Posting Title: GRAPHIC DESIGNER, P3
Job Code Title: GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 May 2023 – 02 July 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Public Information-DGC-206488-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Graphic Design Unit within the Knowledge Solutions Design Section, Outreach Division of the Department of Global Communications. The Graphic Design Unit provides the Secretariat-wide offices and departments with brand and graphic design support for UN Secretariat global communication campaigns, conferences and publications. The Graphic Design Officer reports to the Team Leader of the Graphic Design Unit.
Within limits of delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
- Create and develop branded products for high-visibility campaigns and outreach programmes; make comprehensive presentations of design proposals; ensure branded products are consistent and compliant across websites, social media, digital media, and physical assets.
- Plan, develop and build upon the UN Secretariat’s brand strategy and visual identity guidelines; in close coordination with the brand and graphic design team, design comprehensive workflows for tasks as well as assignment management; troubleshoot project or process problems as they arise and initiate improvements to design, collaboration, and efficiency processes as needed.
- Contribute to overseeing and coordinating the design and production of the Unit’s projects; establish project objectives, and lead design from the initial planning stages through completion; provide updates and solicit feedback on projects from team and stakeholders; bring state of the art practices, techniques, technologies and approaches to bear on the Organization’s graphic design work.
- Supervise designers on the team and provide them with guidance and feedback throughout the design and production process.
- Represent the work of the unit at various internal and external meetings; organize or participate in working groups related to the formulation of policies and procedures to streamline graphic design production and workflows; assist with administrative functions, recruitment of staff and budget planning.
- Perform other duties as prescribed by the Team Leader of the Unit.
Professionalism: Knowledge of brand and graphic design processes and procedures for the creation and maintenance of high-quality visual standards and graphic material for varied media projects. Knowledge of standard industry production processes, including branding, multimedia, digital storytelling, infographics, data visualization, web and social media graphics, printing and digital publishing. Creativity and ability to oversee and develop design that will advance the image and priorities of the UN. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box.” Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in brand and graphic design, MA in graphic communications or related area. A first-level university degree in graphic design or related area in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum of five (5) years of recent and progressive experience in brand identity development, digital storytelling, infographics, data visualization and graphic design is required.
Experience working with the Adobe Creative Cloud including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects is required.
Experience in conceptualizing, designing and implementing brand and visual identities for
international organizations is desired.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a technical test which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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