Deputy Director Institutional Funding


Sightsavers is looking for a Deputy Director: Institutional Funding – a new role within our expanding team, deputising for the Director and ensuring the effective implementation of the organisation’s institutional funding strategy.

Salary: £70,000 – £75,000

Location: UK remote – with very occasional travel to Haywards Heath, West Sussex when required

Contract: Permanent

Hours: This is a full-time role with some flexibility around hours worked and lots of home working

Working across more than 30 countries globally, Sightsavers is dedicated to eliminating avoidable blindness and empowering people with disabilities to participate fully in society. Our mission is to bring effective and innovative solutions that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in health, education, and employment programmes and we lead on the elimination of debilitating neglected tropical diseases. We are looking for a Deputy Director: Institutional Funding to deputise for the Director and ensuring the effective implementation of the organisation’s institutional funding strategy and development of targeted strategies to access new donors/funding streams.

This role will involve:

  • Leadership and management
  • Development and operationalisation of strategy
  • Capacity building
  • Profile building

To succeed in this role you will need:

  • Extensive experience in senior bid development roles with a proven track record of having raised and managed significant funding from a range of programme funding donors including commercial contracts.
  • Proven track record of successful commercial contract experience.
  • Experience of complex grants/contract management.
  • Significant experience of management within a programme funding environment.
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders up to senior management.
  • Deep understanding of international development issues and how they relate to Sightsavers’ work.
  • Established relationships with major multilateral and bilateral government and foundation donors, particularly FCDO, USAID and Gates.
  • Ability to build effective cross organisational relationships, including leading teams.
  • Planning and coordination skills.

This is an involved role, please read the full job description for further details


Sightsavers offers some fantastic benefits. Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous annual leave allowance, pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and wellness discounts. If you choose to work in or are visiting our collaborative, modern office space, you will find it an easy 20-minute train journey from Brighton or 45 minutes from London.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying. Please note that there will be an expectation that you can occasionally visit our modern and collaborative offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW). This role could be worked part-time – a minimum of four days per week.

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in late June/ early July.

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

In line with its commitment to safe programming and recruitment, Sightsavers participates in the inter-agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS) administered by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. Through collaboration with other MDS members, Sightsavers aims to ensure that there are no sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment issues relating to potential new hires and that we can respond systematically to checks from fellow MDS members. This ensures our work is accountable, delivered to a high standard and supports safeguarding across the development and humanitarian fields.

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