Global Citizenship Fellowship – U.S. Fund for UNICEF

“Global Citizenship Fellowship – Community Engagement Fellow, Atlanta

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 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: Community Engagement Fellows work with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF 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, 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.

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

Core Objectives and Key Responsibilities for Community Engagement Fellows

Building on the work of the previous class, Fellows will:

  • 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, the UNICEF Kid Power, mobilization when emergencies occur, and other initiatives
  • Catalyze school partnerships by inspiring educators to teach students about global issues and providing a platform for children to learn about their peers worldwide.
  • Recruit local volunteers, teachers, afterschool 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
  • Find creative ways to engage targeted audiences
  • Work with the regional team on special events and volunteer recruitment and training

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, creating and implementing workshops, 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 fellow will be a resourceful and energetic self-starter with the ability to manage multiple priorities and work autonomously
  • 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
  • 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

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, or related fields
  • Extensive knowledge of the community for which the candidate is applying
  • 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
  • Event planning experience preferred
  • 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)
  • 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

  • Please apply online at –
  • 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 in the city you aspire to serve as the Community Engagement Fellow?
    • 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.”

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