As Director, Ambrose James is responsible for overseeing overall implementation of GOSL-EU cooperation projects, ensuring policy and development coordination with the EU, Ministries, Department and Agencies and the effective operations of the NAO Units. He has more than 19 years of experience developing project management strategies in conflict-sensitive and conflict transformation programming with international non-profit organisations in Sierra Leone, West and East Africa. He has also worked in developing and strengthening programming strategies in Asia. His particular area of expertise centres on building leadership capacity, management of multiyear programme operations, programme development and multi-stakeholder engagement in consolidating peace, development and reforming institutions.
His past work experience includes eight years as Country Director, for Search for Common Ground www.sfcg.org in Sierra Leone, and two years as Country Director for Health Poverty Action www.healthpovertyaction.org. He has extensive experience working with civil society, government, policy makers, community based organizations, youth, children, international development partners and independent media providing inclusive platforms for engagement, policy analysis and programme implementation.
He is a community mobiliser, trainer and facilitator with effective team building and organisational skills, and has extensive experience working with large and diverse groups of, individuals with varying interests and positions, and in managing a number of multiyear community and government projects with funding from various donors including UN, Irish Aid, EU, DFID, and USAID. He has a proven track record of successfully nurturing diverse coalitions, alliances and networks in Sierra Leone including the Women Solidarity Support Group, Independent Radio Network, National Elections Watch.
He has a B.Sc (Hons) in Sociology and Economics from Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone and a Master of Public Administration and Management (MPAM) from John F Kennedy School of Government , Harvard University.