I believe that we are all able to leave positive marks in the lives of young children. Therefore, the following organizations appealed to me as they are advocating for the rights of children around the globe:
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- Save the Children
UNICEF is a global organization that has spent 70 years defending the rights of children to improve their lives, as well as the lives of their families. They are currently working in 190 countries and believe that every child has the “right to survive, thrive, and fulfill their potential” and in so doing would create a better world (UNICEF, n.d.). Together with their partners, UNICEF programs focus on the most disadvantaged children including those in extreme poverty, those with disabilities, those in fragile environments, and the right for girls to be educated (UNICEF, n.d.). A current role that interests me is that of individual international consultant on early childhood development based in Ha Noi, Vietnam. This person would provide proficiency in drafting the National Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) document, facilitate consultation meetings and workshops between different levels of stakeholders, as well as support the finalization of the IECD policy document (UNICEF, n.d.). This person would need to have an advanced university degree specific to health, nutrition, or early childhood development, as well as 10 years experience in a managerial role of ECD related programs. Furthermore, he or she needs to have adequate knowledge of UNICEF’s child development initiatives and excellent computer skills such as MS Word, Devinfo, or MICS (UNICEF, n.d).
UNESCO coordinates international cooperation in education, science, culture, and communication. In addition, it encourages collaboration between different nations and societies in order to ensure that children have access to quality education, that they may grow and live in an environment that is diverse in culture and language, that they can benefit from scientific progress, and that they have freedom of expression, human development, and dignity (UNESCO, 2017). This organization has opportunities for international professional staff where the person will be hired internationally and work in managerial roles across the globe in different areas such as education aiming to improve the worldwide education of children leading to social and economic development (UNESCO, 2017). For this role, the person needs to have an advanced university degree in education, cultures, science, social and human sciences, communication, business administration, or a related field. Furthermore, fluency in English or French is essential. Prior experience in the organization is also needed and the incumbent would have to possess integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity, as well as commitment to the organization’s mission (UNESCO, 2017).
Save the Children is an organization who believes that all children deserve a future and are committed to carry out programs in a way that keeps children safe and protects them from harm. In addition, they aim to put children first and ensure their well-being and safety (Save the Children, 2017). I am interested in the role of senior education advisor in Sierra Leone. This role entails being responsible for the implementation of the education program in this country and maintaining it in the four operational districts. In addition, the program needs to enforce Save the Children’s global and national strategies, as well as the government’s policies and strategies (Save the Children, 2017). The incumbent needs to have a Bachelors degree in social work, human rights law, international relations, development studies or an equivalent field. Experience in education in emergency or general education is essential. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills are needed to ensure collaboration with different stakeholders, as well as the community can take place. As this is a conflict area, previous safety training for working in conflict settings would be an advantage, as well as living and working in countries with similar contexts to Sierra Leone (Save the Children, 2017).
Save the Children. (2017). Retrieved June 15, 2017 from http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.8D6E/Official_Site.htm
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2017, from http://www.unicef.org/
United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (2017). Retrieved June 15, 2017 from http://en.unesco.org/