|In order to meet the increased requirements for coordination support, humanitarian advocacy and
information, the OCHA Regional Office in the Eastern Africa will improve the capacity of Information Management, Advocacy and information dissemination in the Horn of Africa, amongst humanitarian partners, local and international media, policy makers and governmental and non-governmental actors.
The Graphic Designer will be expected to work closely with the Information Management, Research and Analysis, Advocacy, and Field Coordination Units. The Graphic Designer will contribute to the development and improvement of the design, branding and lay-out of outputs produced by UN OCHA EA. The Graphic Designer will ensure that UN OCHA EAs products and reports are following the OCHA EA graphic guidelines, provide the best possible functionality and usability to OCHA clients and stakeholders and contributes to the overall branding process.
The responsibility of the Graphic Designer is to ensure the implementation of and maintenance of existing graphic guidelines; lay-out of reports and publications in English, development of new graphic solutions; and design of innovative interactive products.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Creates and manages design concepts, hands-on design and art work, and leads the development and implementation of high-quality, interface design, configuration and graphic design;
- Generates graphic images/illustrations, interactive presentations, flash files, sound, and video into multimedia programs for use on the Web or power point presentations
- Conceptualizes and designs Website layout, graphics, logos and banners
- Thinks creatively to produce new ideas;
- Uses a wide range of media, including photography and computer aided designs;
- Produces accurate and high quality work;
- Will be responsible for the visual brand, design direction, and identity standards;
- Works closely together with Product Development Team members to ensure that all design and programming activity is coordinated;
- Adheres to production schedules and deadlines;
- Any other tasks as directed by the OCHA EA Regional Information Management Officer;
- Professionalism – Advanced knowledge of the use of information management to improvethe business processes; proven and demonstrable experience in analysis of information and capacity to articulate the information management requirements of complex situations requiring a coordinated response between disparate actors; demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to use sound judgment to ensure the effective and timely completion of complex tasks; ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters).
- Communication – Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills including the ability to convey complex information management concepts and recommendations to staff at all levels, both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise style that can be readily understood by non-information management practitioners.
- Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision.
- Planning and Organising – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
- Accountability– Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules; supports subordinates and peers, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
- Client Orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; designs solutions and basis recommendations on the principles of usability; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients’ informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- Judgment/Decision-making – Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision.
- Commitment to Continuous Learning-Demonstrated history of keeping abreast of new developments in the field plus a commitment to continuous learning.
- Technology Awareness – Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the Office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Required Skills and Experience
High School Education and Training in one of the following fields:
- Graphic Design;
- Media and communication
- Fine Arts or related field
At least 5 year of progressively responsible experience in working with communication media, and specific experience in Graphic Design.
Skills and Knowledge:
- Strong practical background in graphic design, including the knowledge of design software such as Adobe Design Premium-package
- Good understanding of new and evolving technologies and digital platforms;
- Show a clear and mature style of design with an understanding to implement in an official UN setting
- Knowledge of standard software packages (MS Office– MS Access–MS Visio –Adobe Acrobat);
- Other skills: Working experience in a development or humanitarian environment is required. Technical knowledge of OCHA Field Information Management tools is desirable.