Senior Education Advisor

Save the Children UK

£55,400-£61,500 pa

Full time (flexible working options available)


Hybrid – Farringdon, London/Home based

Closing date: 2nd June 2024

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Save the Children UK have an exciting opportunity for an individual with extensive leadership and education experience to join us as our Senior Education Advisor where you will work with the Programme Quality and Impact (PQI) department to ensure we deliver high-quality, evidence-based programmes and develop technical approaches to achieve positive sector-wide change for children.

About Us
Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

About the role
As Senior Advisor, you will provide global thought leadership in your technical area and drive work on specific parts of the Save the Children UK’s strategy. You will represent the organisation regularly with external experts and will lead on technical engagement with partners. You will be a recognised expert in your field, providing leadership on complex assignments and projects, and providing technical guidance to others in resolving complex issues in a specialised area.

Senior Education Advisor – Teachers
As the Senior Education Advisor, you will have a strong focus on our work on Teacher Wellbeing and Professional Development. Save the Children UK leads the Enabling Teachers Common Approach for the Movement and seeks to ensure our programming with teachers delivers improvements in learning outcomes. This role would lead aspects of our Enabling Teachers work and represent it externally and internally. It will also ensure we are building evidence of learning in our teacher and other education programmes, especially acquisition of foundational skills.

You will be responsible for leadership in this focus area for SCUK and across the Movement to advance the organisations strategy ambition and LEARN Global Goal. This will include global thought leadership internally and externally in this focus area. This role will provide leadership to advance our teacher work through advocacy, programming, thought leadership and evidence & learning.

In this role, you will:

  • Provide global leadership (e.g., in internal and external working groups) in the technical area within the Save the Children Movement and/or wider sector.
  • Lead on elements of Save the Children UK’s strategy with minimum supervision, reflecting your high-level responsibilities, and articulate a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our ambitious goals for children.
  • Play a leadership role in the technical design and delivery of high-quality, strategic, inclusive, and impactful programmes, working collaboratively with stakeholders, and particularly with colleagues in country offices and partners.
  • Lead the development and implementation of technical strategies and products (such as best practice & evidence based approaches, minimum standards, and publications) to a high standard.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships, leading on engagement with partners to amplify impact.
  • Drive research, evaluation, and innovation projects in your field of expertise, to expand the knowledge base, promote a learning culture and identify new / enhanced approaches to amplify impact.

About you

To be successful, it is important that you have:

  • Experience and knowledge working in international development programming
  • Experience of providing technical assistance and individual mentoring to NGO programmes teams in education
  • Experience in the design, implementation and management of education programmes
  • Experience of working in a matrix-managed context and promoting change across multiple networks
  • Understanding of; child rights principles, gender and education & conflict sensitive education.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills, and the ability to think and plan strategically; well-developed negotiation and communication skills, including spoken and written English.
  • An internationally recognised postgraduate degree or equivalent experience
  • Teacher training qualification or experience in teaching experience would be desirable
  • Working knowledge of French is desirable
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of work time.

What we offer you:
Working for a charity provides one of the best benefits there is – a sense of purpose and reward for helping others. However, we understand the importance of giving back to our employees to ensure a happy and healthy working environment and work/life balance.

  • We focus on flexibility, inclusion, collaboration, health and wellbeing both in and outside of work.
  • We provide a wide range of benefits which will reward your hard work, motivate you, and inspire you to work to improve the lives of children every day.

Please note: To avoid disappointment, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications are received. This is to ensure that we can manage application levels whilst maintaining a positive candidate experience. Unfortunately, once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications.

Ways of Working:
The majority of our roles can be performed remotely in the UK, but there are likely to be times when you will be required to come to your contracted office (up to 2-4 days per month or 6-8 days per quarter). This will be agreed with your Line Manager and team and is intended to be time spent on collaborating with colleagues and relationship building.

Please note: travel costs to your contracted office will be at your own expense.

Flexible Working – We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview**.**

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Save the Children UK believes in a world that is fair, inclusive and equitable where all children have the opportunity to change their world. We apply this to our workforce and we are committed to developing and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organisation where all employees have a sense of belonging and feel that they can be “Free to Be Me”. We are not looking for just one type of person – we want to recruit people who can add fresh perspectives, innovative ideas or challenge that disrupts the risk of group think.

We are especially interested in people whose childhood experiences – of life on a low income, of migration, of being in a racialised community, of the care system, of being LGBT+ or in an LGBT+ family or living with (or with someone with) a disability – help us to see things we might otherwise miss. Whatever your story is we want to hear it because we know that different voices, ideas, perspectives and knowledge, working together will enable us to better the lives of children around the world. This is the reason why we are all here.

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