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Programme Assistant

Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Closing date
6 Dec 2020
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Sightsavers are seeking a self-motivated, focused Programme Assistant to join our Inclusion Works project team and wider Inclusion Works consortium programme.


Title: Programme Assistant

Location: Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK (with potentially initial home-working required)

Salary: £23,000

Contract: 18-month Fixed Term Contract 

The Programme Assistant will work closely with the Programme and Operations Director and Inclusion Works Programme Manager, as well as other members of the team on delivery of discrete projects, communications activities and events as required. This is a brilliant role for someone with a strong interest and motivation to develop a career in international development.

This role will involve close collaboration with the Institutional Funding team, Technical Leads, the Communications team, consortium partners and implementing partners. The post holder is expected to be available for travel 4-6 weeks a year.   


The Programme Assistant’s role is to provide administrative and co-ordination support to the Inclusion Works project team. They will have the opportunity to directly engage with in-country and UK teams, building experience in how to successfully deliver complex global inclusion programmes working in a dynamic and innovative consortium of Inclusive Futures partners.

This is a really varied role and full details can be found in the job description. Duties will include:

  • providing general administrative support to the Inclusion Works project team including support to meetings, reporting, annual team planning processes, filing and communications activities
  • coordinating and supporting consortium partner meetings
  • leading the coordination and management of programme knowledge management, consortium communications and support to programme communications
  • supporting consortium management and cross-organisational working

Person specification

You will have a strong interest / background in / knowledge of current international development and social inclusion issues and be educated to A-level standard or equivalent. You will have:

  • excellent administration and planning and organisation skills with the ability to multi-task
  • demonstrable administrative and/or project management experience in international development or related field
  • experience in managing stakeholders and working to multiple deadlines
  • experience of working with multiple task managers and senior managers
  • an understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for people with disabilities
  • good verbal and written communication skills and reasonable numeracy
  • strong skills in MS Office, and have experience organising travel logistics, including flights, visas and accommodation


In addition to being an easy 20-minute train journey from Brighton or 45 minutes from London, we offer some fantastic benefits.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous annual leave allowance, pension, season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and wellness discounts.

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply

Please submit your application via our recruitment portal by following the links.

We anticipate that remote interviews (via Microsoft Teams) will be held on 14-15 December 2020.



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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