Association Friends of Raoul Follereau-AIFO Liberia        

Project AID-011516-AICS

 Issued on: 06 November 2019

Deadline for Application: 29 November 2019

Position Title: Country Director-AIFO Liberia / Project Manager, Disability and Startup- Civil Society as Protagonist of Inclusive Development (2018-2021)

Qualified persons with disabilities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

AIFO Liberia

The “Association Friends of Raoul Follereau” (AIFO) is an Italian non-for-profit organisation who has been present in Liberia since 1997. AIFO-Liberia envisions to offer opportunities for people affected by leprosy, persons with disabilities, women /children and members from vulnerable and marginalized communities to lead a better quality of life. AIFO-Liberia focusses on healthcare, and economic empowerment to provide a better quality of life and creating large scale positive change. AIFO Liberia is accredited by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Republic of Liberia; accreditation number 0094.

Disability and Start Up project

In May 2018 started the project “Disability and Start up. Civil society as protagonist of inclusive development in Liberia” funded by AICS (the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation). The project aims at reinforcing the role of Organisations of People with Disabilities (DPOs) in the socio-economic development processes and in the fulfilment of their rights in Monrovia and in three counties of Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh, in Liberia. It is implemented in partnership with the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD) and the National Union of Organisations of the Disabled, NUOD and two Italian partners, DISEI and RIDS.

About the Role

This is a 12-month contract renewable until May 2021 and based in Monrovia, Liberia. The ideal candidate should possess a University degree and have professional experience in development, project management and coordination (5 years minimum), knowledge of participatory tools and methods, expertise in managerial planning and monitoring tools. He/She will have overall responsibility for the strategic development and management of the AIFO country programmes in Liberia. He/She will ensure the country programme meets objectives as set out in its agreed strategic plan, annual plans and programme proposals.

The ideal candidate will ensure the country programme is in line with AIFO policies, procedures, organizational strategy and meets the Core Humanitarian accountability standards. The candidate will be the head of the institution in Liberia, manage all human resources, lead the Senior Monitoring and Management Team and represent the organization with government, donors and other international organizations.


The Country Director/Project Manager will be working full-time and will make strict reference to the Guidelines of AIFO and of the project financing body., He/She will report to AIFO HQ Liberia Project Manager and will work in collaboration and consultation with the local project staff.

  • General Program Management functions, in particular:
  • Planning, supervision and monitoring of all activities and results foreseen by the project in Liberia, in close relationship with local and international partners, with the Management and Monitoring Committee (created by the project) and with the Scientific and Technical Commission (STC).
  • Operational and functional coordination with local and international partners and stakeholders, ensuring the correct decision-making process and supporting the strengthening of the partners’ skills in the planning and management of the activities
  • Representation of AIFO in all organizational and institutional relationships
  • Coordination, supervision and professional development of local human resources
  • Elaboration of all the necessary documentation for the completion of AICS procedures (such as operational plan, periodic reports, non-costly variants, visibility, other)
  • Ensure the drafting of technical reports with reference to project progress status and results achieved, taking care of content and timeframe supervision including those of partners.
  • To foster and guarantee the development of the actions in Liberia in consonance with AIFO mission
  • Ensure a communication flow in the times and formats agreed with AIFO HQ
  • Ensure the development of business development opportunities for AIFO in Liberia (both national and international)
  • Identify the need to perform feasibility studies and draw up project proposal documents for different donors
  • Update the AIFO Safety Guidelines in the country
  • To oversee areas of danger in order to mitigate possible risks, so as to guarantee the safety of the subjects involved and the implementation of actions
  • Administrative Management, in particular:
  • management of AIFO bank accounts in Liberia, with power of attorney
  • administrative and fiscal management of local human resources, with the power to sign contracts
  • procurement
  • asset management
  • logistics
  • supervision of accounting records
  • resource planning and management control
  • planning of forecast costs on a periodic basis
  • data flow in NPS Light to be sent to the office
  • preparation of the financial report and in particular (signature of the reconciliations of banks and funds, valuation of other balance sheet items, verification of the completeness and formal correctness of the documentation, verification of compliance of the purchase procedures used and supporting documentation)

The above list is only indicative of overall / high level duties and responsibilities; SMART objectives will be prepared by the individual in collaboration with their supervisor and will be reviewed yearly during an appraisal session.

