Our vision is of a world where no one is needlessly blind and where people who are blind and those with other disabilities enjoy the same rights as people without disabilities. Each year, we improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world. Sightsavers is growing rapidly and offers a great place to work. Our Headquarters are located within easy reach of London and Brighton and we have offices in overseas countries.

Title: Country Director
Location: Bangladesh
Salary: Local T’s&C’s
Contract: 3 year fixed term contract

Sightsavers have been building powerful partnerships with the government, and non-government agencies since 1956, and we are now active in more than 30 countries. Our global strategy has specific focus on persons with visual impairment and persons with disabilities as they are the most marginalised and most often left behind.

As the Country Director, you will lead our Bangladesh country programme and influencing work, setting overall direction, leading a high performing team, ensuring accountability for meeting targets and maintaining alignment with Sightsavers global strategy. You will work in collaboration with the senior management team to bring about the right culture that ensures we are champions in eye health, inclusive education and disability inclusive development programmes.


  • Provide leadership to the Country Office in delivering quality programmes
  • Lead expansion of Sightsavers Bangladesh program to poorer regions of the country and developing advocacy work.
  • Provide key leadership in influencing policies, practices and social norms that affect the lives of persons with disabilities.
  • Work jointly with Regional/HQ colleagues in resource mobilization, encompassing bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as funding from corporate and other sources
  • Ensure our programme and advocacy approach is effectively utilised and that we are achieving impact at scale by linking grassroots action to national level influencing
  • Ensure the Country Office meets performance against organisations management standards at all times.
  • Manage individuals across the team to ensure full development of potential through induction, mentoring/ coaching, and performance management, ensuring compliance in all core policy and business areas, including Gender and safe guarding policies.
  • Deliver accurate and timely Annual Plans and Budgets
  • Explore local funding opportunities and support proposal development in partnership with HQ colleagues.

As the ideal candidate you will have a proven background in leadership functions with increasing responsibility in the national and international development environment, you will have extensive experience in a senior management positon and possess a Master’s (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

Furthermore, we require the successful candidate to have a clear understanding on disability focused programming, knowledge about eye health services, and knowledge on “inclusive development concepts and the promotion of Women’s rights in. Excellent written and verbal English is required, with a working knowledge of Bangla being an added advantage.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or essential professional skills, please read the complete Job Description for further details.

Closing date: 17th July 2019
Interview dates: 26th and 27th July 2019

How to apply
To apply, and for further details about the role, please download an application pack from https://jobs.sightsavers.org/job/country-director/

As an equal opportunities employer we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.