Office of United Nations High Commissioner axes global refugee pitch

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has cancelled its search for a firm to help with global outreach.

United Nations: Search for PR firm cancelled
United Nations: Search for PR firm cancelled

In an RFP released late last year, the organisation said it was hoping to launch an effort in the coming months that would both draw attention to the plight of refugees and spell out the organisation's financial needs.

But the responses were subpar. 'We went out to the market but did not receive a satisfactory response,' a contracting officer for the UN told PRWeekUS.

The organisation has moved some of the components of the RFP in-house and it may go back to the market for other parts. However, this is still undecided, the officer said.

Had the UN awarded the contract, the ensuing campaign would have been the first time it conducted a joint comms and fundraising effort at the global level, according to RFP documents.

The office felt it needed a co-ordinated initiative from the concept stage through the production of outreach materials.

The campaign would have had two phases: planning and development and implementation. The budget for the first phase was up to $200,000 (£129,200). The fee for phase two had not been determined.

In June 2012, the United Nations Population Fund hired Portland Communications to help raise its profile around the globe.

In January 2012, the United Nations Foundation picked Weber Shandwick to develop the global communications strategy for the Sustainable Energy for All programme.

This article was originally published on PRWeekUS

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Hit or Miss? UKIP responds to Times story about Nigel Farage expenses

Hit or Miss? UKIP responds to Times story about Nigel Farage expenses

UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage came out fighting over a story in The Times yesterday that he is facing an investigation over £60,000 of "missing" European Union funds.

Ebay appoints Launch PR and Exposure for UK consumer work

Ebay appoints Launch PR and Exposure for UK consumer work

Online retailer eBay has appointed Launch PR and Exposure to its roster of agencies for UK consumer work.

Skyscanner selects Mischief for UK PR task

Skyscanner selects Mischief for UK PR task

Flight search company Skyscanner has brought in Mischief PR to oversee its UK communications as part of a Europe-wide round of agency appointments.