Job Opening

Posting Title: Graphic Designer
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 20 May 2019 - 02 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-117320-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Provide support to the Communications Unit in lay out of a number of publications and products related to the branch’s work.

Work Location


Expected duration

Duration: From May 2019 – June 2020.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

As part of UN Environment’s Policy and Programme Division, the Crisis Management Branch extends UN Environment’s work to areas of the world where the natural and human environment have been damaged from conflicts or disasters. Specialized environmental expertise is provided to rapidly identify risks to health, livelihoods and ecosystem services and to integrate environmental needs within the recovery process.

The Crisis Management Branch promotes sustainable management of natural resources in conflict and disaster affected countries. It works across four core pillars:
• Post-Crisis Environmental Assessments
• Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery
• Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding, and
• Disaster Risk Reduction
Communications are a key strategic priority for UN Environment as part of the organization’s mandate to advocate for the environment. This is achieved through a wide range of communications activities at national and global level, including an active social media presence. The Crisis Management Branch is working directly with its teams in Haiti, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Sudan and South Sudan, as well as at a global level on communications related to its work.

The branch’s work demonstrates to decision makers the importance of natural resources management as a precondition for sustainable development and as an instrument for peacebuilding and disaster risk reduction. Since 1999, the team has conducted field operations in over 40 countries and works in close cooperation with the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding frameworks of the UN system. More information can be found at

A graphic designer is required to support the work of the Communications Unit and lay out a number of publications and products related to the branch’s work. The graphic designer will design, layout and prepare packages (including the original files, layouts and design files, print PDFs and web-optimized PDFs) for the branch’s publications.

This position is home-based and does not include any travel.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

The selected candidate(s) will undertake the publication design and layout of various environment-related publications (factsheets, folders, banners, roll-ups, reports, assessments) working towards agreed deadlines.

The consultant(s) will need to undertake any or all of the following tasks:

1. Provide overall art direction / layout design for assigned publications
2. Lay out the publication(s) using Adobe InDesign
3. Provide an initial draft laid out document in PDF format, which will be subject to review by the Crisis Management Branch’s Communication Unit
4. Make changes as advised
5. Provide a final draft for approval by the Crisis Management Branch’s Communication Unit
6. Make changes as advised
7. Provide final files (print-ready and web-optimised) in PDF format as well as all InDesign packages (with links and fonts)

The consultant(s) should remain available for minor changes (such as logo changes or text edits) following finalization, should this prove necessary.

Qualifications/special skills


• Very high level of attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and deliver against set timelines
• Strong organizational ability and experience in following a project from start to finish

Academic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media, Visual Communication, Graphic Design or related subject.

• At least five years professional experience working in publication design and layout (including of text, graphs, visuals, etc.)
• Proficiency using Adobe CC (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
• Experience in preparing documents for printing and advanced knowledge of printing processes (both digital and offset printing)
• Mastery of Adobe Creative Cloud. Knowledge of InDesign, PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, Adobe PageMaker and CoralDraw is essential.
• Experience in developing infographics
• Experience in providing art direction or design, e.g. creating unique and visually striking designs for publications, including report covers, art design for a common series of publications, etc.
• Advanced knowledge of computer vector-based imagery (maps and logos)
• Advanced knowledge of computer processes, particularly using Microsoft Office in large font (printers and plotters)
• Advanced knowledge of digital photography, including editing and optimising.
• Tools and ability to lay out content in Arabic and/or Dari and/or Pashto is an advantage
• Experience working with interactive publications is an advantage


• Fluency in English is essential
• Depending on the assignment, understanding of French, Spanish, Arabic, Dari, or Pashto can be an advantage

No Fee


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