Sahr A. Pessima, Operations Deputy Director (Marie Stopes Sierra Leone).
Sahr A. Pessima is the Deputy Director Programme Operations, supporting the Director to drive MSSL towards programme sustainability and to increase uptake of MSSL’s services and products.
The Deputy Director of Programme Operations provides guidance, technical support, and capacity building to the two Pillar 1 Leave No-one Behind channels (PSS and Outreach) and support the effective implementation of donor-funded projects and other program interventions.
He is responsible for strategy and business development, direction, and coordination of technical support to the country programme, programme development, programme quality, capacity building, policy review and development, and managing a large portfolio of grants.
Sahr works very closely with the Director of Finance and Administration in the developing annual business plans and leads programme/project M&E, ensuring the execution of baseline, periodic, and final evaluations.
Sahr brings to MSSL a thorough understanding and experience of Sierra Leone Health Sector. He has a background of demonstrated success in designing and implementing proposals, health planning and Management.
Sahr is a development and public health specialist with a demonstrable experience in project management, programme excellence and programme quality over the last 12 years and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Sociology from Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone, a Master of Science in Rural Development Studies and a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences from Njala University in Sierra Leone.
He is married with 3 children.