Regional Child Sensitive Social Protection Technical Advisor At Save the Children

Regional Child Sensitive Social Protection Technical Advisor

The Senior Social Protection Technical Advisor will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) in East and Southern Africa. The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high-quality programmes that deliver change for children in both emergency and development programming. The Social Protection Advisor will ensure that all social protection programming is of excellent technical quality and contributes significantly to Save the Children’s strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy. The role supports Child Poverty team members in national advocacy and influencing, and driving strategic partnerships for new business development. The role will provide technical advice in the design and implementation of social protection programming and also supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners. This role includes a focus on training and coaching country office staff for external representation on priority issues including improving coverage and impacts for children through social protection systems, with a view towards supporting progressive realization of Universal Child Benefits, as well as nutrition-sensitive and shock responsive social protection, and poverty graduation discussions, among others.

The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including Save the Children Members, PDQ teams, advocacy colleagues, other Regional Technical Advisors, technical counterparts in the Country Offices, Centre, and other organisations, donors, academia, etc. The role is also expected to engage with internal technical working groups and communities of practice.

In order to be successful, you will bring/have:


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Social Protection, Social Policy or a related field as well as equivalent relevant experience.
  • At least 7 years’ experience working nationally and internationally on social protection policy, research and programmes, including design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in social protection sector in East & Southern Africa desirable
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience of life-cycle and rights-based approach to social protection and how it contributes to outcomes for children.
  • Understanding and experience of analysis of national social protection systems.
  • Ability to analyze complex data in relation to social protection and poverty.
  • Experience with complementary/cash “plus” approaches to social protection to improve impact on children.
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with high level government officials.
  • Diplomatic/negotiation skills to advocate for policy change.
  • A demonstrated background or experience working on shock-responsive social protection, adaptive social protection and/or graduation would be an advantage.
  • Track record in successful business development/fundraising for research or programming, specifically with large institutional and bilateral donors such as FCDO (formerly DFID), USAID, World Bank or UN Agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful programme design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
  • Experience of strategy development and planning.
  • Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to children’s right to social protection.
  • Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.
  • Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children.
  • Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
  • Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring.
  • Fluent in spoken English and high level of English writing skills.
  • Willingness to travel regularly to countries in the East & Southern Africa region

*The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience*

Contract duration: 2 years, with possibility of extension

Location: Save the Children operates in 12 Countries within the East and Southern Africa Region i.e. South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

*This role will be based in any Country Office with SCI Presence under National Contract terms*

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 careers

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.


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