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Internship Opportunity: Communications for the Wellbeing of Children

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Communications Internship

Arigatou International Geneva

Background

Arigatou International is an international NGO committed to building a better world for children. An initiator and sustainer of partnership-based initiatives to secure child rights and foster children's well-being, Arigatou International seeks to maximize the potential of interfaith cooperation, and always strives to empower and involve children and youth.

Holding special consultative status with ECOSOC and consultative status with UNICEF, Arigatou International liaises and works jointly with UN agencies and other NGOs to foster cooperation within a rights-based approach to the profound issues faced by children and youth today.

At the Special Session on Children of the United Nations General Assembly in May 2002, Arigatou International proposed the establishment of the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children as a unique contribution of people of faith to the wellbeing of children and to contribute to the full implementation of the CRC. With the help of the experts on the Council and the cooperation of UNESCO and UNICEF, in 2008 Arigatou International published Learning to Live Together: An Intercultural and Interfaith Programme for Ethics Education.

The Arigatou International office in Geneva, Switzerland manages the Ethics Education initiative through its enhancement, further development and partnerships. It also serves as liaison office with UN agencies and child-rights-focused NGOs.

Arigatou International Geneva is opening the position of Communications Intern. Under the supervision and guidance of the Director and the Communications Program Officer, the intern will be involved in the preparations of the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children that will take place from 16 – 20 November 2020; and will provide support to the development of communication materials on education and children’s rights.  The Global Week of Faith in Action for Childrenis organized in theframework of the Faith In Action for Childrenthe global campaign launched by Arigatou International in March 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.The campaign is mobilizing and supporting religious leaders and communities, parents, caregivers and educators to protect and empower children, and strengthen their resilience, ensuring their physical, socio-emotional and spiritual well-being.  

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and upload news on the Ethics Education Website and Arigatou International websites;
  • Support the social media engagement of Arigatou International;
  • Support the coordination of the communications strategy for the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children together with the Communication Program Officers of the different Arigatou International initiatives;
  • Prepare posters, flyers, infographics, short videos and fact sheets;
  • Participate in meetings, webinars, write minutes and prepare materials. 

Requirements:

  • Studies in a relevant field (preferably Communications and Journalism with special emphasis and interest in education, peace and conflict transformation, development studies, child rights, political science, or any other relevant field);
  • Excellent written, editing and verbal communications skills and experience and the ability to adapt styles to meet the needs of online audiences;
  • Interest and experience in child rights advocacy and communications;
  • Experience developing digital materials and communication resource
  • Excellent computer and digital skills: MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, InDesign and Publisher, and any other graphic design tools; animation and video software, marketing tools, email campaign generation tools;
  • Quick to become familiar with new Software and online tools.
  • Excellent command of English, both spoken and written; Good working knowledge of Spanish, is preferable.
  • Experience organizing events;
  • Strong attention to detail in all tasks;
  • Excellent organizational skills: the ability to track and follow-up on various efforts;
  • Good interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity: the ability to work in a multicultural environment and successfully interact with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work under pressure and short timelines; the ability to follow direction and effectively learn and work in a multicultural environment as well as self-motivate.

What the Intern will gain from this Internship:

  • Knowledge of new trends on child rights, ethics education, intercultural and interfaith learning, education and peacebuilding and experience applying academic knowledge to practical tools;
  • Exposure to the leading work of Arigatou International, to experts in the field and to a range of partner organizations supporting our work;
  • Involvement in the development of leading materials on issues related to children, children’s rights and empowerment
  • Be involved in the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children that will bring together children and young people from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, religious leaders, representatives from civil society and faith-inspired organizations, multilateral agencies and governments, to discuss, reflect, and take action to strengthen children’s rights during and after COVID-19.     

Reports to: Executive Director, Arigatou International, Geneva

Duration: Preference will be given to individuals that can commit to a full time (100%) internship for a minimum period of three months. The selected candidate will start by October 2020.

Location: Arigatou International, Geneva, Switzerland. Applicants should have a valid Swiss residence permit.

Applications including CV and motivation letter should be submitted to genevavacancies@arigatouinternational.org by 2 October 2020.

This Internship is not a paid position although a stipend is provided to the intern.

