Research and Evaluation Specialist

Research and Evaluation Specialist Title: Research and Evaluation Specialist - Somalia/Somaliland Country Office Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises. Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century. Role Purpose: The Research and Evaluation Specialist will provide leadership in appraising country program evidence and learning needs and in implementing a Country Office Evidence and Learning agenda. Using operational and empirical approaches to research and evaluation, the Research and Evaluation Specialist will ensure a deep dive into programmes and their relationship with community dynamics to determine and document impact at individual, community and structural levels. He/she will ensure that learning from Research and Evaluation is used to improve program quality, inform evidence based program design, drive innovation, and inform policy and advocacy work in both the humanitarian and development sectors to deepen the impact of our work on children’s lives. He/she will establish linkages with funding and academic institutions and position Somalia Country Office as a thought leader and influencer around our breakthroughs for children (survive, learn and protect). 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. Contract Duration: 2 years with possibility for extension Location: Somalia Qualifications and Experience * Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Economics, International Development or related field required, a PhD is desirable. Essential * 10 plus years’ experience in designing and implementing rigorous Research and Evaluation and demonstrated success in raising funds to implement a research agenda; doctoral level academic competence is desirable * Knowledge and demonstrated experience of designing and managing high level researches and evaluations * Extensive experience in analysing the situation of children using the child rights programming/ principles framework * Demonstrated ability to think critically, strategically and analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions * Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce and disseminate research and evaluation outputs to variety of audiences using effective approaches * Strong inter-organisational skills such as networking including donors, negotiation and communication * Willing and able to travel to Somalia/Somaliland to support field teams as security permits * High level of fluency in English, both verbal and written, required * High level of cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures * Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies * Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children International’s aims, values and principles. Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy. Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted Female candidates are encouraged to apply Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


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