Programme Manager, NTD Operations

Location: UK, Nigeria or Cameroon

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: 01 December 2021

Salary: Local terms and conditions apply

Specific Hours: Standard Hours - this is a full-time position but some flexibility regarding hours and working from home will be considered

Programme Manager, NTD Operations

Sightsavers is looking for a Programme Manager NTDs – to work within its flagship Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) programmes, smaller grants and unrestricted funded projects.    


Location:     UK remote - with occasional travel to Haywards Heath, when possible

OR:              Nigeria or Cameroon

Contract:     Two Year Fixed Term Contract

Salary:         (UK) c. £40,900 – depending upon experience

                    Nigeria or Cameroon – Local Terms and Conditions Apply


About the role

Sightsavers main deworming programme is funded by GiveWell, Wishlist 1 to 6 with more in the pipeline. The programme focuses on the control and elimination of schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths in six countries in West and Central Africa and continues to expand.  We are looking for a Programme Manager NTD Operations Oncho/LF, SCH/STH to help us ensure the smooth delivery of both the deworming portfolio, unrestricted and small grants NTD interventions according to the contractual milestones.  A major part of this role will be to ensure alignment and consistency of standards across interventions and provide programme support to the Team Lead, Programme Officers and country teams on the roll out of NTD interventions. Key duties will include:


  • Maintaining regular update calls with each country to closely supervise progress and collate and disseminate project progress reports.
  • Aligning learning, documentation, and reporting systems with Sightsavers systems and processes.
  • Operationalising risk mitigation and safeguarding advice.
  • Supervising elimination enabler operational plans in conjunction with country teams.
  • Working effectively with other colleagues within all Sightsavers offices as well as with relevant partner organisations.


This role also has detailed deliverables within planning, monitoring and organisation, problem solving and decision making. This is an involved and varied role - please read the full job description


About you

This is an ideal opportunity for a proactive problem-solver used to working within a project environment.  To succeed in this role, you will need to be or have:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, with demonstrable written and spoken English.
  • Experience of working and supporting personnel in different contexts.
  • Extensive experience and/or qualifications in programme/project management in private, humanitarian or development sectors.
  • Understanding and experience of a partnership approach to programme implementation.
  • A successful track record of working on multiple country projects.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for people with disabilities.
  • Self-aware of the sensitivities associated with diversity.
  • Experience in inclusive health programming and/or development.
  • Experience of project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrable written and spoken French and/ or Portuguese would be beneficial.


Further detail may be found within the person specification. As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.



For UK: in addition to being an easy 20-minute train journey from Brighton or 45 minutes from London, we offer some fantastic benefits.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous annual leave allowance, pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and wellness discounts.

For Nigeria and Cameroon – please note that local terms and conditions apply and that local terms will be confirmed prior to interview.


Next steps

To apply for this exciting new opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying. Please note that for UK based candidates there will be an expectation that you can occasionally visit our offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW)

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in early/ mid-December and the evaluation process may include a presentation.

This role will also include national and international travel of up to 12 weeks per year. 

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews arranged accordingly. We are hoping that the successful candidate will be in post early in the new year.


Apply now