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NTDs Programme Manager

Employer
Sightsavers
Location
Guinea-Bissau (GW)
Salary
Local Terms & Conditions Apply
Closing date
15 Nov 2020
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Title: NTDs Programme Manager

Location: Guinea Bissau

Salary: Local Terms and Conditions apply

Contract: 1 year Fixed Term contract initially

Sightsavers is currently seeking someone with experience of strategic programme development to lead on programmatic management for the implementation of mass drug administration against Neglected Tropical Diseases.

The Programme Manager will deliver NTD programme targets and direct technical support to build the development of integrated NTD programmes and advocacy for the elimination of NTDs in Guinea Bissau.

As the NTDs Programme Manager you will participate in strategic planning processes to drive the delivery of services to ensure objectives are met. You will work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to lead the development of country level action and implementation plans for mass drug administration and give support to the five leading NTDs - trachoma, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, soil transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis.

The NTDs Programme Manager will provide leadership and guidance in planning and conducting impact assessments and surveillance surveys in Guinea Bissau, as well as offering effective management, coordination, technical advice and resource allocation necessary to deliver NTD targets through quality service delivery. The role will support Sightsavers country team to establish and maintain effective relationships with the Ministry of Health, lead on supporting country teams in developing a system for monitoring and evaluating NTD programme performance, build and maintain meaningful working relationships with local partners, and represent Sightsavers at appropriate national forums.

As the successful candidate you will have a postgraduate degree(s) or similar qualification in public health, biology or parasitology. You will possess significant experience of strategic development and of working and/or managing an integrated NTD programme, ideally in Guinea Bissau. Technical knowledge of one or more to the five leading NTDs is required, as is a demonstrated record of developing and managing public health programmes. A good understanding of the health system of Guinea Bissau is essential.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills, so if you are interested in the role and would like to find out more please read the complete Job Description for further details.

Closing date: 15 November 2020

Sightsavers works to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities participate equally in society.

We are truly committed to creating an inclusive culture which values and recognises diversity as something that will only ever make an organisation better. We encourage anyone to apply who possesses the qualities and behaviours outlined or who believes they have the propensity to learn them fast. You will be joining an inclusive and supportive team who welcome people from all backgrounds.

Sightsavers does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Sightsavers Head Office

35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 3BW

Postal Address

Bumpers Way,
Bumpers Farm,
Chippenham SN14 6NG

Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. Sightsavers is headquartered in the UK and has over 400 employees. It also has branches in Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sightsavers works with partners in order to provide a comprehensive range of eye care services. In 2013, Sightsavers' projects provided eye health examinations for nearly 14 million people, performed 300,000 eye operations, and treated over 100 million people for neglected tropical diseases.

People are also referred for treatment to prevent blindness or restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, Sightsavers distributes medication to prevent blinding diseases. The charity also trains eye care workers and surgeons and funds operations.

Of the 30 countries Sightsavers works in, 23 are in Africa. These include Mozambique, Mali, Liberia and Kenya. Sightsavers is also present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.

In addition to its medical work, Sightsavers works with partners in order to train specialist teaching staff and supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools. The charity aims to educate communities and reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Through its work, people with visual impairments and other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Sightsavers is also a campaigning organisation, working with national governments to tackle the root causes of avoidable blindness, such as lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The charity’s ‘Put us in the Picture campaign calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800m people with disabilities. The campaign’s vision is for all people to have equal access to employment, education, healthcare and participation in society.

Backing up Sightsavers’ work around the world is a strong research capability. Research and policy work revolves around three priorities – health, education and social inclusion. Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence helps to ensure the charity’s programmes meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool when advocating for policy changes with governments.

Sightsavers has many partners that assist with its aim of eliminating avoidable blindness and may also provide funding. Partners include the UK government’s Department for International Development, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our latest article on Third Sector: Sightsavers: Work for an award-winning charity tackling blindness worldwide

Contact Us
  • 35 Perrymount Road,
  • Haywards Heath,
  • RH16 3BW
  • GB
  • 01444 446600
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