UNICEF

Summer 2013 Internship: Eliminate Project Intern at UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, 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 ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, please visit unicefusa.org.

USF invites qualified candidates to apply for the internship described below.

USF seeks an intern for The Eliminate Project, a global partnership between UNICEF and the volunteer organization Kiwanis International to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) in the 31 countries around the world where it remains a threat. MNT is a tragic but easily preventable disease that kills one baby approximately every nine minutes. The intern will be involved with fundraising, education and advocacy efforts around this exciting partnership.

The internship will provide an opportunity to learn about:

  • UNICEF’s global health programs
  • Fundraising, including grassroots efforts as well as individual, corporate and foundation giving
  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
  • Development and coordination of educational workshops and materials
  • Planning of field visits for donors
  • Budget development

The work schedule is flexible, but the successful candidate should expect to commit at least 15 -20 hours per week for the internship. The preferred schedule is consecutive days with a minimum of four hours per day.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in cross-departmental team strategy meetings
  • Prepare materials and briefing books associated with meetings and conferences
  • Draft and edit materials related to the project, which may include PowerPoint presentations, blog posts, twitter messages, one-pagers, etc.
  • Draft e-mails, letters and other correspondence related to the project, including acknowledgment letters
  • Review and monitor media coverage of the Project
  • Coordinate USF-related roles at select Kiwanis Conventions occurring in the summer of 2013
  • Develop briefing books for site visit participants
  • Organize project materials
  • Perform other assignments as needed

Requirements:

  • Must be a current student enrolled in a College or University degree program
  • Experience using Microsoft PowerPoint and preparing presentations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must demonstrate USF Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service
  • Experience in marketing and knowledge of international development issues a plus

Time Frame: Summer 2013

Days per week: Flexible

This is an unpaid internship.

The U. S. Fund for UNICEF is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

How To Apply

Please apply online at http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH07/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=UNICEFUSA&cws=1&rid=331

Tom Hiddleston’s Guinea field diary: Back in London

– Copied from UNICEF UK Blog: http://blogs.unicef.org.uk/ Great blog for varying types of news from social sector.
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So that’s it.

I’m back in London. I am back in my home. Back amid the hustle and the bustle. Back amid the humdrum and the mayhem and the madness. Back to running water and the warmth of central heating. Back to a bed without a mosquito net. Back to food in the fridge and food in the cupboard and food around the corner in the supermarket.

I’ve seen things I have never seen before.

When I started writing this blog, I talked of life in Guinea as a “jigsaw puzzle, one where the pieces keep moving or changing shape, which in turn alters the picture. You might be looking at it from a different angle, or at a different time of day”. On my first night, Julien had suggested an idea of reality in Guinea as “open to interpretation”. In so many respects, that is true of all life. The view always changes with the viewer. That’s the law of relativity.

Here’s what’s not open to interpretation. Every year in the world more than two million children die of hunger. It shouldn’t be like this. Children in Guinea start life at a severe disadvantage. Those that are malnourished may survive in the end. If they are caught in time. If their mothers respond to symptoms early enough; if they make it to the centre de santé, which is often miles away; if they respond to the therapeutic peanut paste, and special therapeutic feeding milk. If their parents are able to grow crops and feed them with enough nutritious foods so they can keep healthy. If they win the fight against malaria. If they live near a good school. If they can get work. If their parents can protect them from exploitation by the military. If they are lucky. Previously malnourished children can make it. It sounds paradoxical to say it, but they are the lucky ones.

Malnourished children grow up at a disadvantage. They will be physically smaller, possibly with diminished intellectual capacity. Their brains and bodies won’t develop in the same way. Of course, there is always a chance that through hard work, education, training, and strength of will any individual can and will progress to great achievement. But these children start so far behind. The race of life – the race for life – is infinitely longer and infinitely harder. Every day there are challenges to their survival and development. Context is important. I’ve been privileged enough to have seen that context at first hand. They live in the middle of nowhere. There is no water. There is poor sanitation. There is a shortage of food. There is lack of education. Conditions are inconceivably hard: they are incredible, until you have seen them with your own eyes, until you have lived in their midst, even for the shortest while.

