Professional Volunteer

Role Title: Paediatric Optometry & Case Management Materials & Course Development Workgroup

Job Location: In volunteer’s country of residence

Salary: This is a volunteer opportunity which is unpaid.

Workgroup Dates: May 2020, it is expected to take about 6 months depending on work required (start date could be sooner if mutually agreeable)

Number of Team Members required:  4 - 6

Qualifications required: GOC (or equivalent) Optometrist and Dispensing Optician, Paediatric Optometry

Closing date for applicants: 19 April 20  

Informal interviews will take place at a mutually agreed date.

Aim of the Workgroup

Clear vision and a good education go hand in hand. Research shows that 80% of what a child learns is processed through their eyes. This means that healthy eyes are critical to a child´s brain development, their ability to learn and reach their full potential at school and later in life. Currently, there are 12 million children around the world who are struggling to see the blackboard or their books right now, simply because they don’t have access to a pair of glasses. These children are three times more likely to fail at least one grade at school which can lead them to drop out of school all together. Most of these children live in rural areas of low-middle income countries, where access to health and education services are limited. We believe it is unacceptable that a child can miss out on their education for the cost of eye screenings, tests and a pair of glasses and therefore working with the Ministries of Health and Education and other partners, Vision Aid Overseas are supporting school eye health programmes in Zambia and Ethiopia, based on the internationally recognised standard guidelines for comprehensive school eye health programmes.

In response to this work Vision Aid Overseas, plans to run a 2-week short CPD course in Paediatric Optometry to Ethiopian Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, who are trained in refraction, which will strengthen human resources in eye health.


We are looking for a small team to form a workgroup to help us create this course and a library of paediatric materials to use across a range of training needs.

Professional Skills Requirements


All volunteers must have:

  • Current GOC (or equivalent) registration
  • Good IT skills, including Skype, Word, PowerPoint and Excel and access to a computer
  • Excellent understanding and support of VAO’s strategic vision, mission and strategies
  • A proven background in training or academia
  • Current experience in paediatric optometry and current evidence-based methodologies
  • Recent optical education or teaching experience
  • Ability to follow VAO format and style guide for materials prepared
  • Ability to commit hours required over the time period (6 months) to complete materials and related tasks
  • Ability to meet agreed deadlines for materials


All volunteers could have:

  • Practical experience delivering workshops, practicals and tutorials
  • Supervisory experience with undergraduates, pre-regs or trainees
  • Delivery of CET or CPD sessions as author, presenter or facilitator
  • Examples of education materials prepared by applicant
  • Experience working in Google Drive: Documents, Sheets, Slides

Role of the Volunteer

As a member of the workgroup you will attend monthly planning e-meetings at a mutually agreed time and take on tasks to work on from home. Work will be flexible and in your own time. All work will need to be formatted to VAO templates, style and guidelines (provided) and collated in Google Drive and a timeline of tasks will be updated as work is completed. Work will need to be  completed to agreed deadlines.

Workgroup members will be required to review existing materials and update them as detailed in the master work plan. Members will select topics and areas they are confident in to work in. Some additional materials, including practical sessions may need to be created, to complement the existing updated materials. Members may also be asked to peer review work by other members or contacts.

Commitment Requirements

It is expected that in addition to monthly e-meetings that volunteers will commit to approximately 2 days per month, which can be spread across the month in hourly blocks if preferred. In addition, volunteers must commit to time to respond to emails from the group or contacts they have reached out to.

The Person

Personal Requirements:

  • An ability to work as a team
  • Motivated to work remotely without supervision
  • An ability to work to deadlines and see things through to the end
  • Have a passion to support and strengthen HReH in the countries VAO work in
  • Ability to understand and work in accordance to VAO’s aims, ethos and policies.
  • To be an ambassador of and promote VAO.

VAO’s policies can be read online

Financial Commitment

This is an unpaid role. This role will not require overseas travel.

How to apply

Please email a professional CV [email protected] by the closing date above. In the body of your email please state why you think you would be suitable for this role, highlighting your relevant experience. Please put the reference in the subject line of the email.

If you have any questions or would like to know more before applying please email [email protected] or [email protected]

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