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Street Child

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

7 Nov 2013

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Sierra Leone Marathon Operations Director

Outstanding individual wanted to lead on operations of Sierra Leone Marathon 2014

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 Operations Director will deal with all logistical matters in the lead up to the event regarding accommodation, transport and feeding for a large event.  They will also organize a large scale festival in Makeni in the week leading up to race day.

OUTLINE DATES (negotiable):  24 Feb – 30 May 2014 (14 weeks)

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.

·         Lead on and maintain event risk register.

·         Manage international runners in country activity.

·         Manage, inspect and book accommodation, transport and feeding.

·         Liaise with Street Child of Sierra Leone in-country management and staff with regards to SLM14.

·         Lead on planning of Makeni Street Child Festival the day before the marathon.

·         Assist team with SLM social media plan throughout.


The ideal candidate would possess the following attributes:

·       Strong academic credentials.

·       Excellent written and communication skills.

·       Hard working, pro-active and professional work ethic.

·       Some experience or ambitions in event organisation, coordination and fundraising.

·       Keen to live and work in Africa immersed in local culture.

·       Independent and able to make decisions with little guidance.


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 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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