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Ascend Learning Officer

UK, flexible locations and working arrangements within the UK will be considered
c£29,000 - £32,000 dependent on experience
Closing date
13 Dec 2020
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Job Details

Sightsavers is looking for a Learning Officer to join the Ascend programme.

Contract: Fixed Term Contract to March 2022

Salary: c£29,000 - £32,000 dependent on experience

Location: Due to Covid-19 restrictions this will be a remote role and flexible working will be considered. Occasional travel to Haywards Heath office may be required.


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 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.

About the role

As Learning Officer, you will be responsible for identifying, documenting and disseminating information relating to the Ascend programme, across Sightsavers, the Ascend consortia, the Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) sector, and beyond. You will plan and delivering capacity building activities, and support grant management of the Ascend Learning and Innovation Fund.

Ascend Learning Officer responsibilities include: 

  • Working alongside the Programme Optimisation Unit within the Ascend structure to embed structured learning activities into work plans.
  • Liaise with consortia partners on a regular basis to update country and thematic learning action plans
  • Coordinate virtual learning activities in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain oversight of regular project reporting
  • Support with analysis of programme data and ensure key lessons are disseminated to internal and external audiences in accessible and engaging formats, such as PowerBI
  • Support the development of informal knowledge products such as blogposts and learning briefs, and assisting in the development of formal peer-reviewed publications


About you

We are looking for an individual who is inquisitive, questioning and passionate about data, has experience of learning activities, health data and reporting and has excellent relationship-building skills.


As Ascend Learning Officer, you will have: 

  • a degree in a subject related to Social Sciences, Politics, Economics, Geography, Education, Statistics, Information Systems or International Development, or equivalent experience
  • demonstrated experience of working with quantitative and qualitative data, in-depth analysis and identification of data trends
  • experience and/ or qualifications in project management in international development
  • experience and understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • experience of facilitating training, workshops or other learning activities
  • experience of capturing good practice and disseminating learning
  • good analytical and IT skills
  • experience of using data visualisation software, such as PowerBI or Tableau
  • an understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for people with a disability
  • experience of supporting staff internationally
  • availability to travel overseas up to 8 weeks a year – Covid-19 restrictions allowing


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.


To Apply

To apply, and for further details about the role, please follow the below link.

Closing date: 13 December 2020


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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