Head of Research & Evaluation, Asia

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Quality, Evidence and Impact LOCATION: Based in Asia region

Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

The Head of Research & Evaluation, Asia, will be the senior lead in generating evidence that will demonstrate the impact of SCI’s work on children’s lives in Asia Region (Outcomes for Children) and support the PQIE Director to create linkages for the use of that evidence for Innovative Programme and Policy work. She/he will also help strengthen country office’s research and evaluation capability and support their ability to advance analytical work on quality child rights programming.

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.

Reports to: Regional PQEI Director
Staff reporting to this post: TBA
Dimensions :



  • Lead the development and implementation of a coherent and coordinated Research & Evaluation Strategy aimed at improving quality outcomes for children and demonstrating impact of SCI work in the region
  • Develop a learning agenda+plan to understand what works for children in Asia, in what context and why?
  • Lead on the application of SCI Theory of Change (Innovation, Scale, Be the Voice and Partnerships) with particular reference to Research and Evaluations

Demonstrating outcomes for Children:

  • Undertake analytical work on quality child rights programming to generate sectoral and cross thematic learning on trends and opportunities for SCI to achieve better outcomes for children
  • Direct the development and delivery of research and evaluation services including technical oversight and support to Country Offices
  • Bring and apply cutting-edge thinking and best practice at all stages of the research and evaluation processes including child led/child sensitive approaches
  • Develop regular dissemination outlets e.g. fact sheets, policy briefs, evidence events etc and including child friendly versions

Country Office R&E Uplift:

  • Support analysis of CO R&E capability, interest and ambition and develop a tailor-made enhancement plan
  • Ensure that CO research and evaluation outputs are delivered to the highest standards and systematically contribute to Country and Regional learning agenda
  • Bring research, analytical and relevant quality assurance expertise to COs in the entire Programme Life Cycle management
  • Enhance CO’s capability in research and evaluations through designing and implementing effective capacity building measures and development and maintaining an institutionalised knowledge base

Resourcing R&E

  • Attract and win new business usually through competitive tendering but also through networking, pre-positioning and repeat business to achieve agreed growth targets for R&E at Regional and CO levels
  • Lead the writing of proposals, presentations and pitches for new research contracts at Regional level and where required provide such support to COs.

Networking and Partnerships:

  • Establish and maintain strong working relationship with other technical leads (thematic and cross functional), Save the Children Members and Academia to initiate, adapt or test new practices, approaches or methodologies with a view of improving outcomes for children and our ability to demonstrate and showcase that impact

Team Management and Development

  • Provide team leadership and enabling environment where staff can develop to their full potential
  • Support CO PDQ Directors to proactively shape CO’s to deliver innovation in our MEAL data analysis, visualisation and use in decision making

Movement Facing:

  • Contribute to Save the Children International’s efforts on ‘Big Data for Children’ towards delivering on our Ambition for Children and our Breakthroughs

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
    • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  • 10 plus years expertise and doctoral level academic competence: credibility and influence (externally and internally) through depth and breadth of expertise; the ability to give professional support and direction to others; seek, review and apply best practice from elsewhere.



  • Intellect, creativity and judgement: original ideas; creative approach; sound judgement, encourage ideas, initiative and innovation in others;
  • Personal effectiveness/self-management: time, pressure, flexibility, adaptability, commitment to own development;
  • Leadership and vision: clear vision; ability to secure commitment to vision; initiate and manage change; to earn credibility; to inspire colleagues; to accept responsibility; integrity and fairness;
  • Considerable proven experience in undertaking and leading the production of policy, research and evaluation outputs in similar organisations (Save the Children)
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience of designing and managing high level researches and evaluations
  • Extensive experience in analysing the situation of children using the child rights programming/ principles framework
  • Proven track record of policy influencing with partners, government and civil societies/key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, strategically and analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce and disseminate research and evaluation outputs to variety of audiences using effective approaches
  • 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


  • Willing and able to travel time to multiple countries in the Asia Region to support COs

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

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.

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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

If you are interested, please send your CV at
(You must mention the position title at subject line of your email)

Application deadline: 14 December, 2018

Only short listed candidates will be invited for interview
‘Save the Children promotes diversity in its workforce’

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.