Leadership Meetings
  • Attend National Inter-Pillar Meetings on behalf of RCSM Pillar
  • Make presentations in Daily Leadership Meetings, Inter-Pillar Meetings, DEPAC Meetings and others, on behalf of the RCSM Pillar, as requested.

Other:

  • As directed by CD/ACDP and Unite Consortium Coordinator.

Key Performance Objectives

  • To ensure effective coordination among the communication pillar, EOC and partners.
  • Ensure collaborative and quality COVID-19 data reporting and timely submission.
  • Contribute to the evaluation and review of programme progress and adaptation as part of the COVID-19 response.
  • Ensure accountability and better communications both internally and externally and information management in GOAL SL programme.

Behaviours (Values in practice)

  • Act as a representative of GOAL and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives.

Requirements

  • A minimum of four (4) years’ working experience in managerial capacity particularly coordination, communication, and accountability.
  • Experience in mapping key donor priorities and approaches and liaise directly with donors and consortia partner on the same as appropriate.
  • Previous experience working with government institutions.
  • Strong and good coordination with donors and other stakeholders.
  • Strong knowledge of and demonstrated practical experience ion MEAL methodology to ensure programme quality and data analysis and report writing.
  • Demonstrated skills in analysing, interpreting, and communicating information to various stakeholders
  • Good communication, interpersonal and motivational skills, and a proven ability to collaborate with a team under challenging field conditions.
  • Experience in capacity strengthening and partnership building.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work well with people, good judgment and commitment to GOAL’s objectives and policies.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)

Desirable

  • Formal qualifications at graduate or postgraduate level in the relevant subjects such as international relations, public health etc.
  • Previous experience with leading and managing consortium.
  • Experience in Sierra Leone or West Africa
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Safeguarding

Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

Our package includes a competitive salary, shared accommodation, health and travel insurance and 20 days annual leave. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service.

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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