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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.

Title: Project Officer, GiveWell, Unrestricted and Small Grants

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

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

Contract: Fixed Term Contract until March 2022

Sightsavers are seeking a self-motivated and flexible Project Officer (Project Officer, GiveWell, Unrestricted and Small Grants) to support country teams in their delivery of the deworming portfolio and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) interventions according to contractual milestones. This is a great opportunity for an individual who already has proven project management experience, ideally gained in the development sector.

About GiveWell, unrestricted and small grants

Sightsavers main deworming programme is funded by GiveWell. The programme focuses on the control and elimination of schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths in 5 countries in West and Central Africa. Deworming interventions primarily target school aged children and use a hybrid platform of school and community-based treatments. In addition to Sightsavers flagship NTD programmes, smaller grants and unrestricted funding support NTD interventions across Africa and Yemen. 

About the role

The Project Officer will provide support to Project Delivery Manager, GiveWell, Unrestricted and Small Grants as well as the wider team. It is responsible for:

  • providing programme support to country teams on the roll out of NTD interventions
  • standardising activities across funding streams and countries
  • attending regular update calls with each country to collate and disseminate project progress
  • aligning learning, documentation and reporting systems with Sightsavers systems and processes
  • working effectively with other colleagues within the Sightsavers UK and the Sightsavers Country Offices as well as with relevant partner organisations
  • working alongside field-based country teams in what could be challenging environments.

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 problem-solver who has already gained proven project management experience within international development.  You are a strong communicator and have:

  • a degree in a related subject
  • a successful track record of working in multiple country projects
  • an understanding of and commitment to equity, gender and social inclusion (preferred);
  • the ability to facilitate group-training sessions and build capacity in developing country contexts in areas relevant to position functions (preferred)
  • experience of NTD programming and/ or the public health sector

To succeed in this role, you will need:

  • the ability to think quickly, responsively, and effectively to communicate information, practices, concepts and ideas to a non-technical audience
  • the ability to work collaboratively and build stakeholder consensus
  • excellent organisational skills
  • the ability to identify important issues and communicate these effectively to colleagues.
  • the skill to manage multiple tasks and work with multiple teams simultaneously
  • excellent analytical and IT skills including Microsoft Office
  • the ability to prioritise work in a fast paced, multi-faceted and changing environment
  • strong written and verbal communication in English


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

Contact Us
  • 35 Perrymount Road,
  • Haywards Heath,
  • RH16 3BW
  • GB
  • 01444 446600
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