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PJ Cole

Associate, Sierra Leone


PJ works as the Lead Technical Strategist with the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) in the Office of the President in Sierra Leone. He is working with the country’s recently appointed Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), leveraging the expertise and network of the Institute and supporting CIO from within to make the most of his position for Sierra Leone’s development.

PJ worked as a Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Health and later in the Office of the Chief of Staff on the post-Ebola recovery plan in Sierra Leone. In this role he acted as the “single point of accountability” from the Delivery Team side for Operation Clean Freetown, a community health sanitation intervention for the capital which also created 102 SMEs and 1020 jobs for young people. He had continuous interaction with Freetown City Council, Western Area Rural District Council (WARD C), Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Trade, Freetown Wash Consortium, MASADA and Community Cleaning Association who were the key stakeholders delivering the project.

During the Ebola epidemic in 2014, PJ led Lifeline Nehemiah Projects to develop strategies for frontline support, through: community education programmes to over 100,000 people; provided food and psycho-social support to over 12,000 quarantined individuals; and in partnership built an Ebola Clinic which treated 271 people. He also worked as Governance advisor and Business Development for national charities in the UK.

PJ is a One Young World Ambassador, Queen’s Young Leader and a member of the Queen’s Young Leader Advisory Panel. He has over 10 years’ experience working in the UK and Sierra Leone on award winning education and training programs and specializes in designing interventions for people not in education, employment or training. He was also Governance and Policy Advisor to a UK based organization, providing support to a network of over 1000 organization.