Consultant- ESD research

Save the Children, Singapore

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th April, 2017

Job Description

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.


In just the past 15 years, the growth in research in DRR and education has been substantial (Ronan et al., 2016), thus there is now a strengthened empirical and theoretical foundation from which to make more substantial progress. This project aligns with building on progress to date through a project that can assist to solve important problems related to effectiveness and implementation and help to drive the development and delivery of effective, scalable, and sustainable C-CDRR and CSS programming.

Save the Children is currently developing a common approach to Comprehensive School Safety, and has been implementing a set of foundational tools, and a toolbox of CSS-related guidance and activities to support this work. Similarly, other GADRRRES partners are contributing to technical support for the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools.

Some of the approaches, methods and tools currently being used, and suggested for applications across different contexts are:

  • Ongoing education sector/DRR coordination mechanism, led by education authorities and supported by IGO/INGO/NGO stakeholders at national level (eg. BGD, CAM, THL, VUT, and more)
  • Education Sector Snapshot for CSS and Education in Emergency (a contextual scoping to be undertaken by education sector DRR coordination body and updated every couple of years (eg.
  • A National Priority-Setting Workshop of stakeholders in CSS at national level, to share and update policy scoping, SWOT analysis, stakeholder and 'who/what/where' mapping (eg. Pacific - VUT, SLI, FIJ)
  • The adaptation and adoption of Key Messages for Household and Family Risk Reduction and Resilience: Evidence-Based Consensus-Based Key Messages at national level (SC & IFRC, eg. LAO, VUT, CHN), as a foundation for the development and appraisal of harmonized educational materials to promote social and behavioral change.


  • Brief Inception Report as needed to finalize methods
  • Research-into-Practice Brief (2,000 words, template to be provided) (for general practitioner audience) This should summarize the existing evidence base for effective work in child-centered disaster risk reduction and resilience and climate change adaptation in urban settings.
  • Scoping of scalable approaches to C-C DRR and CSS based on desk review of documents from GADRRRES members
  • Description on number of methods/approaches selected for review
  • Scalability assessments of 4-5 approaches
  • Recommendations for next steps in application of scalable approaches to C-C DRR & CSS
  • PowerPoint presentation of findings for general practitioner and stakeholder workshop


  • Masters or Doctoral degree
  • Subject-matter expertise in education sector, and or disaster/disaster management research
  • Proven track record in designing and implementing social science research
  • Firm grasp of ethical/human subjects review considerations
  • Experience in participatory-action research, desirable
  • Commitment to research dissemination and interest in implementation science highly desirable
  • Appropriate cultural and language skills to carry out research in this particular context

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