Faecal Sludge Programme Manager


Freetown, Sierra Leone 🇸🇱

General Description of Programme:

GOAL has a 16-year presence in Sierra Leone with activities in Freetown Western Area, Kenema, Bo, Bonthe, Bombali, Port Loko and Kambia Districts. The GOAL Sierra Leone programme contributes to poverty and vulnerability reduction through the implementation of multi-sectorial, integrated programmes. The SL programmes specifically focus on systems strengthening and community level behaviour change programming, targeting improved maternal & child health through nutrition and hygiene, sanitation and water activities as well as child protection and empowerment interventions.

Sierra Leone has one of the highest under-5 child mortality rates in the world exacerbated by poor water and sanitation services. Freetown, the capital, has a population of about 1.2 million people; a number that has doubled over the past 20 years. Over 60% live in extremely densely populated areas, often near the sea with limited WASH services, and are exposed to health risks associated with inadequately managed waste that flows through the city. Over 90% are served by on site sanitation and over 50% of households share facilities with four households (on average) per latrine.

It is estimated that at least 100,000 m3 of raw faecal sludge is produced in Freetown each year, and that only 10% of this is relatively safely disposed of, with the remainder discharged without treatment within and around Freetown. The health implications of which are obvious.

In Freetown, GOAL has been involved in WASH programming since 2008, gaining considerable experience in Faecal Sludge Management (FSM). GOAL has investigated different technologies and management models for FSM in Freetown and implemented a 6-month pilot research project in 2014 to develop an evidence-based for the sustainable provision of sanitation, focusing on the safe collection, transport and disposal of faecal sludge. The current two-year project, implemented in close collaboration with Freetown City Council (FCC), aims to implement the proposed plan and is funded until December 2017. In addition to supporting FCC to provide regulatory oversight to FSM services in Freetown, the proposed approach leverages the private sector in improving all elements of the FS value chain and engages the public and local communities. The strategy aims to achieve a viable city-wide FSM system with a decrease in the total quantity of untreated FS being released uncontrolled into residential environments of Freetown.

Overall Purpose of the role:

Working under the direct supervision of the Urban WASH Advisor, the Faecal Sludge Programme Manager is responsible for the overall management of GOAL’s FSM project in Freetown and to lead the implementation of all aspects of the project. This position will directly line manage several GOAL staff who are employed by the FSM project and will be responsible for ensuring appropriate involvement and a productive relationship with the Freetown City Council.


The successful candidate will be hired by GOAL and work closely with FCC for the duration of the contract. He/she will have excellent coordination, networking and interpersonal skills, with an excellent knowledge of the public sector in Freetown.

Key tasks include:


  • Lead on institutional support and reform with FCC to improve capacity in FSM
  • Lead on private sector development related to FSM
  • Develop Public Private Partnerships related to FSM services with the City Council and private sector companies
  • Lead discussions with relevant stakeholders concerning institutional arrangements and roles and responsibilities for FSM services
  • Ensure collaboration and input from FCC, associated government stakeholders and private sector stakeholders on all relevant activities and gain their buy-in and participation for the project
  • Identify key areas for on-going capacity building of relevant departments of FCC for implementation in future programming
  • Coordinate the implementation of activities with other cities (Makeni and Kenema) and provide guidance on all aspects of FSM accordingly
  • Lead on GOAL representation on project implementation updates and technical discussions
  • Be the focal point person for coordinating with consultants including WSUP who are supporting key elements of the project

Project Management and Reporting:

  • Supervision of all internal, external communications and reporting to GOAL and partners, in coordination with the Urban WASH Advisor.
  • Ensuring high-quality, well-written and timely reports meeting donor and GOAL requirements.
  • Ensure project achieves objectives as set in agreed work plan.
  • Ensure all finance and logistical processes adhere to GOAL’s operating protocols and guidelines and lead on communication with GOAL support departments to ensure timely delivery of project activities.
  • Ensure all finance and logistics processes are planned adequately with the relevant departments in GOAL, providing sufficient lead times while ensuring that spending is in line with approved budget
  • Directly supervise all GOAL staff in the FSM Project and carry out recruitment, supervision, performance evaluation and capacity development of these positions.
  • Supervise external consultants and contractors as required to ensure deliverables are completed as per agreements.
  • Work with the Urban WASH Advisor, M&E Advisor and WASH Coordinator, and other relevant Technical Coordinators to ensure ongoing monitoring of progress and accurate data collection, management, storing and reporting by partner project staff.
  • The employee must read, understand and implement, according to area of responsibility, GOAL’s policies and procedures on mainstreaming of Gender, HIV/AIDS and Child Protection. 



  • Experience in public sector institutional support and/or reform, ideally in a context similar to Sierra Leone
  • At least three years’ work experience in a project management role
  • Significant experience managing a team to produce results
  • Postgraduate qualification related to WASH, public health or institutional reform
  • Excellent report writing skills & communication skills, good written and spoken English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to network
  • Flexible, adaptive approach to programme management


  • Understanding of the Freetown context
  • Experience in FSM / liquid waste management or other utilities management
  • Experience in private sector engagement, specifically business development services
  • Experience in designing and implementing social marketing / behaviour change activities
  • Experience in supervising and coordinating external consultants

GOAL has a Standards of Integrity 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.