Senior Humanitarian Evidence and Learning Advisor – Needs Assessments

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  • Salary: TBD

Save the Children

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Senior Humanitarian Evidence and Learning Advisor – Needs Assessments in Centre -London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide


The Senior Humanitarian Evidence and Learning Adviser – Needs assessments is a key role in the Humanitarian Evidence and Learning team at SCI centre. The Humanitarian Evidence and Learning team is one of 10 teams in SCI’s Centre Humanitarian Technical teams (CHTT). The CHTT was formed in June 2022 with the aim of bringing all humanitarian technical experts – previously situated within the wider Save the Children membership – together into a centralised team with a global mandate covering all SCI humanitarian responses/contexts.

The purpose of this role is to provide evidence and learning strategic direction and support to country offices and responses in rapid-onset and chronic humanitarian responses. In addition this role hold a key speciality in needs assessments and is responsible for leading this technical within the CHTT. The role is also responsible for representing SCI in external and internal initiatives associated with promoting evidence, learning and/or needs assessments in humanitarian responses.

The main place of work is London with up-to 12 weeks travel overseas per year and sometimes with short notice.

The primary purposes of this role will be to manage a global strategy aimed at improving the generation of and utilisation of evidence, lead the technical area of needs assessments and provide hands of evidence and learning support in humanitarian responses.

This role involves engagement with humanitarian and non-humanitarian staff and teams at the country, regional and global levels. In doing so, this role will enable SCI to ensure it maximises its efforts in responding to the needs of children and affected populations around the world.



  • Significant experience of designing/setting up MEAL system and managing MEAL teams in a humanitarian context.
  • Demonstrable experience of having championed the generation and utilisation of evidence and learning for decision-making in their own as well as that of others.
  • Significant experience in leading needs assessments in humanitarian context and in setting technical standards for improvement in needs assessments
  • Demonstrable understanding of quality evidence and learning in the humanitarian sector.
  • Demonstrative understanding of child-focused approaches to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in development or humanitarian contexts.
  • Significant experience of training and building capacity to understand monitoring, evaluation, accountability and/or learning data, especially to non-MEAL experts.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including the ability to present complex MEAL data to non-experts to encourage up take for decision-making.
  • Excellent relationship building skills in order to deal tactfully and sensitively with a wide range of people in a large organisation, very often at a distance.
  • Experience of representation in external forums
  • A flexible and initiative-taking attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise an unpredictable workload.
  • Proven problem-solving skills to understand the range and content of the programmes’ work and provide practical solutions to operational challenges.
  • Willingness and ability to operate an ‘open door’ policy with regards to colleagues seeking immediate information and support.


  • A higher degree in NGO management or humanitarian-related studies.
  • Knowledge of the Grand Bargain Initiative – in particular the needs assessment stream and the Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework (JIAF)
  • Experience of qualitative data analysis methods and software (e.g. NVivo, STATA etc.)

We can offer circa £47,500 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 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.

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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.

How to apply

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations.

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.

Deadline: 28 Mar 2023