Programme Officer At Sightsavers

Title: Programme Officer – Social Inclusion

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Salary: Local terms and conditions apply

Contract: 2 year Fixed Term Contract

About the role

The Programme Officer will be responsible for managing the daily activities and execution of the Senegal Social Inclusion programme, and all aspects of the project cycle. The Programme Officer will ensure effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, financial and asset management, reporting, and documentation is delivered for the project as laid out in the organisation’s policies and procedures.

Further duties and responsibilities include:

  • Work with partner organisations to achieve the organisation’s strategic priorities of the prevention of avoidable blindness through both service delivery and advocacy work.
  • Lead Sightsavers Social Inclusion interventions.
  • Develop and support longer-term relationships with the partners that go beyond the duration of individual projects.
  • Support partners in the identification of their own capacity building needs and help facilitate the provision of these needs.
  • Promote shared learning and collaboration between partners by facilitating partner networks and meetings.
  • Assist project partners in the preparation of budgets.
  • Monitor expenditure of project financial resources and liaise with the FSSM/O where necessary.
  • Supporting partners to manage all aspects of the project cycle including planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation.
  • Working with partners to identify needs for technical support.
  • Participate in all PR activities within the Country including World Sight Day.

This is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills. Please see the Job Description for full details.

Skills and Experience

As the Programme Officer you will have experience, or a qualification, in the field of education and/or social inclusion (with experience or a qualification in social work, gender, disability studies, public health, or international development being an added advantage).

You will also possess:

  • Experience in designing, managing and supporting education programs for children with disabilities and programs that facilitate the inclusion of marginalized groups.
  • Extensive experience of in programs implementation in developing countries.
  • Experience in policy and / or advocacy, particularly with regard to the education of children with disabilities and the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Experience in participatory development, including participatory monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of current issues and best practices in education, social inclusion and development.
  • Knowledge of international legislation and policies in the field of education, disability and human rights, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Knowledge of local development systems, practices and contexts.
  • Good knowledge of the main international networks and organisations working for social inclusion and disability.
  • Strong oral and written English and French skills.
  • Knowledge of the CBR / WHO matrix.

Candidates are welcome to demonstrate their ability to match the person specification by expanding on how their experience, training and/or qualifications might have provided them with the knowledge or skills required for the role. Successful candidates will be appointed on merit.

Next Steps

To apply for this exciting new opportunity, please submit your CV via our recruitment portal and follow the application process. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying.

We anticipate that the interview process will take place during the week commencing 27 November and 4 December, and the evaluation process will include a written task and an oral interview, to be completed by shortlisted candidates in advance of this.

Closing date: 19 November 2023

As a global equal opportunities employer, Sightsavers is committed to embracing diversity throughout our workforce by creating an inclusive environment that reflects the many cultures and locations where we work. Our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and we will actively promote the inclusion of individuals with a disability. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

Sightsavers is an employer that does not tolerate any form of harassment and has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. All potential candidates will be subjected to rigorous background checks and controls.


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