Oxfam youth guru takes the helm at Warchild UK

Warchild has hired Oxfam’s youth co-ordinator as it kicks off a campaign to raise funds for its work in Iraq

Warchild: the only child protection agency in south Iraq

The charity, which helps children in war zones, has made Nivi Narang its new campaigns director.

Narang joins in November, replacing Chris Child. The charity said he had ‘left to pursue other opportunities’.

Narang will be in charge of all external communications for Warchild UK. She will be on the senior management team and will report to CEO Mark Waddington.

Programme managers for events, online, fundraising and schools will report into Narang.

Narang previously headed up Oxfam’s youth team, which she set up in 2003. Oxfam is currently completing a strategic review of the team that will determine if Narang will be replaced.

Oxfam’s education and youth programme manager,  Gillian Temple, is co-ordinating the youth team’s activities in the interim. The team sits in Oxfam’s campaigns and communications section.

Warchild is about to begin new media activity to raise the £1.5m it needs to continue its work in Iraq. It is currently the only child protection agency working in the south of the country.

It has tasked freelancer and former head of press at XFM and Mersey TV Sacha Taylor-Cox to handle media work for the campaign.

The charity has also arr­anged a gig at Brixton Acad­emy on 1 November, which will be filmed by Channel 4. It will also target The Independent and Time Out’s feature sections with celebrity interviews.

Artists such as The Pet Shop Boys, Guillemots and Keane are on board for the campaign.

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