Flexible location open to any CBM office
Salary: Varies depending on location, based on CBM´s Global Compensation & Benefit philosophy and remuneration framework
Candidate Level: Management
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Hours: Full Time
Sector: Disability
Link to Website
Closing date: 02/06/2024
CBM Christoffel Blindenmission / Christian Blind Mission (CBM)
Low Vision Advisor

CBM (registered as CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V.) is an international development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. Based on our values and more than 100 years of professional expertise, we address poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability. We work in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.


Position Overview

The Low Vision Advisor will act as a Senior Technical Advisor in a critical area of expertise on a global level, providing technical expertise to field staff as they relate to Low Vision programmes, spearheading the integration of standards into planning and operational activity, including accreditation, staffing, etc. Acting as a key resource and advisor in the Low Vision technical discipline to staff in-country, including the development of support materials, guides, and publications according to the needs of the field.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support country planning processes, ensuring synergy with the Inclusive Eye Health initiative plan, and support identification of appropriate low vision related country level objectives and indicators with alignment to CBM and global standards.
  • Ensure that Inclusive Eye Health project proposals which are developed include low vision/vision rehabilitation and meet agreed standards of design and quality for them to be presented for funding.
  • Analyse policies, trends, data & research in Low Vision in order to influence the external environment and improve and further develop CBM’s policies and practice in the delivery of the overall work in Inclusive Eye Health.
  • Train eye health and Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) (including education) professionals in the provision of low vision/vision rehabilitation services to clients with low vision and clients with other disabilities and vision problems, using online and face-to-face methods.
  • Build the capacity of CBM staff, such as country office staff, IEH programme managers and advisors in key elements of planning, monitoring, and evaluation of low vision/vision rehabilitation services by using clear criteria, tools, and guidelines to support project design and development and ensure relevant projects receive technical input.
  • Train trainers to enable them to train eye health, CBID (including education), and other professionals, and caregivers in the provision of Low Vision/vision rehabilitation care, in their own country or region.
  • Ensure quality assurance of Low Vision programmes in terms of technical requirements, disability inclusion and developmental good practice.
  • Develop, scale up and document model programmes that are part of the initiative with good practices to promote replication.
  • Contribute to identifying advocacy priorities.
  • Support collation and analysis of data gathered.
  • Support the research unit in commissioning research in order to inform and further develop CBM’s work in Inclusive Eye Health, with a focus on Low Vision.
  • Support the Inclusive Eye Health Director in providing a global picture of CBM’s work and CBM’s added value in Low Vision.
  • Low Vision master’s degree, doctorate, or relevant degree and practical experience in Low Vision.
  • Minimum of 5-10 years working experience in a developing country having worked in Low Vision programmes as a practitioner and/or programme manager.
  • Background and experience in development cooperation, including in applying relevant tools and methods (PCM, participatory approaches, etc).
  • Experience in networking, advocacy and influencing with knowledge of key global and continental networks, ideally having played an active part in such networks.
  • Strong understanding of disability-inclusive development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key players and stakeholders in Eye Health, with a focus on Low Vision on global and regional levels.
  • Experience in working in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
  • Experience in operational research.
  • Experience in online and face-to-face teaching/training/coaching.
  • Experience in developing Low Vision programmes.
  • English (professional proficiency), French, Spanish (desirable).
  • Good skills in MS Office.
  • Identification with the Christian values and mandate of CBM.
  • Open to travel internationally – up to 50% depending on candidate location.

Salary offered is based on CBM´s Global Compensation & Benefit philosophy and remuneration framework, benchmarked by location, kindly refer to the salary ranges per country below.

Candidates must be located out of one of CBM´s programme countries or Germany and UK (only non-programme countries that could be considered).

  • Nairobi, Kenya. Rough estimated salary package: between €50K and €60K EUR annually.
  • Kampala, Uganda. Rough estimated salary package: between €50K and €60K EUR annually.
  • Cameroon, Yaoundé. Rough estimated salary package: between €50K and €60K EUR annually.
  • Nigeria, Abuja. Rough estimated salary package: between €40K and €50K EUR annually.
  • Lomé, Togo. Rough estimated salary package: between €40K and €50K EUR annually.
  • Islamabad, Pakistan. Rough estimated salary package: between €30K and €40K EUR annually.
  • Cambridge, UK. Rough estimated salary package: between €60K and €70K EUR annually.
  • Bensheim, Germany. Rough estimated salary package: between €60K and €70K annually.

***Total compensation will include base salary + fixed cash allowances and bonuses + in-kind benefits, with the market total compensation ranges. Data is annual in EUR, and gross (before tax)***.


To apply for this role, please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how you fulfil the requirements set out in the job announcement by clicking on the link below. 

Please contact Karem Armstrong at Karem@darylupsall.com for any queries you may have.

The deadline for application is Sunday 2nd June 2024

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Daryl Upsall International actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. In recruiting candidates, we seek candidates with the proven skills required; irrespective of race, gender, religion or belief, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Contact person: Karem Amstrong
Preferred method of response: Web
Apply link: Link to Apply
Closing date: 02/06/2024