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Role of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance as a Forum to Advance Knowledge and Advocate for Policy Reform

Webinar 29: Role of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance as a  Forum to Advance Knowledge and Advocate for Policy Reform

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 11:00 – 12:00, Washington, DC / 16:00 London
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 09:00 – 10:00 Geneva / 10:00 Amman
Note: This webinar is being conducted twice. Content will be the same on both sessions.

Speakers comprised of Alliance staff and Steering Committee members will provide an overview of the Alliance to serve as an orientation for newer members or new stakeholder groups wishing to become more involved. Presenters will share history on the development of the Alliance, existing tools and resources, and highlight current work underway. They will also share the many ways for members to become involved in supporting this work and how to engage with global colleagues. Following the presentation, speakers will answer questions from participants.

With 2,200 members across 134 countries, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance brings together members and other advocates to champion social service workforce strengthening at national, regional and global levels. The Alliance works toward a world where a well-planned, well-trained and well-supported social service workforce effectively delivers promising practices that improve the lives of vulnerable populations.

The mission of the Alliance is to promote the knowledge and evidence, resources and tools and political will and action needed to address key social service workforce challenges, especially within low- to middle-income countries. As a convener for an inclusive, representative network of stakeholders, the Alliance aims to create a forum for discourse and collective learning to advance knowledge and advocate for workforce-supportive policy reforms.

This webinar is being held at two different times, to allow for maximum participation by members across different time zones. The presentation and full recording will be posted on the Alliance’s website following the webinars.

Session 1 Presenters

Dr. Rebecca Davis is Associate Professor for Professional Practice and Director of the Center for Global Social Work, School of Social Work, Rutgers University, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. She is responsible for curriculum development on global social work content and represents the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) to the United Nations in the New York Headquarters. Her global work focuses on social work education and child protection system strengthening in Eastern Europe and Sub Saharan Africa. Her most recent projects include strengthening case management services in Nigeria, Malawi, Swaziland, and Namibia and evaluation of child protection reforms in Ghana. She has developed a Case Management Toolkit for evaluating child welfare case management services in the former Soviet Bloc countries. She co-authored a working paper on Child Protection System Strengthening in Sub Saharan Africa for UNICEF (2012) and authored a working paper on Human Capacity Within Child Welfare Systems in Africa (2009). She served as a Fulbright Scholar to Romania from 1992-94 and implemented a major child welfare reform project for World Vision Romania and USAID in 1998-2002. 

Betsy Sherwood is the Director of the Alliance, joining the organization in October 2018. She is a social worker who is passionate about promoting the rights and well-being of children and families and building the capacity of the social service workforce globally. She has lived and worked in more than 15 countries and has technical expertise in psychosocial support, case management, gender-based violence, protection mainstreaming, and disability inclusion. She is based in the U.S.

Nicole Brown is deputy director of the Alliance. She joined the organization in 2015, originally as communications manager. She provides leadership for the development and implementation of the Alliance’s communications and advocacy strategies and tactics, including the Alliance's Ambassador program and advocacy interest group. She also supports the development of relationships with external stakeholders in support of the Alliance's mission. She is based in the U.S.

Register now for session 1, to be held on Tuesday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. EST.


Session 2 Presenters

Aaron Greenberg is child protection regional advisor at the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Previously Aaron has held posts as chief of child protection in the UNICEF Myanmar and UNICEF Georgia Country Offices. In Myanmar, he oversaw UNICEF’s policy, legislative and programmatic support to government and non-governmental partners relating to justice for children, social welfare reforms, trafficking, extreme forms of child labor, migration, protection in emergencies and children in armed conflict. In Georgia, he helped to steer the child care and social work reforms, assisting the Government to close nearly all large residential care facilities and expand foster care and prevention services. Aaron currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Alliance. He is based in Geneva.

Dr. Natia Partskhaladze joined the Alliance in 2017 as senior technical advisor. She provides technical leadership and guidance on effective approaches of strengthening the social service workforce and manages a portfolio of partnerships, initiatives and special activities, like mapping of the social service workforce. She has 18 years of experience in the field of child protection and social service system strengthening, both at the policy and programming level, including 10 years in the UNICEF Country and Regional Offices. Natia is a founder and board member of the Georgian Association of Social Workers and is working toward a PhD in social work with research on the Quality of Life of Deinstitutionalized Children in Alternative out-of-home Care. She is based in Tbilisi.

Register now for session 2, to be held on Thursday, March 28, at 09:00 Geneva time (CET).


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