Manager, Child-Friendly Cities Initiative
Company: UNICEF USA
Posted on: February 25, 2021
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
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,
every year and--marshals its--supporters to advocate
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
- 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
- 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
- Coordinate with Marketing and Communications colleagues to
integrate CFCI content and highlights into the organization's
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint and
- 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.
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