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Institutional Funding Senior Advisor

Flexible, various Sightsavers programmatic countries in Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh
Salary will be benchmarked dependent on location of role, local terms and conditions apply
Closing date
27 Feb 2021

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Fundraising, Corporate Fundraising, Statutory Fundraising, Supporter Development, Trusts & Foundations
Disability, Health & Medical, International, Poverty Relief, Education
Full Time
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Sightsavers is recruiting for an experienced and successful Institutional Fundraiser with a proven background of securing and managing multiple large-scale funding from a range of institutional donors.

Location: This role is open to qualified individuals who have the right to work in Sightsavers programmatic countries in Africa, Pakistan or Bangladesh. (further details available here)
Contract: 2 year Fixed Term Contract (with the aim of renewing)
Salary: will be benchmarked dependent on location of role, local terms and conditions apply


Purpose of role

As Institutional Funding Senior Advisor, you will be responsible for securing, maintaining and developing institutional donor relationships. You will lead on contract management and maintain key institutional donor relationships for some of Sightsavers’ largest funding agreements and engage with senior internal stakeholders at head office, consortium working groups and country offices to support project implementation.

About the role of Institutional Funding Senior Advisor 

  • Building and maintaining strategic relationships with multiple institutional donors
  • Directly manage the contracts and grants for Sightsavers projects
  • Lead on the effective planning, coordination, production and negotiation of bids and proposals
  • Learning and continuous improvement of the overall strategic direction and operations of the team and wider organisation
  • Raising the profile of Sightsavers’ work in the area of Institutional Funding through representation and interaction at appropriate forums
  • International travel for proposal developments, donor visits, support programme staff

The role involves extensive international travel and would suit an individual with proven experience of securing and managing multiple large-scale funding from a range of institutional donors including governments and major foundations, for an international development organisation.

Knowledge, skills and experience for Programme Officer Social Inclusion


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent working experience
  • Demonstrable experience of working in government or statutory funding for an international development organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of securing multiple, large-scale funding from a range of institutional donors (governments and/or major foundations) e.g. FCDO (DFID), USAID, EC, Gates
  • Ability to demonstrate up-to-date knowledge and understanding of donor policy direction and regulations
  • Experience of managing contracts with large-scale institutional donors
  • Experience of leading on donor engagement activities such as donor engagement strategy development and meetings
  • Exceptional internal and external stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Research, reporting writing and proposal development skills
  • Fluency in English
  • An understanding of and commitment to the realisation of the rights of people with disabilities
  • Availability to travel for up to 8 weeks per year travel for proposal developments, donor visits, support programme staff in the development of relationships at a country office / regional level. (Covid-19 restrictions allowing).


  • French language skills
  • Line Management experience

The Institutional Funding Senior Advisor 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: 28 February 2021
Interviews are likely to take place early/mid-March


Due to the flexible nature of the location of this role, salary will be benchmarked and discussed with successful candidates invited for interview.

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

To apply and for more details of the role please click 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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