Job annoucement: Project officer, eye care

Job annoucement: Project officer, eye care
Job annoucement: Project officer, eye care

Helen Keller International

Job Announcement: Project Officer, Eye Care


Helen Keller International is an international non‐governmental organization whose mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged by combating the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition. We do this by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health, and nutrition. Established in 1915, HKI maintains its Headquarters in New York City, with Regional Offices in Senegal and Phnom Penh to support 22 country offices in Africa and Asia.

Since the 1990s, HKI‐Cameroon has been working to establish sustainable evidence‐based approaches to enhance health and nutrition, improve education for the disabled, and expand access to eye health services for Cameroonians, particularly women and school-aged children. Helen Keller International-Cameroon’s programs are integrated at all levels of the government health and education structures by helping to develop its human resources and infrastructure, conduct needs assessments, analyze local context to inform program design and implementation, train personnel, provide basic equipment and medicines, deliver services if needed, and monitor program progress and evaluate program impact.

We are currently seeking a Project Officer with relevant experience in project management, a sound understanding of eye care, Cameroon education system and Health system. The incumbent will coordinate and work closely with the lead ophthalmologist and other key stakeholders to ensure quality implementation of the Bright Sight project in Cameroon

Title of position: Project Officer

Duty station: Yaounde

Reports to: Program Advisor

Type of contract: Fixed-term contract

Duration: One year renewable

Dimension of role

The Project Officer will ensure implementation of activities related to a comprehensive project to prevent blindness, identify children with visual impairments and link them to health and education services, and build capacity of the system to address the needs of these children.

  • Provide support to all key stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the Child Blindness program in Yaoundé and the achievement of the program’s objectives.
  • In liaison with the lead Ophthalmologist, ensure effective planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of the program.
  • In liaison with the lead Ophthalmologist, develop the annual and monthly work plans for all activities.
  • Liaise with government counterparts, non-governmental partners, and other stakeholders involved in Helen Keller Intl Cameroon’s eye health program.
  • Engage the government stakeholders, partners at the AEH, National Program for the Prevention of Blindness (PNLCé) to build modules, training curricula for the various training activities planned in the program;
  • Represent Helen Keller Intl-Cameroon in stakeholder’s meetings,
  • Advocate to the government and other stakeholders on the processes and the activities at the national, central and district level with support from the team.
  • Working closely with the Administrative and Finance sections of Helen Keller Intl-Cameroon Country office, to assist in the procurement of equipment/services, development of budgets for eye health projects, and monitor project expenditures to support technical activities.
  • Submit progress and financial reports as required by donors and other stakeholders. Other reports/documents may be required as per the request of the senior program manager: Eye Health.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor and the country management
  • Degree in a relevant field including eye care (Eye CareTechnician,Specialized nurse in eye care, medical doctor), public health, social sciences, business management;
  • Experience working with non-government/nonprofit organizations is an asset;
  • Have at least two (02) years of proven professional experience in public health in relation to eye care;
  • Capacity to be self-reliant, results oriented, and manage multiple deadlines;
  • Experience working with the government at various levels;
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team player who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives;
  • Ensure appropriate confidentiality for internal documents;
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills in French and in English;
  • Demonstrated ability to convey messages through clear and concise writing; and
  • Ability to travel domestically on short notice.
  • People with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to apply.
Constitution of the application file:
  • A letter of motivation addressed to the National Director;
  • A resume ;
  • Reference persons or structures to contact.
To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to no later than 29th August 2021 at midnight, the deadline

In the spirit of our founder and namesake, Helen Keller is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is fully valued.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need to request an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us at the email above or call: +237 697102 777

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