Hon. Dr. Umarr Paran Tarawally

Hon. Dr. Umarr Paran Tarawally



  • Committee Of Selection
  • Business Committee
  • Supervisory Committee



Hon. Paran Umar Tarawally was born on 9th January 1976 in Bo District. He is a Sierra Leonean by birth and speaks English, madingo, mende and krio fluently. He started Schooling at the united Methodist primary school in koidu, entered government secondary school, Bo later Albert Academy, Freetown where he completed his secondary education. He was admitted to college in 1996 and left in 2006. He skilled in Microsoft word excel power point, publisher and internet. He is an experienced human rights and peace practitioner, paralegal advisor, detention specialist of fourteen years repute in facilitation monitoring and reporting  on detention condition s in Sierra Leone ‘s correctional centres and other penitential institutions. He has several years of project management experience with specific emphasis on the right based approach.

Committed to providing quality service and organizational performance, service-focused, flexible, competent, and capable of adapting new concepts by a solid work history and credentials. He is married with four daughters.  



African Graduate University

Master of Philosophy Mphil

Government, Development and Public Policy

Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone

LLB (Hons)Emphasis: Laws

Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone

Bachelor of Arts (BA) (2002)

Emphasis: International Relations, Public Administration & History

Grade: Division II

Milton Margai College of Education

Higher Teachers Certificate (Secondary) (1998)

Emphasis: Social Studies & Community Development Studies, Grade: Division I



House of Parliament Freetown

April, 2018-Present   CLERK OF PARLIAMENT

Duties include:

·        Direct the administration of parliament

·        Vote Controller of the House

·        Principal adviser to Speaker of Parliament, Members of Parliament and Ministers on matters of legislation

·        Serve as Secretary of Parliamentary Commission

·        Support MPs in Their day to day work

November, 2012-December 2017  MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT (MP)

Duties include:

·        Represent and articulate the problems and aspirations of the people of Constituency 69 in Parliament

·        Serve as a member of different Parliamentary Committees (Committees on Human Rights, Information and Communication, Trade and Industries, Fishries and Marine Resources, Labour and Industrials Relations,                        Legislative Affairs, Youth Affairs, and Foreign Affairs);  providing oversight responsibilities to ensure that government business are conducted for the benefit of the state and its citizens

·        Participate in the promulgation of laws for the running of the state

·        Participate in budget scrutiny and approval

·        Take part in parliamentary debates on important state matters

·        Served as the only male MP in the Female Caucus: supporting female MPs and female CSOs to push gender policies through parliament

 Child Fund International Sierra Leone


Duties include:

·        Serves as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) of Child Fund Sierra Leone National Office with responsibility for overseeing and supporting the operations of local partners in their operational area to implement child-focused programmers.

·        Support building of capacity and strengthening capabilities or skills of staff of local partners in various functions through mentoring, training, knowledge/information exchange, experience sharing and technical expertise

·        Cultivate partnership for new resources; promote networking , collaboration and engagement of local partners with relevant platforms  & processes within their operational area

·        Support PDD and ASP processes, in addition to providing technical expertise on concept notes, consents papers and proposals development of local partners in their operational area

·        Document and report on local partner’s capacity development work to Child Fund, donors and other stakeholders and contribute to ongoing learning and improvement through documentation of activities and lessons learned

·        Consent to financial transactions of local partners in operational area

·        Coordinate with technical specialists for timely and quality support to local partners in operational area

·         Work with local partners to implement child sponsorship activities in a timely manner

·        Support the intelligence gathering, positioning of local partners, rapid response to competitive bids, and general project development and negotiations with donors in support of grants acquisition and management of local partners

·        Ensure that local partners are accountable and compliant with organization policies / procedures and local laws / regulations

·        Manages partners on allocation of resources to execute program activities in accordance with the ASP and PDDs

Restless Development  Sierra Leone


Duties include:

·        Human Resource Management for efficient delivery of  Programme activities in the region: this entails effective and consistent performance management of six programme and four administrative staff;

·        Efficient implementation of monitoring and Evaluation throughout programme  activities in the Region: ensure that Programme Staff use information derived from Monthly Progress Reports to take critical decision in the field; Ensure affirmative action and adherence  of staff  and volunteers to feedbacks provided on programmatic issues; Monitor Field Officers interaction with Volunteer’s Monthly Progress Reports and Support provided on critical emerging issues; Monitor and audit Data generated from Field by Volunteers; Ensure that Field Officers keep proper filing systems of all M&E documents collected from Volunteers; Quality reports generated and submitted on time to M&E Unit;

·        Effectively manage DFID and UNICEF Programmes budgets at regional office level: prudent management of budgets and ensuring a minimum of at least +-5% over or under spent; Serves as budget holder for the region; Authorize all expenditure for the region; Report on monthly income and expenditure using the budget monitoring template; Ensure compliance to find protocols at all levels  in the region; Conduct weekly and on the spot cash count and audit of regional office finances; make sure funds requested are spent within the given time span; Ensure that staff are requesting and retiring floats in line with agreed timelines; Prepare and submit monthly budget projections based on approved Annual budget for the region; Support the Assistant Finance & Admin Coordinator rollout finance and admin policies throughout regional programmes.

