Director of Strategy, Policy and Learning (SPL)

: Save the Children
: 18 Oct 2023
31 / October / 2023

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children. It is a dual mandate organization and focuses on development and emergency response. We are currently working in 120 countries around the world touching the lives of 125 million children. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children offers attractive salary including non-salary benefits which consists of paid medical benefits, various leave benefits, accident insurance, severance and other allowances.

We are currently inviting motivated and talented individuals to apply for Director of Strategy, Policy and Learning (SPL) position based in Thailand. Please see the following detailed information.




TITLE: Director of Strategy, Policy and Learning (SPL)

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Education Consortium               

LOCATION: Bangkok, Thailand


As a multi-donor funded programme, the programme partners with selected ethnic and faith based education providers to strengthen their capacity to deliver and sustain good quality learning opportunities for children facing barriers to learning in Myanmar. Applying a ‘systems-strengthening’ approach, the programme provides funding, coordination, technical assistance and research across different complementary education systems to promote continuous improvement of education services. The programme works with its partners, established education providers, to place an emphasis on developing the quality and inclusivity of education in Myanmar, including improved learning outcomes; and with a broader range of diverse stakeholders to address key barriers for the achievement of equitable education. In line with its current 2021-25 programme strategy, the overall aim for the programme is that children facing barriers to learning access education services that meet their learning and well-being needs.

Under the direction of the Chief of Party, the Director of Strategy, Policy and Learning (SPL) leads the SPL team and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, working in close collaboration with the Deputy Chief of Party, Programme Operations and the Directors of Education, Partnership & Programme Support (PPS) and Evidence & Information Management (EIM) to provide leadership and strategic direction to the full programme team. More specifically, the Strategy, Policy and Learning Director provides leadership, technical and managerial oversight for strategic planning, research and learning, context analysis, policy engagement and advocacy, communications and donor reporting. The post holder leads on networking with external stakeholders, including research entities and universities, providing strategic direction to guide planning the team’s activities and priorities. S/he is responsible for leading periodic strategy reviews, ensuring the programme generates and utilises research, context monitoring and learning for planning, programming and adaptive management and reflects this in reporting. The SPL Director also leads on providing direction to the planning and utilisation of the Strategic Facilitation Fund, working with the Partnership Engagement Coordinator and other programme team members to ensure that SFF proposals are fit for purpose with respect to the SFF mechanism and that learning from the implementation of the SFF is used to inform the overall strategy and programme approach.


The role requires excellent skills and experience in strategic programme planning, driving participatory approaches to research and learning, and strong communication, analytical, influencing and advocacy skills. The role also requires experience in people management and working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team and a diverse set of stakeholders, including local partners and education systems, local governance actors, research entities and academics, international development organizations and donors.


Reports to: Chief of Party (CoP)

Staff reporting to this post: (4) Advocacy & Policy Engagement Advisor; Strategy, Research & Learning Unit Manager; Communications & Reporting Manager and Communication & Learning Specialist, as well as in-direct report lines to (3) other staff in the SPL team.

Key areas of oversight of the SPL Director include partner institutional development in the areas of: influencing, strategic planning and public administration; ongoing context analysis and strategy review, including strategic thinking on programme priorities and planning; oversight of strategic research and learning initiatives; engagement on policy & advocacy priorities; and communication activities and reporting.


Strategy, Research and Learning:

  • Lead the programme’s ongoing context analysis and strategy review processes in close collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Senior Management Team (SMT), in line with the Programme Strategy;
  • Provide oversight of strategic research initiatives, defining clear-cut roles and functions across teams and working effectively with relevant team members to ensure cross-team collaboration;
  • Support the Strategy, Research and Learning Unit (SRLU) Manager to design and lead an in-house Strategy, Research and Learning Unit, which will be responsible for the programme’s research and learning agenda, collating and integrating learning and research into strategic decision-making and adaptive management processes, ensuring the programme is able to rapidly identify and respond to contextual changes;
  • Provide strategic leadership on programme priorities and planning, including strategic analysis of potential new partners;
  • Advise and provide direction to the implementation of a Strategic Facilitation Fund in close collaboration and coordination with the Partnership & Programme Support team;
  • Ensure learning and planning are linked and used to enhance adaptive, performance-based management, to build greater conflict sensitive approaches and to support internal team and partner capacity strengthening;
  • Conduct continual rigorous monitoring and analysis of the broader political economy to enable the programme to navigate the complex environment and adapt programming and approaches accordingly and in line with conflict sensitive principles; 
  • In close collaboration with partners and other programme teams, lead the process of identifying and managing relevant targeted research studies to address strategic knowledge gaps and information needed to inform and sharpen the programme’s interventions in support of complementary systems strengthening;
  • Upon request from and direction of partners, lead on the dissemination of findings on the role and contributions of complementary education systems to serve as an evidence base to demonstrate their value; 
  • Work alongside the programme’s other departments and with partners to strengthen the existing complexity-aware strategies, such as the quarterly reviews, the annual reflection, learning and planning sessions (RLPs) and mid-term reviews with partners.

