Technical Specialist – Public Investment in Children

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The Opportunity

In support of Save the Children’s Global Strategy, the holder of this role is responsible for technical leadership for the development and delivery of national and local level advocacy strategies, governance programming, and where relevant campaigning on public investment/fair financing for children and youth in two country offices. The role will be accountable for securing increased and improved financing and public budgeting for the provision of equitable, quality social services and other rights to children.

Two country programmes (Zambia & Malawi) will share this role and the role holder will be required to be based in Zambia with an agreed percentage of travel to Malawi

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • Public Financial Management expert, with specialism on budget and fiscal transparency and analysis and a leading edge understanding of the impact that the public financial management performance has on children’s lives.
  • A proven track record of:
    • Leading analysis and research on fiscal policy and public financial management performance. Specifically budgets/public expenditure (a plus would be experience on domestic resource mobilisation/tax, or public financial management systems and reform);
    • A proven track record of designing and implementing a budget advocacy campaign, preferably with children or young people;
  • A proven track record of working with civil society, children and youth, public participation or audit institutions to keep government accountable
  • Ability to think creatively, innovate, set priorities, manage a work plan, and evaluate progress with minimal supervision.
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with others (diversity) and maintain a strong internal and external network, drawing on others when needed; evidence of working in complex, global organization on governance projects, and/or advocacy and campaigning.
  • Educated to degree level (Master’s preferred) in a relevant field / equivalent experience

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector

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

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.

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