Save the children recruits 01 Learning Solutions Specialist

Save the children recruits 01 Learning Solutions Specialist

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Learning Solutions Specialist is varied and fulfilling.

  • Do you have experience of designing, developing, and implementing high quality and impactful user-centred blended learning programmes?
  • Are you passionate and have the energy to work in pursuit of transforming humanitarian response globally?
  • Are you an engaging facilitator with strong expertise in learning curriculum development and application of adult learning theory?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

The number of children requiring humanitarian assistance is rising as the climate crisis, entrenched conflict, and fragility, forced migration and infectious diseases all lead to an increase in the frequency, duration, and severity of catastrophic events. With needs continuing to grow and rapidly outpacing available resources, humanitarians around the world are once more forced to do more with less. Recognising the changing humanitarian risk landscape, the need to stay relevant, and to step up for greater impact, Save the Children has adopted a bold vision for the future of its humanitarian work and as part of this, there is an important role for SCUK to play in identifying and supporting next-generation collaborative initiatives that will ultimately deliver impact for disaster-affected children and their families.

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) as part of SCUK’s humanitarian department provides high-quality humanitarian capacity strengthening for the movement, as well as the wider sector, as part of our shifting the power agenda.

The HLA’s mission, as a team within the humanitarian department, is to enable people around the world to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries, by providing quality learning opportunities. The HLA’s approach spans from focused needs-based learning in countries hit by crises to the huge international reach of our learning platform, Kaya.

They are a global team that has a full suite of in-house skills to provide and develop the offer; technical and learning experts, platform specialists, a digital and design studio, communications support and more. The HLA enables SCUK to offer the most effective and impactful humanitarian capacity strengthening resource for both the Save the Children movement, the wider humanitarian sector and beyond.

Job Purpose

The purpose of the role is to design, develop and deliver innovative, quality humanitarian needs-focussed learning solutions and services for individuals, organisations and sectors/networks, primarily education in emergencies.

Main Accountabilities

  • Manage the effective design, development and implementation, monitoring and learning of learning projects or programmes, focusing on, but not exclusive to, preparedness and reactive learning programmes
  • Ensure the technical and andragogical quality of learning projects and programmes in close collaboration with other technical specialists/subject matter experts and MEAL support
  • Establish and manage effective relationships with key stakeholders and partners within the humanitarian learning sector to provide cutting edge solutions to demand
  • Oversight of multiple award-specific budgets in order to effectively implement the learning projects or programmes, including staff recharge, logistics, procurement, consultancies, etc., ensuring the relevant information management is aligned to SCUK and donor specific compliance criteria, working with the Awards and Contract Specialist as required
  • Lead the set up and management of learning faculties for accredited programmes including the assessment, marking and provision of feedback to learners
  • Lead and manage the process of conducting learning needs analysis, and the development of relevant and innovative learning products and services based on that analysis
  • Lead and manage the process of designing content for developing content into online learning, working closely with the Digital Learning Specialists
  • Work with regional staff, including through matrix management, to deliver quality learning programmes as required
  • Support the ongoing management and monitoring of contracts throughout the project/contract cycle, ensuring the awards and trading management information systems are up to date and that awards and trading contracts are donor compliant and audit ready.
  • Build and maintain new and effective partnerships across the Save the Children movement and sector as appropriate
  • Represent the HLA and Save the Children in public forums and high-level external working groups to contribute to thought leadership on strategic areas and influence the professional development direction of travel for specific technical areas and the humanitarian sectors as a whole
  • Support Research, Evidence and MEAL colleagues in identification of specific areas of learning linked to the learning solutions being implemented by this role

Person Profile

Skills and Experience

  • Technical qualification and/or significant experience in one of Save the Children and HLA’s priority technical sectors – ideally Education in Emergencies
  • Significant experience of designing, developing and implementing high quality and impactful user-centred blended learning programmes to support identified need, including through learning needs analysis
  • Strong expertise in learning curriculum development and application of adult learning theory
  • Project and programme management experience
  • Strong representational and communication skills, able to articulate a vision, strategy, or idea clearly and concisely
  • Knowledge of and/or previous experience working in the aid sector.
  • An instinctive analytical and strategic thinker
  • A first-class facilitator – collaborative and open networker
  • Undeniably positive with high levels of personal resilience and motivation to lead and manage a team


  • Ability to build and work as part of a high performing team and work effectively across the different functions to ensure maximum effectiveness and impact, including quality assurance elements
  • Ability to operate effectively in highly complex situations
  • Ability to travel internationally, occasionally at short notice and to remote and insecure locations
  • The ability to build effective trust-based relationships and networks


  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • Understanding of the humanitarian sector and its architecture and how its evolving
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity

Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK. Commencing April 2022 we will transition to predominantly remote of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and occasional office-based working).

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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£39,100 – £46,000 per annum

Fixed term contract for 12 months

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