Lead Advisor READY (Technical Lead) At Save the Children

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Lead Advisor READY (Technical Lead) in Centre -London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide

Save the Children is recruiting a maternity cover, Lead Advisor (Technical Lead) to join the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance-funded READY initiative team (May 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024 with possible extension through July 2024). This leadership position is accountable for ensuring on time and high-quality project deliverables, working across internal Save the Children teams and external consortium partners and stakeholders to successfully augment global readiness for major disease outbreaks in humanitarian settings.


Reports to: READY Chief of Party

Direct Reports: None

Indirect Reports: Dotted line oversight of humanitarian Technical Advisor, project consultants, and consortium parts across specific project workstreams.

Role Dimensions: The Lead Advisor provides technical leadership and guidance for SC and its consortium partners in developing and implementing the READY program strategy and ensures the technical and methodological soundness of activities. The Technical Lead provides expertise in infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness and response, humanitarian response, and providing technical support to large-scale outbreak responses. The Technical Lead serves on READY’s core team and as a member of Save the Children’s broader Humanitarian Public Health Team. More information about the READY initiative can be found at www.ready-initiative.org



  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, significant experience implementing emergency health programs in technical lead or technical advisor capacity, with experience in outbreak preparedness, surveillance, and response
  • Significant experience in infectious diseases and prevention, preparedness, and response and experience in humanitarian response are essential
  • Proven technical skills in multi-sector program design, supervision, monitoring, evaluation, and research skills
  • Experience developing and implementing blended-learning capacity-building initiatives across networks
  • Knowledge of outbreak response architecture and coordination mechanisms such as GOARN and the Global Health, WASH and Nutrition Clusters
  • Experience and knowledge of USAID regulations and requirements and implementing USAID/Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance programs
  • Previous experience interacting with US government agencies, host country governments, and other global and national stakeholders
  • Experience building networks and acting as organizational/project representative
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Ability to assess priorities, solve problems and competently complete a variety of activities with a high level of accuracy and timeliness
  • Demonstrated experience drafting, reviewing and editing programmatic and research reports
  • Excellent visual presentation and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Ability to travel to remote and/or insecure locations (estimated 15% travel expected)


  • Advanced degree in Public Health or medicine
  • Direct experience managing or providing senior level technical support in humanitarian environments, ideally with national or international NGOs
  • Proven experience working effectively in a matrixed management environment
  • Written and oral fluency in at least one other language (i.e., French, Arabic and/or Spanish)

We can offer circa £55,000 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 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.

How to apply

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.

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