Mr. Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawali joined the Office of National Security (ONS). Sierra Leone in 2002 as an Assistant Team Leader in the Monitoring & Oversight Department where he demonstrated great professional prowess and leadership that match up with the competitiveness that accompanied the job. Due to his commitment and skillful leadership, he was appointed Team Leader, Security Sector Reform Working Group (SSR-WG). The dedicated leadership Mr. Tarawali provided to the SSR-WG laid the foundation for the level of success the widely acclaimed Sierra Leone Security Sector Reform of 2003-2005 enjoyed. In recognition of his remarkable contribution to the SSR, he was in 2005 elevated to the position of Provincial Security Coordinator, Southern Province of Sierra Leone. Two years later, he was appointed Director in charge of the Provincial & Border Security Department (PBS).
Under his leadership, the PBS department strengthened the coordination role required for the decentralization process of the new security architecture of Sierra Leone. This created room for the collection of security information across the country within the context of the early warning and early response mechanism. As the principal adviser to the National Security Coordinator on all Provincial and District security issues, he pioneered the creation of Joint Border Security & Confidence Building Committees within the Mano River Union (MRU) in support of the 15th Protocol of the MRU on Peace & Security. Among his notable achievements as Director, is the establishment of Chiefdom Security Committees (CHISECs) in chiefdoms bordering the Republic of Guinea and Liberia thus significantly impacting on the lives of so many Sierra Leoneans, particularly those in remote border communities. Having served as the Deputy National Security Coordinator,
Mr. Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawali was appointed National Security Coordinator of Sierra Leone and Head of ONS in March 2015. He is also the Chairman of the Joint Maritime Committee. He is a key participant in the Community Chapter of the African Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS) in Sierra Leone where he is currently the Secretary General. He is a double Master’s degree holder in Education (Med.), specializing in Community development Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and an (MA) in Peace and Development Studies from Njala University, Sierra Leone respectively. He also has a Diploma in Adult Education and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He has participated in several security sector workshops and seminars both locally and internationally and has served as facilitator/presenter in most of these.