13 December 2021

UNICEF establishes its new Culture and Diversity team

Children playing A new Culture and Diversity team is being established in the Office of the Executive Director, in UNICEF's headquarters in New York. The new team will oversee, monitor, coordinate, and support the implementation of all of UNICEF’s efforts to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization - both in its programming,…, For every child, inclusion, UNICEF is at an important turning point, with the adoption of the recommendations from its internal Task Team on Anti-Racism and Discrimination and its new  Strategic Plan 2022-25 . Both of these milestones position UNICEF to be a greater champion of anti-racism and non-discrimination in all its forms, whether based on age, gender, race, ethnicity…, Video: Watch Geeta Narayan as she describes the new team, UNICEF Division of Human Resources Geeta Narayan is UNICEF's Principal Adviser on Organizational Culture and is leading the initiative. In this video, she introduces the new Culture and Diversity team and the roles comprising it. Professionals from around the world were invited to bring their expertise in the field of diversity and inclusion,…, The roles in the new Culture and Diversity team, We are transforming UNICEF and the lives of children and young people.   Applications close on 20 January 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor, P5 Senior Adviser - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, P5 Project Manager Disability Inclusion, P4 Project Manager Disability Inclusion, P4 Social and Behavioral Change Specialist, P4 Social and…
22 February 2021

An unusual internship

When thinking about the typical UNICEF or UN intern, the term “best and brightest” immediately comes to mind... But what about those young people whose talents, passions and potential lay hidden and undiscovered merely because of the circumstances to which they were born? Drawing Caitlyn Pritchard “What if I was able to bring on some of them as…, The "best and the brightest" vs the "hidden potential", When thinking about the typical UNICEF or UN intern, the term “best and brightest” immediately comes to mind. It is a competitive process and the young people that typically secure these internships are accomplished, passionate, and come from some of the most prestigious schools around the world. It is wonderful that we are able to attract such…, Collaboration with two local organizations to bring the internship pilot to life, Callie’s introduction to working with the young women at Riker’s Island was facilitated by another passionate young woman named Gigi Blanchard who runs a local organization called  The Kite . Gigi herself had spent several years incarcerated as a teenager and when she emerged, she founded  The Kite , whose mission is to provide creative writing…, Piloting the internship in a COVID-19/virtual world, We knew from the start that this internship would not follow a traditional path of tasking our interns with following intergovernmental negotiations or writing briefing notes, but of course it was made even more complex by the onset of COVID-19 pandemic and not being able to meet with the interns in person. Therefore, the challenge for us was how…, Fall 2020 Project – The negative impacts of social media on the mental health of young people, We spent the next two internship sessions (we meet virtually once a week on Thursday afternoons) discussing the results and recurrent themes that emerged from the survey. The idea was to spark a discussion on the most pressing issues young people are facing and how these issues relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the work of…, The Presentation, 17 December was a proud moment for me, the coordinators from  CCA  and  the Kite  and, of course, the students. When we had first met, some of the students were incredibly shy and barely spoke on our calls – and now, 14 weeks later, they were presenting to UNICEF experts across the organization.  I was blown away not only by their amazing and…, Next steps, In early 2021, the internship coordination team (UNICEF/the Kite/CCA) will meet to discuss next steps. I hope to personally continue the programme in my own small team - but I also believe that should only be the beginning. My hope is that this experience will inspire others to think creatively about how we can reach vulnerable young people - not…