Global Citizenship Fellowship, UNICEF UNITE Communications Fellow

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    May 01

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, safe 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


By helping to establish UNICEF’s domestic imprint, UNICEF USA Global Citizenship 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 organize and inspire their communities to take action for the world’s children by engaging local groups and cultivating awareness.


Through weekly one-on-one meetings, updated project plans/reports, and participation in departmental meetings, UNICEF USA staff will monitor and assist the Fellow in meeting their own personal and programmatic objectives. Periodic workshops, activities, trainings and professional development activities will be a part of the Global Citizenship Fellow’s continuing education and support structure. 


The Global Citizenship Fellowship offers:

  • A deep understanding of the complex, global issues facing the world’s children.
  • Training in UNICEF initiatives, program design, metrics and reporting, development and relationship building, group training, and consensus building.
  • Leadership skills development in problem-solving, volunteer engagement, community outreach, communication, public speaking, and program management.
  • Hands-on program implementation experience.
  • Extensive personal and professional development, and internal and external networking opportunities. 
  • First-hand knowledge of non-profit operation infrastructure.


Global Citizenship Fellowship, UNICEF UNITE Communications Fellow: 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 and community-based activities.


The UNICEF UNITE Communications Fellow will support the core functions and goals of the Community Engagement Department’s UNICEF UNITE and UNICEF Clubs Programs. UNICEF UNITE is UNICEF USA’s grassroots organizing structure that brings supporters together to amplify children’s voices and help effect change both in United States and abroad. The UNICEF Clubs program is a student-led initiative that works locally to advocate, fundraise, educate, and build community on behalf of UNICEF’s lifesaving work around the world. With over 900 clubs and 18 UNITE teams across the country, youth and adult volunteers play a vital role in working towards a day where children in the United States and abroad can be healthy, learn, play and be empowered to speak up and take action to build the world they want.


The UNICEF UNITE Communications Fellow works closely with UNITE team captains, National Council members, students and advisors to support their local activities. Fellows also help to gather and maintain constituent and group data, create new resources, and implement trainings. The Fellows will solicit feedback for the purposes of impact measurement and make ongoing recommendations regarding volunteer activities and the organization’s strategic plan specific to community engagement, as it relates to UNICEF USA’s movement for children in the United States.


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.  


The Fellow will report to the Community Engagement department and is based in New York City.


Core Objectives and Key Responsibilities:

  • Support student leadership roles related to interactive media and communications 
  • Support UNICEF Clubs social media channels by scheduling posts and reporting on engagement metrics to inform strategy utilizing platforms like Sprout Social 
  • Support the management of UNICEF UNITE communications calendar and strategy including emails, SMS, website, content and video creation and social media and build reports to track progress and inform strategy 
  • Create and edit content for the execution of the communication strategy through all platforms including videos, graphics, blogs, emails, and resources  
  • Maintain and update constituency records for clear and segmented communication to maximize engagement and impact 
  • Respond to volunteer inquiries and manage regular communication with volunteers
  • Participate in national partnership development leading to program growth 
  • Help in the planning and executing of regional and national leadership development trainings and community building events 
  • Inspire and support volunteers who will engage their communities in national initiatives through fundraising, advocacy, communications, and community building and create reports that show impact 
  • Assist in the transition of volunteers as they move through our engagement opportunities from High School to college to young professionals 
  • Support and represent UNICEF in regional, local events and fundraisers hosted by and for UNICEF volunteers
  • Assist in the planning and execution of UNICEF USA’s Annual Summit
  • Assist in program documentation and impact tracking by completing weekly engagement reports, inputting engagement within internal customer relationship management software, monthly expense reports, and pre and post campaign and program assessments 
  • Support the onboarding of new Global Citizenship Fellows as appropriate
  • Other duties, as assigned


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, general volunteer management experience, 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. Candidate must be a team player who embraces the mission of UNICEF and the UNICEF USA, and is highly motivated and enthusiastic.  


All candidates must be available to start on the indicated start date (July 8, 2019), commit for the full two-year term (through July 30, 2021), 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, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, international affairs, volunteer management or related fields 
  • Must have a passion for inspiring others and experience in volunteer management, community mobilization, and organizing
  • Expertise in video and content creation with a variety of platforms; Adobe Suite expertise a plus
  • Knowledge and experience in social media and online community management 
  • Experience working with students or in educational programming 
  • Experience in youth engagement programing such as student groups 
  • Proven ability to work well with a diverse group of people in a team setting
  • 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 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

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