UNICEF Next Generation Fellow

Global Citizenship Fellowship – UNICEF Next Generation Fellow
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.
Global Citizenship Fellowship, UNICEF Next Generation Fellow (NextGen Fellow):** In July 2017, the NextGen Fellow will begin work with the NextGen program. The Fellowship is a highly-selective, full-time, two-year program that prepares diverse, committed, and globally-minded individuals for effective leadership in public service.
By helping to establish UNICEF’s domestic imprint, the Fellows exemplify the concept of the “global citizen” as someone who understands global interconnectedness, respects and values diversity, has the ability to challenge injustice and inequalities, and takes action in a way that is personally meaningful.
The NextGen Fellow will support the core functions and goals of the NextGen program. NextGen is a group of young leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators who commit their resources, resolve and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work. Members study issues that affect children around the world and choose UNICEF projects to support through education, advocacy, skill sharing/remote volunteering and fundraising. Through their activities, members mobilize their networks and inspire their generation to take action on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Reporting to the NextGen Assistant Director, the NextGen Fellow’s primary function will be to help build and grow USF’s supporters by engaging young professionals, leaders, innovators and future philanthropists for UNICEF. The NextGen Fellow will help develop and provide further opportunities for the NextGen pledge program and will connect NextGen to the full range of USF and UNICEF’s programs and priorities.
This fellowship position is based in New York City.
Core Objectives and Key Responsibilities:
  • Help build the NextGen community across the U.S. by specifically targeting young leaders and professionals in their 20s and 30s to develop relationships that educate and activate them around UNICEF’s programs and mission
  • Expand the membership base of NextGen by identifying areas of opportunity and growth and developing targeted outreach to recruit quality constituents, meet with new and prospective members across the country to educate and engage them in UNICEF and NextGen’s work
  • Assist in engaging the NextGen Steering Committees (essentially young leadership boards in NY, LA, Chicago and Atlanta) and the emerging cities (i.e. DC, San Francisco, Houston and Boston) to help connect UNICEF’s work and the NextGen pledge program to ensure members are dedicated and committed donors/leaders
  • Manage the monthly NextGen leads call to organize efforts, synergize and further develop the national NextGen activities
  • Coordinate and support individual NextGen members’ activities, receptions, and larger, organizationally-hosted NextGen activities and events
  • Communicate with NextGen supported UNICEF Country Offices to document progress of NextGen supported programs/ remote volunteering, interview UNICEF staff and children/families who have been helped by UNICEF and UNICEF’s Next Generation and report back to NextGen on a regular basis (newsletter, tumblr, videos, etc.), to further motivate and engage NextGen and their network
  • Create, record and manage the NextGen monthly missions, calendar, e-newsletter and monthly campaigns so that they are unique to NextGen members but in line with the organization’s priorities
  • Manage NextGen’s social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, website, Snapchat, and other accounts) to help increase NextGen’s reach and USF’s campaigns across the country
  • Manage and organize membership database and constituent counts, monitoring retention and acquisition
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Through weekly one-on-one meetings, updated project plans/reports, and participation in department meetings, USF staff will monitor and assist the Fellow in meeting their own personal and project objectives. Periodic workshops, activities, trainings and professional development activities will be a part of the Fellow’s continuing education and support structure.
The Global Citizenship Fellowship offers:
  • A deep understanding of complex, global issues facing the world’s children
  • Training in UNICEF domestic initiatives, program and curriculum design, metrics and reporting, development and relationship building, group training, and consensus building
  • Leadership skills development in problem-solving, volunteer engagement, community outreach, event planning, nonprofit management, communication, public speaking, and program management
  • Hands-on project implementation experience
  • Extensive personal and professional development and internal and external networking opportunities
  • The learnings of how nonprofits run and operate
Innovation, creativity, team player and leadership are necessary for success in this role. The successful candidate must also have a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of children’s rights and international issues, as well as a commitment to public service. The ideal candidate will be a resourceful and energetic self-starter with the ability to manage multiple priorities and work autonomously.
All candidates must be available to start on the indicated start date (July 10, 2017), commit for the full two-year term (through July 26, 2019), and be able to travel for orientation and periodic convenings.
Qualifications also include:
  • Undergraduate degree and/or equivalent experience; professional or academic background in advocacy, education, civic engagement, international affairs, fundraising or related fields
  • Extensive knowledge of the local community
  • Experience engaging in community outreach and community education, including leadership development
  • Demonstrated experience making presentations and leading trainings to small and large groups
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail is essential
  • Must be a creative thinker with ability to proactively develop new ideas and outreach strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities while consistently meeting deadlines and working across teams
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office (Outlook- 2010 preferred, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge in video and editing preferred
  • Event planning and fundraising experience preferred
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekend and evening commitments and travel within tri-state area as well as Los Angeles and Chicago (and other cities as needed)
  • Must demonstrate USF Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service
During the first year Fellowship, Fellows will receive a taxable stipend award of $38,000. Upon starting the second year of the Fellowship, Fellows will be awarded a taxable stipend of $40,000. Applicants must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.
To apply
  • All applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé and letter of recommendation.
  • Cover letters must address the following questions and provide the name and contact information for 3 references.
    • Why do you want to be a Global Citizenship Fellow?
    • What experiences and skills prepare you for this Fellowship? What networks and communities would you leverage to be successful in your Fellowship role?
    • Why UNICEF Next Generation?
  • What are your long-term career aspirations? How does the Fellowship role fit into these aspirations and plans?
Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
USF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.