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Street Child

Our goal is to help create opportunities through education for some of the most vulnerable children in the world. We work directly with street children in their own environment towards reunificat...


Makeni, Sierra Leone

13 Jan 2014

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Sierra Leone Marathon Assistant Event Director

Adventurous and capable young person wanted to work in West Africa for 3 months to assist in the organisation of the Sierra Leone Marathon .

Makeni, Sierra Leone

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Twelve years after the brutal civil war, Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest countries in the world.  While this small and beautiful West African country is now at peace, our own research indicates that there are around 50,000 children relying upon the streets of Sierra Leone for their survival.  We aim to help them all. 

Street Child is a volunteer-led charity that works with street kids and out of school children.  Working with children still living on the streets, we help them find security through counselling and the stabilising presence of our social workers.  We then work towards reunifying them with their families, getting them back in school and helping them to stay there by offering their family small business grants and training.  We also help to provide deprived rural communities with their first-ever basic schools giving children the chance to thrive through education. 

So far, as a result of our work between 2008 and 2013, more than 2,000 children have been reunited with their families and over 20,000 are now in school.  The Sierra Leone Marathon is the charity’s flagship event, having raised over half a million pounds to support children in Sierra Leone.  On Sunday 25th May 2014 we will host the third Sierra Leone Marathon and we aim to make this by far our most successful fundraising event to date.

The Role:  Sierra Leone Marathon Assistant Event Director 24 Feb - 30 May 2014 (14 weeks, dates negotiable).

Sierra Leone Marathon Ltd in support of Street Child is offering the opportunity to become a leading part of the 2014 marathon organisation team.  We need several people to spend up to 3 months in Makeni, Sierra Leone planning and coordinating the 2014 event.

The Assistant Event Director is the main organiser of the race itself in Makeni.  They will immerse themselves in the local community ensuring the event is planned, communicated and advertised at all levels.

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver Sierra Leone Marathon and build up events as part of the in-country team.
  • Local community liaison and relationship building.
  • Daily liaison with UK based Event Director and Street Child Office in UK.
  • Liaise with Sierra Leone government agencies, local security forces and organisations.
  • Confirm, record and maintain race routes.
  • Lead on in-country publicity via TV/radio/posters.
  • Lead on in-country procurement.
  • Assist Operations Director to update and maintain event risk register.
  • Assist team with SLM social media plan throughout.

The ideal candidate would possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Hard working, pro-active and professional work ethic.
  • Enthusiasm to learn about event organisation, coordination and fundraising.
  • Keen to spend time living and working in Africa immersed in local culture.
  • Independent and able to make decisions with little guidance.

We are not looking for a professional race organiser, there will be a full event management and medical setup on race day.  What we need is someone to spend 3 months getting everything lined up - a 'fixer'!  This role is ideal for someone who is young and keen to travel.

The Terms:  Successful applicants will undertake an internship for Sierra Leone Marathon Ltd organising a large scale flagship fundraising event for Street Child.  Accommodation and food in country will be free but the candidate should plan to incur in country cost of living expense to maintain social activity etc (£5-10 per day).  As we look to ensure as much money as possible is spent on Street Child projects in Sierra Leone, the successful applicants are asked to fund their return flights from UK to Sierra Leone.  

A more detailed breakdown of costs (of living) and expenses will be provided for those applicants selected for interview.  At the end of the period, Street Child will provide a one-page reference detailing the successful applicant’s role and are willing to act as referee for future job applications.

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