Communication Associate (Graphic Design) - GS6 level, Fixed-Term Appointment (Only for Afghan Nationals) - based in Kabul/Afghanistan - Advertised Internally for UNICEF Staff Only
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.
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.
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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
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How can you make a difference?
Web stories, blog entries, photo essays, Facebook posts, Twitter campaigns, and videos for distribution via the UNICEF Afghanistan digital media platforms all are a part of our digital storytelling. By measuring and testing our efforts, we also use data to inform content and engagement choices.
Under the supervision and guidance of the Communication Specialist, the Communication Associate, Graphic Design, designs and prepares layouts of engaging visuals for digital media posts and banners, advocacy publications and displays; provides creative concepts, brand guidance and quality assurance for multiple design materials.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Using appropriate computer software, develops and executes creative graphic design, layout and infographics for various digital platforms and print materials for UNICEF programmes.
- Supports all Programme Sections in the publication of a broad range of information, advocacy and C4D materials to support the country programme from conceptualization to final production. Assists Programme Sections to select appropriate graphics for inclusion in donor reports, analytical reports etc.
- Reviews proofs of materials from print suppliers to provide quality assurance and brand guidance.
- Maintains pre-prepared advocacy and briefing materials for use with partners, donors, internal and external visitors, and to support resource mobilization.
- Provides technical assistance for the development and production of high quality print materials.
- Supports management of the documentation/image database including Digital Photo Library; provides training support on various software packages, and use of interactive software development tools to improve office-wide information flow and communication.
- Maintains a roster of graphic design resources in Afghanistan including illustrators and artists.
- Provides minimal copy editing for broad range of internal and external documents.
- Supports design and preparation of materials and visuals for public exhibitions and displays.
Impact of Results:
With growing global emphasis on communication via digital media (including within UNICEF) in-house design capacity will strengthen ACOs ability to create imaginative and engaging visuals on its social media platforms to grow voice leadership on child rights issues and motivate people to take action for children.
Creative design skills will make facts, data and key information accessible to a wider audience in support of UNICEF's public advocacy agenda, providing concepts, brand guidance and quality assurance for proofs of design materials, publications and exhibitions, including any materials produced under design LTAs.
The post will enable Communication Section to be nimbler in responding to design requests from Programme Sections, even at short notice e.g. for C4D materials in emergencies.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Completion of secondary education is required.
- Advanced Diploma in Communications, Design, Multimedia Production or a related field would be an asset.
- A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible experience in Graphic design is required. For candidates holding a Batchelor's degree 5 years of experience is required and those candidates with a Master's degree 3 years of experience will be required.
- Demonstrated skills in both print and digital work: design, layout and typography.
- Proven knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop is essential.
- Knowledge of basic coding HTML 5 and CSS, Sketch and After Effects is desirable.
- Extensive experience in deriving concepts and design layout, print preparation (pre-press), digital design, drafting and setting, documents, color coordination, photographic manipulation, page layout and design.
- Picture management: image researching, sourcing illustrators/pictures/icons, assisting with managing picture libraries
- Evidence of using digital media to communicate and understanding of social media platforms and tools including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram.
- A working knowledge of print processes, paper stock and design for print
- Fluency in English and local languages of the duty station (Dari and/or Pashto) is required.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
- Analyzing (II)
- Applying technical expertise (II)
- Planning and organizing (II)
- Following Instructions and Procedures (II)
- Diversity and inclusion
- Communication [ II ]
- Working with People [ II ]
- Drive for Results [ I ]
View our competency framework at
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.
Remarks: Only attested education degrees from accredited universities will be considered.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
- Design (digital, product, graphics or visual design)
- Communication and Public Information
- Children's rights (health and protection)
- Closing Date: 2018-08-22