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The School-Aged Research, Evidence and Learning Advisor will provide technical support to Country Offices (CO) in the generation and use of evidence and will communicate findings in internal and external forums in support of the delivery of Save the Children’s (SC) programming. You will?lead research and evaluation activities?to successfully measure and report on literacy, numeracy, and social and emotional learning outcomes and?their relationships to?programming activities, with an emphasis on school feeding, school health and nutrition, and social behavior change and their contributions to these outcomes. You will lead on evaluation design and use quantitative and qualitative research methods to produce findings and recommendations for evidence-based program design and improvement. You will prepare and disseminate evaluation and research results to COs, the?Department of Education and Child Protection (DECP), Save the Children International (SCI) and in internal and external technical forums. Working with the Research, Evidence, and Learning Team, you will collaborate on multi-site?analyses to inform advocacy?and?program innovation, particularly across the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Education (FFE) portfolio.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Technical Leadership and Quality Programming (50%)
• Lead research design, analysis, and data use to inform?School-Aged Learning, Wellbeing and Protection?programs to build the evidence base for SC, especially within the USDA FFE portfolio
• Build SC staff capacity to generate, interpret, and apply findings of research on SC’s School-Aged Learning, Wellbeing and Protection interventions, especially within the USDA FFE portfolio
• Lead the development of and technical assistance to COs on research and evaluation components of education, child protection, and cross-sectoral grants, especially for the USDA FFE portfolio
• Work with the?School-Aged Learning, Wellbeing?and Protection cluster, Senior Advisors, and USDA portfolio Senior Director to implement, and track progress against the cluster/portfolio learning agenda?
• Engage in and provide support to SC movement facing initiatives related to research and evidence building in the education sector?
Program Learning and Innovation (20%)?
• Ensure technical quality of learning outcomes measurement in SC basic education sites, analysis and utilization of findings to realize impact for program, advocacy and fundraising.?
• Support the development and testing of assessments for programs with primary and secondary school-aged children for?continuous program improvement.??
• Work with the Research Team to leverage the variety of assessments currently used towards greater holism and?rigor and pilot new instruments (e.g.?Remote Assessment of Learning (ReAL)).?
• Lead research and evaluation activities on USDA FFE portfolio programming with School-Aged cluster, USDA portfolio Senior Director and COs
Cultivate Public and Private Resources (20%)?
• Support the writing of proposals for strategic research-specific funding opportunities
• Support SC efforts to expand School-Aged Learning, Wellbeing and Protection programming based on evidence.??
• Lead on M&E elements of proposal development for School-Aged Learning, Wellbeing and Protection opportunities, especially for USDA FFE opportunities
External Partnerships and Collaboration (10%)
• Support strategic external partnerships with academic institutions, multilateral organizations, implementing partners, and donors to leverage learning and position SC as a thought leader in the School-Aged Learning, Wellbeing and Protection space, with a focus on school feeding, school health and nutrition, and social behavior change
• Provide inputs to?external technical discussions on School-Aged Learning, Wellbeing and Protection measurement, with a focus on school feeding, school health and nutrition, and social behavior change
• Coordinate USDA FEE-specific panels at conferences and forums
• Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 5 years of relevant experience
• Proven technical knowledge in research design, utilizing emergent/early learning assessments and quantitative analytic methods as well as experience training others in the same
• Demonstrated experience?presenting?in internal and external fora on applied research
• Proven experience?in contributing to writing the evaluation components of proposals
• Professional proficiency in MS Office suite, Stata and/or R,?and?electronic data collection platforms (e.g,, KoBo Toolbox)
• Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
• Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
• Willingness and ability to travel up to 20%, primarily internationally
• Applied research experience in a context within a low-to-middle income country
• Experience with school feeding, school health and nutrition, and social behavior change applied research
• Training in behavioral economics
• Experience in qualitative analysis and using qualitative analysis software (e.g., Dedoose, NVivo, Atlas.ti)
• Experience in writing research specific proposals
• Experience with and successful track record in publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals
• Proficiency in Power BI
• Proficiency in French and/or Spanish
Save the Children is offering the following salary ranges for this position, dependent on candidate location:
Geo 1 – NY Metro, DC, and other locations with labor costs significantly above national average: Target Salary for this position is $84,150 – $94,050 base salary
Geo 2 – Locations around the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $76,500 – $85,500 base salary
Geo 3 – Locations significantly below the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $68,850 – $76,950 base salary
Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.
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.
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