Project Lead (Digital Messaging)

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Project Lead (Digital Messaging) in Centre -London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.


Save the Children is evolving its organisational structure in order to stay true to its mission, vision and values, whilst being able to withstand external pressures – be those geo-political demands; increasing stakeholder expectations; challenging funding environments; or declining trust in large INGOs. This is driven through our ambitious transformation agenda.

Our focus is on championing the rights and interests of children worldwide, putting the most vulnerable children first and to do this we need to ensure we effectively connect with the children and families we support as well as the communities and partners we work.

The Project Lead (Digital Messaging) sits within the Digital Programming team at Save the Children International, which is responsible for leading the digital transformation of our work with children. This forms a central pillar of our strategy to deliver a greater impact to far more children in the 120 countries in which we work. The Digital Programming team is putting in place the processes, platforms, tools and resources that enable Save the Children staff to design, deliver and scale safe, high quality digital programmes. 

One of the greatest opportunities for Save the Children to transform the reach and efficiency of its programming is to harness digital forms of communication to train, engage, nudge and learn from those we wish to support. But a key barrier to the widespread adoption of digital forms of communication is that many of our local teams do not know how to select the most suitable messaging platform for their needs and deploy messaging effectively in their programmes. Our Digital Messaging project aims to enhance audience engagement and communications in our programming - a key priority in our 2022-24 strategy – by providing a central digital capability for our implementing offices and partners. It is the role of the Project Lead (Digital Messaging) to help Save the Children achieve this ambition.

To be successful, the Project Lead (Digital Messaging) should be open to rolling up their sleeves and getting into the nuts and bolts of the organisation. They should also welcome the challenge of driving a digital transformation in an environment with lots of ambiguity and insufficient data but with huge potential to make a positive difference to the lives of millions of children. 



  • A successful track record of managing large and complex projects for global organisations that include systems, processes and operating model changes
  • Extensive experience leading the implementation of messaging platforms, communications platforms, and/or customer engagement platforms to support the delivery of mobile content and strengthen audience engagement
  • Demonstrable experience and in-depth knowledge of programme and project practices and standards
  • Experience leading an innovative project to deliver an outcome that has not previously been accomplished elsewhere in the sector
  • A proven ability to deliver projects on time / on budget, using project management processes and tools including risk management, benefits management, financial management and quality assurance
  • A proven ability to apply excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, and to work collaboratively to deliver effective solutions to project related issues. This may include taking on hands on analysis activities to support the wider team as required
  • Highly developed organisational awareness and ability to understand any sensitivities within a complex multi-stakeholder structure; and think creatively and strategically to overcome obstacles to cooperation and progress
  • Strong team leadership abilities with the ability to motivate and mobilise individuals outside their reporting line
  • Excellent communication skills (written & oral English), including the ability to communicate and influence at all levels of the organisation
  • Able to demonstrate instances of initiative that have delivered organisational benefits


  • Proficiency in a second core language of Save the Children (French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic
  • Experience of applying social behaviour change methodologies and approaches successfully in the public, development or humanitarian sectors.

We can offer up to £70,000 per annum (depending on experience and if based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in 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.

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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. 

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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24 May 2023

7 Jun 2023 - 23:59 GMT


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