Global Specialist – Ending Child Marriage


The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Global Specialist – Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Unions (CEFMU) Prevention and Response. This role will be a national contract, based in a context where we do programming to prevent and respond to child, early and forced marriage and unions.

Applicants from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Niger, India, Jordan and Somalia are especially encouraged to apply.


The purpose of the Global Specialist – CEFMU Prevention and Response role is to enhance Save the Children’s contribution to ending child, early and forced marriage and unions. This work will include providing thought leadership, technical support and coordination for the rollout of Save the Children’s new Technical Guidance on preventing and responding to CEFMU, mobilizing the organization around a shared vision and strategic approach; with a focus on integrated programming, advocacy, fundraising and research. The post-holder will be the key contact and technical lead for Save the Children’s work on CEFMU, and will co-lead the global Technical Working Group on Ending CEFMU. Additionally, the post-holder will collaborate across teams and functions to strengthen capabilities, systems and approaches for ending CEFMU, and will provide in-country technical leadership and support.



Experience building and managing processes and projects in complex organisational contexts, ideally with an international scope, from vision setting to work-planning to delivery. At least 5 years’ experience (including field experience) providing technical leadership for the design and implementation of humanitarian and development programmes focused on advancing gender equality, prevention of and response to gender-based violence, including specific work on ending CEFMU. Strong understanding of gender equality principles and practices, the gender equality sector, policy priorities and key gender inequalities impacting children, including as related specifically to ending CEFMU. Ability to foster collaboration across teams and mobilize diverse groups around a shared vision, balancing the needs of a wide range of stakeholders. Significant experience in providing training, capacity building and/or mentoring to promote gender equality and tackle all forms of gender based violence, including CEFMU – and a demonstrated ability to make complex concepts compelling and accessible. Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to intersectional gender and power analysis, and to the design, piloting, implementation and evaluation of innovative technical tools and resources to advance gender equality and prevent and respond to gender based violence, including CEFMU

Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for transforming the root causes of harmful gender norms promoting gender equality and for and with children.

Highly organised, with a results orientation and strong attention to detail.

An ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing priorities.

Strong negotiation and diplomatic skills.

Proactive and collaborative approach, able to work independently whilst part of a team.

Experience of successfully operating in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Track record in successful business development/fundraising, designing and pitching gender transformative approaches, models and programs, ideally including those focused on ending CEFMU.

Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.

Excellent communication skills, fluency in written and spoken English; skills in other languages (particularly those of focus countries) would be an advantage.

Commitment to Save the Children’s mission, vision and values.

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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 copy of the full role profile can be found 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.


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