On 6 September 2017, hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. The island of Sint Maarten was heavily affected with 90% of structures damaged. Sint Maarten is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Shortly after the storm, UNICEF Netherlands conducted postdisaster needs assessments on St. Maarten in the area of education and child protection from a children's rights perspective.
Based on the assessments findings, UNICEF Netherlands formulated related recommendations with corresponding activities. UNICEF Netherlands is implementing several of the formulated activities in 2018 in coordination with relevant ministries and departments within the Government of St. Maarten. The main components of the programme are:
We are looking for an experienced communications professional to manage communications for this programme. The objective of our communications strategy is to show results for children on Sint Maarten to various audiences on Sint Maarten and in the Netherlands and strengthen support for UNICEF’s work and objectives. Our main communications channels are unicef.nl, Facebook, Twitter and free publicity.
I. Produce content Produce content on the programme: human interest stories, articles (web and print), images, videos and vlogs.
II. Manage the UNICEF Sint Maarten Facebook and Twitter accounts including webcare on our dedicated social media accounts and respond to comments and questions from the followers.
III. Maintain public relations Act as main contact point for media requests, identify opportunities for free publicity, maintain network with relevant media, issue press releases as relevant and needed.
The successful candidate will be engaged until end December 2018 and starting as soon as possible. The consultant shall work as part of a core 3-member team based on Sint Maarten. The work shall be performed on Sint Maarten, supervised by a communications advisor of the UNICEF office in The Hague. A reference check is part of the procedure. Payment shall be done based on invoices for the work performed.
Potential candidates are invited to express their interest by submitting their CV, letter of motivation, availability and daily rate by 30 April 2018 to: Marieke Roelfsema, project lead Sint Maarten, email@example.com.