Project Officer - ASCEND

United Kingdom, Remote working
£29,000 - £33,000 per annum
Closing date
8 Nov 2020
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The Programme Officer you will ensure the smooth delivery of integrated Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) activities in 13 countries as part of the Ascend West & Central Africa programme.

Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (Ascend) is a high profile, high value, multi-partner programme significantly  contributing to the control and elimination of five NTDs - onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths - in 13 countries of west and central Africa. Sightsavers is the lead supplier for Ascend West & Central Africa and is responsible for its overall delivery of Ascend.

The Programme Officer for Ascend is a highly involved role, working across multiple countries and with a range of stakeholders and partners. Some responsibilities of this role include:



  • Providing programme support and ensuring consistency across 13 West and Central Africa countries on the roll out of NTD activities, ensuring that programme delivery is in line with WHO NTD control/elimination guidelines and technical guidance on WASH and NTDs
  • Facilitate the deployment of technical assistance and capacity building support within the ASCEND structure
  • Supporting organisation and facilitation of technical workshops related to behaviour change and WASH coordination
  • Work with the Finance and Risk Team on agreements and contracts, due diligence reports, individual country and consolidated log frames
  • Ensure interventions uphold a commitment to gender, equity, social inclusion, value for money and sustainability
  • Keep up to date with relevant cross cutting issues and debates that may impact control/elimination of NTDs and WASH/SBCC interventions; Provide quick responses to emerging technical challenges by liaising with the Manager Implementation (WASH/SBCC), revising tools and protocols

As Programme Officer for Ascend, you will have:


  • A Degree in International Development, Public Health, International Relations, or equivalent experience
  • Experience of Project Management within a Health or International Development INGO
  • Experience of supporting an international, multi-partner programme
  • Able to work with multiple stakeholders in a global team, and ensure differing concerns and priorities are effectively managed
  • Ability to communicate complex information practices, concepts and ideas to a non-technical audience
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and work with multiple teams simultaneously within a matrix management system.
  • Fluent English communication skills
  • Ability to communicate at business level in French


  • Master’s degree in International Development, Public Health, International Relations, or appropriate equivalent
  • Experience of working in multiple country projects within NTD’s
  • Available for up to 6 weeks a year of international travel, Covid-19 restrictions permitting

This is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties requirements. For further information please refer to the Job Description.

Closing date: 8 November 2020

To apply, and for further details about the role, please follow the below link. Please be aware that you will be prompted to include your CV or Cover Letter, please ignore this. Only information included in the online application form will be considered.

As an equal opportunities employer and a Disability Confident Level 3 employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

Sightsavers is not willing to accept unsolicited agency CVs. Sightsavers is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.

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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