Project Officer

Sightsavers , Fermanagh, United Kingdom
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Job Summary

Job Description

Our vision is of a world where no one is needlessly blind and where people who are blind and those with other disabilities enjoy the same rights as people without disabilities. Each year, we improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world. Sightsavers is growing rapidly and offers a great place to work.

Project Officer, GiveWell, Unrestricted and Small Grants

Location: Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK (flexible locations and working arrangements within the UK will be considered)

Salary: c£29,000 - £32,000 dependent on experience

Contract: Fixed Term Contract until March 2022

Sightsavers are seeking a self-motivated and flexible Project Officer (Project Officer, GiveWell, Unrestricted and Small Grants) to support country teams in their delivery of the deworming portfolio and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) interventions according to contractual milestones. This is a great opportunity for an individual who already has proven project management experience, ideally gained in the development sector.

About GiveWell, unrestricted and small grants

Sightsavers main deworming programme is funded by GiveWell. The programme focuses on the control and elimination of schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths in 5 countries in West and Central Africa. Deworming interventions primarily target school aged children and use a hybrid platform of school and community-based treatments. In addition to Sightsavers flagship NTD programmes, smaller grants and unrestricted funding support NTD interventions across Africa and Yemen.

About the role

The Project Officer will provide support to Project Delivery Manager, GiveWell, Unrestricted and Small Grants as well as the wider team. It is responsible for:

· providing programme support to country teams on the roll out of NTD interventions

· standardising activities across funding streams and countries

· attending regular update calls with each country to collate and disseminate project progress

· aligning learning, documentation and reporting systems with Sightsavers systems and processes

· working effectively with other colleagues within the Sightsavers UK and the Sightsavers Country Offices as well as with relevant partner organisations

· working alongside field-based country teams in what could be challenging environments.

The position will be based in the UK with national and international travel, up to 12 weeks per year. This is a really involved role, please reador further details.

About you

  • We are looking for a proactive problem-solver who has already gained proven project management experience within international development. You are a strong communicator and have:
  • · a degree in a related subject
  • · a successful track record of working in multiple country projects
  • · an understanding of and commitment to equity, gender and social inclusion (preferred);
  • · the ability to facilitate group-training sessions and build capacity in developing country contexts in areas relevant to position functions (preferred)**
  • · experience of NTD programming and/ or the public health sector**
  • To succeed in this role, you will need:
  • · the ability to think quickly, responsively, and effectively to communicate information, practices, concepts and ideas to a non-technical audience
  • · the ability to work collaboratively and build stakeholder consensus
  • · excellent organisational skills
  • · the ability to identify important issues and communicate these effectively to colleagues.
  • · the skill to manage multiple tasks and work with multiple teams simultaneously
  • · excellent analytical and IT skills including Microsoft Office
  • · the ability to prioritise work in a fast paced, multi-faceted and changing environment
  • · strong written and verbal communication in English


In addition to having offices 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

Please submit your application via our recruitment portal by following the links.

Closing date: 13 December 2020

Interviews are expected to take place in early January 2021