Senior Humanitarian Advisor - Evidence and Learning

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Senior Humanitarian Advisor, Evidence & Learning in the UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide. Link to website

Role Purpose:

The Senior Advisor - Humanitarian Evidence & Learning serves as a linchpin in Save the Children's Centre Humanitarian Technical Teams (CHTT). This role is designed for a seasoned humanitarian professional and aims to elevate Save the Children's humanitarian work by providing strategic direction in evidence and learning across diverse humanitarian contexts. While there is a focus on U.S. Government-funded awards like those from USAID, BPRM, WFP, and UNHCR, the role also extends strategic support to other key donors such as NORAD, Sida, DEC and FCDO.

The Advisor is responsible for guiding country and regional offices in both rapid-onset and chronic humanitarian responses. They will oversee the humanitarian award portfolio, ensuring alignment in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) and data systems at the project and Country Office level. This alignment allows for leveraging data for various purposes, including anticipatory action and advocacy aimed at achieving impactful outcomes for children.

In collaboration with other organisational units, the Advisor will secure strategic partnerships with academic institutions and research institutes, aligning with our overall Humanitarian Evidence, Research, and Learning (REL) agenda. They will also lead training and capacity-strengthening initiatives on Research and MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) for humanitarian colleagues globally.

The role is grounded in its connections with country and regional MEAL teams, ensuring that data collected is used for programme improvements, learning, and generating quality evidence for advocacy. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will adapt to work outside the normal role profile and vary working hours accordingly.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:



  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, and relevant experience in international development, with demonstrated field experience related to MEAL, research, and/or knowledge management.
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Experience designing or managing logical/results frameworks, M&E plans, accountability mechanisms, and program evaluations.
  • Experience developing and tracking program indicator performance and developing donor reports for emergency programs.
  • Experience designing and conducting quantitative household surveys and qualitative studies, including calculating sample sizes, selecting a sampling methodology, developing data collection tools, training enumerators, and supervising data collection.
  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpreting results, and experience using statistical software.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and work effectively both independently and as part of multicultural teams.
  • Willingness and ability to occasionally work irregular hours to accommodate calls with field teams in other time zones.
  • Experience developing and conducting training programs for field staff including curriculum design, presentation and teaching skills, and training-of-trainers methods.
  • Knowledge of and experience with statistical software and data visualization tools.
  • Experience conducting M&E for awards funded by USAID BHA (formerly FFP and OFDA), BPRM, and/or UN agencies such as WFP or UNHCR.
  • Experience giving public presentations.
  • Experience working in an emergency setting.
  • Experience using KoBo Toolbox, ODK, or other mobile data collection software.

We can offer the option of flexible working hours. 

This role can be based in the UK (London or Remote) or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location for the duration of the contract.
National Terms & Conditions (including pay and benefits) will apply to the country you are based in.

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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 full copy of the role profile can be found at

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.

Job Description

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Job description

15 Sep 2023

1 Oct 2023 - 19:59 CDT


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