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Project Finance and Risk Advisor

Haywards Heath, West Sussex
£28,000 - £33,000 depending upon experience
Closing date
4 Jul 2021
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Project Finance and Risk Advisor

Sightsavers implements projects in over 30 countries in Africa and South Asia working to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. We are looking for a Project Finance and Risk Advisor to work closely with country office staff and other support teams to ensure that projects funded by donors run smoothly.

Location:       Haywards Heath, West Sussex with some flexibility around home working and hours worked

Contract:       Two-year fixed term

Salary:          £28,000 - £33,000 depending upon experience


About the role

The Project Finance and Risk Advisor, reporting to the Head of Programme Finance, specialises in support and advice of project financial management and donor compliance to key stakeholders across the organisation.  They offer support and advice across the key stages of Sightsavers’ projects life cycle: design, launch, implementation and close-out. They ensure that project financial planning, monitoring and reporting are delivered on time and to a high standard. This role also provides support to Sightsavers’ overall project financial management processes through capacity building and special projects/ objectives.

The main driver of workflow and structure in the Project Finance and Risk Advisor role is the project cycle for donor funded projects. A project follows the cycle: Design, Start-up and Inception, Implementation, Evaluation and Review, Close-out or re-design. Risk management and compliance are central and key duties and accountabilities include:

  • Project cycle; financial management support and advice, project design and proposal development, project start-up and inception, implementation and close-out/ exit.
  • Capacity building; identifying gaps and challenges and generating/ implementing the capacity building plan.
  • Working on a portfolio independently, with support.
  • Engaging in special objectives/ special projects as assigned.
  • Providing other support as a member of the Programme Finance team.

This is an involved role so see the job description for full details. Please note that there will be an expectation that you can occasionally visit our offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW). Once it is possible to travel again, we anticipate that there will be 3 - 4 international trips per year of approximately one week each.

About you

This job may be for you if:

  • You are proactive by nature and have initiative.
  • You are comfortable taking decisions and have a good sense of when to escalate issues.
  • You are quick to notice irregularities, yet you do not lose sight of the bigger picture.
  • You enjoy solving problems and have a keen eye for improvement.
  • You communicate clearly. You adapt your language and pace to suit your listeners.
  • You are confident holding close working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Jobholder Requirements


  • Able to demonstrate finance and accountancy experience or excellent numerical skills
  • Advanced Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Experience of working for an international (INGO)
  • Proven experience of institutional donor project financial management
  • Good English language skills and experience working in English
  • Good communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Strong attention to detail with a willingness to follow issues through to resolution
  • Continuous improvement mindset, seeking ways to improve processes and mitigate risk



  • Proven experience of USAID, EC and FCDO project financial management
  • Proven experience of financial training to finance staff
  • Able to explain financial issues and procedures to a non-financial audience.
  • Experience of a computer-based accounting system
  • Any knowledge of languages in addition to English (French, Portuguese, Wolof, or Swahili would be particularly useful)
  • High level of programmatic and financial understanding of the project cycle



In addition to our offices being an easy 20-minute train journey from Brighton or 45 minutes from London, we offer some fantastic benefits.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous annual leave allowance, pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and wellness discounts.

 Next Steps

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place from early July onwards and the evaluation process will include a one-hour Excel assessment. Due to project deadlines, we are keen to fill this role as quickly as possible so applications will be considered as soon as they are received.

As an equal opportunity 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.

Closing date: 4 July 2021


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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