Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently.
We spoke to the recruitment team at Sightsavers to find out more about what it’s like to work at the charity and what makes it a ‘wonderful workplace’.
Tell me more about Sightsavers and the work you do
Sightsavers works to prevent sight loss and avoidable blindness in some of the poorest parts of the world by treating conditions such as cataracts and fighting debilitating eye diseases. We promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities, and we campaign for disability rights so everyone has the chance to receive an education, earn a living and be happy. We work with governments around the world to tackle the problems at the root of avoidable blindness, and we work with local communities to support people who need it most.
What exciting projects are you working on?
At any one time, we are involved in dozens of projects around the world. As examples, the Inclusion Works programme, funded by UK Aid, and led by Sightsavers, will create job opportunities for more than 2,000 people with disabilities. The Accelerate trachoma elimination programme aims to eliminate trachoma in at least 10 countries by 2023. The Super School of 5 is a project in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zambia, which introduces five superhero cartoon characters to encourage school children to wash their hands and face.
Lamik Goma, 12, as Superhero 'Pow' in Super School of 5 programme at Chikonkomene Primary School, Chikankata, Zambia © JJArts Photography
Sightsavers is also working on an Onchocerciasis Elimination Mapping project with our partners in Ghana and Nigeria to devise new ways to collect valuable data about river blindness.
What makes Sightsavers a great place to work?
We are always looking to expand our teams within programmes, communications, operations, policy and advocacy, fundraising and research.
Working at Sightsavers is rewarding, challenging and interesting. You’ll work in an inclusive organisation with some amazing people, award-winning teams and be part of something huge. You’ll need to be inquisitive and proactive and as we continue to grow, there are lots of opportunities for personal and career development.
Sisters Awa and Arame Ndiaye underwent 15-minute operations for trichiasis on the same afternoon © Sightsavers
What employee benefits do you offer?
Sightsavers offers a supportive work environment with a team ethos, generous pension scheme, travel discounts, season ticket loans, flexible working, a practical Employee Assistance Programme, social kitchen facilities, breakout and quiet areas, smart office design and much more. We have an active Social Inclusion Working Group and a collaborative approach within teams and across the organisation. A large amount of our work takes place in Africa and Asia, affording international travel and the opportunity to meet, work alongside and learn from noted and celebrated colleagues worldwide.
Why is now a great time to join?
With over 7.3 million cataract operations performed since 1950, 225,000 people with disabilities trained to help them earn a living and 1.1 billion treatments delivered to prevent debilitating diseases, we are expanding and widening our focus, making now an especially exciting time to join us.