Farringdon, Greater London (Hybrid)
£39,100 pa
Contract, 11 Month Fixed Term Contract (until June 2023), Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children's UK Education Adviser is collaborative and a great opportunity for learning and growth.

  • Do you have an interest in and awareness of the global debates in policy, advocacy and research in education?
  • Are you someone with a track record in policy, advocacy and/or research success?
  • Do you have strong networking skills and experience of working with civil society actors to make change?
  • Are you motivated to work with human rights, international relations, political analysis and the international humanitarian system?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

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.

Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the Head of Education in the Global Policy, Advocacy and Research department, working in a small but mighty team which works closely with colleagues across the movement, you will support  and be responsible for a broad range of assignments and/or projects in line with the strategy and policies in our global and national education priorities. These thematic areas could include the nexus between education and climate, education in emergencies, including supporting country offices such as Afghanistan and Ukraine, calling for accountability on commitments made in the G7 Girls Education Declaration, and ensuring our priorities are a key part of upcoming global moments such as the Transforming Education Summit in September.  

The Global Policy, Advocacy & Research (GPAR) department brings together Save the Children UK's policy, advocacy and research experts, influencing decision-makers to uphold the rights of the most deprived and marginalised children in low and middle-income countries.

Key responsibilities will include delivery of policy, advocacy and/or research activities, as part of a team or mission as required, should be high-quality and you will ensure that your work helps influence duty-bearers to uphold the rights of children in low and middle-income countries.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. You will support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities

The Education Adviser's key duties will be to:

  • Support advocacy strategies in your thematic/technical area with high-quality work to support advocacy in countries, at global level and in the UK
  • Maintain good knowledge in your specific area and be able to advise colleagues on policy.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders and build strong working relationships with partners and advocacy targets
  • Contribute to the success of SCUK's mission teams, by providing resource and policy, advocacy and research expertise to missions as required.
  • Ensure senior colleagues are up-to-speed on the latest policy developments and debates and identify influencing opportunities
  • Build strong relationships with our country programmes and other colleagues across our global movement to ensure that national-level advocacy work is delivered and informs international debates and decision-makers.
  • Write advocacy briefings, externally published articles and blogs, as well as assist in the drafting of press releases, Q&As and opinion piece
  • Undertake other tasks as designated by Heads, Mission or Squad leads or Directors.
  • The Adviser will carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects:
  • Save the Children's commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy;
  • A commitment to Save the Children's vision, mission, values and approach
  • A commitment to effective management of risk, by operating within the Charity's code of conduct, policies, procedures and controls and by carrying out the risk management and assurance responsibilities of the role as set out in the Risk Policy and Procedures.

Person Profile

  • Strong knowledge and awareness of the global debates in policy, advocacy and research in education, especially for low and middle-income countries
  • Proven track record in policy, advocacy and/or research success.
  • Strong networking and experience of participating in coalitions and working with civil society actors (eg. NGOs) to deliver change.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Willingness to travel (for up to six weeks per year).
  • Knowledge of human rights, international relations, political analysis and the international humanitarian system.


  • Ability to operate within a predominantly self-servicing administrative environment.

Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Jobs are positioned within the salary structure on the basis of evaluation. New employees would normally be appointed at the bottom of the grade, however the appointed salary may also take into account the relevant experience a candidate brings to a role. Save the Children is committed to paying staff in a fair and equitable way and will benchmark all salary offers in line with the pay of existing staff.

Save the Children UK has a comprehensive benefits package. To see our full offer please visit tour website. 

Interview expenses: Candidates should note that unfortunately it is not our policy to reimburse expenses accrued when attending interviews at Save the Children UK unless you are requested to attend an interview in an alternative location to where the role is based.

Pre-employment Checks: Any Employment with Save the Children UK will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

• a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable)

• receipt of satisfactory references

• proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role

Please note that whilst this is an 11 month Fixed Term Contract, there is potential for this to be extended.


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.

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Posted on: 25 May 2022
Closed date: 24 June 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Intl Development, Advocacy