KM on a dollar a day

Musing on knowledge management, aid and development with limited resources

(Bleg) Do you want to help us promote online communities, for free?

with 5 comments

One of the challenges of not having any budget to promote knowledge management work is that we can’t afford to hire technical support when we need it!

That said, we have a great team working on promoting and supporting the use of communities of practice to support knowledge sharing in UNICEF.  But in-house demand has been so great we need a bit of extra support. So if you are a good writer, have some spare time and would like to help us then leave a comment here and I’ll follow up with you by e-mail.

Here’s the scoop:

The UNICEF Knowledge Management team is looking for an energetic volunteer/intern copywriter for
developing a communities engagement guide, business cases, internal communications and
promotion materials. To strengthen knowledge exchange, mutual support and solutions in real-time,
UNICEF manages web-based ‘Communities of Practice’ (CoP) on key themes. So far, more than 20
CoPs involving over 2400 staff are active in UNICEF. Some of these include membership from other
UN and multi-lateral organizations, research institutions and key stakeholders. Knowledge and
experience of writing for the web is necessary for this position.

Core qualifications include:

~ Proven copywriting experience
~ Web copywriting experience
~ Knowledgeable with online social media platforms
~ Creative thinker and problem-solver able to generate fresh ideas
~ Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills

If you’re interested, please share your resume, cover letter and unedited writing sample as soon as


Please let me know if you are interested (leave a comment – I’ll keep it as draft to maintain your privacy and follow up with you by e-mail). Here’s the advert on Scribd.


Written by Ian Thorpe

February 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

Posted in Uncategorized

5 Responses

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  1. This is a shame! UNICEF should shape up and:
    – or address their internal budgeting
    – or stop claiming they practice knowledge management
    – or just pay people that work for them
    This is indeed KM for NO dollar a day.
    Cheers, Jaap

    W.J. Pels

    February 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    • Hi Jaap – Could I give you the e-mail addresses of my bosses? 😉

      Seriously though, we do have very little budget, but those of us who work on KM feel very passionately about it, and its potential for the organization, and are doing what we can to make KM happen in UNICEF with whatever means we have. Maybe we need to be better at selling the value of what we do in-house – part of why I’m asking for help.


      Ian Thorpe

      February 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      • Hi Ian,
        I will be happy to communicate with bosses on KM on NO dollar a day. All these bosses claim in high level meetings (knowledge sharing) development is a knowledge industry and now they have a chance to put their money where their mouth is and they want to be bailed out by volunteers.
        So, however I have sympathy for all UNICEF KM-ers and their relentless efforts, I think UNICEF should pay the price for its value.
        Best, Jaap

        W.J. Pels

        February 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Ian Thorpe, Linda Raftree. Linda Raftree said: Volunteer job at UNICEF (telecommute OK!) RT @ithorpe: Want to help us promote online communities, for free? […]

  3. Ha, I love the response. While I’m all for volunteering and do so myself, asking for a resume for a volunteer position leads me to believe that this is really just looking for free labor.

    I imagine the discussion, “I know, lets crowd source! We’ll move our operations to the cloud! ” and save money by not having to hire anyone to do it.


    February 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

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