Campaign Manager for Our Children’s Vision – UK, Ireland and Northern Europe  

Location: Based with Vision Aid Overseas, Crawley, West Sussex (with some home-working possible)

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer, Vision Aid Overseas

(with dotted line to Our Children’s Vision Programme Director, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia)

Responsible for: Not applicable

Salary: Competitive

Terms: Full time

Duration: 1-year contract (with possible extension for second year)

Annual Leave: 28 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays

Closing date: 28th August 2018 (Interview dates to be confirmed)


About us

Our Children’s Vision is a global coalition up-scaling and accelerating the delivery of eye health services to millions of children worldwide. No child’s quality of life or education should be compromised simply because they cannot get the eye care they need. Our goal, in line with the World Health Organization Global Action Plan for Universal Eye Health, is to enable access to eye care for all children, in the developed and developing world. Please see https://www.ourchildrensvision.org/ for more details.   

Vision Aid Overseas is a UK-based charity, with a focus on fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care services in developing countries in Africa. Our work focuses on the provision of eye tests and spectacles and primary eye health.  An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide can’t see properly because they are near sighted and need spectacles. Please see https://www.visionaidoverseas.org/ for more details. Vision Aid Overseas is a key implementing partner of Our Children’s Vision since 2015 and is currently scaling up its support to Children’s Eye Health across Africa.   

The Role

Our Children’s Vision has been gaining momentum over the last few years, with the total number of supporting and implementing partners now standing at 61 and with enhanced support from the founding partners including the Essilor Vision for Life Foundation. Following recent announcements   including the prioritisation of eye health by the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the  formal launch of ATscale, a new global partnership accelerating access to assistive technology (including eyeglasses) at the Global Disability Summit by the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt MP, the time is now ideal for this position to take Our Children’s Vision forward in the UK and Ireland (and later in Northern Europe) to muster further support.  

 

The Campaign Manager will develop an Advocacy and Campaign strategy and plan together with OCV partners, will advocate for the prioritisation of resources for school health initiatives globally that deliver eye care services to children and for services to reach out of school children, and for Children’s Eye Health to be integrated into School Health programmes and education systems, particularly in lower and lower middle-income countries. They will raise the profile of the Campaign and VAO’s programmes, promote the use of the Standard School Eye Health Guidelines, recruit more Campaign Partners and support partner’s international campaigns to integrate children’s eye health as well as connect partners to form innovative inter-sectoral partnerships to meet the goal and objectives of the Campaign.

Reporting directly to the CEO of Vision Aid Overseas and with a dotted line to the Programme Director for Our Children’s Vision in the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia, this position will play an important role in achieving impact of the Our Children’s Vision Campaign, Vision Aid Overseas’ work and that of other implementing partners.

The Person

The successful candidate will be a dynamic self-starter with a strong background, skills and experience in advocacy and campaigning, who is passionate about advocating for Children’s rights, shares the ambition of Our Children’s Vision and who is inspired by the opportunity to make a real impact on Children’s lives. Experience in International Development and in global health are also essential and in global eye health desirable.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, up to date CV and details of your current salary and salary expectations to the CEO of Vision Aid Overseas,  Nicola Chevis at r[email protected] Your cover letter should explain your motivation for applying for the job and how you meet the requirements specified in the Job Description, which can be found below.

Closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 28th August 2018

 

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