Farringdon, Greater London
£45,900 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Fixed term contract for 12 months

London with international travel

The job of a Save the Children's Senior Education Adviser is busy and varied.

  • Are you a highly experienced education policy advocate?
  • Do you thrive on collaborating with others to achieve shared objectives within dynamic and agile teams?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

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

We are looking for a Senior Education Adviser to directly impact on Save the Children’s Learn Breakthrough, which aims to ensure that all children are learning from a quality education by 2030. You will work to influence key global and national policy makers to achieve policy, funding and system change that ensures that the poorest and most marginalised children access a quality education. This will include supporting our current Save Our Education campaign, which focuses on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children’s education. In addition, the role will require leading and supporting team priorities including education in emergencies and education financing.

This role will give the successful candidate the opportunity to own professional relationships and grow their network, getting to know the development sector and architecture, including direct work with the UK and other governments, multilateral stakeholders, civil society organisations, and children and young people.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively oppose systemic oppression of any form. The role holder will visibly lead 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

  • Design, lead and deliver complex policy and advocacy strategies and products, to a high standard and with minimal supervision


Identify global policy and research needs and influencing opportunities in your thematic area.

  • Maintain and develop very high-level knowledge and expertise in global education and advise colleagues across the global movement, including at a senior level, as well as senior external stakeholders


  • Deepen and expand relationships with key high-level external experts, partners, donors and advocacy targets
  • Represent the organisation externally including in high-level meetings and events and with donors and other key stakeholders


  • Build strong relationships with our country programmes and other colleagues across our global movement to ensure that national-level advocacy is delivered and informs international debates and decision-makers


  • Write advocacy briefings, reports, externally published articles and blogs, as well as assist in the drafting of press releases, Q&As and opinion pieces
  • Contribute to the wider success of Save the Children’s teams in the UK and across our global movement, including our country offices and colleagues working on programmes, fundraising and communications, by providing policy, advocacy and/or research expertise as required


  • Support the head of team and deputise as required


  • Provide informal support to colleagues, for example through mentoring, coaching, training or guidance

Person Profile

Essential Skills:


  • Very high-level expertise in global development policies, including national developing-country government policies, donor behaviour, international institutions and NGOs


  • Very high-level knowledge and expertise in global education policy and advocacy.


  • A proven track record of carrying out first-class research, policy and/or advocacy


  • Ability to think creatively, innovate, strategize, set priorities, manage a workplan and evaluate progress with minimal supervision


  • Strong networking and experience of participating in coalitions and working with civil-society actors to achieve change
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills


  • High-level knowledge of human rights, international relations, political analysis and the international humanitarian system


  • Ability and willingness to travel up to six weeks a year


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


Education/Professional Skills:


  • An academic qualification at post-graduate level/equivalent in international development or a related subject or equivalent experience.

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.

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Refreshed on: 05 May 2021
Closing date: 12 May 2021
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