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Programme Officer Social Inclusion

Cameroon, Yaoundé
Local and Terms Conditions apply
Closing date
31 Jan 2021
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Sightsavers are recruiting an experienced Programme Officer who will ensure that all Social Inclusion programmes and projects are planned, implemented, monitored and evaluated to the highest possible standards.

Contract: 2 year Fixed Term Contract (with the aim of renewing)
Salary: Local terms and conditions apply

About the Programme Officer Social Inclusion role

The Social Inclusion Programme Officer will be experienced in all aspects of the programme and project cycle, including planning, implementation, partner support and monitoring and evaluation. You will work to enhance the quality of Sightsavers Social Inclusion programmes, to achieve priorities of social inclusion of people with visual impairment and the equality of opportunities for people with disabilities, through both service delivery and advocacy work.

About you

As Programme Officer, you will support partners and stakeholders through all aspects of the project cycle and lead in certain programmatic areas to ensure the effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all programmes and projects.

You will assist with financial and resource management by preparing budgets, monitoring expenditure and resources and liaising with partners regarding their financial returns and audits as well as compiling reports and developing strategic plans.

As Social Inclusion Programme Officer, you will confidently communicate relevant information throughout the organisation and to partners, participate in PR activities, represent Sightsavers at various forums and advocate for Sightsavers philosophy, policies and work.

Knowledge, skills and experience for Programme Officer Social Inclusion


  • Proven experience implementing programmes in developing country contexts, including experience in social development, rights and empowerment
  • Experience of all aspects of project management in community development programmes
  • Experience of designing/managing programmes designed to facilitate inclusion of marginalised groups and promote their empowerment at the local, national or international levels.
  • Experience of policy and advocacy work in social inclusion, particularly in relation to disability rights, UNCRPD, SDGs, inclusion or social protection.
  • Good knowledge of the key international networks and organisations working on social inclusion and disability.
  • Experience of partner and stakeholders engagement and support
  • Familiarity with international legislation and policies in the field of disability and human rights – in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Understanding of international development issues and a commitment to equality of opportunity for people with disabilities
  • Strong communication skills in English and French


  • A postgraduate qualification, or equivalent experience, in a relevant field e.g social work/gender, disability studies, international development, law, etc.

 The Programme Officer for Social Inclusion is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills. Please see the Job Description for full details.

Interviews are likely to take place mid-February and will consist of a written task, followed by an oral interview, taking place over two days.


As an equal opportunities 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

To apply, and for further details about the role, please click Apply Here


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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