Programme Intern

GOAL, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd August, 2017

Job Description

GOAL is an Irish humanitarian organization founded in 1977, and works towards ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable in the world and those affected by humanitarian crisis, have access to the fundamental rights of life, including, but not limited to, food, water, adequate shelter, sanitation, health care and education. GOAL has been working in Sierra Leone since the late 1970’s implementing emergency, crisis recovery, and development programmes, including most recently action to tackle the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). With a country office in Freetown, GOAL Sierra Leone (GSL) has six field offices in Bo, Bonthe, Bombali, Kambia, Kenema, and Port Loko districts for effective programming. In 2015 the GSL Country budget was $50 million with the majority of funding (over 70%) coming from DFID. The country programme is managed by a strong team of over 400 staff.

GOAL in Sierra Leone seeks to improve health, support resilient livelihoods, and ensure that children, youth and women are no longer marginalized. The current programming portfolio in Sierra Leone focuses on:

  • Health – including Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), to improve population health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on maternal and child health, and health systems strengthening.
  • Protection & Empowerment – to foster an enabling environment where extremely vulnerable children and youth & EVD survivors can enjoy improved well-being, health status and access to economic and social opportunities.

In Sierra Leone, GOAL works directly with communities and through partnership with local organisations, the private sector, and in coordination with government authorities at district and national levels.

Main responsibilities

Below is a list of the major tasks to be undertaken as Programmes Intern:

  • Support Grant Managers in administrative duties with regard to donor file management
  • Act as the GOAL Sierra Leone Communications focal person to Dublin, HQ.
  • Undertake field visits to collect information, interviews, and photographs to be developed into communications materials
  • Assist in the research, drafting, and editing of organisational and programmatic documents, briefing materials, ToRs, publications, media releases, reports, concept notes, and presentations on a range of topics.
  • Support the collation and completion of the Irish Aid Programme Fund Interim Report (Jan-Jun 2016)
  • Represent GOAL programme staff at meetings as requested
  • Undertake any other duties or tasks as agreed by line manager

Requirements and Conditions

The ideal candidate should fit the below essential requirements:

  • Undertaking or about to undertake a degree in a related field (International studies, public health, social work, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of international issues, specifically of post-conflict and post-emergency environments.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken, fluent oral and written English
  • Previous experience in advocacy, communications and/or fundraising
  • Good team player, flexible, and capable of working with a multinational country team
  • Personal resilience and an ability to live in potentially difficult contexts with limited or infrequent access to certain services.

This is an unpaid position. GOAL Sierra Leone will provide shared accommodation, access to GOAL transport and living allowance of 550EUR per month.

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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