Before my visit to Guinea, I knew that global hunger and malnutrition was a problem. But the issue was only academic in my mind. When you’ve seen malnourished children with your own eyes and their disadvantaged start in life, a moral imperative compels you to act and becomes impossible to ignore.

In the west, we take our simplest privileges for granted. Many have said this before me; and many will say it after me. It’s still true. In the very poorest regions of West Africa you can forget about a nice shower or warm bath at the end of a long day. About flushing the loo, or even having a loo to flush. You can forget about turning on a tap. About dashing round to the shop to buy newspapers, a bar of chocolate and some washing powder. In Guinea, people walk 15 miles to the river to wash their clothes. Washing your clothes takes all morning. You don’t just ‘put a wash on’.

I am no saviour. I’m absolutely the last person on the planet who can practically help. I don’t know how to make the different types of therapeutic feeding milk. I’m no chemist. I’m no doctor. I’m no engineer. I can’t manufacture polio vaccines or organise their transportation to the health centres in Saramoussayah or Bissikirima. I can’t build schools, or design drainage systems. I can’t provide the women and children of Mandiana with water.

I’m just an actor. Interestingly, there’s no such thing as an ‘actor’ in Guinea. It simply doesn’t register as an occupation. I heard tell of the ‘griot’: the term used in West Africa to describe the storyteller, the poet, the bard. But at the schools I visited when I asked children what they wanted to be when they grew up the answers were “teacher”, “minister of education”, “plumber”, “electrician”, “carpenter”, “teacher”, “teacher” and “teacher”. Many even said they wanted to work for UNICEF.

The people who are really helping are those on the ground. They are heroic, and mostly if not entirely unsung. Julien Harneis, the resident representative of UNICEF in Guinea and our guide, is a man of extraordinary learning, experience, energy, curiosity and kindness. It’s his job to divide UNICEF’s financial and medical resources and to make sure those plans and policies get real results in the field. It’s his job to coordinate with the Guinean government and local authorities so that advances in both the humanitarian and developmental imperatives of the country rise in parallel. He is helped by Felix Ackebo, his deputy, by women like Michele Akan Badarou, his communications specialist, by Dr Pierre Andou, his nutrition specialist. It’s people like Idrissa Souaré, Chief of the East, and Mariame Kanka Labe Diallo, the directrice professionelle de santé of Saramoussayah, who made such a lasting impression on me. I’ll never forget her face as long as I live. These are the people who are doing the work, day in, day out. This work is not morose or maudlin. It is joyful.

Then there is Pauline Llorca and Louise O’Shea, indefatigable, inspirational and ceaselessly kind, and their team at UNICEF UK in London, who work so tirelessly and with such passion to promote, develop, and implement UNICEF’s policies and programmes all over the world. It is to them that I owe an eternal debt of gratitude. It is they who allowed me the privilege of visiting Guinea. They made it possible.

What I learned in Guinea is that we are all responsible for the state of our world. The world – and the system by which we trade, share, cooperate and conflict – is clearly not working. We are only as strong as our weakest members. UNICEF is run at every level by strong, relentlessly energetic, deeply capable people who use that strength, energy and capability to help those who need it most: the weakest, most disadvantaged women and children of our world. All I can do now is help make people aware of what is happening, of what they are doing. That is all that I can do. For now.

UNICEF: On the ground in Syria

An impressive work by SARC volunteers.

These have been really difficult times for everyone in Damascus. Thousands of people have had to leave their homes to seek refuge in safer areas, often in schools and mosques. By the weekend, at least 15 schools in Damascus and 18 more in outlying areas were full of displaced families. Read more…

via UNICEF: On the ground in Syria.

Start a BE UNICEF Club at your high school!

Start a BE UNICEF Club at your high school!

Have you ever dreamed of working for UN? Do you consider yourself to be the leader of social movements at your school? Are you the type of person who responds immediately to news related to assisting impoverished areas to help their economies or advancing progressive causes like social justice and capital redistribution?

