Senior Education Advisor

at Save the Children UK
Published May 29, 2022
Location London, United Kingdom
Category Education  
Job Type Full Time  


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.


We stand side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child. We do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they're in danger, and have the chance to learn.


This post sits within the Education team in the Programme Policy and Quality (PPQ) Department.  The team is responsible for defining and delivering on the education strategy and plan.  Team members ensure all proposals and programmes meet technical quality standards through the provision of technical input on all aspects of a programme; from design, through implementation to monitoring, evaluation, accountability & learning (MEAL).  There are also responsibilities to document evidence & report back to a wide range of stakeholders about impact and lessons learned, including key funders.


Job Purpose


The Senior Education Advisor (Basic Education) will have a strong focus on our teacher development and wellbeing work as well as girls' education. You will provide technical support to Country Offices on proposals, funded programmes, country education strategies, MEAL frameworks and related advocacy work. You will also play a leadership role in the ongoing development of Save the Children's education priority area ‘Enabling Teachers'.


The Senior Education Advisor will contribute to other priority technical areas to support delivery of SCUK's Education Strategy.


Key Accountabilities:


The Senior Education Adviser's key duties will include:


Strategy and Programme Design


Provide Technical Assistance (TA) in the development of high quality concept notes and proposals with a focus on basic education, especially teacher development & girls' education, in collaboration with Country Offices with potential of securing funding

Contribute to Country education strategies in collaboration with other members

Contribute to the development of education approaches and technical packages, leading our ‘Enabling Teachers' approach, with a view to improving the quality and scale of interventions

Contribute to creation of robust MEAL frameworks in new proposals

Represent SCUK to potential funders.

Strategy and Programme Implementation


Provide Technical Assistance in the delivery of funded programmes, meeting cost recovery targets

Provide technical support that strengthens the capacity of education staff in country (including training and mentoring), especially in teacher development (including wellbeing) and girls' education.

Contribute to Country education plans in collaboration with other members

Provide leadership and contribute to the delivery of education approaches and technical packages, especially those focusing on teachers

Contribute to the identification and management of risk and underperformance in ongoing programmes

Evidence and Learning


Be up to date on relevant global education policy and programming within and beyond the SC movement with a focus on basic education

Lead the development, documentation and learning from SCUK's ‘Enabling Teachers' Common Approach and contribute to other priority technical areas

Facilitate sharing of experience and learning about education across the SC movement and wider sector including publishing in journals and presentations and conferences with a focus on basic education

Organisational Strategy and Policy


Contribute to SC UK education strategy and plan; leading on our teacher development technical area and contributing to girl's education among others.

Collaborate effectively with key colleagues in SC UK, in particular teams in other thematic areas; humanitarian; advocacy; programme partnerships, marketing and communications. Mobilise relevant sections of Save the Children to support strategic fundraising and secure financial support for our education work.

Represent SC UK in relevant SCI Education Global Initiative working groups, providing leadership in teacher development and wellbeing.

Represent SC UK on other relevant education networks with a focus on teachers.

Person Profile




An internationally recognised postgraduate degree or equivalent experience

Teacher training qualification and teaching experience

Understanding of; child rights principles, gender and education & conflict sensitive education.

Experience in the design, implementation and management of education programmes in an international context, notably teacher wellbeing and development

Experience of providing technical assistance and individual mentoring to NGO programmes teams in education, especially teacher development

Experience of working in a matrix-managed context and promoting change across multiple networks



Strong analytical and conceptual skills, and the ability to think and plan strategically; well-developed negotiation and communication skills, including spoken and written English.

Ability to analyse complex data in a technical area and to summarise and communicate this in ways that are accessible to a range of audiences and cultures

Ability to travel up to 40% of work time.

Working knowledge of French or another language would be beneficial but is not essential



Computer proficient and able to operate within an administratively self-servicing environment

Commitment to team working and support for cross–organisational initiatives

A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment

A commitment to Save the Children UK's aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity


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