Policy, Advocacy and Communications

  • Support the Advocacy and Policy Engagement (A&PE) Advisor to take the lead on facilitating the advocacy and policy engagement aspects of the programme’s work, including building and maintaining strong relations with partner organisations and facilitating, mentoring and following up A&PE support to partners;
  • Lead the revision, dissemination and implementation of the Advocacy and Communication Strategies and associated activities;
  • Lead strategic engagement with partners on aspects of institutional development that aim to influence policy developments and support for complementary education across different stakeholders;
  • Ensure communication activities are relevant, appropriate and provide useful contributions towards achieving the expected outcomes set out by the programme.
  • Review the programme’s Annual Operating Plan (AOP) to ensure progress against strategic objectives are appropriately considered and adequately reflected;
  • Oversee the Communications team’s preparation of content for high quality semi-annual and annual narrative reports.

Team Leadership and Management

  • Directly manage and support the Advocacy & Policy Engagement Advisor, the SRLU Manager, the Communications & Reporting Manager and the Communications & Learning Specialist and oversee their management of the other team members, including supervising, motivating and supporting the team’s professional development;
  • Support direct supervisees through one to one coaching and ensure that the team members have clearly defined objectives and individual staff understand their roles and responsibilities, working with the team to strategize and systematically prioritize and plan in order to deliver tasks in a timely manner;
  • Ensure the team work plan, budget and monthly partner engagement plans are effectively and appropriately designed, delivered, and monitored;
  • Ensure the effective use of the Performance Management System, including the establishment of relevant tasks and clear, measurable objectives and on-going feedback, in addition to regular transparent performance reviews and evaluations in line with organizational policy;
  • Ensure support for appropriate professional development opportunities for SPL staff;
  • Encourage a team culture and partnership approach based on sharing, learning and creativity.

Cross-Cutting Responsibilities

  • Contribute to specific and contextual guidance to ensure that the safeguarding of children is incorporated into the programme’s strategies and children are protected from exploitation, increased vulnerability, or any form of harm or indignity;
  • Ensure that all SPL activities take Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion into consideration in line with the programme’s GEDSI Strategy & Guidelines, and aim to strengthen internal as well as partners’ capacity to generate and use GEDSI-related data to inform programme design and implementation plans;
  • Ensure that the programme’s Partnership Principles and Management Guidelines are maintained and supported.


  • Promote and support a strong collaborative team culture;
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned and agreed with the CoP.

BEHAVIOURS (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 and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and 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; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
  • Always acts in the best interests of children



  • Master’s degree (or higher) in areas of International Development Studies, International Relations, Education Policy or relevant social sciences / management field or equivalent qualifications through work experience;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience within the development and/or humanitarian sector, including at least 5 years of experience working in areas of Policy, Strategic Planning, Research & Learning, Systems and Institutional Development;
  • Experience and skills working in Myanmar, preferably in the field of education or governance with a strong understanding of the cultural, social and educational challenges faced by different ethnic communities; 
  • Proven skills and experience in applying education system strengthening approaches and in leading and advising on institutional development;
  • Experience of working collaboratively with a range of partners, ranging from local governance actors, ethnic organizations, NGOs, CSOs, international development organizations and donors;
  • Substantial experience working on complex social development projects with an in-depth understanding of conflict sensitive programming approaches;
  • Strong ability to analyze information, evaluate options, draw conclusions and to think and plan strategically;
  • Strong work-ethic, personal effectiveness and integrity;
  • Proven track record of successful team management and the ability to lead and motivate a diverse group of professionals;
  • A team player who encourages openness, collaboration and transparency with a strong track record of motivating and developing teams, including building professional capacity;
  • Strong ability to work in a participatory way with strong facilitation skills and proven ability to effectively delegate responsibilities;
  • Results focused and ability to develop and drive innovative programmatic / operational solutions in support of inclusive education;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills with experience of senior level negotiation and representation;
  • Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including child safeguarding.


  • Proficiency in Myanmar language and, preferably, another ethnic Myanmar language
  • Doctorate or advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Experience working in ethnic education

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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 staff has an obligation and a responsibility to:

  • Ensure they fully understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures.
  • Conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in their personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.
  • Ensure the way they are carrying out their work is not putting children at risk (or further risk) – this means constantly scrutinizing their work through a child safeguarding lens and talking to children about possible design/implementation “flaws”.
  • Promote the message of child safeguarding to colleagues in other organizations and government ministries, children in their own and beneficiary families, and community members in general.
  • Be vigilant about observing possible child abuse/harm in their personal and professional lives.

All managers have the above responsibilities as well as ensuring

  • Their staff are doing the above.
  • That child safeguarding is integrated and given a “voice” in all management processes including recruitment, induction, performance management, team meetings, annual planning processes, field level monitoring, etc.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply an Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae to the link below:


Click here to apply


Closing Date : 31 October 2023 (Tuesday)

No more later than 6:00PM (BKK Time)

Candidates are also requested to mention in the applications if there is, blood/marriage relationships with the existing Save the Children employees.  No requirement of photo or copy of certificates and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Remark: For those who failed to mention or incorrectly mention the apply position title, Programme/Sector name and location in their applications, we will consider those as disqualify and we will not consider for short list.

Contact : nawehywa.phaw@savethechildren.org


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