Essential requirements

  • University degree in Economics, Sociology or other related discipline
  • Proven professional experience of at least 5 years in the management of international cooperation projects (mastery of project cycle management tools)
  • Experience in office administration and procurement
  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and Written)
  • Extensive computer knowledge(Office)
  • Relationship skills, human resources management and team work
  • Capacity in the use of participative tools and methodologies

Desirable Requirements

  • Previous work experience in Liberia
  • Previous experience working with persons with disabilities
  • Previous experience working on livelihood programmes and specifically with Start-ups
  • Masters Degree in Development Studies
  • Should possess a valid driver license


To apply, send your CV, a Cover Letter detailing how you meet the job specification and two references to: indicating in the subject of the email: Application for Country Director position.

We apologize in advance but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. The selection respects the principles of equal opportunities (Law 903/77)

This abridged training and recommendation manual is produced to support the work of Disabled People Organisations(DPOs) in their institutional and managerial capacity. The manual was produced following a residential training for heads of DPOs facilitated by Giampiero Griffo, former president of Disabled People International and S. Kpanbaweazee Duworko, Media and Disability Consultant. Please follow this link to access the report: DPOs Abridged Training Manual

The study was conducted in Monrovia, Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties by a team of Researchers between August and December, 2018. The project is being implemented along with the National Union of Organisations of the Disabled and the National Commission on Disabilities.
The study investigates the current structure and reality of social enterprises in Liberia including associated constraints and opportunities for inclusive business development, serves as a guidebook for banks and financial institutions planning to develop financial product services People Living with Disabilities—constituting 16 Per cent of the overall population.

Please follow this link to access the report: Social Baseline Survey Report

We are excited to announce the publication of the Second Issue of the “Disability and Startup Project Newsletter”. The newsletter covers the period January-June, 2019. It is dedicated to sharing progress, success stories of beneficiaries, and an informed editorial all intended to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Liberia. The newsletter is also part of AIFO’s effort to highlight best practices working with people with disabilities and the meaningful work of the project actors in the concerned project areas. Please follow this link to access the newsletter:DASU Newsletter January-June, 2019_Issue 2

 Many thanks to all those who helped to make this edition a success.  We are keen to respond to the interests of our readers and look forward to your feedbacks, comments and suggestions on subsequent editions using the contact address at:

Watch out for another exciting edition coming up soon!

In this video, AIFO-Liberia Communication and Program Advisor, Luther Mendin shares his thoughts about AIFO along with other representatives and volunteers of AIFO around the world.

In this interview with Publish What You Fund, Silvia Poggioli, Country Director of AIFO-Liberia and Chairperson of the Alliance on Disability shares her experience using International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data to find out which donors currently support, or have previously supported work with the disability movement in Liberia. More specifically, she wanted to know if the donor community in Liberia has an interest in disability issues, which NGOs have been funded to carry out work on disability and if there are particular thematic or geographical areas that have been supported.

Please follow this link to read more on the article titled: Does Noisy Data Put IATI Users Off?  to find out more about Silvia’s encounter with the  International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data.

Publish What You Fund is a not for profit organisation that campaigns for aid-transparency, availability and usefulness. Publish What You Fund urges development partners to disclose their aid information regularly and promptly, and in a standardised format that will be comparable with other countries and accessible to all. They support the greater disclosure of aid information in line with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).


The National Union of Organisations of the Disabled in collaboration with AIFO-Liberia, with technical support from the Alliance on Disability will host a one-day workshop amongst stakeholders and persons with disabilities on Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia.

The workshop will hear from leading experts on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which represents a major development in the field of human rights for persons with disabilities.

The workshop will focus on key elements of the convention and will seek to shift the attention of the Liberian political class and other key stakeholders on the significance of the human rights-based model for disability. The workshop will also share examples of best practices in the application of the Convention at home and abroad. Practical examples from Disabled People Organisations, Government Line ministries and CSOs on policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the convention will also be high on the panel discussion.

