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Head of Economic Evaluation

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Head of Economic Evaluation in London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Role Purpose:

As a Head of Economic Evaluation, you will hold responsibility for providing global leadership of our use of economic evaluation and value for money analysis to generate evidence and learning on cost effectiveness and cost efficiency in our programming approaches to drive impact for children. This role will work as part of the global Evidence and Learning team in the Programme Quality and Impact department, driving value for money in programmes across the Save the Children movement. You will have a particular focus on driving the use of cost analysis alongside existing monitoring, evaluation and research work. In doing so, you will inform a focus on scalability and affordability as Save the Children seeks to amplify our impact through influencing, without relying on income growth and replication of projects to do so. You will represent the organisation regularly with external experts and will lead on engagement with technical partners for the movement. You will be a strong leader and team manager, supporting delivery of an ambitious workplan to increase this work, including through capacity-building and engagement of teams across the Save the Children Movement. You will have a solid understanding of value for money analysis.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder may 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:


  • Proven experience understanding and applying economic evaluation/VfM evidence to make the economic case for programming or advocacy options, including both (a) evidence of cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of proposed approaches and (b) evidence of the how the economic evidence may be used for decision making
  • Works effectively and creatively with colleagues to find ‘best possible’ technical solutions to fit real world situations and available parameters
  • Ability to influence, collaborate, and liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and act with credibility, tact, and diplomacy
  • Proven people management skills, with an ability to identify, attract, develop and retain high-quality staff and successfully support them
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and maintain focus to achieve results
  • Proven skills in economic evaluation and/or VfM analysis with international development projects; preferably familiar with the ‘4Es’ value for money framework, either as a practitioner or knowledgeable commissioner/ manager of technical experts
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative data
  • Ensures that evaluations and research are effectively and efficiently managed
  • Strengthens evidence and learning uptake through analysis and collaboration
  • Translates and presents data to promote its use for programme, policy and advocacy decision-making
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to summarize, synthesise and present technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge and experience in capacity building and enhancing competencies on evaluation, research and learning, preferably on economic evaluation, including design, data collection, data entry, analysis, and reporting, across different cultures and contexts
  • Proven proficiency using relevant software packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and data analysis programs (e.g. SPSS, STATA, Dioptra)
  • Ability and willingness to travel a minimum of three weeks per year
  • Verbal and written fluency in English


  • Additional languages, particularly French, Spanish and/or Arabic.

We can offer circa £60,000 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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13 Mar 2023

14 Apr 2023 - 02:59 EAT





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