Education Specialist

Education Specialist
The Opportunity

As a member of the Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Team, the Education Specialist will be responsible for the quality design, scale up and representation of Save the Children’s Education programming (including Education in Emergencies) and to uphold and contribute to Save the Children’s mission to create a positive and lasting impact in the lives of children in need. The role holder will ensure that partners and SCI education teams have the capacity to address key education needs through ongoing technical support and guidance.

S/he will provide strategic and technical leadership for the growth and development of the education portfolio in Sudan and will be a lead on developing proposals and securing funding for Education programs in close coordination with partner organizations and the SCI team. S/he will also support ongoing advocacy and media efforts. S/he will ensure the coordination of all education activities through active participation in coordination meetings and working groups. S/He must bring a senior leadership profile with a proven track record in education and a sound technical background in programme design, quality and delivery. H/She should also have experience of working on education programs in fragile contexts.


In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • An education professional with a Masters Degree in Education or Equivalent
  • At least 5 years professional experience of working at a senior advisory level in education for international NGOs in complex settings such as  Sudan. 
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt participatory and consultative approaches.
  • Substantial progressive, professional-level experience at the management level with background in early childhood education and primary education
  • An ability to effectively negotiate with prospective donors and a demonstrated ability to develop and write detailed technical project proposals meeting donor requirements, including budgets for the same.
  • Ability to perform at a senior policy level must be demonstrable, and good communication, advocacy and leadership skills are critical.
  • The ability to liaise and effectively coordinate with government, local NGOs and community initiatives. Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.
  • High level of computer literacy
  • High level of proposal and report writing, communications and analytical skill
  • High level of English writing and speaking skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly into the field.
  • Knowledge of donor financial policies and guidelines.
  • Experience in promoting and mainstreaming Child Rights Based programming in education programme design, implementation and evaluation
  • Language skills in Arabic
  • Specific experience in education in emergencies (EiE) is highly valued.
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Specific experience of designing and managing DFID, ECHO and other major donor projects
  • Specific experience of designing and managing consortia projects.
Contract duration: One Year
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 current remuneration and 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 International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


Job description:

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Date advertised: 31 Oct 2019

Closing date: 14 Nov 2019 - 23:59 EAT

Location: Khartoum, Sudan

Department: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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