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Communications Manager - Eye Health

Employer
Sightsavers
Location
Haywards Heath, West Sussex Remote
Salary
£34,845 - £40,994 – depending upon experience
Closing date
1 Aug 2021

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Communications Manager - Eye Health

Sightsavers has an exciting new opportunity for a strategic and creative communications manager (eye health) to play a vital role in raising awareness of the challenging and increasing global eye health burden.

Salary:         £34,845 - £40,994 – dependent upon experience

Location:     Haywards Heath/ Remote (UK)

Contract:     Permanent

 

Background

At Sightsavers we have a global communications team, focused on delivering our thematic communications strategies.

As communications manager – eye health you’ll be delivering strategic communications in order to effect change. You’ll be leading a cross-organisational working group, designing and delivering effective communications that amplify the increasing global burden of eye health. You’ll be required to support the development of creative eye health communications content and communication products to significantly raise the profile of our eye health work, so that it is relevant, persuasive and understood by target audiences. You will liaise with eye health consortium partners to collaborate on key communications moments throughout the year.

 

About you

We are looking for an individual with substantial knowledge and experience of delivering global communications strategies, plans and activities. You will be skilled in managing internal stakeholders to identify relevant audiences and design communications strategies and tactics that raise the profile of an issue to influence and deliver change. You will also have:

  • experience of working with programme and country teams to design communication plans that reach key target audiences
  • awareness of global development issues and ideally a good understanding of the global health policy environment
  • project management experience
  • a proven commitment to international development, the humanitarian sector, social justice, campaigning and/or other relevant field

To find out more about this involved role, please read the full job description

Please note that there will be an expectation that you can occasionally visit our offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW) but work from home for the majority of the time.

 

Next steps

To apply for this exciting new opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying.

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in mid-August 2021 and the evaluation process will include a written task.

 

Benefits

In addition to 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.

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.

Company

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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Telephone
01444 446600
Location
35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 3BW
GB
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