If so, here is an ideal extracurricular activity for you—BE UNICEF

We all know that UNICEF is a United Nations Program that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. But did you know that UNICEF has piloted a project aiming at educating youth about global issues? It’s called the BE UNICEF—a youth-led initiative that partners with U.S Fund to advocate and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF’s lifesaving works.

This program is designed to be driven by students who are motivated to play a vital role in helping the world. As a BE UNICEF club leader, you can initiate concerts and other fundraisers, write letters to elected officials, be a part of UNICEF Tap Project campaigns and be in charge of anything that you think will help UNICEF.

So if you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions I have thrown above, here’s an easy guideline you can follow to join it.

  1. Download the BE UNICEF High School Club Prospective Club Toolkit, which will give you general instructions.
  2. Register your club online, https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/TRR/Events/General?fr_tm_opt=new&pg=tfind&fr_id=1260&JServSessionIdr004=xcg7pilxz2.app217b
  3. Get an official approval from your school administration or supporting civic group
  4. Find an advisor that will help you organize your club
  5. Recruit like-minded students who are willing to devote their time for supporting important causes.
  6. You are now ready to launch your own project!

 

 

Celebrities Volunteering and Giving Back – Nicole Kidman

Celebrities Volunteering and Giving Back–Nicole Kidman

“I find trying to solve problems and saving lives far more important than my film career.”

In 2002, Kidman first appeared on the Austrian rich list published in the Business Review Weekly with an estimated net worth of $122 million. After 9 years, her wealth was listed at $304 million, down from $329 million in 2010. Some of the secretly communist individuals may think, “wow, diamonds must really be her best friend” But not quite so. This Australian actress knows how to use her money. She supports a number of charities such as 21st century leaders, artists for peace and justice, breast cancer care, cinema for peace, FARA, global green plan, jeans for genes, red cross, kids wish network, musicians on call, UNIFEM, UNICEF, the McGrath foundation to name a few.

1. An ambassador and spokesperson of UNICEF

Since 1994, Nicole has been a UNICEF ambassador and spokesperson in Australia for the child welfare organization. She was first motivated to join this international organization when she witnessed the pictures of how the war had affected the children living in Rwanda. Ever since, she participated in several campaigns to raise public awareness about UNICEF’s programs. She donated $200,000 towards UNICEF Australia’s programs for children in the Australian outback and the Asia Pacific region, which was spent for kids in central Australia, East Timor, and Burma. Also, when she received some money as a gift from her friend, Paul Newman, she handed over the check to UNICEF Australia in person during her visit to Sidney over Christmas. “Deciding how to spend the money was incredibly difficult but I have chosen projects close to my heart and home—UNICEF projects that will help make a real difference in Australia and its neighboring countries,” said Nicole. Due to her active involvement, Nicole was honored as a “Citizen of the world” by the United Nations.

2. A goodwill ambassador for UNIFEM

After listening to a BBC radio report in 2005 about UNIFEM’s work in Cambodia to help rural women create economic alternatives, Nicole’s mother persuaded Nicole to work for UNIFEM, a branch of UN specializing in the welfare and rights of women and children. And in January 2006, she was announced as the new goodwill ambassador for UNIFEM. “She called me up and said, ‘you’ve got to hear this!” said Nicole. Soon after, Nicole was addressing international audiences at UN events, raising awareness through the media and testifying before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs to support the International Violence against Women Act. In 2006, she visited Kosovo to learn about women’s experiences of conflict and see UNIFEM’s effort. “I hope I can act as a conduit, that I can be the person who tells some of these stories,” said Nicole. Hoping this will be a lifelong commitment; she also visited Sudan, Congo, Liberia, Afghanistan and Cambodia.

