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Anticipatory Action Program Development Advisor

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Anticipatory Action Program Development Advisor in the UK (London or Remote) or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Role Purpose:

Save the Children has committed to scaling funding for Anticipatory Action, risk informed preparedness and DRR and in 2022 formed a team working specifically on Anticipatory Action within the Crisis Anticipation and Response department in the global humanitarian team.

As a key member of Save the Children International’s Anticipatory Action team, the AA Program Development Advisor will lead efforts to scale funding and program models for Anticipatory Action. Working closely with immediate team members, as well regional, member, and colleagues at country-level, he/she will maintain oversight of program development opportunities, donors and member positions and identify and connect program ideas and models with funding opportunities as well as directly engage with country, regional and global teams in supporting specific opportunities.

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. The role holder may also be required to directly support responses.



  • Bachelor degree in International Development / Social Sciences or related field
  • Solid progressive work experience in aid sector; direct field experience is considered an asset as is a mix of development and humanitarian experience
  • Experience working on anticipatory action, emergency preparedness, DRR, etc. and solid practical and conceptual understanding of this field of work, including complexities in funding and policy direction
  • Demonstrated experience in opportunity generation and donor discussions
  • Proven track record in securing funding from institutional donors
  • Experience securing funding from government donors and multilateral agencies as well as foundations/private sector donors.
  • Experience in coordinating and preparing successful concept notes and proposals for major institutional donors (i.e. USAID, ECHO/INTPA, FCDO, SIDA, etc.). 
  • Experience in leading the development of large-scale and complex proposals, including the development of project budgets greater than $5 million.
  • Experience in coordinating workplans/initiatives across multiple stakeholders at different levels
  • Knowledge of the requirements of major institutional donors including budgeting, eligibility issues, compliance management, and reporting.
  • Highly developed networking skills and ability to form productive working relationships quickly and efficiently.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including communicating with impact, influencing, negotiation, and coaching.
  • Demonstrated people leadership skills, able to effectively manage stakeholders as well as staff in a matrix management relationship.
  • Cultural awareness and ability to build relationships quickly with a wide variety of people. 
  • Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure, working with a wide range of stakeholders. 
  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organize a workload comprised of varying and changing tasks and responsibilities. 
  • Strong communication (written and spoken) in English, with ability to summarize and present information.
  • Good attention to detail and analytical skills. 
  • Computer literate (i.e. Word, advanced Excel, Outlook etc.). 


  • Significant practical experience with Anticipatory Action, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Risk reduction and experience in developing relevant programs
  • Experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, child protection, child poverty, child rights governance, health and nutrition, cash, food security and livelihoods.
  • Experience of working with award management processes and systems (for example, Save the Children’s award management system (AMS).
  • Fluency in other languages, particularly French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic

We can offer circa £45,000 per annum (If based in the UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National Terms & Conditions (including pay and benefits) will apply.

This role can be based in the UK (London or Remote) or 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 for the duration of the contract.

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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.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A full copy of the role profile can be found available for download 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.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Job Description

Find out more about this role by downloading the job description

Job description

8 Feb 2024

23 Feb 2024 - 00:59 CET


Programme Operations

Fixed-term contract


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