·        Effectively manage programme activities in the region: Ensure that regional office and district offices in Kono, Kailahun, Kenema and Tonkolili are running effectively reflective staff duties and responsibilities; Regional monthly staff meetings are organized to discuss and advice on program interventions; Ensure programmes activities are sustainable in communities; All placements visited monthly and volunteers and support structures supported; Ensure that all community structures are set up, capacitated and functioning effectively; Lead the recruitment, training and deployment of 80 volunteer peer Education; Design training manuals on sexual reproductive health and life skills for volunteers trainings and other community trainings;

·        Build relationship with NGOs, CBOs, Line Ministries, Local Councils and other key partners, coordinate events and represent Restless Development at regional level: Meet with district offices, line ministries, CTA members , NGOs and other relevant stakeholders and partners on a regular basis to build and maintain close collaboration; share programme successes and knowledge with partners and stakeholders at community, district and regional  levels; Collaborate with partners in organizing social mobilization activities including special events marketing  international Days and media engagement; Submit monthly updates to HQ on partnership activities and developments


Network Movement for Justice and Development Bo, Sierra Leone


Duties include:

·        Provide technical support to the Access to Justice Component of Peace and Security Programme: This includes coaching and mentoring paralegals and other community support structures; Producing abridged versions of legal reference materials; writing policy briefs;

·        Provide human resource support to a cadre of 21 paralegals and 11 animators: this entails line management and performance management meetings with all staff; Conducting mid-term and annual performance appraisal of staff; Lead the recruitment, induction and deployment of paralegals

·        Design and accompany the Component’s  M&E framework: this includes designing monitoring tools, reporting guidelines, training staff on the use of tools, tracking progress towards impact on six monthly basis, writing and submitting quarterly progress report to the Regional Director, and six monthly report to Christian Aid, UK (Donor)

·        Designing and running trainings for paralegals, animators and community structures on various aspects of law and rights including gender and the three Gender Acts, child protection, customary laws and practices, and alternative dispute resolution.

Prison Watch- Sierra Leone Freetown Sierra Leone


Duties include:

·        Coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and report on the programme activities: this includes training detention monitors for prisons, police cells and juvenile homes, work with staff to plan and implement activities, monitor programmes outputs and outcomes, and report on programme implementation to the Director.

Children for Peace International Bombali, Sierra Leone


Duties include:

Lead the sensitization aspect of the project: this entails poster development, radio discussions and talk shows, drama group performances, and mobile schools sensitization.

Albert Academy School  Freetown, Sierra Leone


Duties include:

Teach social studies, government and history in junior as well as senior schools: Also served as teacher in charge of Literary and Debating Society (L&DS), member of staff Welfare Committee, and School Representative to the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) from 2000 to 2001


Restless Development International- Training in new Chart of Account 14th - 18th may, 2012

Restless Development Sierra Leone – Training in Inter-Generational Dialogue   18th – 24th March, 2012

Finance and Admin Unit, Restless Development Sierra Leone – Training in Variance Analysis and Budget Monitoring   6th – 10th December 2010

National Forum for Human Rights (HFHR) – Training in Human Rights Monitoring and Documentation – 5th – 10th June 2008

Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance (LawCLA) – Training in policy Advocacy and Legal Reform-July 2004

Civil Society Movement (CSM) with support from Common Wealth – Training in Coalition Building and Networking for Civil Society Organizations- May, 2004

National AIDS Secretariat (NAS)- Training in HIV & AIDS Prevention and Control- Mar 99, Sep 02

Triple Line, UK- Training in Research Planning and Implementation; Project Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; and Planning and Designing Organizational Learning Framework, Log frame and Monitoring framework- Oct, 08- April, 09

Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL), Ghana- Training in understanding Paralegal Work; Human Right Institutions; Role of Paralegals in Human Rights Enforcement; Alternative Dispute Resolution and Client Interview- Jan- July, 2008


Kono District Child Protection Network- Secretary General – Document all Proceedings of the network; Manages its correspondence; and provide legal support to the network on all child related issues in the district – 2011- June, 2012

National Youth Coalition- Founding Member- Floated and Promoted the coalition and drafted its first codes of operation- 2004-2007

National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS)- Chief Justice – Heads the Judicial Arm of the Union and interprets the Union Constitution – 2005-2006

Law Society of Fourah Bay College- Public Relations Officer- Relate with the public and college administration on the position of the society- 2005-2006

Centre for Coordinating of Youth Activities (CCYA) Founding Volunteer- Work with communities to plan and implement youth related programmes-2000-2002

General Mitikishi Maxwell Khobe Trust Fund- Secretary to Board- Take down minutes of all Board meeting and receive and distribute correspondence- 1998- 2001

Sierra Leone- Nigeria Friendship Association –Secretary General Take down minutes of general and executive meeting manage correspondence and serve as signatory to the bank account- 1998-2001

National Federation of UNESCO Club – Secretary General- Serve in the management committee to plan and execute programmes- 1995-1997

Consultancy Services

Handicap International- Consultant / Facilitator –Facilitated training on Inclusive Local Development (ILD) – March 2012

Handicap International – Consultant prepare an advocacy strategy for SLUDI and accompany the Disability Bill in Parliament June, 2010

Handicap International-Consultant / Facilitator – Facilitated training on advocacy and laws protecting persons with disabilities – May, 2010

International Alert – Coordinating / Facilitator – Training of local judicial personnel and community stakeholders on human security and gender based violence– Dec, 2010- Mar, 2010

UMC Coordinating Office – Trainer – Trainings on access to justice for women and children – Feb, 2010

Methodist Church Sierra Leone Development Office – Trainer / Coach and Mentor – Trainings in advocacy – Jun, 2009-Feb, 2010

Women’s Partnership for Justice and Peace - Consultant – Trainings in gender laws – Jan, May, Jun, 2009

War Child Holland – Consultant Trainer – Trainings in date and acquaintance rape, sex and sexuality, and child protection – Jan- Jun 2004

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