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National Consultant - Comic Composer and Illustrator

Hanoi (Vietnam)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Design (digital, product, graphics or visual design)
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-19

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OVERVIEW

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Hanoi

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19/09/2021

 

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

 

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

Scripts development and layout design for a comic book about the impact of COVID-19 on Education, under the We Are ABLE project and Keeping Girls in the Pictures campaign

 

BACKGROUND

Under the overall authority of the Head of UNESCO Ha Noi Office and the supervision of the Education Programme Specialist, and in close coordination with the National Project Associate (Education), the Contractor shall be responsible for developing a comic book script and designing a layout for the comic book on how to use the Community Radio Toolkit (UNESCO) and the impact of COVID-19 on education in both global and Viet Nam context.

 

The comic book conveys information on the impact of COVID-19 on education for children in general and girls in particular on a global scale and in Viet Nam. This product also guides the project's schools and its teachers and students to implement radio programs in their areas using the Community Radio Toolkit.

 

The comic book scripts and illustrations must be child-friendly and accessible for students in schools located in ethnic minority areas in Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan and Soc Trang. Together with the National Project Associate, the Contractor will co-compose 08 – 10 stories for comic book script development. In those stories, the ethnic minority students will be represented as the main characters. UNESCO will provide the primary materials for the story composition and script development, including (1) photos of students who have participated in Students Core Groups in the We are ABLE project; (2) the original and translated version of the Community Radio Toolkit; (3) other relevant reports regarding the information about COVID-19 impact on education in both global and Viet Nam context. After having the final scripts, the Contractor will transform those stories into comic form. He/she will also design the comic book layout for the final product.

 

The primary readers and audiences of the comic book include (1) lower secondary students in the 24 project's schools in 3 provinces of Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan, and Soc Trang; and (2) teachers and staff of 24 lower secondary schools in 3 provinces of Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan, and Soc Trang.

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A. TASKS

1. Story composition and comic book layout design

(i) Compose 08 to 10 stories for developing the comic book script.

(ii) Design the comic book layout.

 

2. Specification

Quantity: 08 - 10 stories composed for comic book content development, with suggested content listed below:

   - 01 to 02 stories to tell about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education for children in the global context and the context of Viet Nam

   - 01 to 02 stories composed to provide brief information about the role of behavior change communication and the Community Radio Toolkit.

   - 01 story to explain the meaning of consent to participate in a community radio program, which would be adapted and extracted from the Community Radio Toolkit.

   - 03 - 05 stories to guide the implementation of the community radio programs in schools. The stories include ideas for school-based radio programs and guidance on how to produce those programs for broadcasting on the schools' loudspeaker systems.   

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   - 01 editable design file of electronic comic book's layout.

   - 01 electronic comic book on how to use the Community Radio Toolkit and stories about the impact of COVID-19 on education.

Suggested size: A4/A5 paper

Number of pages: 45 to 60 pages

 

B. WORK ASSIGNMENT

- In close collaboration with the National Project Associate, the Contractor shall co-compose creative stories for comic book script development, including stories about the impact of COVID-19 on education in the global and Viet Nam context.

- The Contractor shall provide layout design once the comic book scripts are agreed upon and finalized. Ensure these products comply with UNESCO Logo Toolkit, Visual Identity Guidelines and Style Manual.

- The Contractor shall incorporate suggested changes provided by UNESCO during composing stories and designing the comic-book layout.

- The Contractor is required to meet the committed deadline.

- Any copyrighted materials used (e.g. images and graphics) to design the comic book must be legally licensed. The Contractor is required to avoid copyright infringement in any way possible.

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- A consistent visual identity of the "We are ABLE" project and the "Keeping Girls In The Pictures" campaign should be applied for the comic book's layout design and illustrations.

- The design and visuals of the comic book should effectively and suitably communicate UNESCO's strategic messages to students and teachers in lower secondary schools as the target audiences and relevant public bodies. In addition, the design and visuals must ensure inclusiveness, creativity and sensitivity.

 

C. DURATION

27 September 2021 – 31 October 2021 (tentative)

 

D. DELIVERABLES

1. A story package includes 08 – 10 stories composed for the comic book script development, with suggested content listed in Section A.2. Specification above by 10 October 2021.

2. 01 editable design file of comic book's layout on using the Community Radio Toolkit and stories about the impact of COVID-19 on education by 30 October 2021.

3. 01 ready-to-print PDF of an electronic comic book on using the Community Radio Toolkit and stories about the impact of COVID-19 on education by 30 October 2021.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Planning and organizing (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

This position is for Vietnamese nationals.

 

Education:

A degree in graphic design is not essential to work in this working assignment, as long as applicants have suitable working experience for the position of comic composer and comic book illustrator. However, a bachelor's degree in comic arts or a related field is most desired. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another field may show evidence in composing comic stories, developing comic scripts and designing comic book layouts to meet most hiring qualifications.

 

Work experience:

- More than five years of experience in composing comic stories, developing comic scripts and designing comic book layouts.

- Experience in working with UN agencies, specifically in community development, ethnic minority education, and story-telling projects, will be an asset.

- Strong evidence to show excellent skills and expertise of a comic composer/artist.

- Experience in working with ethnic minority children and their communities.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Language requirement

- Excellent written and spoken Vietnamese

- Good written and spoken English is an asset.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates should complete an online application in English via UNESCO Careers website.

In addition, candidates are requested to submit technical and financial proposals below, to be prepared in English or Vietnamese. In case candidates cannot attach technical and financial proposals to the online application, they should be sent to the following e-mail address:  an.hoang@unesco.org by 19 September 2021

- Technical proposal, describing a draft idea for story composition and comic book layout design process.

- Financial proposal with breakdown, including a daily rate of the fee and/or specific cost for each deliverable.

 

 

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

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