We are recruiting for a Senior Learning Manager

This is a moment of exciting growth and opportunity at Sabre. The Senior Learning Manager will strategically lead across all of Sabre’s Learning, Research and M&E agenda as we grow in prominence nationally and internationally in the years ahead. This is a pivotal role for us, and is an exciting opportunity for someone with strategic drive, technical skill and leadership capabilities who wishes to make a real impact.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate who can lead with confidence, and strategically embed and prioritise evidence and research across the organisation.

He/she will:

  • Lead on creating and improving quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and processes documented in a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan (MELP)
  • Train staff and partners in MEL system implementation
  • Coordinate all data collection efforts, ensure data quality, process and analyse the data for donor reporting, adaptive programme and organisational management and learning purposes
  • Provide oversight support to external evaluators
  • Effectively lead and manage the Learning Team to deliver exceptional results in Sabre’s Learning Function


The Senior Learning Manager will lead Sabre’s Learning agenda and supervise the Learning team in the following areas of responsibility:

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Agenda Design

  • Develop and manage Sabre’s annual research agenda
  • Lead on the further development of the Learning strategy and contribute to the organisation’s broader programme development and continuous improvement
  • Design and communicate project-specific learning activities to the wider organisation

MEL Implementation

  • Lead the collation and analysis of field data in a timely manner to monitor progress of our programmes and evaluate risks, opportunities, and successes, providing regular feedback to internal and external stakeholders
  • Design, pilot, and train on data collection tools focused on learning goals
  • Manage and build data quality measures, including spot checks, tablet survey programming, and data cleaning protocols
  • Calendar data collection plans to optimise staff time and travel
  • Conduct field visits to provide feedback to data collection team and understand data quality risks
  • Manage data, protocols, and tools in an easily accessible system
  • Lead the collection of relevant external data (e.g. College of Education exam results and grades, as needed in our teacher pre-service programmatic work)

Team Management

  • Lead and supervise the Learning team located out of the head office.
  • Identify professional development areas for each team member and provide regular, actionable feedback for continual growth
  • Ensure high quality data, analysis, and reporting from Learning team before results are shared
  • Set and communicate Sabre’s strategic vision as well as Learning team culture, celebrating continual growth and high standards

Actionable Analysis and Reporting

  • Lead on the synthesising of data and collation of regular reports and key learning, including actionable recommendations to (i) inform Sabre’s activities and monitor the organisation’s impact; (ii) feed into periodic reports for funders and partners
  • Liaise closely with the Fundraising Team in the UK to ensure that all stakeholder reporting is carried out in a timely manner, and to the highest quality as specified by the individual donors and partners

Organisational Leadership and Coordination

  • Play a key role in informing programme strategy with recommendations from Learning team data
  • Collaborate proactively across the organisation, and liaise closely with the Programmes team in particular and with other Sabre departments
  • Support the work of independent impact assessments and supervise external consultants as necessary
  • Develop and manage the Learning team’s budget
  • Network with other NGOs running similar programmes to find areas of collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Liaise with GES Officers to share data and plan field monitoring of participants in our programmes
  • Support senior leadership in developing a scaling approach to extend Sabre’s impact


  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical and innovative problem-solving abilities. Strong strategic thinking skills
  • Expertise and experience in learning plan development, data collection planning, piloting, training, data quality, and data analysis
  • Fluent in quantitative data analysis software e.g. SPSS, R and/or Stata
  • Ability to provide actionable recommendations from realistic data
  • Skills in stakeholder engagement, ability to actively listen, respond to feedback, and manage multiple interests
  • Leadership qualities, ability to motivate and manage a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills, collaborative working style, self-motivated and results-driven, with ability to effectively build and manage networks and relationships for work progression and issue-resolution
  • Concise, structured communication


  • A minimum of a University degree in Social Sciences/Statistics, Data Science or relevant discipline. 10-15 years of work experience, with at least 5-7 years in M&E specifically.
  • Strong technical training, critical thinking skills and increasing levels of responsibility.
  • A masters’ degree in relevant discipline with at least 4-6 years in a managerial capacity in an international NGO will be of added advantage


Please submit a cover letter and your CV to hr@sabre.education

CLOSING DATE:  11th November 2020