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Global Education Advisor (f/m/d)


  • Organization: SOS Children’s Villages International
  • Location: Innsbruck
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date:


SOS Children's Villages, founded in 1949 by Hermann Gmeiner, is the world's largest non-governmental organization focused on supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it.

Child neglect, abuse and abandonment is everywhere. Families are at risk of separation. Locally led, we work in more than 130 countries and territories to strengthen families who are under pressure so they can stay together. When this is not in a child or young person's best interests, we provide quality care according to their unique needs.

Together with partners, donors, communities, children, young people and families, we enable children to grow up with the bonds they need to develop and become their strongest selves. We speak up for each child's rights and advocate for change so all children can grow up in a supportive environment.


Location: Vienna /Innsbruck, Austria 

Duration: Fulltime, Limitited until end 2025




The Programme department shapes and safeguards quality care and keeps the SOS Care Promise so many more children succeed in life. 

The Youth & ICT4D team works with partners, young people and member associations to ensure strong youth development programmes and ICT4D in SOS Children’s Villages, joining forces for better support of young people on their path to decent work and independent lives.

With a focus on children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care, this project builds on the belief that meaningful access to quality education ensures that every child has the opportunity to develop to their full potential and become self-supporting active members of society. 

The Global Education Advisor will be in charge of shaping and leading a newly designed global project in the organization. The purpose of this position is to define and shape the approach of SOS Children’s Villages towards education as integral part of its program portfolio through the leadership and implementation of the Strategic Federation Project 1.7. 

The objective of the project is to increase the reach and outcomes in education to children, young people and adults in our target group by providing sustainable, impact oriented and high-quality education projects through technical support, global indicators and monitoring of new pilot and existing innovative education approaches.


Tasks & Responsibilities 


  • Lead a multi-year Global project in Education (SFP 1.7)  across regions and Members Associations define and shape the approach of SOS Children’s Villages towards education as integral part of its program portfolio  
  • Lead the development of a global user guide which will establish the direction the organisation takes in education  
  • Participate in the recruitment, further capacitate and lead the  regional technical experts of education in 5 regions to lead on the Education sector in the organisation, specifically focusing on the quality of Education Approaches for children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care 
  • Develop a methodology for the mapping, pilot and analysis of new and existing education approaches across the organisation, together with a group of regional experts in education and external partnersn. This will ensure that flagship education programs, key initiatives and key learnings, as well as best practices in Education will be compiled and analysed across the Federation
  • Lead the production of a strong results-based management approach in the field of Education, with strengthened monitoring capacities to ensure quality of programs and increase opportunities for sustainable funding and partnerships for the education programmes
  • Organisation of an Education Symposiums and ensure that a clear hypothesis and research questions are defined by experts to support the development of the global evidence-based framework, user guide and the compilation of learnings. 
  • Facilitate the development of strategic partnerships in the education sector with external stakeholders. 
  • Develop a strategy to promote the need for enhanced innovative education approaches across the organization 
  • Establish and coordinate a global network across the organisation to replicate practices and foster exchange (different network, Member Associations, wider network) 
  • Plan, implement and keep the project on track, including meeting milestones, managing risks and budget  





  • University degree in a relevant subject, such as education, Early Childhood Development, social development or related. Further studies on education, innovation or digitalization in education represents an advantage
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in education programs with for children and young people from vulnerable backgroundswith a cross-regional or global approach.  
  • Experience in working with external partners / research partners to develop education guidelines 
  • Experience in supporting the development of innovative education approaches 
  • Excellent project management and multi-stakeholder management skills
  • Research skills to identify potential research partners in Education
  • Knowledge on development of RBM approach and logframes to identify the right outcomes and indicators and outcomes to measure education initiatives 
  • Skills on developing methodology to map best practices and systematize the extraction of learnings 
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously and propose clear directions for the project
  • Strong English skills (written and verbal). Spanish and/or French would be desirable
  • Skills in developing guidelines or publications around education direction in an organisation would be an additional asset
  • Abroad working experience in the education and development field would be an asset



We offer


  • A diverse range of interesting tasks in a leading INGO multicultural working environment
  • As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement 
  • A salary that will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement  
  • 14 salaries/year 
  • Flexible working hours (core times 9-12am) 
  • Overtime – does not get lost and can be taken as hours off 
  • Home-office possibility 
  • Possibility to work from abroad max 25% of your working time 
  • 25 days of paid annual leave 
  • Choice between Innsbruck and Vienna office 
  • Training possibilities 




If you are interested in this position, please submit your detailed application in English by 5th of August 2022 at


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