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Manager, Child-Friendly Cities Initiative

Company: UNICEF USA
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

Manager, Child-Friendly Cities Initiative Location: Minneapolis, NY, Houston, San Francisco, New York Employment Type: Regular Full-Time Description Organization Overview -- UNICEF works in some of the world's toughest places, to reach the world's most disadvantaged children.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The past two decades have seen important progress on child rights, yet while much has been achieved, sharp disparities remain. In most countries, inequality is higher today than a generation ago, including in middle income countries where most of the world's poor children now live. The rapid pace of urbanization and the growing youth bulge in Africa and parts of Asia will require significant expansion of the provision of essential services for children. These challenges are compounded by the scale and complexity of crises triggered by conflict, natural disasters or epidemics. The global community faces these challenges when the political and economic environments pose challenges of their own, testing the world's commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. In this environment, strong and consistent leadership of UNICEF is critical to enable the achievement of results for children. UNICEF USA (UUSA)--is a private, independent, U.S. nonprofit that rallies the American public to support the world's most vulnerable children through the unmatched reach of UNICEF. Headquartered in New--York--City, UUSA has some--300 employees--distributed across--nine--regional--offices in the--U.S.--To fuel UNICEF's life-saving work across the globe, UUSA--raises--nearly--$600--million--dollars--from--private--sources every year and--marshals its--supporters to advocate for--over--$800--million in--annual--US--government--support.--UUSA--has--built abroad - based--movement to advocate for the well-being and protection of children globally. For more information, visit-- www.unicefusa.org . Manager, Child-Friendly Cities Initiative-- UNICEF's Child-Friendly Cities Initiative brings UNICEF USA together with local government and other local stakeholders to put children's rights at the heart of local decision making and governance.-- Reporting to the Director of Advocacy & Engagement, the Manager, Child Friendly Cities Initiative works to manage and support the roll out and refinement of the UNICEF USA Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) in the United States, supporting communities that are committed to improving the lives of children within their jurisdiction by realizing their rights as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.-- Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):

  • Support the Director in executing the rollout of UNICEF's global Child-Friendly Cities Initiative in the U.S. to ensure consistency across pilot cities, adherence to global UNICEF guidelines, and to refine UUSA's CFCI program in consultation with pilot cities into a high-impact scalable initiative.
  • Coordinate with UUSA's CFCI Senior Consultant and other relevant U.S. Programs focal points to provide technical guidance to CFCI pilot cities and to field interest from a pipeline of prospective CFCI cities.
  • Manage the social media presence of UUSA's national CFCI Learning Community, a network of child rights champions coast to coast convened by UNICEF USA, providing regular resources, answering questions, and working to foster a sense of community.--
  • Draft monthly email communications to the cohort of CFCI pilot cities and intermittent emails to the National CFCI Learning Community to share updates, resources and learning opportunities.--
  • Organize monthly digital meetings with the CFCI pilot and pipeline cities and quarterly webinars for the national CFCI Learning Community to support collaborative learning.
  • Provide technical guidance to Community Engagement Associates and regional colleagues in their efforts to engage UUSA volunteers in CFCI activities and calls to action.
  • Manage CFCI stakeholder data in the organization's Blackbaud CRM (BBCRM) database, including pilot city progress indicators and milestones, interactions with government officials, and attendance at key meetings and events.
  • Work with National and Regional staff to provide quantitative and qualitative reports on CFCI pilot city progress on a quarterly basis.
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Communications colleagues to integrate CFCI content and highlights into the organization's public communications.
  • Help manage a portfolio of national impact partners in key markets across the country, each working to deliver on the realization of child rights at the local level.--
  • Coordinate efforts with the Community Engagement team to develop and disseminate CFCI and child rights education training, resources, and calls-to-action to be used both internally and externally with CFCI stakeholders and UNICEF USA supporters.
  • Serve as a champion of child safeguarding in CFCI and with counterparts across the organization.
  • Support coordination of a CFCI evaluation advisory team of subject-matter experts.--
  • Other duties as assigned.-- Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years' experience in managing the implementation and evaluation of social change, community development and/or organizational development programs or policies within either local government, the public sector, or the non-profit sector.--
    • Strong understanding of civic engagement, public policy and advocacy, and youth participation - particularly at the municipal level. Passion for the issues of child rights, social justice, community development, urban planning, and global citizenship.
    • Understanding and interest in monitoring and evaluation results based management and participatory action research a plus.
    • Demonstrated experience working in the human rights or child rights space is strongly preferred.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, (including children and young people, local politicians, front line practitioners and community workers) influencing changes in culture and practice and providing tailored support and credible guidance.
    • Strong communication skills - written and oral. Must be able to communicate effectively with a broad array of stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, adults, youth, partner organizations, UNICEF HQ staff, senior leaders, and community and government stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering high-quality training, including workshops and group facilitation. Must be able to distill and present information effectively to different audiences and learners with varying levels of familiarity about child rights issues and UNICEF's global work.--
    • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to consistently meet deadlines, track multiple concurrent projects and issues and communicate with project stakeholders through standardized operating procedures.
    • Exceptional problem solving, communication and presentation skills, and ability to embrace creative thinking while being comfortable operating within a large, complex globally-oriented organization.
    • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.
    • Proficiency in using Zoom (or experience in other digital meeting software) on a daily basis.
    • Familiarity with utilizing social media and/or digital platforms for community building.
    • Experience with Salesforce and/or Blackbaud CRM, or the ability to learn these platforms based on prior experience with other CRM tools is preferred.
    • Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship. Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. UNICEF USA--is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: UNICEF USA, Minneapolis , Manager, Child-Friendly Cities Initiative, Executive , Minneapolis, Minnesota

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