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Save the Children Denmark: Trends & Research Advisor


Save the Children Denmark - Red Barnet


Mandag, 2. oktober 2017 - 23:55


Trends & Research Advisor

International Department / Evidence & Learning



Are you looking for an influential role where you will drive the evidence and learning agenda of Save the Children Denmark?  Do you want to strengthen our impact in fragile states by contributing to identifying the most vulnerable children and youth, and determining how to best promote their rights and meet their needs?  If you also have a solid research profile and truly thrive building strong networks and partnerships with civil society, academia and the private sector, then you could be our next Trends and Research Advisor.



At Save the Children Denmark (SCD), a member of Save the Children International (SCI), we focus on programmes for children and youth in fragile states. As Trends and Research Advisor, you will be responsible for driving  SCD’s internationally oriented research efforts, including spotting key trends in working with children and youth in fragile states, identifying a research agenda, developing research collaborations, at times conducting and leading research in strategic areas, and overseeing and advising research projects commissioned by SCD. You will become part of an engaged and dynamic organization with a strong drive to ensure quality analysis and understanding of contextual complexities and forging strategic partnerships and collaborations. You will join a new Evidence and Learning Unit within the International Department, where you will work closely with other ambitious and motivated colleagues.



The Trends and Research Advisor is responsible for the identification of trends across and between country programs in SCD’s portfolio of fragile states and humanitarian environments. In addition, the post will focus on priority issues for SCD, including migration and children on the move, youth empowerment and employment, teenage pregnancies and ending child marriage, the implementation of the Grand Bargain, including challenges associated with the localization of aid. The Trends and Research Advisor is also responsible for linking key trends with other parts of the organization and externally with key research partners, including academia, private sector, and civil society partners in the global South. The Advisor is also responsible for analyzing and synthesizing trends for internal use as well as inputting into global discussions on SCDs key strategic areas of interest.

In more detail, the Trends and Research Advisor will:

1)   Develop a comprehensive understanding of the different field contexts from SCD’s programming and promote learning across SCD and SCI

  • In collaboration with the Head of Evidence and Learning Team, develop an ongoing, research programme to support an evidence and learning agenda and a process for knowledge sharing between SCD staff and partners based in country and regional programs, promoting synergies and cooperation.

  • Develop in-depth understanding and analysis of the programmatic and contextual challenges in our geographic priority areas and with particular focus on priority themes.

  • Keep abreast with emerging trends within SCD’s key strategic areas and transform this into useful, actionable learning for SCD and when relevant SCI.

  • Ensure linkage with relevant colleagues across the organisation, providing field context, experience and input to advocacy and lobbying efforts at country and regional office levels and links with national and global campaigns.

  • Provide materials and learnings across Save the Children, for example to the Migration and Displacement Unit, the Global Campaign team and others, via e-learning, seminars, conferences and workshops.


  1. Develop a research agenda and platform for SCD in collaboration with others

  • Explore funding opportunities for research and develop research partnerships with academia, private sector and partners in the South, including developing research proposals and designing research programmes.

  • Undertake research independently and in collaboration with other parts of Save the Children as well as with external academic partners.

  • Collate and synthesize analyzes, and share existing research, which is relevant for SCD’s programming and advocacy.

  • Contribute to developing SCI’s global research agenda and ensure alignment between SCD and SCI’s research agenda

  • Supervise research activities and researchers undertaking specific tasks in relevant areas.

  • Ensure alignment between the research agenda and other key priorities in the Evidence and Learning Team to jointly support key advocacy priorities and programmatic approaches.



You have a relevant, academic education at a Master’s level or preferably higher i.e. social science area, or related. Furthermore, the ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Experience undertaking country and regional contextual analysis in fragile states.

  • Solid research skills and preferably experience within the humanitarian sector.

  • Solid in-field professional work experience conducting and leading applied research efforts in development or humanitarian contexts.

  • Solid knowledge of and experience with statistical analysis and research methods, including use of SPSS, STATA or similar statistical analysis packages.

  • Proven success in engagement with the academic sector, building mutually beneficial cooperation, and securing funding opportunities.

  • Proven experience working successfully and influentially with different stakeholders in advocacy programs.

  • Understanding of key humanitarian challenges and approaches including knowledge of fragile states, issues concerning young people, migration and girls preferred.

  • Strong facilitation skills and experience in knowledge transfer and learning, for example running workshops, seminars, presentations, creating learning materials etc.

  • Experience translating research findings to truly strengthen and improve quality and effectiveness of programmes and approaches.

  • Excellent spoken and written English.



You set high standards for your work, and share solutions and best practice for the benefit of others.

You create networks easily and truly enjoy building fruitful relations with many different stakeholders. You spot and create new partnerships and working alliances in the sector and beyond, fostering cross-boundary collaboration amongst your stakeholders.

Strong written and spoken communication comes naturally to you.   You convey complex issues with clarity and confidence to engage and influence others in a timely manner. You proactively promote involvement and dialogue, building trust amongst your stakeholders. You are a true team player.



You will be employed according to the terms and conditions of the local Collective Agreement between Red Barnet (Save the Children Denmark) and the relevant unions. The position is an AC classification with 37 working hours per week. Some travel will be required.

Deadline for applications is 2nd October 2017. Preferred start date 1st February, 2018. Interviews will be conducted between the 23th and 27th of October 2017.

Please note that we do not accept applications outside of our recruitment system.

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For further information, please contact Strategic Advisor in the International Department, Line Friberg Nielsen at [email protected]


Save the Children Denmark wants to promote equality and diversity. We encourage all qualified to apply for the position - regardless of ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age.


Save the Children Denmark (Red Barnet) is a non-governmental humanitarian organization working to realize children’s rights in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Save the Children Denmark is a member of the Save the Children International, which works in 120 countries.

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




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