Executive Director

  • Location
    Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 10

Position description

AdvocAid is seeking a full time Executive Director to lead its vital and challenging work in Sierra Leone. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of women and girls through the provision of holistic access to justice services. 

AdvocAid is at an exciting time in its development, with significant new funding, projects and partnerships. This includes a new multi-year project tackling SGBV funded by the European Union, existing projects tackling petty offences and police accountability funded by OSIWA, and a core grant from the Mott Foundation for 2019-2021.

The Executive Director will lead a team of 25 people across three offices, including paralegals, social workers, duty counsel lawyers, and a range of programmes, monitoring and finance staff.

ABOUT THE ROLE: The ED will lead and oversee all aspects of AdvocAid’s work in Sierra Leone. Key areas of responsibility include: strategic leadership of AdvocAid; the day-to-day management of the organisation and the team; leading fundraising and the successful implementation of donor-funded projects; supporting and developing AdvocAid’s legal, research, advocacy and campaign work; organisational development, including reviewing and implementing policy and procedure; and being the voice and heart of AdvocAid both in Sierra Leone and internationally. 

ABOUT YOU:  We’re looking for an ambitious, hard-working self-starter to lead AdvocAid’s work and team in Sierra Leone. You will be confident, proactive, able to multi-task, and thrive when the organisation is challenged, as well as when it succeeds. You will also have a strong passion to make Sierra Leone a more just place for girls and women, and ensure human and legal rights are upheld. 

Given AdvocAid’s focus on women’s rights, the sensitive nature of many of the legal cases and issues we work on, and our passion for supporting female leadership we are seeking female candidates only for this position. 

About AdvocAid’s work

AdvocAid works with women and girls caught up in Sierra Leone’s often unjust legal system. We are the only organization in West Africa providing access to justice and holistic support to women and girls in conflict with the law, including free legal aid and representation, social welfare support, education and empowerment, and a moving forward programme for women post-prison.

AdvocAid was founded in 2006. Today we work in several towns across Sierra Leone, supporting women and girls at police stations, courts and correctional centres. As well as providing short term interventions, we deliver advocacy and law reform projects focused on addressing wider issues impacting women and girls in the criminal justice system.


The ideal candidate for this role will have:

  • A Masters (or equivalent experience) in human rights, international development, NGO management or other relevant area; 
  • A minimum of five years work experience in the development sector;
  • Significant experience working in the area of access to justice, legal aid for vulnerable communities, women’s rights and / or human rights;
  • Proven experience of leading a civil society organization or non-government organisation in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Evidence of strong leadership and team management skills;
  • A strong track record of securing and implementing donor-funded projects and raising funds from a variety of other sources;
  • Experience of living and working in the global south, ideally in Sub-Saharan Africa; 
  • Full professional proficiency in English and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders. 

For applicants based outside of Sierra Leone: One return flight from country of residence to Sierra Leone up to the value of$1,000 USD. Support in country with securing relevant work permit and advice and support in finding suitable accommodation.

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