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The Opportunity

Programme Development & Quality ,North West Balkans Country Office (duty station Sarajevo or Belgrade), NATIONAL POST ONLY

Role Purpose:

Education Specialist will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for education in the countries of North West Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia).  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 role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development.  It supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners.  The role will work closely with operations colleagues and with partners, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organisations.  This role includes a focus on external representation on priority issues including: early childhood care and development, foundational learning, and uninterrupted learning (education in emergencies), to ensure all children have access to education leading to learning and wellbeing outcomes
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

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

•   At least 5 years’ experience of leading the design and implementation of development and humanitarian programmes in education
•   Understanding of the education sector in the countries of North West Balkans
•   Track record in successful business development/fundraising in the field of education
•   Demonstrated program 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 national/regional level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights. 
•   Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order to 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
•   Fluent in English and high level of English writing skills. 
•   Fluent in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

•   Previous experience with programs focusing on teacher capacity building and prevention of violence in schools is preferred.
•   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 is desirable
•   Valid Driver's license with driving experience will be considered as advantageWe offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

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 organisation 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

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.
While we thank all the applicants for the expressed interest, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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23 Aug 2023

6 Sep 2023 - 12:00 UTC


Programme, Development and Quality

Fixed-term contract


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