January 14 - 7:00
Child Rights International Network (CRIN)

Communications Consultant/s - Job description

Child Rights International Network (CRIN) is accepting applications for a communications consultant or organisation to provide communications expertise for a new project focused on sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers, UN police, civilian and humanitarian staff.

About CRIN

CRIN is a creative think tank which produces new and dynamic thinking on human rights issues, with a focus on children’s rights. We defy the status quo with bold ideas because many things need to be changed for the better.

What we’re fighting for

Our long term goal is to not exist anymore. We imagine a world in which we are no longer necessary because children have the means and opportunities to fight for their own rights. Until societies, institutions and governments recognise this most urgent reform, we will do our best to fight for their rights by using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as our starting point. Our immediate role is to fight for a world where children's rights are recognised, respected and enforced, and where every rights violation has a remedy.

What we do

We work on many issues, from sexual violence, voting rights, inhuman sentencing, and the right to bodily integrity, to the survival of the planet, the rights to privacy, expression and information, and on assisted reproductive technologies. The list grows every day.

We lobby international institutions like the UN, as well as governments and professionals. We undertake legal research and analysis and propose better policies where these are lacking. We do not shy away from controversies and we know that many of the ideas we are proposing today seem impossible to many. But all progress begins with an idea.

Through humour, artwork and our vision for the future, we also encourage people to think differently about the world we live in.

About the project

Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against children continue to surface in peacekeeping operations established by the UN, carried out by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff. It is pervasive and widespread, yet reform, accountability and redress are either non-existent or far too slow for those affected.

Strategic discussions between experts who have been working on the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse of children in UN peacekeeping missions, and related fields, are needed to explore more collaborative ways of working on this issue in the future.

Over the next 12 months, CRIN will coordinate efforts to build a constituency of actors involved in seeking to strengthen the response to cases of sexual abuse and exploitation in peacekeeping missions. This project will engage a range of actors and organisations, including international and local experts, human rights organisations, activists, and legal experts. We intend this to lead to a growing number of actors challenging sexual abuse and exploitation of children within the UN system through various methods, including, through national or international litigation.

About the role

The main role of the consultant/s is to develop a communications strategy that can guide the work of actors involved in working to end sexual exploitation and abuse of children by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff. In addition, the consultant/s will also support CRIN’s staff in developing a new communications strategy for the organisation which will be launched in 2019.

Key tasks:

Development of a communications strategy:

  • Assess the communications needs and priorities for CRIN’s new project on sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff;

  • Develop a comprehensive communications and outreach strategy for the project with the support of CRIN’s staff and strategic consultant;

  • Extend the awareness of CRIN’s UN peacekeepers project and increase its impact with key stakeholders;

  • Work in close collaboration with the Strategic Campaign Advisor when required;

  • Present the communications strategy to key stakeholders.

Guidance and support to CRIN:

  • Provide support to CRIN staff on strategic communications planning and development;

  • Provide guidance to CRIN staff on effective messaging, positioning and tactics to reach key audiences;

  • In close collaboration with CRIN staff, engage a variety of actors, including international and local experts, grassroots activists, children, artists, human rights organisations and tech experts on the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff.

Media:

  • Advise CRIN staff on tools and strategies to strengthen its media engagement;

  • Support CRIN staff in developing and maintaining media contacts;

  • Draft and distribute press/news releases and other materials as appropriate.

Person specification:

  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken; fluency in another language would be an advantage, in particular French;

  • Substantial and in-depth experience in communications management;

  • Experience developing a media strategy and managing media relations;

  • Ability to plan, elaborate and implement international communications strategies;

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and spoken;

  • Experience of working with and managing small international teams;

  • An excellent understanding of the UN system and experience on how to navigate it;

  • An excellent understanding of the issues around the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff would be an advantage;

  • Demonstrable knowledge of children’s rights issues;

  • Strong interpersonal and organisational skills;

  • Experience of conducting training or capacity building activities.

Closing date: As soon as filled.

Location: Home-based, with no more than 3 trips to London, New York or Geneva.

Duration: 48-72 days (dependent on negotiation).

Compensation: Competitive (commensurate with a management/senior advisor position).

How to apply

Please email your application materials to jobs@crin.org as soon as possible. In your email, please include an up-to-date CV (for individuals) or a profile of your organisation (for organisations), and a brief cover letter with the following components:

  • Clearly describing how you or your organisation meet the specification, outlining any previous relevant experience

  • Approximate remuneration expectations

  • Contactable references

  • Preferred working arrangements (Full-time or part-time)

CRIN is a registered UK Charity no. 1125925

For more information about our work, visit our website: www.crin.org