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Visual Guide

Accra (GH)
Local terms and conditions apply
Closing date
4 Dec 2020
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Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society. Each year, we improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world. Sightsavers offers a great working environment.

Title: Visual Guide

Location: Accra, Ghana
Contract: Fixed term until July 2022
Salary: Local Terms and Conditions apply

Sightsavers is committed to ensuring that our staff with disabilities have appropriate workplace accommodations and support that meet their personal requirements. We are looking for a Visual Guide to work with one of our staff with a visual impairment.

The Visual Guide will provide visual (both digital and non-digital) assistance and support to one of our Programme Advisors, based in Ghana in the course of their daily work, including travel outside of the home. This may include

  • accompanying the employee to scheduled meetings within the city of Accra or beyond
  • providing practical support during occasional wider-reaching travel including international trips (ranging from one day to up to a week)
  • completing paperwork while the Programme Advisor is visiting partners or stakeholders in the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie programme
  • keeping the Programme Advisor updated so he is aware of his immediate environment and prompted on changes
  • providing personal emergency evacuation assistance from the Ghana Country Office in emergency situations.
  • supporting travel planning in addition to reviewing, analysing and providing information on personal travel risks
  • providing specialist accessibility including digital assistance

This is a busy and varied role, supporting the Programme Advisor and his vital contribution to the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie programme. The above is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities or experience requirements. For full details please read the job description


We anticipate that the successful applicant will have:

  • a minimum of a secondary school leaving certificate.
  • at least one year’s demonstrable experience as an assistant or aide to someone with a disability, preferably to someone who is blind.
  • the ability to travel to any part of Accra and abroad within 48 hours’ notice.
  • experience or interest in working with marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities.
  • strong writing skills as well as excellent English oral communication skills.



To succeed in the role the successful applicant will also have:

  • excellent writing skills and effective note taking ability.
  • the ability to take initiative and work independently, with little supervision.
  • basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications such as Word (including using tracked changes), Excel spreadsheets, Outlook email and PowerPoint
  • the ability to navigate websites and translate content into Word documents, as well as download PDF content and translate into Word documents.

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in mid-December.

To apply, and for further details about the role, please follow the link and complete an online application. We regret that CVs cannot be accepted.

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Qualified persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.


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

Find Us
01444 446600
35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 3BW
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