Programme Officer (Eye Health) at Sightsavers


Position:                       Programme Officer (Eye Health)

Office location:           Kaduna (24 months fixed term contract)

Job Purpose (the overall purpose and function of the job):

The Programme Officer (Eye Health) is responsible for programmatic implementation of the Eye Health programme m Nigeria focussing initially on Childhood Blindness in Kaduna. Sokoto and Zamfara States This responsibility will also include new Nigeria eye health programme which will cover a number of states. The PO’s responsibilities will also include supporting coordination and delivery of project targets which entails sensitisation, health promotion, advocate for eye health policy integration into school health policy/programme, earing, low vision and refraction, referrals and surgeries

He/she will work closely with the Senior Programme Manager (Eye Health) to manage relationship with various partners – federal and states Ministries of Health and tertiary institutions, identify areas for project growth and assist m identifying and developing new initiatives.

Principal Accountabilities.

Programme Management

  • Support all Sightsavers supported eye health initiatives through by providing effective management, coordination, and technical advice to the programme to ensure the delivery of the programme targets
  • Coordinate contract implementation by the partners and ensure adherence to work plans and budgets for the achievement of planned project outputs.
  • Coordinate the preparation of quarterly and annual reports to Sightsavers/donors and as required
  • Coordinate capacity building initiatives as required at the state and LGAs levels
  • Support the partner teams to identify and develop innovative approaches for the delivery of eye health programme to ensure delivery of targets. Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Support the Snr Programme manager (Eye Health) in monitoring programme implementation in the states. Conduct quarterly programme site visits and follow up on outstanding issues as an integral part of the position
  • Support the Snr Programme manager (Eye Health) in reviewing the evidence provided by partners for the delivery of targets

Representation and Networking

  • Represent the Snr Programme manager (Eye Health) on monitoring and evaluation issues at relevant state ministries and other agencies
  • Ensure that all project data is updated as required and shared with relevant agencies
  • The principle accountabilities are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tasks
  • The need for flexibility is required and the job holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee’s skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed

Jobholder Entry Requirements – the essential knowledge, skills and behaviour required

Knowledge (Education 4 Related Experience)’

  • Degree in Public Health, Sciences or related disciplines (postgraduate degree will be an advantage)
  • Minimum of 5 years of programme/ project management, ideally in an INGO environment
  • Significant experience of strategic programme development.
  • Technical knowledge on eye health in Nigeria.
  • Understanding of the health system
  • Experience of advocacy.

Skills (Special Trailing or Competence):

  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships to enable effective management of partnerships and work collaboratively as part of a global team
  • Proven ability to think strategically and translate concepts into effective action plans
  • Excellent networking and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills,
  • Ability to deliver group training sessions.
  • People management skills with a strong understanding of culturally and ethnically sensitive issues.

Closing Date: 3rd November 2017

How to Apply

To apply, and for further details about the role, please download an application pack from and return the completed application form and equal opportunities form as two separate documents to


The salaries for all the roles will be based on local terms and conditions. We are an equal opportunities employer, and we particularly encourage qualified people living with a disability to apply.

Please not that due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to send out individual acknowledgments for submitted applications. We will therefore only be able to contact you in the event that you are short listed for interview. If you are not contacted within two weeks of the closing date you may assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion