Basic Education Program Advisor/ Manager-Beijing

TITLE: Basic Education Program Advisor/ Manager – China Programme

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development and Quality

LOCATION:  Beijing, with some regional and international travel

GRADE: Level 3


The basic education program (hereafter refers as the Program) aims to ensure that deprived children attend good quality basic education and demonstrate relevant learning outcomes. In China, our basic education program, in partnership with education department at different levels:

Equip teachers with knowledge and skills to engage children actively in learning and to support children to obtain fundamental numeracy knowledge in lower grades.

Improve the health facilities, health education and nutrition practice to ensure children are healthy to learn in schools.

Protect children from harm and build up children’s resilience by providing life skill education, establishing child protection mechanism to provide a safe learning environment for children.

Strengthen the support system and capacity of general education schools to provide quality inclusive education for children with disabilities.


As a member of the Program Development and Quality team, the Basic Education Program manager is responsible for leading the development of high quality and innovative programs that deliver immediate and lasting change for deprived children in China.


Reports to: National Education Lead

Staff directly reporting to this post:  no

Staff directly interacting with this post: Director of Program Development and Quality, Director of Programme Implementation, education project staff in education programmes across China; Communication and campaign team; Member and donor service team, M&E Specialist, SCI technical Advisors.

External interacting with this post:

Ministry of Education, Universities and Research Institutions, International and domestic NGOs, project schools


Program Management and Development

Manage basic education project that has a national level partnership with Ministry of Education with the aim to pilot and test new intervention models or to inform policy making or revision, be accountable for the implementation as well as budget

Lead or support the design of cost effective, innovative and high quality projects working closely with member technical advisors, and program implementation and donor management teams

Support strategically important projects aiming to experiment with new intervention models, generate effective tools and experiences for future replication

Provide strategic vision and direction to the Basic Education Program in Save the Children China.

Initiate and maintaining communications with existing basic education platforms at national level and academic institutes to mobile resources, communicate success, and inform the design of basic education program

Management of Key Advocacy Efforts

To lead the development of advocacy priorities and strategies in close liaison with the project team and the Communications team

Prepare key policy briefing documents for positioning Save the Children on issues

Track and maintain an up-to-date mapping of government and private sector developments in the field, including changes to policy and investment, and track their impact upon the program and its advocacy efforts

Technical Assistance and Programme Quality

Developing, commission and/or manage research that can maximize the impact of Save the Children’s work on the Program

Directly providing or procuring technical support and advice for baseline and end evaluations, development of packages for trainings, etc. at program and project level

Regular monitoring of the Program Strategy indicators, in addition to global indicators and feeding this learning back into project design and implementation

In cooperation with the MEAL Specialist develop indicators and M&E tools that assist the project staff to deliver quality project and create data to inform future program development and application to project proposals

Review of internal and external reports, with an emphasis on technical contents, and provide feedback and suggestions for improvement to colleagues

Knowledge Management and Learning

Initiate and coordinate capacity building activities for key program staff, including identifying external training opportunities, and organizing peer learning groups and seminars

Ensure that learning materials, related policies, operational research and good practice documentation are stored, sorted and shared on a timely basis

Present the Program overall progress, strategies, learning and good practices

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

Future orientated, thinks strategically


Builds and maintains effective relationships with their team, colleagues, external partners and supporters

Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people



Master in education (preferably with a focus on education policy, teaching pedagogy, teacher development), development psychology, and Juvenile Law. Masters in social studies or sociology with practical working experiences in the areas below will also be considered.

At least 5 years working experiences preferably in teaching, training, education management, education research, policy studies, psychological support/consoling.

Knowledge of project management cycle and experience in program strategy development, project design and proposal development.

Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills to interpret and present the Program Strategy, approaches and results.

Ability to lead the thought and guide the Program team through constructive interaction and communications.

Recommended advanced fluency in both Chinese and English.

Have a high self-awareness, self-driven and taking initiatives, being innovative.


In-depth understanding of education issues related to rural children, left behind children, migrant children and child safety in schools.

Experiences working and connecting with high level government education department, academics.

If you are interested in this position, please read the Child Safeguarding first, fill in the Application Form and send it back to before 30 July, 2017