Head of Programs (Education)

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as theHead of Programmes Education at any existing Save the Children office location.

Role Purpose:

The Head of Programmes for the Education Thematic Area is a key member of the Programme Quality and Impact Team which coordinates, facilitates and supports the work of Save the Children country and regional offices and members, to achieve Save the Children’s Breakthrough ambitions, with a specific focus on technical excellence in their given area of expertise

In particular, the Head of Programmes will:

  • Provide technical leadership in education with Save the Children technical experts to develop coherent and effective programmatic approaches across contexts, for strategic or priority initiatives.
  • Provide strategic oversight of the development and implementation of Common Approaches, and other programing guidance and tools, by the Technical Working Groups, supporting cooperation across themes and groups
  • Build a team of Regional Technical Experts in education supporting Country Offices to deliver education outcomes for children with quality and impact, and develop technical excellence in the field
  • Work closely with the Policy & Advocacy Global Function to ensure that advocacy and campaign strategies are informed by the latest programme evidence and learning.
  • Support an increase in research and evidence on what works in education together with the Research & Evidence Adviser;
  • Support the design and implementation of education strategies in humanitarian contexts, with a focus on increasing capacity, quality and impact;
  • Support education capacity and continuous professional development across the movement, ensuring this is kept up to date by the latest evidence and learning approaches in the sector;
  • Support the development of working partnerships with multilateral and civil society organizations, academia and the private sector for reaching SC breakthroughs.
  • Work with resource development colleagues in SCI and members to support the programmatic portfolio across the movement.
  • Work with members to engage domestic programmes in programmatic, knowledge management and technical leadership bodies of interest.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • Significant experience from an international human/child rights organization in a senior position including overseeing program implementation, monitoring and evaluation and maintaining positive relationships with partner organizations and external agencies.
  • Significant senior level international experience designing, implementing and reporting on thematic strategies and
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills, including the ability to both lead and be a member of a team, and of delivering significant results.
  • Experience of effective team management including building shared objectives, quality control, evaluation, motivation, performance management, staff development and
  • Experience and skills in education programming. (Education Technical Competencies at ‘Leading Edge’ level).
  • Minimum of a Relevant Master Degree in (relevant academic field) or specific thematic area of focus. University degree with combined professional experience could be considered as a substitute to the Master degree.
  • Strong programmatic and analytical skills. Demonstrated experience of research, capacity building, M&E and knowledge management. IT skills.
  • Proven technical knowledge on rights based approaches and on education
  • Excellent writing, communications, facilitation, capacity building and networking skills in English. Knowledge in Spanish, French or Arabic is an asset.
  • Strong ability to mobilize, build partnerships, solve problems, guide and motivate people toward the achievement of agreed goals.
  • Program experience from a regional or country office is desirable.
  • Experience in policy, advocacy and/or fundraising is desirable.

We can offer circa £60,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in any existing Save the Children office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children .learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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