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Job Title: Snr Programme Manager Eye Health

Job Location: Nigeria

Reports to: Country Director

Responsible for: Management and delivery of Eye Health Programme

Job Holder: Vacant

Department: Finance and Performance
Job Purpose (the overall purpose and function of the job):
The Snr Programme Manager Eye Health is responsible for programmatic management and implementation of the Eye Health programme in Nigeria focussing initially on Childhood Blindness in Kaduna, Sokoto and Zamfara States, and then expand to support review of Sightsavers previously supported eye health programmes in Nigeria with the long term plan of developing a wider eye health programme to cover a number of states in Nigeria.
The Snr Manager’s responsibilities will also include coordination and delivery of project targets which entails sensitisation, health promotion, advocate for eye health policy integration into school health policy/programme, training, low vision and refraction, referrals and surgeries. In addition, he/she should be able to identify and contribute to project growth and development (scalability) in collaboration with partners and colleagues. He/She will provide technical support for the review of the previous eye health project in Nigeria.
He/She will work closely with the Sightsavers Global Technical Lead - Eye Health and the Country Director to manage relationship with various partners – federal and states’ Ministries of Health and tertiary institutions. He/she will also collaborate with other staff and partners to identify areas for project growth and assist in identifying and developing new initiatives.
Key accountabilities (specific activities and end results):

  1. Strategic Programme Planning and Development (30% of time)

  • Participate in strategic planning processes to successfully drive the direction and delivery of cost-effective eye health services and ensure objectives are met in line with Sightsavers strategic objectives and Nigeria national eye health plan.

  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, lead the development of country level action and implementation plans for eye health with special focus on childhood blindness, development of an eye health plan for Nigeria and other strategic plans as agreed with Sightsavers Global Technical Lead, Eye Health and Country Director.

  • Provide leadership and guidance to the programme to ensure that project activities and prevalence trends are effectively tracked and the data collected is used to develop integrated/co-implemented NTD programmes.

  • Develop relationships with other NGOs to support funding and delivery of eye health services.

  1. Country Programme Management (20% of time)

  • Provide effective management, coordination, technical advice and resource allocation necessary to support eye health in Nigeria

  • Support various partners – federal and states’ Ministries of Health and tertiary institutions towards establishing and maintaining effective relationships in order to advance sustainable national eye health plans and integrate them into the existing public health delivery systems.

  • Identify, develop and evaluate new approaches and tools for programme implementation.

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation (15% of time)

  • Lead on supporting implementing partners in developing a system for management information system, monitoring and evaluating programme performance.

  • Provide direction and support to assist country research teams and help them to identify operational research opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of eye health delivery in Nigeria.

  1. Advocacy and Strategic Alliances (15% of time)

  • Build and maintain meaningful working relationships with a variety of partners and other stakeholders at national and international level in order to strengthen opportunities for advocacy and higher visibility.

  • Represent Sightsavers at appropriate national/regional/global fora.

  • Ensure programme information flow is maintained across the Sightsavers’ country teams and directorates, the various partners – federal and states’ Ministries of Health, tertiary institutions and other key partners.

  1. Fundraising (5% of time)

  • Provide assistance in identifying possible funding sources to support programme delivery and work with Sightsavers fund raising teams, other colleagues and partners to secure those funds.

  1. Research (5% of time)

  • Work in close collaboration with key Sightsavers colleagues and project partners to ensure that projects conduct research and publish findings in international peer review publication.

  • Assist project teams and various partners – federal and states’ Ministries of Health and tertiary institutions in disseminating information on eye health activities, studies, research and lessons learned at national and international level.

The principal 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 behaviours required
Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):

  • Degree in medicine, preferably an Ophthalmologist or postgraduate degree in Public Health, Sciences or related disciplines

  • 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.

  • Experience of managing an eye care programme in Africa, ideally in an international context.

  • A demonstrated record of accomplishment in developing and managing public health programmes.

  • Understanding of the health system in Nigeria.

  • Experience of advocacy.

  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation and research

  • Experience of logistics and supply chain management.

Skills (Special Training or Competence):

  • Excellent analytical skills.

  • Ability to influence high-level government officials and NGO leaders.

  • 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 financial and resource management skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills.

  • Project management skills.

  • Ability to deliver group training sessions.

  • People management skills with a strong diplomatic understanding of culturally and ethnically sensitive issues.

  • Able to travel regularly on a national and international basis.

  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for disabled people.

Core behaviours:

  • Networking and influencing both within and outside the organisation

  • Change and improvement – Seeks continuous improvement in own and team’s performance. Assists and encourages others to adapt to change and implement new ideas.

  • Communicating and influencing – Identifies the needs of others, uses effective approaches and styles to persuade and communicates to groups in an interesting and effective way.

  • Decision making – Consults and listens to take clear and timely decisions.

  • Planning and organisation – Develops plans considering all the resources necessary to achieve objectives. Monitors objectives and measurement systems on a regular basis, identifying trends and key messages in data.

  • Delivery and implementation – Continues to perform objectives positively in the face of pressures from various sources. Ensure the team has a ‘can do’ attitude and customer service mentality.

  • Team working – Encourages and supports team members to ensure contributions are recognised, delegates effectively and encourages working in collaboration.

Key Relationships (Internal)

Country Director NCO

Sightsavers Senior Global Technical Lead, Eye Health

Sightsavers Global Technical Lead, Eye Health

Sightsavers Global Disease Advisors

Director of Finance and Performance

Regional Directors, Country/Area Directors

Head DFID UNITED NTD Programme

Head of Research

Institutional Funding

Policy team

Funding & Marketing

In-country Programme staff
Key Relationships (External)

Federal and States’ Ministries of Health in Nigeria

Other government health agencies



Consultants and Contractors

Date as of: January 2018

Incorporated under Royal Charter Registered Charity Nos. 207544 & SC038110 Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind

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