9 May 2024

Program Assistant at West Africa Drug Policy Network – WADPN

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Job Description

The West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) is a regional advocacy network dedicated to promoting the human rights and well-being of people who use drugs, sex workers, and LGBT people. WADPN operates as a coalition of civil society organisations across the West African region, striving to effect positive change through advocacy, research, and community engagement.

WADPN is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our team as a Programme Assistant. This role offers a unique opportunity for professional growth and learning. The Programme Assistant will play a crucial role in supporting the organisation’s programmatic efforts, including proposal writing, project management, and other programme-related tasks. The Programme Assistant will also provide administrative support to the Executive Director to ensure efficient organisational operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development and writing of project proposals, concept notes, and grant applications to secure funding for WADPN’s initiatives.
  • Support the planning, implementation, and monitoring of WADPN projects and programmes, including coordinating with partner organisations and stakeholders.
  • Support to conduct research on drug policy issues, human rights, public health, and other relevant topics to inform WADPN’s advocacy efforts and programme development.
  • Provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director, including scheduling meetings and managing correspondence.
  • Assist in the development of communication materials, such as newsletters, reports, and social media content, to raise awareness about WADPN’s work and engage with stakeholders.
  • Support the planning and execution of events, workshops, and conferences organised by WADPN, including logistical arrangements and participant coordination.
  • Foster relationships with partner organisations, government agencies, donors, and other stakeholders to enhance collaboration and support for WADPN’s mission and goals.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as international relations, public health, social sciences, or a related discipline.
  • Experience in proposal writing, project management, and programme coordination, preferably in the nonprofit/advocacy sector.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines effectively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and other relevant software applications.
  • Knowledge of drug policy issues, human rights, gender, public health, or related fields in the West African context is desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required, and proficiency in French is an asset.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample (such as a proposal or report) to [email protected] before 17:00 GMT on May 19, 2024. Please indicate "Programme Assistant Volunteer" in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Deadline for Application: Sunday, 19 May 2024

WADPN is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its recruitment process and workplace. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds and strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all staff members.

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