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March 2012 – Present:  Development communications and advocacy consultant

Associate with Rain Barrel Communications (www.rainbarrelcommunications.com). Specialist in development analysis, advocacy and communications; recent consultancies with UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP, Government of Suriname, and in Ghana.


February 2009-February 2012: Chief Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships, UNICEF Tanzania

Led the UNICEF team responsible for advocacy, external relations and communication for development across the UNICEF Tanzania country programme; facilitated development of a national advocacy strategy for child rights. Led development of the UN Tanzania advocacy strategy for gender and human rights.


November 2004 to January 2009:  Chief, Communication, Partnerships and Participation, UNICEF Kenya

Led the Communication, Partnerships and Participation team for UNICEF Kenya including social policy advocacy, behaviour change communication, private sector partnerships, mass media and donor reporting; guided the Child Alive and Look Out For Leaders campaigns; led the team that successfully advocated for children’s participation in school governance in Kenya.


October 2003 to October 2004: Communication Officer/Donor Relations, UNICEF Iraq

II managed communications and donor relations for UNICEF Iraq during the highly challenging post-invasion period.


December 2001 to September 2003: Communication Officer, UNICEF New York,

Coordinated the Advocacy and Communication Task Force of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)


1996-2001: Social Development and Communication Consultant; New York

Assignments with UNICEF included: case-studies of programmes reaching some of the most excluded and disadvantaged children in the world; researched and wrote Out of War: True Stories from the Front Lines of the Children’s Movement for Peace in Colombia (Scholastic Press, September 2001) Researched and wrote Pachamama's Children, examining poverty and the rights of children and women among rural populations of five Andean nations.


1989 to 1996: Social Development Consultant; Caribbean

Researched and wrote From Girls to Women (UNICEF Belize 1996) a life-cycle analysis of female health in Belize. Researched and wrote Girls and Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (TACRO, 1995) (2 vols.); Researched/wrote Fragile Environment… Vulnerable Children (UNICEF 996), on child rights and sustainable development in the Amazon. My first novel, Natural Enemies (Turner 1993), won a Turner Tomorrow Award.


1982-1989: Social Development Consultant; Nepal

I led the team that produced the situation analysis Children and Women of Nepal (UNICEF 1988); edited reports on girl’s education, water supply and sanitation, appropriate technology; edited a monthly magazine for the UN Women’s Organization. Provided the narration for 6 UNICEF film productions.


1978-1980: Public relations consultant; Nairobi

Managed public relations for the IUCN Elephant Survey Conservation Programme (78-80) and the Breastfeeding Information Group (80-82)

Adolescents and Young People in Ghana (UNICEF 2014)

Adolescence in Tanzania - A situation analysis UNICEF Tanzania 2011

Out of War: True Stories from the Front Lines of the Children’s Movement for Peace in Colombia (Scholastic Press, 2001) Published in Spanish as Constructores de Paz” (Editorial Norma, Bogotá, 2001). Published in French as La Paix pour les Enfants (Castor Poche, Flammarion, 2002)

Case Studies on Reaching the Unreached, in Papua New Guinea, Sudan, India and Bangladesh. Child Rights Advocacy Magazine (UNICEF, 2001/02)

(Ed) Situation analysis of children and women in Jamaica, UNICEF Jamaica 2001

“Reclaimed Territory: Civil Society against the Colombian War,” Development 43:3 September 2000 (Society for International Development)

“Children as Leaders: Lessons from Colombia’s Children’s Movement for Peace” in Peter Senge et.al. Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents and Everyone Who Cares About Education (Doubleday 2000)

“Creating a Community” in Peter Senge et.al. Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents and Everyone Who Cares About Education (Doubleday 2000)

(ed) Programming for Safe Motherhood (UNICEF HQ 2000)

“The Role of Children as Peace Makers in Colombia”, Development 43:1, March 2000 (Society for International Development)

Pachamama’s Children: Progress Against Poverty in the Andean Region (UNICEF/TACRO, 1997) Report and Fund Raising Brochure. Spanish edition 1998.

Fragile Environment...Vulnerable Children: Child Rights and Primary Environmental Care in the Amazon. (UNICEF/TACRO 1996) Report and fund raising brochure. Reprinted 1997. Portuguese edition 1998.

Garment Workers and Urban Child Care in Bangladesh (Save the Children (USA) 1998)

From Girls to Women, Growing Up Healthy in Belize (UNICEF/Belize, 1997)

Girls and Women in Latin America and the Caribbean 2 Vols (UNICEF/TACRO, 1995)

Children and Women of Nepal: A situation analysis (UNICEF Nepal, 1987)

Mail: sarajcameron@yahoo.com

Work

Selected publications

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