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13 days ago

Administrative Assistant, Executive Office

United Nations Foundation Washington, DC

Cover all incoming calls to the President / CEO and the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO when the Executive Assistant is unavailable… Percipio Media

8 days ago

Program Manager: Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action MAMA Nigeria

United Nations Foundation Abuja

About MAMA: Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action is a public private partnership between USAID, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation and… United Nations Foundation

14 days ago

Senior Communications Officer, Global Health

United Nations Foundation Washington, DC

The Senior Communications Officer, Global Health is responsible for strategic communications planning and implementation for the United Nations… Idealist.org

12 days ago

Coordinator, Women, Girls and Population Team

United Nations Foundation Washington, DC

. These efforts also contribute to the compilation and communication within the UNF staff of better practices and lessons learned in effective… United Nations Foundation

2 days ago

Energy and Climate Intern (Spring Session) - – new

United Nations Foundation District of Columbia, America North

Energy and Climate Intern (Spring Session… EnvironmentJobs.com

8 days ago

Program Manager: Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action MAMA

United Nations Foundation Abuja Nigeria

MAMA Global is hiring a Program Manager to provide operational and project management support for its activities in coordinating the strategy to… Idealist.org

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    UN Foundation has some really great people on staff and some of them do great work. The UN Foundation name opens doors, so you can gain excellent experience and build a great network here, if you're in the right department and the right position. Benefits and compensation are some of the best in the non-profit world, but they need it to retain staff in an often tense and competitive environment. Work life balance is generally good (they usually provide more vacation hours than staff can use in a year), but some employees work long hours depending on their position and supervisor, or if they want to make a good impression. There are almost daily panels, lunches, dinners and receptions held in the office, some of which are open to staff, providing opportunity to engage in various issues and programs.


    Many employees have reservations about how UN Foundation spends it's funding, which creates a strange disconnect between the messages the organization sends out and what employees say behind closed doors. Staff that dedicate their careers to making a positive impact in the world sometimes find it difficult to reconcile how the organization spends its resources on flashy events and travel while championing the U.N. and its issues. Other reviewers have it right: In the past, advancement was challenging under normal circumstances (lack of clearly defined progress paths), but will likely become more difficult now that the organization is tightening budgets and shedding staff. Complicated internal politics still dominate communications and strategy, making the UN Foundation a difficult place to navigate for those not savvy enough to play the game properly.

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    UN Foundation's C-suite are suffering from a serious case of founder's syndrome and typically keep their own council, ignoring dissenting voices and making decisions without regard to outside perceptions. Since they had little or no non-profit management experience prior to joining the UN Foundation, now that Ted Turner's billionth dollar is in the bank, the best thing they could do for the organization is step aside and bring in new blood to manage Ted's endowment and put the organization on a sustainable path. Without major changes in strategy and spending habits, this organization is likely to head downhill if it's endowment declines.

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