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Title: Research & Evaluation Manager-Child Poverty Reduction-SomaliNational


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 fulfil 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.

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.

C. Research & Evaluation Manager-Child Poverty Reduction
TEAM:  Research, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning & Monitoring (REALM) LOCATION:  Hargeisa/Garowe/Mogadishu/ Nairobi
GRADE:  2 POST TYPE: National
Reports to: Research & Evaluation Specialist

Staff directly reporting to this post:  Research and evaluation officers and interns, as well as technical support to Area Research & Evaluation Coordinators

Dimensions: Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 600 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bosasso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in Central South Somalia). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2018, we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer-term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest.


The Research & Evaluation Manager will lead the Somalia Country Office’s Evidence and Learning agenda for Child Poverty Reduction.  Using operational and empirical approaches to research and evaluation, the Research & Evaluation Manger will ensure a deep dive into Child Poverty reduction programmes to document impactand effectiveness of SCI Child livelihood improving intervention at individual, community and structural levels. He/She will work closely with other members of the Program Development & Quality (PDQ) department to extract learning from wider research and practitioner communities to promote innovation, andensure that learning from research and evaluations is used to improve program quality, inform evidence-based program design; and 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.


·         Design and implementation of Research and learning agenda: Lead the designing and implementation of the County Office’s Evidence and Learning Agenda Child Poverty reduction programmes (including conceptualisation, design, literature review, data collection tools development, data analysis to report writing – and ensure quality of all research activities and products.

·         Quality assurance:Bring research, analytical and quality assurance expertise to projects, especially in the design, implementation and reporting stages.

·         Knowledge uptake – internal stakeholders: Foster positive working relationships with the technical and Program Operations teams in Child Poverty to translate research and evaluation outcomes into project design and implementation.

·         Knowledge uptake – external stakeholders:Produce evidence and learning products, such as factsheets, research articles, policy briefs, blogs and presentations that can be disseminated to external stakeholders, such as donors, Government, UN agencies and other NGOs. As well as work closely with the Advocacy & Campaigns team to ensure evidence informs our wider policy and advocacy initiatives with external stakeholders in Somalia and regionally.

·         Networking:Establish and maintain strong working relationship with Save the Children Members (HQs) and academia to initiate, adapt or test new practices, approaches or methodologies with a view of improving our work in the Country Programme.

·         Funding: Contribute towards mobilizing resources for programme and research through competitive tendering, networking, and pre-positioning to attract and win research contracts to achieve agreed financial growth targets that will enable implementation of the country office Evidence and Learning agenda

·         Partnerships: Support the Research & Evaluation Specialist in Conceptualizing, designing, field survey management, and the scoping and identification of research partners, and the formation and ongoing management of partnerships required to strategically position SC to win and successfully implement research projects.

·         People Management: Provide day-to-day direct line management of the research team in Child Poverty reduction, including: Delegation of roles, responsibilities and tasks among the team; provide leadership and technical support to the team, as needed; undertake performance management (including annual goal setting, performance reviews etc).

COMPETENCIES AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in practice)

Innovating and Adapting

–          Drives innovations to improve outcomes for children, especially in child livelihood.

–          Promotes a culture and work environment to test new ideas, takes risk and learn from failures

–          Embeds and scales evidence-based change to deliver enduring transformation for children

–          Generates learning for the organization and evidence for impact and quality of our work

–          Brings the best of innovations from our partnerships and other sectors in the organization

Applying Technical and Professional Expertise

–          Aligns technical and professional standards to support our strategy

–          Coordinates and harness professional expertise across the organization

–          Shares knowledge and best practices on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise

Communicate with Impact

–          Delivers influential advice and briefings to internal and external audiences to build the call for action

–          Builds behind the scene support for ideas

–          Conveys complex issues with clarity, brevity and confidence

Problem solving and Decision Making

–          Produces data and evidence to drive decision making and quality improvement

–          Explores and analysis external trends and their potential impact on strategic choices

Developing self and others

–          Gives regular positive and constructive feedback to others

–          Identifies clear development needs and development plans through regular constructive reviews of their own performance (and their team’s where appropriate)

–          Coaches others to learn from their experiences on the job and to use the resources available to them


–          Builds trust with contacts through openness and honesty

–          Participates effectively in sensitive, complex and/or high impact relationships and networks

–          Builds strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders


·         Master’s Degree Statistics, Economics, Social Sciences or related field required or Bachelor’s degree with 5 years’ experience in research that use impact evaluations designs.

·         At least 5 plus years’ experience indesigning and implementing rigorous research is required, prior research experience on food security, poverty, social protection, safety net, and livelihood is desirable.

·         Experience in designing and analysing impact evaluations using Randomized Control trial, and other robust impact evaluation techniques.

·         Experience in using STATA, SPSS or other statistical packages for data analysis especially using panel data.

·         Knowledge and demonstrated experience of designing and managing high level researches and evaluations

·         Demonstrated ability to think critically, strategically and analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions

·         Experience of conducting mixed-method research with strong quantitative background and competent in measurements of livelihood outcomes.

·         Experience in participatory action research (PAR) is highly desirable

·         Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce and disseminate research and evaluation outputs to variety of audiences using effective approaches.

·         Prior research article publication in peer-reviewed journal is an added advantage.

·         Experience working in conflict affected and humanitarian contexts or with pastoralist communities in Somalia.

·         Strong inter-organisational skill such as networking including donors, negotiation and communication.

·         High level of fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.

·         Commitment to Save the Children International values.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Interested and qualified applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through the below URLs:-


Closing Date will be 7stApril 2020


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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