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Program Officer

Ethics Education Initiative
Arigatou International Geneva

Background

Arigatou International is an international NGO committed to building a better world for children. An initiator and sustainer of partnership-based initiatives to secure child rights and foster children's well-being, Arigatou International seeks to maximize the potential of interfaith cooperation, and always strives to empower and involve children and youth.

Holding special consultative status with ECOSOC and consultative status with UNICEF, Arigatou International liaises and works jointly with UN agencies and other NGOs to foster cooperation within a rights-based approach to the profound issues faced by children and youth today.

The Arigatou International office in Geneva, Switzerland manages the Ethics Education initiative that works towards advancing ethics education for children, with an innovative approach to interfaith and intercultural learning, placing children at the heart of all that we do. It also serves as liaison office with UN agencies and child-rights-focused NGOs.

The Ethics Education Initiative functions as a Knowledge and Action Hub working together with a variety of partners in more than 30 countries with several programs that address the holistic development of children and youth. Some of the programs the office is engaged with include the convening of an International Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence with more than 25 international partners; the dissemination, adaptation and training on its flagship program: Learning to Live Together with children ages 6 to 18 years old; the collaborative work with partners in the promotion of ethics education for peace and resilience building; as well as advocacy programs in Geneva working collaboratively with permanent missions, child-rights based organizations and multilateral agencies.

Arigatou International is the co-convener of the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect and is a member of several networks and collaborative platforms.

Arigatou International Geneva is opening the position of Program Officer to support external relations, programming and advocacy efforts related to ethics education for children and children’s rights. Under the supervision and guidance of the Director, the Programme officer will be in charge of supporting external relations, strengthening our advocacy efforts and coordinating programs with partners.

 

Responsibilities:

External Relations
• Manage and coordinate collaborations with partners including program design, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
• Liaise with and support the Director to build international strategic partnerships
• Develop concept notes, prepare grant applications, and presentations for meetings
• Conduct a comprehensive analysis of potential partners and donors to support the mobilization of resources for specific projects and programmatic areas
• Attend meetings with partners, when appropriate and required
• Collaborate with Arigatou International Resource Mobilization and External Relations Coordinator

Advocacy
• Design an advocacy strategy in consultation with other colleagues and partners to advance ethics education for children with different stakeholders at the global, regional and local levels
• Develop advocacy materials including talking points, briefing notes, position papers and advocacy reports
• Identify advocacy opportunities and organize advocacy events and campaigns with relevant stakeholders
• Represent Arigatou International in child rights advocacy meetings in Geneva

Program Development
• Support the coordination of the International Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence, this includes liaising with members and partners, organizing meetings, writing and preparing proposals; supporting consultants and facilitating discussions among members
• Work in close in close collaboration with programmatic staff members in the design of projects and strategic engagement with programmatic partners
• Provide technical inputs to projects and engagement with partners
• Work closely with the training division colleagues and other Arigatou International initiatives on opportunities for integrated proposals on specific thematic.

Eligibility Requirements
• Master degree in a field relevant to education , international development, peacebuilding or social sciences;
• Demonstrated knowledge of and at least three years of working experience with one or more of the following concepts and issues: intercultural and interfaith education, ethics, child rights, social development and peace education;
• Excellent experience in project management and coordination of projects with a variety of partners;
• Proven successful track record in resource mobilization;
• Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills;
• Excellent professional proficiency of at least one of the following languages: French, Spanish, Arabic is preferred;
• Experience coordinating platforms and joint projects;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Strong analytical skills;
• Strong attention to detail in all tasks;
• Excellent organizational skills: the ability to track and follow-up on various efforts;
• Good interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity: the ability to work in a multicultural environment and successfully interact with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds;
• Flexible work attitude: the ability to work under pressure and short timelines; the ability to follow direction, work independently and effectively learn and work in a multicultural environment as well as self-motivate;
• Desire to work with religious communities and interfaith programs. 

Reports to: Maria Lucia Uribe, Director Arigatou International, Geneva

Timeframe: This is a full time position, initially for one year with the possibility to extend. The selected candidate will start in September 2020. International travel will be required.

Location: Arigatou International, Geneva, Switzerland. Applicants should have a valid Swiss residence permit.

Applications including CV, three references and motivation letter should be submitted to genevavacancies@arigatouinternational.org by 15 August 2020.  

 

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