Lead Humanitarian Advisor, Child Protection

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Lead Humanitarian Advisor, Child Protection in Worldwide, any existing SCI location 


This role is an exciting opportunity for a child protection professional who will provide strong strategic direction and oversight to our child protection work in humanitarian responses. The postholder will manage a team of technical staff providing child protection support to our humanitarian responses through backstopping, support to grants and new business development and deployment. S/he will oversee our humanitarian child protection portfolio, identify key resource gaps and resource mobilisation opportunities, coordinate with members to engage external partners and donors and drive new business development.

Specifically, the post holder will be accountable for (1) working with the Head of Humantiarian Child Protection to develop, implement, and oversee the global humanitarian plan and sector strategy; (2) strategic portfolio management and resource mobilization; and (3) people management, capacity strengthening and professional development.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.



  • Senior leadershipexperience working in Save the Children with known ability to work across a network of international stakeholders to advance humanitarian programming
  • Extensive experience working directly in humanitarian responses including in complex contexts to design, implement and evaluate programs
  • Significant senior management experience driving results and impact, while fostering a supportive and positive work environment
  • Experience in creating and managing high-performing teams including building shared objectives, quality control, evaluation, motivation, performance and professional development
  • Demonstrated experience in strategy development and strong strategic thinking skills, as well as ability to mobilize resources to drive strategy implementation
  • Thorough knowledge and track record of influencing public and programme policy and advocacy agendas to promote principled humanitarian response.
  • Knowledge of policy, research and evidence-based methodologies with regards to Child Protection programming, and other relevant child focused programming.
  • Proven experience delivering results and outputs with evidence of adapting based on context and needs analysis.
  • Energy and drive to create change in a large complex organisation, while constantly adapting approaches and applying enterprise-driven thinking
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching – ability to work with all levels from CEO to junior staff and across all functions.
  • Commitment to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive technical team.
  • Fluent spoken and written English


  • Additional languages, particularly French, Spanish and/or Arabic.

We can offer circa £54,000 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 London or any existing Save the Children International 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.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 1 Sep 2022

Closing date: 9 Oct 2022 - 19:59 CDT

Location: Worldwide, Worldwide

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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