Job Opening

Posting Title: Graphic Design Assistant, G6
Job Code Title: GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 May 2021 - 25 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Public Information-OCHA-155874-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Funding Trends and Resource Mobilization Unit (FTRM) of the External Relations and Partnerships Section (ERPS), Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch, Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies and natural disasters. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.

The incumbent of the post reports to the Head of FTRM.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Graphic Design Assistant may be responsible for the following duties:

• Independently undertakes design assignments, including high priority requests, for a variety of UN sponsored events (e.g. high-level conferences, Member States briefings, ECOSOC, global appeal launches).
• Systematically aggregates and presents information, including financial data, from a wide variety of UN, NGO, and international organization sources and collaborates with internal and external actors in the collection of data, and the design and preparation of presentations, tables, charts, data sets, and/or graphics to facilitate in-depth analysis and communication of the retrieved information.
• Leads or participates in initial meetings with clients to discuss potential design projects, and their substantive content, communication objectives, media (including electronically published products) and design options, technical specifications, costs, schedules/deadlines, etc.
• Provides guidance and support throughout the project production process; coordinates and follows up with clients and other relevant parties (e.g. copy and proofreaders, production staff, translators, etc.) and ensures that project is on schedule.
• Ensures coherent branding for resource mobilization events and products.
• Produces camera-ready documents for reproduction by formatting complex documents in desktop publishing layout; determines specifications for size, paper, typesetting, layout, illustrations, colors, for print documents, posters, banners, etc.
• Ensures that the final products and/or global templates are correctly used in a wide range of graphic adaptations and languages by advising and coordinating with other designers and Information Management Officers in the field, and reviewing output.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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.

• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; 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.

Education

• High school diploma or equivalent is required.
• Specialized training in Graphic Arts supplemented by a diploma or certificate is desirable.
• Must have passed the United Nations Global General Services Test or United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away.

Work Experience

At t least seven (7) years of experience in publications production, including desktop publishing, graphic design and layout, or related area of which preferably two (2) years within the United Nations Common System.
Experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social economic development or related area is desirable.
Experience in ensuring adherence to UN editorial rules, style and branding is desirable.
Experience in graphic art, creative designs, and high-quality graphic material for varied print and digital media is desirable.
Specialized training in graphic arts is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This post is funded for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

• Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, selected candidate may be required to start the assignment/appointment remotely, in agreement with the hiring manager, and until further notice.

• 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.

• Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

• This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

• Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.

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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