10 month fixed term contract
We are looking for an experienced individual to join us as Senior Economist, working closely with the Director of Evidence and Learning, to provide strategic leadership to Save the Children in the field of programme value for money. This is a maternity cover contract.
Our Global Programmes department delivers humanitarian and development programmes, builds partnerships with institutional donors – including governments, multi-laterals and trusts – and drives lasting change. Our Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns department uses programme and other evidence to drive impact mainly through policy change. Together, we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.
As Senior Economist you will be expected to lead work within Save the Children UK and supporting the wider movement to apply rigorous and proportionate methods for the appraisal, assessment and management of value for money in our programmes and advocacy. You will support the strengthening of our learning culture, providing thought leadership on value for money and supporting the development of wider capacity to generate and use VFM analysis in the organisation. You will work with a range of stakeholders in SCUK, SC member organisations and Save the Children International (SCI) across multiple programmes and countries. In addition you will:
- Keep relevant teams up to date with leading practices in the sector and donor expectations relating to Value for Money or economic assessments
- Contribute to the development of a Save the Children Evidence and Learning strategy, ensuring effective focus on VFM in our evidence and learning agenda, and articulating a distinct Save the Children ‘VFM offer’
- In collaboration with Economics advisors, lead the development and ongoing revisions of a capacity building approach to strengthen VFM practice across our SCUK teams and, in time, the wider movement
- Provide robust and authoritative support in the roll-out of the SCUK VFM approach across strategic interventions
- Engage with SCI to ensure basic costing data are embedded as standard in programme MEAL frameworks and data collection software.
To be successful you will have a postgraduate qualification in development economics or related quantitative/qualitative discipline, such as economics, development evaluation, operations research or research methodology. You should also have proven skills in impact evaluations, cost-benefit/effectiveness analysis and/or value for money studies with international development projects. In addition you will have:
- Outstanding influencing skills, with a proven ability to influence peers and senior colleagues through the building of cross-organisational relationships and mobilisation of support for key issues
- Curiosity, and a desire to use and promote evidence, feedback and learning to deliver improved outcomes
- Excellent leadership and collaborative skills
- Substantial practical experience in providing technical assistance and training
- The ability to communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence, including communicating complex technical issues to non-specialists
- The ability to travel and at times to remote and insecure locations for up to 6 weeks in total per year
At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.
Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.
Closing Date: 23rd November 2019