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Deputy Project Director/ Team Lead of the Integrated Systems Unit

UK, flexible locations and working arrangements within the UK will be considered
Closing date
4 Jan 2021

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Sightsavers is looking for a Deputy Project Director/ Team Lead of the Integrated Systems Unit to work within the Ascend Programme. 

Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ASCEND) is a high profile, high value, multi-partner programme, which makes a significant contribution to the control and elimination of the 5 Preventive Chemotherapy (PC) NTDs across 13 countries. Sightsavers is the lead supplier, working directly in partnership with the SCI Foundation (SCIF), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Mott MacDonald, M&C Saatchi and Accenture Development Partners.

The Integrated Systems Unit (ISU) is responsible for delivering innovation in integrating data, knowledge, systems, tools and procedures across the ASCEND programme and presents project data to help inform adaptive project management decisions. The ISU coordinates the provision of timely technical support throughout ASCEND by way of the Technical Advisors. This unit works with the FCDO’s (formerly DFID) Third-Party Monitoring supplier on information requests.

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

Contract: Fixed Term until March 2022

Salary: Competitive

About the Role

The Deputy Project Director/Team Lead Integrated Systems Unit role forms an integral part of the ASCEND project’s senior leadership team responsible for the delivery of an integrated technical advice and data systems strategy to ensure the collection of high quality data, through globally standardised survey processes, in additional to technical support, for reporting, learning and decision-making across 13 African countries in line with ASCEND project goals. The Deputy Director will:

  • Contribute to the promotion of a culture of team engagement
  • Oversee the provision of technical guidance and advice to Ascend West
  • Oversee the design of an integrated data systems strategy
  • Deliver an integrated data systems strategy for NTDs in 13 countries i.e Benin, Burkina Faso, CAR, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone
  • Provide direction to, and oversight of the Integrated Systems Unit
  • Ensure the timely delivery of technical advice
  • Ensure coordination with Country Principles to deliver the technical aspects of the programme
  • Work with the Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) supplier to ensure they have the data needed to provide a quality assurance and accountability role to improve overall performance
  • Manage risk and escalate as necessary
  • Work closely with the Ascend Project Director in the development and coordination of the monitoring and evaluation framework and the implementation of activities to ensure recognised global standards are met

About You

We are looking for an individual experienced in managing people and resource, with the confidence to use their influence within the decision-making process. You will know your own mind but also be a balanced decision-maker. It’s important that you have lived and worked within a developing country for a significant period and that you have worked methodically with governments over time, guiding their approach.

You will possess:

  • A post-graduate degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Extensive experience and/or qualifications in programme/project management in private, humanitarian or development sectors
  • Experience of sharing and capturing good practice
  • Understanding and experience of a partnership approach to project delivery
  • Experience in developing country contexts
  • Ability to lead programmes within a matrix structure without compromising the roles of key project personnel
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build stakeholder consensus
  • Ability to identify key risks problem solve and rapidly escalate critical issues (no surprise environment)
  • Good analytical and IT skills are required for the review and development of programme plans and forecasts
  • External insight, particularly when considering system and process options
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for people with a disability.

This is a really exciting and involved role, crucial to the success of the project. Further details can be found within the job description. 

Closing date: 7 January 2021 (the advert on this site will be renewed)

Please follow the application link to submit your application. We anticipate that remote, panel-style interviews will take place on 13, 14 and 15 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

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