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Deputy Director/Project Manager Eastern and Southern Africa at Sightsavers

Sightsavers is an international organisation that changes lives for the long term. We work in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. We do what we do because 80 per cent of blindness in the world is avoidable, and we think that’s astoundingly unfair. We do it because people with disabilities deserve the same opportunities as everyone else. For more in depth information about our work and current projects, visit our policy and research pages

Salary: Competitive

Sightsavers is excited to be recruiting a Deputy Project Director – Eastern and Southern Africa to closely support the project management and delivery of a high profile, multi-country, multi-partner programme which will significantly contribute to the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem.

Trachoma is a neglected tropical disease, and the leading cause of infectious blindness in the world. Across the globe, almost 200 million people live in areas where trachoma is endemic, with the African continent carrying the highest burden of the disease.

The Deputy Director will coordinate with the country programmes to ensure the accurate annual planning and budgeting of assigned countries and full alignment to all trachoma related preferred practices. Working with and through the in-country partners the Deputy Director will support the quality delivery of the programme in assigned countries. The Deputy Director will also work closely with related technical NTD advisors to align the operational aspects of the programme; be responsible for ensuring that countries and the NGO contracted partners follow-up on all technical advice and project improvements; and provide summary reports to the Accelerate Programme Director.

Further accountabilities include;

  • Monitor and present regularly all progress, escalating issues on a timely basis where required.
  • Ensure timely evidence based reports for Sightsavers and other stakeholders;
  • Work to deliver the programme on time and in budget
  • Work closely with the NTD Finance and Procurement teams and other stakeholders
  • Work closely with Accelerate Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team on the monitoring and evaluation all aspects of the programme.
  • Maintain a risk register and ensure all interventions uphold a commitment to gender, equity, social inclusion, value for money and sustainability.

Building on the accomplishments of the project to date the successful candidate will have a detailed understanding of all trachoma related preferred practices, be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g, International Development and Public Health), have extensive experience and/or qualifications in programme/project management in private, humanitarian or development studies, and have an understanding or a background with a partner approach to programme implementation.

The above details are not an exhaustive list of principle accountabilities or requirements for the Deputy Director Eastern and Southern Africa role, for the complete list please read the full Job Description of this position.

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