Panama City, Panama
I was based in UNICEF’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama (one of seven regional offices globally) and worked to advance UNICEF’s mission through strategic partnership building and the promotion of social responsibility within the private sector. My time was divided between two broad projects. I developed and tested an online survey tool to measure the extent to which UNICEF’s private sector partners accounted for children’s rights and health issues in developing their social responsibility agendas. I also developed a proposal for a strategic partnership between UNICEF and the Inter-American Development Bank, outlining how the distinct assets of each organization could be more efficiently harnessed to achieve their shared goals for child development in the region. This experience gave me insights into the extensive resources and capabilities of the world’s largest child-oriented development organization. It also provided me with a clearer sense of both the opportunities and constraints facing an employee of a large intergovernmental organization, and a clearer sense of the professional opportunities available to a Yale School of Public Health graduate.