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Disability Programme Officer

Zambia (ZM)
Local terms and conditions apply
Closing date
31 Jan 2021
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Disability Programme Officer – Zambia

International, Zambia, Chinsali – Muchinga province

Sightsavers is seeking to recruit a skilled Programme Officer/specialist with extensive experience in Disability Inclusion and Education, to support a European Union funded inclusive education project in Chinsali, Muchinga Province.

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

Sightsavers is seeking to recruit a skilled Programme Officer/specialist with extensive experience in Disability Inclusion and Education, to support a European Union funded inclusive education project in Chinsali, Muchinga Province. The project will ensure that children with disabilities have increased access to a continuum of quality, inclusive education. The Disability Programme Officer will work to enhance the quality of the Tusambilile Chapamo project, by working closely with partners and the programme delivery team.

As Disability Programme Officer you will be responsible for providing technical assistance and for ensuring that activities are planned, implemented, monitored and evaluated to the highest possible technical standards through close collaboration with colleagues, partners and others to identify areas for programme growth and development.

About the Disability Programme Officer role

 You will have overall responsibility for facilitating the design, facilitation and monitoring of activities from ECDE through to tertiary level, working with trainers, caregivers, outreach workers, parents of children with disabilities, children with disabilities, community members and other disability personnel. You will work closely with representatives from the Ministry of Education. The Disability Programme Officer will be supported by a Programme Manager.

You will build partner relationships and support partners and stakeholders through all aspects of the project cycle, disseminating information and advocating for the programme’s goals as well as assist with financial and resource management.

 About you

You will be experienced in all aspects of the programme and project cycle, including planning, implementation, partner support and monitoring and evaluation. You will have excellent knowledge of Inclusive Education and of the Zambia Education system.

Knowledge, skills and experience for Disability Programme Officer


  • Bachelor’s degree or above, or relevant experience, in Education or related field. E.g. International Development, Inclusion, Disability Studies, Social Work
  • Demonstrable experience in inclusive education and disability issues including dealing with children with disabilities, skills training/development and partner engagement.
  • First-hand experience of working with children with disabilities
  • Knowledge of national education and disability and policies (as well as human rights).
  • Significant experience in implementing programmes, including experience of the disability sector and gender mainstreaming.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Fluency in English
  • Proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel
  • An understanding of and commitment to the realization of the rights of people with disabilities
  • Knowledge of local languages.
  • Availability to work in Chinsali and to travel to programme areas and offices


  • Knowledge of current issues and best practices in disability, SDGs, UNCRPD, the country’s legislation and framework on education is desirable.

The Disability Programme Officer 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.

Closing date: Sunday 31 January 2021

Interviews are likely to take place mid-February.

To apply

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


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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