UNICEF and Duke University have come together to create an Innovation Accelerator to identify, assess, develop, and scale sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world today. Through this partnership, UNICEF and Duke will help social enterprises acquire knowledge, tools and networks to achieve maximum impact for children and youth with their social innovations, focusing on scale and sustainability.  For our first cohort, we will work closely with a select group of social enterprises working in Eastern and Southern Africa in partnership with UNICEF country offices that seek to scale the impact of their innovations around Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH).  The Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator is a unique collaboration, providing you with an exciting opportunity to partner with UNICEF and Duke to be a champion for children. This project will catalyze change for greater impact through solutions that enable earlier, faster, and more effective response for children, particularly in emergencies.

While providing direct support for the innovations selected, the Accelerator will increase the engagement of faculty and students in meaningful opportunities for innovation, learning, civic engagement, and knowledge development in the area of innovations for disadvantaged children, encouraging a new generation of leaders and scholars to engage in global efforts of social change.

If you have a strong interest in global health, international development, women’s health, and/or social entrepreneurship, we would like to invite you to consider joining the Duke UNICEF Accelerator Student Advisory Council.

By serving on the committee, you will work alongside administrators and faculty to help shape the vision and direction of Duke UNICEF’s student engagement strategy, which involves aspects of academic education, experiential learning, research, and knowledge sharing.

Being part of the Duke-UNICEF SAC is also an opportunity to network with peers, faculty, and leaders in the private/public sector who are working at the intersection of these fields. The Duke-UNICEF SAC will meet monthly, and members will work on various initiatives throughout the school year to achieve student engagement goals.

The time expectations for committee members will include monthly meetings of one to two hours plus around 5 hours of work per month on planning and execution of Duke-UNICEF initiatives. All committee members must be in good academic standing.

If you are interested in joining this year’s committee, please send a statement of interest to Katherine.black@duke.edu with subject line “Duke-UNICEF SAC”. Your statement of interest should be 1-2 paragraphs detailing your background, experience, year/areas of study, and why you believe you would be a good fit for the Duke-UNICEF SAC. We also welcome attaching a resume.

Thanks, and we look forward to working with you on this exciting new partnership!