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Project Officer

Haywards Heath, West Sussex - flexible locations and working arrangements within the UK may be consi
c£29,000 - £32,000 dependent on experience
Closing date
13 Dec 2020
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Our vision is of a world where no one is needlessly blind and where people who are blind and those with other disabilities enjoy the same rights as people without disabilities. Each year, we improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world. Sightsavers is growing rapidly and offers a great place to work. Salary: c£29,000 - £32,000 dependent on experience

Project Delivery Officer, Integrated Work Planning and Reporting

Contract: Fixed Term Contract until March 2022

Location: Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK (flexible locations and working arrangements within the UK will be considered)​

Sightsavers are seeking an organised, focused Project Officer (Project Delivery Officer, Integrated Work Planning and Reporting) to join the Programme Optimisation Unit (POU) within the wider Ascend multi-partner programme. The Project Delivery Officer will work closely with the POU Team Lead to provide direct programme support to country teams. This would be an excellent next step for an individual who already has programme support experience working within a multiple country project and a background in international development.

About the project

Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (Ascend) is a multi-partner programme that makes significant contributions to the control and elimination of five Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) i.e. onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths across 13 West African countries.

Sightsavers is the lead supplier for Ascend West & Central Africa and carries overall responsible for accomplishing the Ascend deliverables in line with contractual agreements set within the consortium structure. We are in year two of a three-year integrated programme of work

About the role

The Project Delivery Officer will provide vital support to the team, ensuring planning and internal reporting of integrated NTD activities together with the designated country principal organisation and relevant Government Departments in all countries that are part of the Ascend West & Central Africa programme. It is responsible for:

  • Providing direct programme support to country teams on the roll out of integrated NTD planning and internal reporting including the use of all Ascend management and programme implementation tools and protocols
  • Coordinating internal progress reporting
  • Supporting contract management and engagement
  • Providing content for the communications, knowledge innovation and learning teams
  • Day to day management of integrated planning systems and tools and internal reporting aspects of the programme
  • Delivering timely, evidence based internal reports
  • Problem solving
  • Providing quick responses to emerging planning and internal reporting challenges

The position will be based in the UK with national and international travel, up to 12 weeks per year. This is a really involved role, please read the job description for further details.

About you

We are looking for a proactive and responsive individual who already has programme/ project experience within international development.  You will have:

  • a degree in international development or related subject (ideally public health or international development) or equivalent experience
  • strong written and spoken English and French
  • experience working and supporting staff in different contexts (face to face, online)
  • an understanding of international development issues and a commitment to equality of opportunity for disabled people
  • an understanding of cultural and ethnically sensitive issues.
  • a demonstrated ability to think quickly, responsively and effectively to communicate information, practices, concepts and ideas to a non-technical audience
  • excellent organisational skills with the ability to identify important issues and communicate these effectively to colleagues
  • the ability to work with multiple stakeholders in a global team
  • the ability to manage multiple tasks and work with multiple teams simultaneously
  • strong Microsoft Office skills
  • the ability to prioritise work in a fast paced, changing environment


In addition to having offices 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, 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.
Interviews are expected to take place in early January 2021


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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