Programme Assistant


About the job

Title: Programme Assistant – Neglected Tropical Diseases x2

Salary: Local terms and conditions apply

Location: Mongu and Mpika, Zambia

Contract: 12 Fixed Term Contract (renewable)

Hours: Full time 35 hours per week

About the role

Sightsavers Zambia office is currently seeking two Programme Assistants to support the Neglected Tropical Diseases Elimination project funded by Helmsley. The project aims to support the implementation of interventions under the Ministry of Health’s National Trachoma Elimination Programme.

The Programme Assistants will be responsible for managing daily activities and supporting the delivery of the project with key stakeholders at local and national levels. The Programme Assistants will be an important point of contact for the project within the region.

Programme Assistants duties include:

  • Working closely with the Project Manager in the implementation and monitoring of the full geographical coverage approach for Trichiasis case management.
  • Supporting the planning and implementation of trachoma surveys.
  • Supporting the identification of WASH needs and implementation of the facial cleanliness and environmental improvement component of the project.
  • Supporting the collation of data from all partners for reporting into Sightsavers reporting systems.
  • Supporting with preparations for meetings, workshops, trainings, audits, project reports etc.
  • Establish positive relationships with district and community stakeholders.
  • Support partners with development of activity-based budgets.
  • Work with the PM to ensure efficient procurement and clearance of all project needs.
  • Support any other work as directed by PM and Country Director, Zambia Country Office.

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 Descriptionfor full details.

Skills and Experience

As the ideal candidate you will have experience, or a degree, in a related field (e.g. Education, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Public Health), possess experience in working for an NGO/INGO, and hold knowledge of aspects of project management within a community development programme.

Further requirements include:

• Knowledge of procurement and supply chain.

• Experience of engaging with partners like Government line Ministries, organisations of persons with disabilities.

• Computer skills – use of Microsoft WORD and Excel.

• Fluency in English (written and spoken). Knowledge of local language an added advantage.

• An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for people with


• Experience of working with persons disabilities will be an advantage.

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. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying. We anticipate that interviews will take place in our Lusaka office, during the week commencing 10 June 2024, and the evaluation process will include an oral interview to be completed by shortlisted candidates.

Closing date: 2 June 2024

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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