Design Consultant, Office of Innovation

  • Contract: Freelance

Job Description

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.

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.

Skill Requirements

  • 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

About the Company

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.

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