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Programme Officer – Eye Health

Employer
Sightsavers
Location
Senegal (SN)
Salary
Local Terms and Conditions apply
Closing date
31 Jan 2021
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Job Details

Title: Programme Officer – Eye Health

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Contract: 2 year Fixed Term Contract

Salary: Local terms and conditions will apply

Sightsavers is excited to be recruiting a Programme Officer to manage the daily activities and execution of Sightsavers Senegal Country Office health programmes in collaboration with eye health project partners.

As the Programme Officer you will support partners and stakeholders by managing all aspects of the project cycle, including planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation. You will work with partners to ensure that all documentation and reports are made available in a timely and accessible way and identify needs to technical support.

You will work to achieve the organisation’s strategic priorities of the prevention of avoidable blindness through both service delivery and advocacy work, assist partners in the preparation of budgets, monitor expenditure of project financial resources, lead in certain programmatic areas within the Country programme team, and ensure that the fund-raising and communication department in the UK receive appropriate materials and information as required especially if restricted funding that supports projects may have special reporting requirements.

As the successful candidate you will have a degree in Medicine, Development Studies, Public Health, eye health, or other relevant field and possess extensive experience of implementing programmes in developing country contexts, including experience of the health / eye health sector, ideally within an NGO. You will have a background in all aspects of project management within community development programmes, have previously worked with national governments and international institutions, and hold experience of designing/managing eye health or health systems strengthening programmes at district, national or international levels.

The above details are not an exhaustive list of principle accountabilities or requirements, for the complete list please read the full Job Description of this position.

Closing date: 31st January 2021

Sightsavers works to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities participate equally in society.

We are truly committed to creating an inclusive culture which values and recognises diversity as something that will only ever make an organisation better. We encourage anyone to apply who possesses the qualities and behaviours outlined or who believes they have the propensity to learn them fast. You will be joining an inclusive and supportive team who welcome people from all backgrounds.

Sightsavers does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Company

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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Telephone
01444 446600
Location
35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 3BW
GB
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