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Knowledge Manager - Localisation

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Knowledge Manager, Localisation in the UK (London or Remote) or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Role Purpose:

To achieve our global breakthroughs for children by 2030, Save the Children has committed to significantly changing the way we work. A core component of this change is shifting power to local and national actors. Our Localisation ambition – ‘Local to Global for Impact’ - is an ambitious, multi-year, transformational journey that will see us (and the wider sector) deliver more, better, and fairer impact through context-responsive, locally-designed, locally-led and locally–owned programmes for children. We will achieve this by addressing fundamental challenges in the way current aid is delivered to enable and facilitate local actors’ own access to

global resources for maximum impact – and we will overcome blockers within our own organisation that currently prevents this from happening.

Save the Children’s Localisation Initiative team was formed to define our strategic approach to Localisation, and to develop the high-level roadmap for its realisation. We are now entering the next phase of this transformation – with the team being given a mandate to accelerate the pace at which we will be able to meet our Localisation ambitions. The team consists of a small number of dedicated resources tasked with overcoming several blockers to achieving our ambitions, working across Save the Children’s global movement.

The Localisation Task Team is a group of Subject Matter Experts on Localisation that sit across the membership and wider movement and are responsible for sharing best practice, knowledge development and exchange, including thought leadership & technical expertise across the 7 dimensions of localisation.

To further support these collective efforts and drive forward the Localisation agenda, Save the Children is seeking a qualified Knowledge Manager to support and ensure the systematic documentation and dissemination of knowledge generated through these efforts by supporting us to operationalize our new Global Localisation KM Plan. The Global Localisation KM Plan is centered on a belief that knowledge is power, and that we and the local actors we work alongside need access to the evidence, knowledge, and learnings derived from localised approaches to effectively shift power and produce lasting results for children. By implementing this plan, the Knowledge Manager will A) improve Save the Children’s capability to learn from, evidence and facilitate locally-led development and humanitarian action and B) increase the visibility of the locally-led technical capacities and knowledge of both Save the Children and local actors themselves C) Improve access to evidence and learning for national and local actors.

A large part of realizing our KM plan’s goals means we are looking for a highly-motivated KM expert to further develop and oversee our new Localisation Community of Practice (COP). The Knowledge Manager will support this by strengthening relationships with existing members and growing new relationships with professionals across the Save the Children Movement, and eventually, extend membership to local and national actors to become a vibrant, collaborative network worldwide. The Manager’s role in building knowledge and trust amongst our members and with local partners will be instrumental to furthering our localisation approaches and increasing thought leadership in this cross-cutting area.



  • Significant job-related experience in knowledge management, including relevant experience in development and/or humanitarian contexts and preferably at organisation-wide level.
  • Understanding of the principles behind localisation and locally-led development
  • Experience in user-focused/ human-centred design and a strong track record of driving continuous improvement in service or product delivery.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with the state of the art in communication technology, including the application of Workplace to accommodate business related needs.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of SharePoint 2010 or 2013
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the development and management of data bases and/or document catalogues.
  • Experience in delivering different learning and capacity-development strategies.
  • Experience establishing, supporting and/ or leading communities of practice, particularly via online platforms.
  • Excellent listening, communication, and networking skills; proven experience and effectiveness working across functional teams and in a matrixed structure; and an ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Strong interpersonal and cultural awareness skills, and the ability to develop productive relationships across a wide range of stakeholders in a diverse, international environment; Ability to work and communicate across cultures, as part of a geographically dispersed team and across organizations and stakeholders
  • The ability to work in a second language would be a strong advantage Arabic, French or Spanish.
  • Adaptable working style and effective when working in situations that may appear ambiguous.
  • Highly organised with strong project management skills
  • Self- motivated and able to work with high degree of autonomy and without close supervision.


  • Significant knowledge or experience of Localisation
  • Experience of working across other areas of SC’s operations and/or functions
  • Experience with web-based platforms and using information systems.
  • Experience of being involved in the implementation of a new/changed business processes and ways of working
  • Experience with Save the Children’s Theory of Change
  • Lived expertise through origins in the Global South

We can offer circa £54,000 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

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Job description

23 Apr 2024

8 May 2024 - 02:59 EEST


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