Digital Learning Specialist

Closing date:
  • Contract Duration:

    12 months (with extension likely)

  • Salary Range:

    £39,100 – £46,000

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Digital Learning Specialist is creative and fulfilling.

  • Do you have experience of administration and managing learning management systems and virtual learning environments (e.g. Moodle/Totara)?
  • Do you have a strong track record in human centred design of training/learning materials with experience of creating storyboards and developing copy for digital content that tells stories, communicates complex ideas and engages learners?
  • Are you a confident trainer with experience coordinating digital workshops for an organisation?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

We stand side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child. We do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they’re in danger, and have the chance to learn.

This role will sit within the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA). The Academy is a global learning initiative with a mission to act as a catalyst for the improved quality, accessibility and sustainability of humanitarian learning and knowledge. Our mission is to enable people to prepare for and to respond to crises – acting quickly and effectively together to strengthen resilience and save lives. Our products and services are enabling humanitarian actors around the world to have the tools and resources to be more effective, agile, and holistic in their approach to saving lives and safeguarding livelihoods.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Digital Learning Lead, the Digital Learning Specialist will be responsible for designing and developing technology-based learning solutions and resources that enable the successful delivery of specialist training courses across the Save the Children movement and the wider humanitarian sector.

Working collaboratively with colleagues from across the team and partners, you will also advise on digital delivery, curriculum design, emerging technology, methodologies and research in this area.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The role holder will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

The Digital Learning Specialist’s key duties will include:

  • Provide specialist digital learning expertise to support the design and development of quality online courses, blended learning programmes and other resources for the HLA and partners.
  • Coordinate and support projects with Learning Solution Specialists and Regional teams and outside subject matter experts to define requirements, learning objectives, scope and delivery mechanisms.
  • Design technical solutions that focus on end users’ needs and complete project documentation.
  • Develop digital learning solutions using a range of software tools.
  • Advise the Learning Solutions Specialists, Regional teams and outside partners on appropriate tools for digital delivery and blended learning.
  • Work with Research, Evidence and MEAL colleagues to maximise the opportunities for learning from the development and implementation of learning products that may impact future design and delivery.
  • Work with the Creative Partnerships and New Business Development team to support the internal and external communications and marketing of products which have been utilised with others.
  • Support other teams within the Save the Children movement to design and develop digital resources.
  • Keep up to date with emerging technologies and pedagogical theories to ensure the HLA digital offer remains relevant and impactful.
  • Embed the team culture and develop strong ways of working within the team and ensure clear and accountable governance mechanisms are in place

Person Profile


  • Strong experience as a digital project manager or similar role in an educational or learning and development team.
  • Experience administrating Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) ideally Moodle/Totora.
  • Specialist in instructional design, with demonstratable experience of creating storyboards and developing copy for digital content that tells stories, communicates complex ideas and engages learners.
  • Confident trainer with experience of coordinating digital workshops for an organization.
  • Experience with e-learning authoring tools (e.g. Articulate Storyline, Articulate Rise, Adobe Captivate, Adapt) and understanding of industry standards for digital learning interoperability (e.g. SCORM, AICC, LTI and xAPI).
  • Experience developing graphics and documents with industry standard desktop publishing tools (g. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign).
  • Awareness of web design standards (e.g. HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript) and web accessibility standards (WCAG 2.1 AA).


  • Creative and innovative individual with strong analytical and technical abilities.
  • Confident presenting technical information to a varied international audience, including formal presentations, facilitating workshops, consultation meetings and pitching ideas.
  • An organised and thorough approach to planning and managing projects, partners and external agencies with the ability to use own initiative to meet deadlines on competing priorities and drive results.
  • Passion and energy to work in pursuit of transforming humanitarian response globally.


  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity

Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview**.**

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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