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Volunteer Assignment: Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

UNICEF, the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children, seeks communication professionals who can volunteer to support vaccine-preventable disease activities through five month assignments in priority countries from July through November 2012.


The STOP program is part of the Global Immunization Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia. CDC, along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, sends volunteers through the STOP program to support countries towards the eradication of polio, reducing measles mortality and morbidity, and supporting routine immunization programs.

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STOP teams require highly qualified communication professionals selected from a global pool of applicants. Candidates for STOP assignments should have relevant professional experience, preferably in the field of communication and/or social data analysis.

Relevant experience is defined as having worked (school work/internships not included) in one or more of the following areas: public health campaigns or immunization outreach, social marketing, mass media, program communication, development or social welfare projects, social research, monitoring or evaluation. Command of English is required.

Fluency in French or Portuguese is very desirable.

Other Requirements:

It is also important to be a self-starter who can work in the context of limited supervision, to be very flexible, and to work well with people of different cultures and under difficult conditions. It cannot be overemphasized that each candidate must work exceptionally well as a part of an interdisciplinary and multi-national team. Also, many of the country assignments present living conditions that are especially challenging such as lack of electricity, inconsistent water supply, poor communications systems and demanding travel. These conditions should be considered as part of the assignment prior to submitting applications.

If you have got experience of working in a similar capacity and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, send a CV (English) and cover letter to  lsywong@unicef.org , with “Communication STOP” in the subject heading by 29 February 2012. 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.




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