Deadline: 01 August, 2018.

Role: Design Consultant
Work Type: Consultancy
Duty station: Remote
Duration: 60 days over 6 months (with optional extension to full-time and up to 11.5 months based on performance, needs and available funding).

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, innovate….

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.

The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.

UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly — anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach — in a traditionally risk-averse field — to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.

The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively.

Global Youth Co-Creation Contest

A global youth co-creation contest is being developed (as a partnership between the Office of Innovation and the Adolescent Development Team). The contest aims to engage young people around the world in the design of solutions that have the potential to scale and create significant improvements in relation to secondary-age education, skills development and training or empowerment and participation.

The contest will:

  • Be designed with and for youth
  • Proactively aim for gender equity
  • Proactively seek to engage marginalised youth, recognising the insight, experience and talent they can offer
  • Be based on Human Centred Design methodologies, learnings from the implementation and scale up of UPSHIFT, previous innovation challenges and insights from partners

How can you make a difference?

This role will support the design of all of the documentation and materials related to the global youth co-creation contest. We will be using the global brand and visual identity (still to be finalised) for the Young People’s Agenda and building on documentation from UPSHIFT and other existing assets.

The contest aims to engage young people around the world in the design of solutions that have the potential to scale and create significant improvements in relation to secondary-age education, skills development and training or empowerment and participation.

This is a new initiative and will require a flexible, can-do mindset, with deliverables subject to change, as we learn in real-time.

Main responsibilities will be:

  • Design a printable toolkit to run local co-creation contests. The content for this toolkit is already in development.
  • Develop and design additional communications assets (i.e. assets for digital marketing)
  • Design documents to support the global judging process
  • Design documents to support mentorship and incubation programmes, at a country and global level
  • Support other tasks, as agreed in relation to the Young People’s Agenda and UPSHIFT

Please note that the support and lead responsibilities may be varied, by mutual agreement.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have…

  • A university degree (Bachelor’s or higher) and 2-3 years of professional experience in a relevant field – ie. graphic design, interaction design, visual communication, media design, system design or others – and have proven experience in translating complex ideas into unified storytelling visuals.
  • Strong graphic design skills particularly in layout, presentations, branding and visualization of systems and complex information and structures. Strong knowledge of design platforms like Adobe Creative Suite, design techniques, software, data visualization.
  • Relevant branding work.
  • Experience in print, digital, UX/UI design, data visualization
  • Ability to design effectively using constrained mediums such as Powerpoint
  • Proven capability of working on a project from the concept to the final design package
  • An ability to communicate complex, abstract concepts using both visual, verbal and written language.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a rapidly-changing work environment: Proven experience working with a diverse team and being able to parse through large amounts of information in order to create synthesized and clear designs.
  • At least 2-3 years of professional experience in developing branding and layout. Additionally, the candidate should be able to integrate new guidelines into the team workflow.
  • Familiarity with youth-led design, social impact sector and/or UNICEF.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.

Additional Experience and Knowledge:

  • Self-starter and ability to time-manage oneself.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Design preparation and production skills
  • Ability to work as part of a remote team and in a diverse and rapidly-changing work environment

Payment details and further consideration

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health insurance
  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel
  • Consultants are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Daily rate in USD

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

Deadline for application is 01 August, 2018

For more information and to apply, click here.

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