3. Breast Cancer Awareness

In 1984, when Nicole was only a teenager, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nicole had to temporarily halt her education and help provide for the family by working as a massage therapist. Fortunately, she survived and ever since, breast cancer has been a cause very close to Nicole’s heart. She recognized the importance of bringing awareness to the illness. At the London premiere of the Interpreter, she proudly showed off a pink breast cancer awareness wristband, which was given to her by a fan. In September 2006, she unveiled a giant pink ribbon on the Stardome at Madame Tussauds in London for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She sated, “I am honored to mark the beginning of Breast Cancer awareness Month and I hope that this cancer research UK campaign will raise awareness of breast cancer amongst women of all ages and encourage them to report any unusual changes and go for screening if they are over 50.”

Celebrities Volunteering and Giving Back – Selena Gomez

Celebrities Volunteering and Giving Back – Selena Gomez

Sorry girls, Justin Bieber can’t really be your boyfriend. He belongs to one of the sickly sweet juvenile teenage celebrities, Selena Gomez. But not only is she dating every girl’s fantasy, she is already gaining worldwide recognition for her role in the Emmy Award winning show, “Wizards of Waverly Place” on the Disney Channel and has starred in numerous films. Yes, Selena Gomez has it all. However, despite the glamorous life that she can enjoy with her fame, this young lady is devoting her time and energy as an active philanthropist.

1. Being Active

Gomez has been participating in many campaigns and charity events throughout her career. Let me first list few activities that she had participated in the early time of her career.

In October 2008, she participated in St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital’s “Runaway For Life” benefit. She has been the ambassador of DoSomthing.org—an organization that launches several national campaigns to make real impact for a social change—after her experience with the charity Island Dog a project to help dogs in Puerto Rico. She is also a spokesperson for State Farm insurance, helping it raise awareness of being a safe driver. To some celebrities, this list will sound impressive already. But to Gomez, this was only a start.

2. UNICEF’s youngest Goodwill Ambassador

In August 2009, a 17-year-old Gomez became the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever, passing her fellow songstress Hayley Westenra, who was 18 when she was chosen. Her relationship with UNICEF was first established when she was named UNICEF’s spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. UNICEF acknowledged Gomez’s passion for philanthropy and soon enough, Gomez was on her first official field mission to Ghana.

Fresh off the stage of her benefit concert for UNICEF, which raised $200,000, she was taking her efforts for the organization one step further. She traveled to Ghana on September 4, 2009 for a week to witness first-hand the stark conditions of vulnerable children that lack vital necessities including clean water, nourishment, education and healthcare. When she came back, she explained during an interview, “That is why I feel very honored to have a voice that kids listen to and take into consideration. I had people on my tour asking me where Ghana is, and they googled it. Because I went there, kids listen to my words and take into consideration. It’s pretty incredible” Continuing her work for the UNICEF, Gomez raised over $700,000 at her second Trick-or-Treat campaign. She also participated in celebrity auction and hosted a live webs cast series on Facebook for this event.

In February 2011, Gomez traveled to Chile to witness and meet with the families of UNICEF’s supported program, “Programa Puente” which helps families better understand and develop skills to deal effectively with early children education, development and other issues related to raising children. After her trip, she said, “UNICEF is helping Chilean families get out of poverty, prevent violence within the home and promote education. To witness first hand these families’ struggles and also their hope and perseverance, was truly inspiring”

Her second trip took pace fresh off the sage of her benefit concert for UNICEF, which raised about $200,000. For the ENOUGH Project, an effort to end genocide and crimes against humanity in Sudan, Chad, Congo, northern Uganda, and Somalia, Gomez was a huge asset. She witnessed firsthand the difficulties that Colgolese citizens were struggling due to the war, poverty and conflict minerals. She also made a PSA with Kermit the Frog to raise awareness of endangered amphibians, half of which will extinct soon if something doesn’t happen.

3. What more?

Gomez recently joined other celebrities in strutting her stuff down the runway in Beverly Hills in aid of Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where over $1 million dollars was raised for the cause. She is also taking a part in launching the second close circuit media centre, “The Voice” in the children’s hospital of Philadelphia on behalf f the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.In April 2012, Gomez was named ambassador to the Ryan Seacreast Foundation.

It seems like lady Selena Gomez has more than enough to be Justin Bieber’s girlfriend. She is fast becoming an international role model for kids everywhere.