Sponsorship Global Director of Evidence and Learning

Organization: Save the children

Deadline: 14 NOV 2021 - 23:59 UTC



The Global Sponsorship Evidence and Learning Director will help Save the Children to demonstrate what works in addressing inequality and discrimination through our Sponsorship portfolio. You will ensure that the Sponsorship Program, with annual revenue of over $67 million, generates evidence of impact for all stakeholders and provides programmatic learning that informs decision-making. You will be responsible for maintaining robust systems and build teams responsible for generating high-quality reports and analysis. As the team leader for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), you will ensure that we are well integrated into our organizational structures for accountability and share learning at the global, national and sub-national levels. You will support the on-going development of capacities and controls for effective, high-quality evaluation and research by our teams and partners. Ultimate success is demonstrated by showcasing positive outcomes for children from Sponsorship program results, program learning and external studies, in alignment with a clear Theory of Change.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Generate evidence needed to address inequality and discrimination.(40%)

  • Lead the dialogue within Sponsorship, and participate in global forums in Save the Children, to determine how we can demonstrate progress in ending inequality and discrimination.
  • Conduct studies and guide research that generates learning and measures progress towards our future state of ALL children surviving, learning and being protected in our Sponsorship programs.
  • Oversee longitudinal studies and applied research that help us design, innovate and improve results for children through shifts in power and more equitable programming.
  • Guide the whole portfolio of research and innovation being undertaken in our Sponsorship programs, including testing and iterating emerging technologies and prototypes in partnership with the Business and Technology Solutions division.

Drive a learning agenda based on Sponsorship program research and evaluations focused on what works for children.(25%)

  • Lead the collaborative design of a learning agenda within the new Sponsorship program initiatives to demonstrate the holistic impact of sponsorship-funded programming on children, with input from relevant technical teams.
  • Improve and/or develop tools and technical guidelines for monitoring and evaluating the progress, quality and performance of the Sponsorship Program, drawing on technical support from PQI’s Evidence and Learning Unit and the emerging Research and Evaluation Unit, as needed.
  • Facilitate forums with technical staff to explore and innovate in the Sponsorship program design and implementation space based on program learning.

Serve as the team leader and supervisor for global sponsorship MEAL team and liaison to Save the Children Program Quality Evidence and Learning team. (25%)

  • Supervise global sponsorship MEAL specialists who ensure that we execute the Global Sponsorship MEAL plan.
  • Coach and build the MEAL team’s capacity to manage high-quality monitoring and evaluation, accountability systems (including accountability to children) and support learning initiatives.
  • Implement and communicate the MEAL strategy, including regular meetings with global Sponsorship MEAL staff, mentoring and technical assistance, and sharing of methods and tools.
  • Coordinate technical support and alignment with the Program Quality and Impact Unit’s Evidence and Learning team as needed.
  • Ensure the 21 sponsorship offices and Sponsorship Technical Staff provide quality data generation, analysis and reporting.
  • Synthesize data, compile, and when appropriate, generate reports that summarize program results for children versus objectives and ensure contribution to the global evidence.

Ensure the MEAL system tells the Child Sponsorship story. (10%)

  • Specify results achieved for children versus baseline data and planned objectives, and through the use of qualitative techniques and anecdotal evidence.
  • Ensure that all MEAL reports are accessible and key data and results are made visible and shared with the Global Sponsorship team, including marketing and communications staff.
  • Collaborate with the Sponsorship Programs Senior Director to communicate key results achieved to senior leadership, including to the five sponsorship funding members, and to the sponsors themselves.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least seven (7) years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation, and field research experience with either education or health programming in the international development context.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research skills, including study design, survey instrument design and use, establishing and measuring health and education indicators, sampling, data analysis plans, data cleaning, and statistical analysis.
  • Proven ability to understand methodological and sampling for evaluation and research studies and keep consultants accountable to research designs.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate appropriate and effective learning forums and products (presentations, short reports, visuals, infographics, articles, etc.) for staff and audiences globally.
  • Proven experience in developing and managing large-scale, complex projects and processes across a range of stakeholders and dispersed geographic locations.
  • Demonstrated experience managing teams and providing capacity building and mentorship to monitoring and evaluation staff.
  • Demonstrated experience working with external research partners in countries where Sponsorship programs operate.
  • Demonstrated ability to report, present and communicate results
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internal and external
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 25% to support capacity building efforts.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in a language other than English that is relevant in one or more of the sponsorship country offices highly desired (e.g. French, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese).
  • Competence in utilizing a quantitative and qualitative data analysis package.


Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.


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