Data Capability Specialist

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Data Capability Specialist in Worldwide, any existing SCI location

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and therefore you may be invited to interview prior to the advert deadline date.


As a movement, Save the Children generates vast quantities of data for multiple purposes, including to monitor and assess the performance and quality of its programming, learn from the children and communities it supports, drive evidence-based decision making across all organisational levels to continuously improve, optimise interactions with its supporters, just to name a few.

Save the Children’s ambitious 2022-2024 global strategy places data and evidence firmly at the centre of work to deliver on and track the success of its global program outcomes, creating a need for improved (and some new) skillsets (both general and more specialised) that can maximise the value of our data and evidence across its lifecycle from generation all the way through to analysis, interpretation and usage.

The Data Capability Specialist will lead this effort by developing an ambitious, innovative and comprehensive approach to professional development for staff in Save the Children across Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), as well as for evidence users in Program Operations, Technical Expertise, New Business Development and leadership teams, particularly within Country Offices. It also entails developing a global operating model to fill capability gaps across our organisation for specific initiatives (such as Randomised Control Trials as just one example) in Country Offices, and supporting the professional development of project staff included in this model.

This approach will complement and improve upon existing initiatives led by teams focusing on “evidence and learning” and “data and analytics”. It will also crucially align with our broader organisational investment in technical experts, as well as talent and learning processes.

The Data Capability Specialist will have significant experience in adult learning and use their expertise to ensure that design and implementation of a professional development model for project staff builds on existing structures and good practice and innovations across Save the Children and the wider sector. This should align existing and new development offers, HR talent management systems, and accreditation systems under a single framework. It should meet the needs of both humanitarian and all-context programmes and experts. The specialist will also contribute to overall impact measurements of the model, including through reporting and stakeholder engagement.



  • A solid grounding in Learning & Development with experience of learning needs analysis design, implementation and evaluating learning interventions, ideally in an international environment
  • Demonstrated experience and practice in adult learning and development approaches, including a good understanding of the issues that impact effective learning
  • Proven strong facilitation and communication skills, particularly using online/remote platforms and interactive technologies (e.g. MS Teams, Mural, Mentimeter)
  • Ability to analyse and present data in a clear and compelling way
  • A demonstrable understanding of organisational Talent Management and the processes involved in identifying, developing and mobilising talent
  • Extensive experience in supporting the development of organizational strategies, policies, guidelines and work processes
  • Experience of rolling out Learning & Development interventions at scale for new and existing operating models
  • Experience project managing initiatives and operating model changes to fill capability gaps in an organisation
  • Experience managing and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders from all levels to implement change
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills. Engaging as well as assertive, influencing and negotiating. Fluency in English.
  • True passion for results, responsibility and proactivity
  • Competent in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with Monitoring, Evaluation (and Research), Accountability and Learning (MEAL) processes, particularly those involving particular skillsets (both general and specialised) linked to data and evidence


  • A second language- preferably Spanish or French
  • Experience of designing and implementing learning and development in an international development or humanitarian organisation

We can offer circa £41,000 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.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and therefore you may be invited to interview prior to the advert deadline date.

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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

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: 12 Jul 2022

Closing date: 1 Sep 2022 - 04:59 +06

Location: Worldwide, Worldwide

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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