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Project Manager – Inclusive Eye Health Project

Zambia, Lusaka
Local and Terms Conditions apply
Closing date
31 Jan 2021
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Sightsavers are recruiting for an experienced Project Manager to lead on the implementation of the inclusive eye health work in two regions of Zambia, as funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Contract: 2 year fixed term contract (with the aim of renewing)

Salary: Local terms and conditions apply

Location: Zambia, Lusaka


About the role

As Project Manager, you will be responsible for delivery of inclusive eye health programme targets, provision of programme management guidance and direct technical support to build the development of integrated eye health programme and advocacy eye health on a national basis.

About you

As Programme Manager, you will be responsible for strategic programme development, as such the role would suit someone with exceptional project management skills as well as experience of engaging with partners and stakeholders within the International Development context, ideally within the thematic areas of eye health, social inclusion and education.

Some responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the identification of new and strategic programs and assist in the development of programs through proposal writing
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the Ministries of Health and Education and other partners in order to advance sustainable national plans and integrate them into the existing public health delivery systems
  • Lead on supporting country teams in developing a system for monitoring and evaluating in Inclusive Eye Health.
  • Develop relationships with other NGOs to support funding and delivery of services, including NGOs in Covid, WASH sector
  • Represent Sightsavers at appropriate national/regional/global forums
  • Assist project teams and country Ministries of Health in disseminating information on IEH activities, studies, research and lessons learned at national and international level.

 As Programme Manager you will have:


  • Significant experience of strategic programme development.
  • Technical knowledge of Eye heath and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
  • Experience of managing an integrated Eye health or NTD programme in Zambia
  • A demonstrated record of accomplishment in developing and managing public health programmes.
  • Understanding of the health system in Zambia
  • Experience of advocacy.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of logistics and supply chain management.
  • Ability to influence high-level government officials and NGO leaders.
  • Excellent networking and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent financial and resource management skills.
  • People management skills with a strong diplomatic understanding of culturally and ethnically sensitive issues.
  • Able to travel regularly on a national and international basis.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for disabled people

This is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties and requirements. For further information please refer to the Job Description.


As an equal opportunities employer and a Disability Confident Level 3 employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. 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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01444 446600
35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 3BW
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