Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant – Communications and Graphic Design
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 23 December 2021 - 04 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-171129-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Suite of graphic design products (illustrations, infographics, flyers, presentation templates)
• Suite of communications products (product collaterals)
• Compendium of services, products and resources
• Communications strategy and related communication materials
• Brand guidelines
• Recommendations for the improvement of precursors pages on the INCB website

Work Location


Expected duration

From 1 February 2022 to 15 August 2022, 100 working days.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background of the assignment:
The Precursors Control Section in the INCB Secretariat will employ a consultant to develop communications and graphic design materials targeting competent national authorities, INCB focal points and the general public. This consultant’s work will aid in raising awareness of the trends, risks and challenges in international precursor control and in enhancing the visibility of the section’s products and resources in print and on the Internet and social media.

Illicit drug manufacture relies on the availability of chemicals as building blocks. The Precursors Control Section assists governments in preventing chemical diversion and preventing chemicals from reaching clandestine laboratories and its mandate is driven by the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. The section identifies and addresses weaknesses in the international precursors control system through various activities, which can be broadly summarized as follows:
a) monitoring of the licit international trade in chemicals listed in Table I and II of the 1988 Convention through the maintenance of a web-based system (PEN Online system);
b) supporting the INCB in assessing substances for possible international scheduling under the 1988 Convention;
c) facilitating international collaborative initiatives and operations, and international focal point system (Project Cohesion, Project Prism, INCB Task Force on precursors);
d) supporting international exchange of information on precursor trafficking, including through the maintenance of a web-based platform on precursors incidents (PICS system);
d) promoting cooperation with industry and voluntary public-private partnerships (PPP) to prevent diversion of chemicals;
e) promoting international action to address the use of equipment in illicit drug manufacture and increasing the operational use of Article 13 of the 1988 Convention;
f) development of annual reports on precursors, technical guidelines and publications, tools and other resources.

The Precursors Control Section is located in the Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in Vienna. INCB is the independent, quasi-judicial body charged with promoting and monitoring Government compliance with the three international drug control conventions: the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

Purpose of the assignment:
The purpose of the assignment is to develop and advise upon communications and graphic design materials for print, reports, social media and INCB website to enhance visibility and raise awareness on issues pertaining to the control of precursor chemicals, as well as communicate the practical value of products and resources developed by INCB for suitable interventions at the national or international levels. The materials will primarily target competent national authorities (regulatory authorities, law enforcement entities) and INCB focal points for operational activities, as well as the wider public.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) is required. Excellent creative vision and attention to detail is required. Ability to work independently with minimum supervision in a team is required. Ability to work under pressure and deliver under deadlines is required.
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree in the field of Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Communications, Marketing, Journalism, International Relations or a related field, is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience designing, producing, and publishing of marketing and messaging collateral through development of digital (graphic design) initiatives, is required.

At least 2 years of professional experience in communications content development in English, is required.

Professional experience in using Creative Cloud software (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop), is required.

Professional experience developing and implementing style guidelines, brand use guidelines or visual identity manuals, is desirable.

Prior experience working for an international organization is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, with excellent drafting skills, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

No Fee


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