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The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Safeguarding Behavioral Science Specialist in London, UK orany existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Role Purpose:

Context – Save the Children is leading Child Rights organisation.Making Save the Children safe for children and adults in the community is a global strategic objective for the entire organisation. Save the Children International (“SCI”) reaches 40+ million across 5 regional offices (“RO”) and 56 Country Offices (“CO”) through the collective effort of 17.000 staff, ca. 30.000 volunteers and +1.000 partners.

Our mission is to serve the most marginalised communities in the world. The safeguarding team exists to ensure that the organisation has effective prevention and response systems to ensure that no child or adult is harmed by action or in-action by the organisation or its representatives. SCI has had effective safeguarding systems, but is keen to innovate its practice through behavioural science. SCI's safeguarding approach is based upon four pillars: Awareness, Prevention, Reporting and Response.

This newly created role will be instrumental in creating a step-change in how we do safeguarding. An exciting opportunity to lead the next frontier of our safeguarding practice, and have impact on a global scale.

The objectives of this role – Safeguarding Behavioral Science Specialist is to use behavioral science to identify behaviors that either cause harm or fail to prevent harm, and to design and test intevntions to change these behaviors. Target behaviors could be physical punishment by teachers, failure to do effective risk assessments by staff, or non-reporting of policy breaches.

The role is initially for 1 year to demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach, with an outlook of permanent employment after the 1st year. The role can be based anywhere in the world as long as it is in a country where save the children operates, and can be home based.


  • Demonstrated experience and expertise designing, implementing, and analyzing randomized field experiments in developing countries.
  • Strong qualitative analysis or mixed methods for social research skills, including demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with data analysis software such as NVivo, ATLAS.ti
  • Strong proficiency in quantitative analysis and software such as STATA, R or similar.
  • Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks, team members, and projects efficiently.
  • Ability to succeed, detailed oriented, drive projects, and collaborate via a remote working structure.
  • Excellent management, organizational, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Fluency and excellent communication and writing skills with a mastery of English. Knowledge of an additional language such as Spanish, French or Arabic is preferred but not required.
  • Role requires affinity with child protection or child safeguarding, but no previous experience in these fields.
  • Preferably: previous publications involving behavioral science or related topics

We can offer circa £49,400 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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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 salary expectations. 

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 does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Job Description

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Job description

24 Nov 2022

8 Dec 2022 - 00:00 UTC


Child Safeguarding

Fixed-term contract


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