Global Citizenship Fellowship, Community Engagement Fellow

  • Location
    Los Angeles, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 29

Position description

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. UNICEF USA 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

Global Citizenship Fellowship, Community Engagement Fellow, Los Angeles: Community Engagement Fellows work with UNICEF USA’s Global Citizenship Fellowship in the following locations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. 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.  Fellows aim to inspire their communities to take action for the world’s children by engaging local groups and cultivating awareness through community outreach, local partnership development, and grassroots program implementation for our domestic initiatives: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, UNICEF Kid Power, UNICEF High School clubs and Campus Initiatives, the End Trafficking project, UNICEF Next Generation, Congressional Action Teams, and other community mobilization activities.


The Global Citizenship Fellowship offers Fellows:

  • 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

  • Hands-on experience in problem-solving, volunteer engagement, community outreach, event planning, nonprofit management, communication, public speaking, creating and implementing workshops, and program administration

  • Hands-on project management and implementation experience

  • Extensive personal and professional development and internal and external networking opportunities 


During the first year of the 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.  


Fellows report to directors in each region and the Global Citizenship Fellowship Leadership Team based in New York or Chicago.


2018-2020 Fellowship Opportunities

For the spring 2018 recruitment season, UNICEF USA is seeking Community Engagement Fellows to hold two-year positions within the following locations: Boston, Dallas, Miami, NYC and a UNICEF Next Generation Program Engagement Fellow based in NYC. Candidates interested in more than one role must apply for each role separately. 


All candidates must be available to start on the indicated start date (July 9, 2018), commit for the full two-year term (through July 31, 2020), and be able to travel for orientation and periodic convenings.

Interested candidates can register for an upcoming GCF Info Session Webinar by clicking here to register. WebEx details will be shared with registered attendees.

Core Objectives and Key Responsibilities for Community Engagement Fellows: Building on the work of the previous class.

Fellows will:

Community Engagement / Campaign Implementation (50%)

  • Explore new, and foster existing, relationships with community and faith-based organizations and identify opportunities for partnerships to increase awareness of UNICEF’s work 

  • Inspire and support volunteers who will engage their communities in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, UNICEF Kid Power, UNICEF High School clubs and Campus Initiatives, the End Trafficking project, UNICEF Next Generation, Congressional Action Teams,  mobilization when emergencies occur, and other initiatives

  • Catalyze school partnerships by inspiring educators and students to join UNICEF USA activations, providing a platform for students to learn about issues affecting children worldwide and how they can take action.

  • Recruit local volunteers, teachers, community programs, and nonprofits to participate in UNICEF domestic initiatives and lead orientation(s), meetings, and trainings around our signature initiatives, campaigns, and work in the field

  • Develop and deliver customized workshops and presentations on UNICEF’s work and global issues affecting children 

  • Mobilize communities in support of public policy and legislative action for the survival, protection and development of the world's children including leadership in regional Congressional Action Teams

  • Represent UNICEF in the community at relevant convenings, events, and coalitions

*Above assignments require administrative duties and responsibilities


Research, Planning and Evaluation (15%)

  • Participate in internal planning and information gathering meetings to effectively collaborate with teams on executing on UNICEF USA’s national and regional campaign and programming goals 

  • Develop resources from research, execution to evaluation

*Above assignments require administrative duties and responsibilities


Administrative and Reporting (15%)

  • Assist in program documentation and impact tracking by completing weekly engagement reports, Week in Review reports, monthly expense reports, and pre and post campaign and program assessments 

  • Write and develop blog posts for UNICEF USA and support collection of photos and stories for social media or GCF resources 

  • Support onboarding of new Fellows 


Other Region-specific efforts (20%)

  • Develop creative ways to engage targeted audiences in each region in collaboration with national and regional strategies 

  • Work with the regional team to support special events with volunteer recruitment and training

  • Engage and support regional partners, third-party event hosts and other regional activations, as requested

  • Establish and foster relationships with elected officials in the region

*Above assignments require administrative duties and responsibilities


  • Undergraduate degree and/or equivalent experience; professional or academic background  in advocacy, education, civic engagement, international affairs, or related fields 

  • Extensive knowledge of the community for which the candidate is applying 

  • 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 fellow will be a resourceful and energetic self-starter with the ability to manage multiple priorities and work autonomously with attention to detail 

  • Innovation, creativity, and a team player mentality are necessary for success in this role. 

  • Must have a passion for inspiring others and experience in community mobilization and organizing

  • Demonstrated ability to lead effective presentations and workshops and ease in public speaking for groups large and small

  • Experience working with students or in educational programming is a plus

  • Proven ability to work well with a diverse group of people in a team setting; additional language(s) a plus

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, including administrative tasks, and priorities while consistently meeting deadlines and working across teams

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written; experience working with cross-country teams a plus 

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekend and evening commitments and travel

  • Expertise in Microsoft Office (Outlook- 2010 preferred, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

  • Access to reliable transportation

  • Must be available to begin training July 9, 2018 and commit for the full two-year term through July 31, 2020

  • Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service

  • Applicants must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship

Qualifications may also include: 

The Fellow in Los Angeles will work remotely from home and will be expected to provide the following:

  • Must have own reliable PC or Mac

  • Must have reliable Internet connection

  • Must have reliable smart phone and service provider

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