Head of Evidence and Learning

Save the Children, Phnum Penh, Cambodia
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Job Summary

Job Description

The Head of Evidence & Learning will lead the Save the Children in Cambodia in building a culture of learning and becoming a leader in evidence-based programming. S/he is responsible for building the capacity of Save the Children staff and partners to maximise the use of evidence in programming and advocacy. S/he provides strategic guidance, quality oversight and technical support to research including impact evaluations, additional studies, process reviews, operations research, etc. Working with senior management and the Mekong Research and Evidence Advisor, the Head of Evidence & Learning mentors the Country Office team toward self-sufficiency in using of Evidence & Learning approaches to maximize impact for children.

The Head of Evidence & Learning ensures that all Save the Children (SC) projects in Cambodia are assessed and evaluated in a systemic and strategic way that increases efficiency of resources and increases learning and evidence from projects through learning agendas and evidence generation priorities outlined in the Country Strategic Plan. In alignment with the Country Office Evidence & Learning Framework, the Head of Evidence & Learning will manage consultants and lead the Evidence & Learning team to achieve more effective, higher-quality evaluations and more directly apply learnings to program design and advocacy. S/He will also ensure evaluations data is produced in-line with the SC child rights-based approach, applying global ethical standards and maximizing child participation.

The Head of Evidence & Learning will ensure that all evidence produced by the Country Office is packaged and stored in an information and knowledge management system that is accessible, relevant, and drives reflection on program quality and results. S/He will build Country Office Evidence & Learning and project team capacity to more effectively access, understand, and apply evidence; while ensuring opportunities for regular reflection and decision-making on data in their work.

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.

Qualifications and experience


  • Masters degree in Social Sciences or relevant equivalent, with at least significant coursework in quantitative or qualitative social research methods
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in international development, with at least 3 years management experience
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in international development program monitoring & evaluation, developing and managing monitoring and learning systems, research, and overseeing baselines/evaluations.
  • Experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, child rights governance, child poverty, health and nutrition
  • Demonstrated experience in developing or overseeing data management solutions, and familiar with technologies in social research.
  • Previous experience working in the field and understanding of country program operations. Experience working in SE Asia is a plus.


  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Passion for evidence-driven development programming and interest in ongoing international research
  • Demonstrated skills in designing and carrying out qualitative and quantitative research and using research to inform program design and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated capacity for leveraging project results towards broader systemic impact.
  • Excellent analytical skills and appreciation for the complexities of social research, especially as pertains to deprivations of children’s rights in a country context such as Cambodia.
  • Effective at collaborating and influencing across departments and sectors
  • Excellent skills in training, capacity building, coaching, and mentoring
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams, in emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, Khmer would be an advantage

Contract length:** Unspecified Duration Contract (UDC)