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15 Feb, 2016
Recently, ADHOC-CC participated in a unique initiative organised by UNICEF in Geneva.  The consultation drew the participation of over 100 representatives from UNICEF field offices, head-quarters in New York, and international and national NGOs from across the globe to discuss the ways in which already existing partnerships could be enhanced in order to realize children’s rights in emergencies. It was the first UNICEF consultation with NGOs that focused on this critical topic.

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Naomi's Story
Naomi Pardington: British, MA Graduate
Position: Outreach and Communications Officer

I worked as a volunteer for ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE for around eight months, a period which was then extended to a short term remunerated position.

The experience was incomparable, with every day a learning curve in the complex field of humanitarian assistance, from the unique perspective of a pan-African NGO. It was indeed the organisations mission, ‘finding African solutions to African problems' which attracted me to the position. Whilst wholeheartedly working to achieve the former, ADHOC-CC also recognises the value of international collaboration and partnership. On this basis, I joined the ADHOC-CC team.

The staff are warm and welcoming, happy to assist new volunteers to find there feet and eager to share in knowledge and skills sharing. In this environment, much can be achieved, as you soon find your confidence to take on the tasks at hand. The work is both engaging and plentiful, and your skills are very quickly put to the test. Due to limited capacity, I soon found myself taking on new challenges, expanding my knowledge and raising my abilities.

As Communications Officer I was charged with the production and management of all information materials, media liaison and implementing innovative means to raise the organisations visibility. We began by re-branding ADHOC-CC, bringing to the forefront its humanitarian impact as a pan-African organisation and focusing on the voices of beneficiaries. With a new image to boast, we began the task of producing new outreach materials, a dynamic website, Annual Report, hosting events and publishing articles. In addition, we sought to examine internal-communications; the challenges faced (technical capacity, field comms etc) and ways and means of addressing them.

To compliment ADHOC-CC's outreach and advocacy efforts, we launched a campaign highlighting the voices of affected populations; Facets utilises multimedia resources to give voice to the affected populations with whom ADHOC-CC works - demonstrating in word and image their strengths and dignity in overcoming the challenges faced.

Overall, my time with ADHOC-CC has been one of the most rewarding, both personally and professionally, experiences to date. Whilst I hope to have made a modest contribution to the organisations invaluable work, I have certainly grown my own skills and experience immeasurably. I now feel that I stand in excellent stead to move forward with greater ability and understanding - with the intent to advocate strongly for the greater empowerment of African organisations to take on the challenges facing the continent, in order to ensure timely, effective and sustainable solutions for affected populations.

An experience strongly recommended!