Disability rights authority Rachel Kachaje will give her perspective on trending issues related to disabilities and will put forth practical solutions to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres of the Liberian society. Rachel is a disability activist with over 25 years of experience in advocating for equal opportunities and equal rights for persons with disabilities in Malawi and around the globe. Rachel is the current chair of Disabled People International and the Secretary of the African Disability Forum. Rachel was also Minister for Disability and Elderly Affairs in Malawi.

The workshop is part of the Disability and Start-up project (DASU), an initiative funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.


Media Contact: Luther Sangar Mendin, Communications Officer-DASU Project
Mobile: +231775269126



We’re excited to announce the launch of the electronic version of the Disability and Start Up Project (DASU) Newsletter”.

The newsletter which is our maiden edition covers the period July-December, 2018.  It is dedicated to sharing progress, success stories of beneficiaries, and an informed commentary all intended to better the lives of people with disabilities in Liberia. The newsletter is also part of AIFO’s effort to highlight best practices working with people with disabilities and the meaningful work of the project actors in the concerned project areas.

we are keen to respond to the interests of our readers and look forward to your feedbacks, comments and suggestions on subsequent editions using the contact address at:

Many thanks to all those who helped to make this edition a success.

Please follow this link to access the newsletter: DASU Newsletter 2018_Maiden Edition


Watch out for another exciting edition coming up in March, 2019!


Happy festive seasons!

December 3rd, 2018



we are pleased to announce the launch of a ground-breaking report that articulates the capacity building needs of some Disabled People Organizations in Liberia.

This report is titled “Diagnostic Study on Disabled Peoples’ Organisations and National Union of Organisations of the Disabled”.

The report outlines the desk review process, case studies and a workshop using persons with disabilities to set scenarios for a deliberative process thereby capturing the changing views of people with disabilities as they examine a broad range of capacity building options for self-advancement. The suggestions from persons with disabilities are vibrant to ensure a rapid change in the organisational management of various disabled people organisations across Liberia.

The report is an initiative of the Disability and Startup project (DASU) funded by the Italian Agency for development Cooperation (AICS) which is currently being implemented in Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Monrovia respectively. We are thankful to Dr. Sunil Deepak, Technical Consultant at AIFO for the compilation of this report. Special thanks also goes to NUOD, NCD and the project’s registered DPOs for the support.

Please find below two versions of the report: An Easy to Read version as well as the Full Report. Wish you a good read and thanks to everyone for the support in making this report a reality.



If you have any inquiry or recommendations, we would be grateful to receive your input; please write to


December 3rd, 2018

Distinguished representatives of the Government and diplomatic missions, Esteemed officials and staff of NUOD, NCD and Disabled People Organizations, Fellow colleagues from the Development Community and Intergovernmental organizations, Members of the Media, Persons with Disabilities, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for giving me the chance to speak with you today.

It is a great honor for me to address you on this important occasion to mark world disability day 2018.

Today is the 26th celebration recurring every year on December 3rd, of the International Day of People with Disabilities. Today, all over the world, Governments, Civil Society Organizations and Disabled People Organizations come together to celebrate abilities of people with disabilities. For the past 26th years, the celebration of this day has been an important tool in promoting the rights of people with disabilities.

The special occasion is important because it’s when all participants are required to jointly define the prospective of people with disabilities in the coming year. So, I’m very pleased that today, is the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection, the National Commission on Disability and the National Union of Organisations of the Disabled who are bringing us here to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities under the national motto ‘’Creating a Level Playing Field for the Empowerment of PWDs’’.

The national motto echoes this year’s global theme which is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development goals that are envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, pledging to “leave no one behind”. It is critical, therefore, to ensure the full and equitable participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and to create environments which enable such participation.

It is in this regard that the Liberian National Motto of ‘’Creating a Level Playing Field for the Empowerment of PWDs’’ goes beyond the global theme, by focusing its attention on the need of “creating equitable opportunities” for Persons with Disabilities; to articulate, claim, act upon and enjoy the rights they are entitled to. Creating equitable opportunities, or a Level Playing Field, talks of an equitable society; a society which gives people what they need to enjoy full, participative, contributing and healthy lives. Equity, as opposed to equality, recognize that not everyone in society starts from the same place, as well as that peoples’ needs are different. This will be the flavour of my speech today.

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