OCW Journalism Explorer Caribbean

Are you an explorer with a passion for journalism? As a Caribbean journalism explorer you will work in the Caribbean to strengthen journalism. Build bridges between local journalists, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Your mission: promote sustainable journalism and create a network for independent press!

WO/HBO | Bonaire / 20 – 24 hours | Vacancy number: P&O2024_06_019 | Closing date: 23 July 2024

Job description

We are looking for an explorer with sound knowledge of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom and the journalistic environment on the ground.

This is a temporary part-time position for two years (20-24 hours per week), aimed at the strengthening of journalism in the Caribbean / Caribbean part of the Kingdom. In 2023, during the visit of the State Secretary for Culture and Media to the Caribbean Netherlands, the request arose to support journalism in the Caribbean. Previous research has shown a particular need for (low-threshold) training offers and networking between journalists.

What are you going to do?

You are building on the insights from the aforementioned research and engage concretely with local journalists. You retrieve where the preferences and needs of local journalists lie when it comes to the strengthening of journalism and the journalistic infrastructure. First of all, you focus on stakeholders on Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius. If Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten also want to participate then there is certainly room for that.

You are responsible for the organisation of several meetings with local journalists and other relevant stakeholders, in which the (low-threshold) training offer and possible preconditions for the strengthening of journalism are further elaborated. Relevant stakeholders include, for example, the Stimulation Fund for Journalism in the European Netherlands and the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland.

The meetings can act as a platform for open discussion and the generation of ideas and could possibly be a prelude to networking between the local journalists. The aim is to gain insight into the preferences and needs of journalists and to identify challenges and opportunities. On this basis, widely supported, specific, and practically feasible measures can be elaborated and financed. Independent journalism and free press are spearheads here. The discussions take place locally and are conducted with (local) stakeholders and interested parties. You know how to find and address the right stakeholders and you are able to bring them along in this process in a positive way. You act as a bridge-builder in this context.


OCW works towards a smart, skilled, and creative Netherlands. We want everyone to have access to education and democratic values so that they can function independently and responsibly in society. We also find it important that everyone can experience culture and media and that professionals in the various sectors can do their work.    

OCW CG is the outpost of the Ministry of OCW in the Caribbean Netherlands and signals, informs, and advises the policy departments of the Ministry of OCW in the Netherlands on the local applicability of policy intentions and informs and supports all parties involved in the implementation of, among other things, the Education Agenda for the Caribbean Netherlands. OCW CG is responsible for the support and implementation of the policy intentions and legislation and regulations of OCW in the Caribbean Netherlands and feedback on the relevant progress.


  • Intercultural sensitivity and familiarity with the Caribbean context;
  • Planning and organisation;
  • Cooperation and networking;
  • Creativity and result-orientation.

Job requirements

  • Your professional and intellectual ability is at the level of University or Higer Professional (HBO) Education;
  • You dispose of good organisational and coordination skills;
  • You have a relevant (local) network for this position;
  • You are familiar with the journalistic sector in the Caribbean context;
  • You have the ability to communicate effectively with the various stakeholders;
  • You have at least three years of experience in project management;
  • You have excellent communication skills in English and Dutch, and preferably also in Papiamentu;
  • You are familiar with the political relationships in the Caribbean / the Caribbean part of the Kingdom (both Caribbean Netherlands and Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten).

What do we offer?

  • A competitive salary in job salary scale 12, gross monthly of at least $ 4,730.00 and at most $ 5,920.00, in case of a 36-hour working week. Assignment to a pay scale based on knowledge and experience;
  • Holiday pay (8.33% of remuneration);
  • A thirteenth month (8.33% of the salary, with a gross minimum of $ 1,750.00);
  • A pension provision placed with Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN);
  • 168 holiday hours for a working week of 36 hours per week;
  • A temporary appointment of two years;
  • A relocation scheme for candidates who respond from outside the island.

More information?

For information about this position you can contact Sedney Marten, policy adviser, via telephone number +599 7955099.

Digital application

You can send your Curriculum Vitae, with a motivation, to vacature@rijksdienstCN.com