Print and Digital Designer (Home-based)

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Job Description

Background

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Job Purpose And Organizational Context

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries and territories, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. At UNDP, external and internal communication—nationally, regionally and globally—is critical to achieving both development results and business objectives. Skillful communication broadens the impacts of new policies, helps governance reforms take root, and attracts and fosters strong partnerships.

Within Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), the Advocacy, Marketing and Communications Group (AMCG) leads and manages external communications through strategy, media, digital communications, marketing, branding and global storytelling. The Brand and Marketing Team in the AMCG manages UNDP’s brand, and creates marketing products and resources to promote UNDP and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring that messages resonate and gather support from audiences that span from government decision-makers to the general public. It manages the Marketing Services Hub (MSH): UNDP’s in-house agency, managing a roster of external experts to produce marketing communications projects for teams and leverage the expertise of the Brand and Marketing team to provide high-quality communication services aligned with the UNDP brand. The team also manages the online UNDP Shop, a fast-growing initiative that empowers people around the world to promote the SDGs.

Duties And Responsibilities

Reporting to the Graphic Design Project Manager of the MSH, the Print and Digital Designer will support the production of all design-related products. The selected candidate will work with the MSH to scope new projects and propose deliverables with associated timelines. The selected candidate will be expected to work with UNDP teams to deliver entire web design and graphic design projects. The selected candidate will also be required to support the team’s brand management work.

The Selected Candidate Will Be Required To

  • Contribute to the design and production of all print and digital design projects, working closely with the Graphic Design Project Manager of the MSH.
  • Collaborate with the Graphic Design Project Manager of the MSH to estimate and brainstorm design projects for UNDP teams globally.
  • Lead the design and production of subsites and microsites for UNDP teams. These websites must follow the UNDP web system.
  • Lead the design and production of print projects, such as reports, brochures, visual identity design etc. as needed.
  • Design and layout UNDP’s communication products, including factsheets, infographics, signage and reports.
  • Design data visualizations as needed for communication products.
  • Design communications products for the Executive Office (ExO) and corporate priorities.
  • Coordinate with the Brand and Marketing Team throughout the roll-out of the updated UNDP brand manual.
  • Facilitate in shooting and editing images and videos for the UNDP Shop. Occasionally create email templates and MailChimp layouts for the UNDP Shop.
  • The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

Institutional Arrangement

The Print and Digital Designer will report directly to the Graphic Design Project Manager of the MSH within the Brand and Marketing Team. The selected candidate will be required to liaise with internal requesting teams, external vendors and printers (as needed). S/he is expected to participate in meetings of the Brand and Marketing team and the broader AMCG.

Candidate should be available preferably full-time during NY Eastern standard time zone working hours or overlap for some part of the NY Eastern standard time zone working hours.

Competencies

Core

Achieve Results Level 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition

Digital and Innovation Programming, Web and App Development Ability to build websites, platforms and apps that are effective and intuitive to use.

Digital & Innovation Digital product design Ability to design digital products which are user-centred, intuitive, functional and achieve desired outcomes

Communications UX design Ability to create digital products that provide an engaging and relevant experience to users

Communications Graphic design Ability to communicate visually and create appealing UNDP graphic products

Communications Brand & quality management Ability to position a UNDP brand and uphold it to a high level of quality

Business Development Communication Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

  • Digital and Innovation – Programming, Web and App Development:
    • Ability to build websites, platforms and apps that are effective and intuitive to use.
  • Digital & Innovation – Digital product design:
    • Ability to design digital products which are user-centred, intuitive, functional and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Communications – UX design:
    • Ability to create digital products that provide an engaging and relevant experience to users.
  • Communications – Graphic design:
    • Ability to communicate visually and create appealing UNDP graphic products.
  • Communications – Brand & quality management:
    • Ability to position a UNDP brand and uphold it to a high level of quality.
  • Business Development – Communication:
    • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.

Education

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Communications, Design, Advertising, or related field is required Or
  • A first -level degree (Bachelors-level Degree) in the above-mentioned fields of study, in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience

  • Up to 2 years (with master’s degree) or minimum of 2 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant work experience in print and digital design.

Required Skills

  • Experience in web design, wire framing, prototyping.
  • Experience in print design, such as reports, brochures, or PowerPoints.
  • Experience in using the Adobe creative suite.

Desired Skills

  • Experience working with international organizations or UN system, including UNDP, is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with UN editorial guidelines and templates is an asset.
  • Experience in web development, including HTML/CSS/JAVASCRIP is an asset.
  • Experience in designing marketing and branded communications products is considered an asset.

Note: As per application requirement, please include attachment of portfolio (PDF or weblink with portfolio samples)

Disclaimer

Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant Information About UNDP Rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Non-discrimination

UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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