Project Officer, SARMAAN at Sightsavers Nigeria

Sightsavers is an international organisation that changes lives for the long term. We work in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Officer, SARMAAN

Location: Kaduna
Contract: Fixed Term Contract 1 year (renewable)
Reports To: SARMAAN Programme Coordinator
Directorate: Operations, Performance & Finance
Direct Reports: N/A

About the Role

  • The Safety and antimicrobial resistance of mass administration of azithromycin (SARMAAN) project with children 1 – 11 months in Nigeria aims to explore the feasibility of delivering mass distribution of Azithromycin for child survival.
  • The job holder will ensure that key elements of the project such as setup, target setting, training, process management, service delivery and data management are carried out to the highest standards and capacity for service delivery is built in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Kano States Ministries of Health (MOH).
  • The job holder will work closely with the SARMAAN project coordinator, consultants in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Kano state, and the monitoring and evaluation officer to ensure the key programmatic deliverables of the project are achieved in the selected LGAs in the implementing states.
  • They may be asked to assist with other project activities as assigned by the project coordinator.

Key Accountabilities
Implementation support (40%):

  • Supports the SARMAAN coordinator, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Kano states consultant and MOH and partners in conducting project planning meetings and development of micro-plans.
  • Ensures and supports implementing states develop and submit activity plans and budgets for approval.
  • Supports the training of Abia, Akwa Ibom and Kano States MOH and supervisors on azithromycin MDA and reporting.
  • Partnering with MOH and partner teams in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Kano to keep states on track before, during and after mass drug administration campaigns.
  • Ensures the accurate, timely and up-to-date documentation of activity data using the appropriate project tools in the states.

Monitoring and Evaluation (30%):

  • Oversees monitoring and supportive supervision of project activities by the FMoH and States MOH, including analysis and using data to improve project delivery.
  • Oversees the development and validation of the implementation report in all implementing states following every round of MDA.
  • Supports the Abia, Akwa Ibom and Kano SMoH team in all platforms in the monitoring and evaluating SARMAAN project performance.
  • Works with the MOH and partners on how to interpret and use data/findings to guide decision making
  • Reports all Safeguarding concerns, including potential violations of Sightsavers’ Safeguarding Policy and/or Code of Conduct
  • Proactively provides quality information on case studies, interesting news stories and operational research relating to the SARMAAN project.

Advocacy (20%):

  • Building and maintaining working relationships a variety of stakeholders to strengthen opportunities for advocacy and higher visibility, representing Sightsavers at appropriate for a and ensure programme information flow.

Research (10%):

  • Working in close collaboration with key Sightsavers colleagues and project partners to conduct research and publish findings, assist project and country MOH in disseminating information on SARMAAN activities, studies, research, and lessons learnt.

Knowledge (Education & Related Experience)

  • Degree from college or University in relevant field (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Development Studies, Public Health, Social Sciences, Education, Health related field).
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in implementation of infant and child health and/or NTD related projects.
  • Documented experience in training, facilitation and coordination health related project activities experience in infant and child health is a plus.
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken


  • Tertiary degree OR equivalent qualification in a relevant field (for example Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Development Studies, Public Health, Social Sciences, Education, Health related field)
  • Proven track record in implementation of infant and child health and/or NTD related projects within an NGO
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Able to travel to projects sites within Nigeria
  • Right to work in Nigeria


  • Documented experience in training, facilitation and coordination of health related project activities in infant and child health desirable.

Core Behaviours:

  • Seeks continuous improvement in own and team’s performance
  • Assists and encourages others to adapt to change and implement new ideas
  • Continues to be positive in the face of pressure
  • Active listener
  • Does not pose a safeguarding risk to our beneficiaries, staff, associates, and charitable assets.
  • Consultant must sign partners code of conduct and contract letter as evidence of their engagement.


  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to build strong working relationships
  • Ability to think strategically and translate concepts into action

Local Terms and Conditions apply.

Application Closing Date
20th March, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)


  • Interviews are likely to take place from the end of March. This will be a one stage interview process.
  • We will be reviewing applications during the advertising period and may close the opportunity early.   
  • As an equal opportunity Employer we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community.
  • Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader therefore qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.
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