Job Opening

Posting Title: Graphic Designer and Illustrator
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 20 June 2022 - 29 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-183704-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will edit and design infographics, illustrations and graphic design layouts for the following South-South Collaborative Forum–Poverty-Environment Action series products:

(a) Copyediting of 3rd edition of the Poverty-Environment Action Handbook (approximately 20,000 words)

(b) Graphic design of illustrations and tables for the 3rd edition of the Poverty-Environment Action Handbook

(c) Design of an electronic invitation and roll-up poster for the Handbook’s launch event at Poverty-Environment Action Global Retreat (13-15 September 2022).

Work Location


Expected duration

3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Organization Setting:

United Nations 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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The assignment is located in the Regional Seas Unit, Nairobi duty station.

The UNDP–UNEP Poverty Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (Poverty-
Environment Action) is a global UN-led programme supporting country-led efforts to mainstream
poverty-environment linkages into national development planning, budgeting and finance. Poverty-Environment Action provides financial and technical assistance to government partners to establish institutional and capacity strengthening programmes and carry out activities to address the poverty-environment context.

As part of this effort, Poverty-Environment Action produces various advocacy, knowledge and
communication products targeting national and global audiences of practitioners working on
mainstreaming the environment into national development planning and the implementation that follows. In order to professionally present and communicate the information, these products would benefit from the experience and skills of consultant who can provide editorial and graphic design services in support of production for the below-listed Poverty-Environment Action knowledge product.

The South-South Collaboration Forum is a joint effort of the UNEP–Ecosystems Management
Partnership (IEMP) and Poverty-Environment Action to address poverty elimination, natural resource management and food security issues in Africa and Asia and the Pacific region through exchange of experience and lessons learned with partners, including Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN Women in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and response. UNEP Ecosystems Integration Branch is the host of IEMP and the Poverty-Environment Action project at UNEP.

During development and eventual delivery of the publications, the consultant will report to the UNDP–UNEP Poverty-Environment Action Programme Management Officer. The Consultant will perform the following tasks:
• Copy editing in English within 15 days of receiving the draft document;
• Check document for redundancy of language or content; ensure that the product highlight key
messages in "plain" English, reducing jargon to deliver concise messages and ensure language
consistency across the product, propose improvements to ensure concise text; perform quality
assurance and correct consistency throughout the publications including review and correction of reference list and footnotes;
• Design infographics and illustrations that help convey the key messages of the publications. All
infographics should be submitted as separate image files that can be used for social media. Layout and design the entire publication, following the UNDP–UNEP Poverty-Environment Action publishing guidelines, Poverty-Environment Action graphic design guide for cover illustrations and layout publications including use of graphics, boxes, figures, pictures, and bullet points to ensure the publications are easy to read, aesthetically pleasing, and consistent throughout;
• Review and proof reading of the designed version of the publication and identify and advise on any needed corrections of the text;
• Adjust the layout and design in accordance with feedback from Poverty-Environment Action Unit staff. Independently liaise with Poverty-Environment Action staff to ensure that necessary corrections are made; and finalize the design and format of the document’s graphs, tables and related artwork, making it ready for electronic publishing and online dissemination.
• Design of communications materials (invitation, poster/roll up).

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team, ability to work well and deliver quality outputs under tight deadlines and excellent computer skills are an added advantage.

Academic Qualifications: A university degree (1st degree) in English, Information science, knowledge management, media and communications, or other relevant fields is required.

Experience: Minimum eight (8) years of experience in editing of technical/policy documents preferably in environment and/or development is required. Broad knowledge of the UN system in general and understanding of policies, sound editorial and journalistic judgment as well as political sensitivities is desirable. Work experience with UNDP or UNEP an advantage.

Language: Fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee


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