Job Opening

Posting Title: PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (Graphic Designer), P3
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 20 November 2019 - 03 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Public Information-UNEP-126855-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 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. The Communication Division communicates UNEP's Environment's core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UNEP worldwide. This post is located in UNEP, Communication Division at the Nairobi duty station and reports to the Chief of Content and Client Services. Under the delegated authority of the Director and the direct supervision of the Chief of Content and Client Services, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:


1. Roster and Long Term Arrangement (LTAs) development and management: Develop and manage high quality rosters of, and long-term arrangements with, individual and institutional service providers for all aspects of graphic design production that is relevant to a wide range of projects and budgets, and positioned to deliver excellent graphic design products on a turnkey basis. Oversee the production of graphic outputs and ensure quality control measures that enhance UNEP's visibility and promote the environmental agenda.

2. Style and quality control, design workflow and management: In line with the brand guidelines of the organization and in close coordination with the Brand Building Section, plan, monitor, and create graphic design standards and controls and ensure that UNEP's graphics are of a high international standard. Design comprehensive workflows for tasks as well as assignment management.

3. Gaphic Design: Produce design collateral's and provide direction to the work of the Graphic Design Unit, including strategic guidance for the unit's clients, ensuring effective integration of graphics and design elements in the broader conceptualization and planning of communication interventions. Execute strategy, bringing state of the art practices, techniques, technologies and approaches to bear on the organizations graphic design work. Contribute to the formulation of policies, protocols and procedures to streamline graphic design production and work flows and manage the human and other resources of the unit. Manage internal and external resources for the relevant work of the unit, the section, and the division.

4. Environmental and exhibit design advisor: Provide guidance to colleagues in the design and management of environment and exhibition design that have high visual and communication

5. Explore and present conceptual ideas for a cohesive, coherent and creative branding of the relevant exhibitions incorporating the visual identity elements of the event. Coordinate
the work of UNEP contractors to ensure accurate and consistent execution of designs as approved by UNEP through to full completion and dismantling post-event.

6. Perform other duties as prescribed by the Section Chief or the Office of the Director.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated In-depth knowledge of graphic design processes and procedures for the creation and maintenance of high-quality graphic material for varied media
projects; proven 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; 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; establish effective collaboration and partnerships with officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
• 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.
• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g., word processing, spread-sheet and other project management software; 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; Monitors technology trends, urges staff supervised to take special interest to train and apply new technology in the field of publishing


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Graphic Design, Fine Arts or related area is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in graphic design or related field is required. Experience in an international environment is an advantage. Experience in managing a team is desirable.


English and French are the working knowledge of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.

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.

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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.

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