Expanding the ECPAT International Network: HPC Fellow, Jesus Valverde Carnerero, ECPAT International

Jesus Valverde Carnerero is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow working with ECPAT International. At ECPAT International, Jesus fulfilled the membership work necessary to add new partners to the ECPAT International Network. Read on to learn about his placement as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow.

I had the pleasure of working as the Network Development Intern at ECPAT International for the last 6 months in Bangkok, Thailand. ECPAT International is a nonprofit membership organization that fights against any form of sexual exploitation of children

Being the Network Development Intern entailed being constantly in contact not only with the members that the ECPAT Network already had but also with those that wanted to join the Network. By the end of my internship, the network had reached 119 member-organizations in 104 different countries, which constitutes an increase of close to 10% of the number of members that they had at the start of my internship.

Through two periods of member intake, one in November and the other one taking place in early February, I was involved in the process of compiling required documents, revising those documents, communicating regularly with interested organizations, and drafting assessment reports for those who were in charge of making the decision to take on new partners. Compiling required documents proved to be a challenging step, as I did not have any prior knowledge on the types of documents required. For instance, I had no idea what a financial report was. I can now distinguish between audited financial reports and financial statements. Annual reports and activities for the forthcoming year were also a part of the required documents and going through them enabled me to gain a better understanding of the work that organizations do in their home countries. The two regions we received the most applications from, Western and Eastern Africa, were both very successful regions in terms of the accuracy of the documents they submitted. I believe these regions were motivated by the active work that the ECPAT Regional Coordinator was carrying out. The other regions- Eastern Europe and Central Asia, also performed very well.

The guidance of my supervisor was essential for the successful drafting of the assessment reports. He guided me on how to objectively present the assessments for further consideration. Despite providing initial feedback, he gave me complete freedom to tackle the member’s applications from my own point of view based on the documents that I had reviewed. Once the assessments were finished, we would meet with the Credentials Committee which was comprised of three individuals whose role was to review and decide whether to recommend the potential members. We came up with a first recommendation on the new membership applications. It was later presented to the Board, which had the final decision. During the February intake period, I took the lead and was able to discuss the applications of three organizations. It was an enriching experience where I could improve my debate skills while structuring information to reinforce my position on a topic. In fact, these three organizations would later become members of the ECPAT Network.

I was not part of the Board meetings, however, the outcomes were normally aligned with what we had discussed and recommended during the Credentials Committee meeting. New organizations joined the Network, thus my next role in the process was sending the welcome letter along with explanatory documents of the ECPAT Network. In parallel, I also updated our database and website with the new members’ contact information. This finalized the process of bringing new members into the network.

The role that I fulfilled during my internship proved to be a very interesting experience, in which I was not only in contact with various organizations and different ways of working and interacting with those organizations, but was able to learn more about the internal work that an organization such as ECPAT International carries out. Through the Hilton Prize Coalition fellowship, I improved many of my professional skills including public speaking, creativity, organization, and planning. I realized I want to perform such tasks in my future career. I am thankful for the opportunity that the Hilton Prize Coalition has given me to be part of ECPAT International.

About the Hilton Prize Coalition

The  Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the  Fellows Program, the  Collaborative Models Program  and the  Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat,  Global Impact.

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit  prizecoalition.charity.org, or contactprizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

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