Senior Research and Strategy Coordinator At Save the Children

Senior Research and Strategy Coordinator (Migration and Displacement)

The Senior Research and Strategy Coordinator leads the research & learning and strategy definition activities in the Migration and Displacement team. He/she will be responsible for strategy visioning, designing, managing and conducting research with the aim of strengthening the Regional Programming Unit’s (RPU) role in gathering and publishing evidence and contributing to regional and global conversations about protecting migrant children. He/she will be key in ensuring that research and learning activities produce robust outcomes, especially evidence that can inform strategy, business development, evidence-based programming, by providing technical support throughout the research and strategy process by working closely with programme teams and managing research partnerships and South Africa strategy definition process. He/she will use their expertise in the area of research and migration towards this goal, engaging with partners and stakeholders, participating in a research community of practice, building upon the gains of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, to ensure that both internal lessons and external research are sighted and shared within the organization – both with implementing country offices, partners and the RPU – and to bring in external capacity as needed.

They will engage in high level inter-agency liaison as pertains to technical and advocacy collaborations around regional consultative processes, whenever these relate to the specific expertise and knowledge. They will also leverage the research and knowledge expertise on migration and displacement to support programme quality and development, especially supporting proposal writing, external knowledge and information dissemination, and MEAL activities.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • 7 years (with Master’s degree) or 5 years (with Doctoral degree) of experience in conducting social science research, with a clear track record of research in the areas of migration and displacement;
  • 5-7 years of experience in designing, managing, conducting research using both quantitative and qualitative research methods and developing recommendation and guidance for programming based on evidence;
  • Experience in research, evidence and learning in the NGO sector, with regional experience being an advantage;
  • Proven track record in ability to write to a publishable standard, with publications in development or academic outlets being an advantage;
  • Strong awareness of child protection issues in the area of migration and displacement;
  • Strong awareness of child protection issues in research, including the use of participatory methods;
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills;
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in whilst presenting complex information in a succinct manner;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including communicating, sharing and training in research;
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of time to support country offices and partners in the implementation on research and learning activities;
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding and other relevant policies.


  • Experience developing projects in the development and humanitarian sector;
  • Experience in working in regional and multi-country settings, including conducting research in multiple countries.

Contract duration: 12 months with possible 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.


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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