Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
UNICEF has been innovating for children for 70 years. Innovations support the organization’s 135+ country offices in finding solutions for the world's most vulnerable children. The UNICEF innovation work includes both policy and practice of innovation in UNICEF, and the larger UN. Innovation in UNICEF is defined as “doing something new or different that adds value.” Innovation is a cross-sectoral function that enhances programme and development effectiveness as well as management and is guided in all contexts by UNICEF’s Innovation Principles (http://www.unicefstories.org/principles/). UNICEF is engaged in testing and scaling up new partnerships, technologies, and collaborations in some of the world’s most difficult operating environments.
In January 2016, the UNICEF established the Office of Innovation in order to strengthen its innovation functions and leverage the increasing opportunities across the organization. The Office of Innovation unites:
PURPOSE OF THE APPOINTMENT
The senior design consultant will provide design support and expertise in several program areas and UNICEF Innovation projects, including but not limited to: UNICEF ventures projects around data and research, innovation product branding and maintenance, systems design for scale-up projects and products, graphic design, publication design, information architecture and design research.
We seek a candidate with a background in graphic design and some level of expertise in human-centered design and design thinking practices. The designer must be able to apply these practices to UNICEF Innovation projects and to lead workshops/sprints with project teams. This includes but is not limited to - creating the content and structure of workshops, design and production of materials for workshops and conducting these sessions.
The ideal candidate needs to be a top-level designer who is self-motivated to provide support to a diverse team even under tight time constraints. We seek someone who works closely with the Design Team and contributes to building a strong portfolio of design work at UNICEF Innovation. The designer would need to take initiative on projects, learning the content as the project demands and pulling together various team members to produce well-rounded work.
Due to the diversity of the role, the team is looking for a hybrid designer, who can ideally work across various devices and platforms, understanding mediums such as print design while also exploring the ambiguity of systems and information design. The ideal candidate will be a visual designer who has experience working with complex systems and who is able to toggle between a number of projects at the same time. The ideal candidate must have a strong sense of UNICEF’s programmes and goals, who expresses a passion for designing for social impact through their portfolio, who has experience communicating easily with a diverse range of staff - designers and non-designers alike - and who has a knack for extrapolating information from team members that can be translated into simplified and articulate ways.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED FOR THE ASSIGNMENT
Additional Experience and Knowledge:
LANGUAGES: Fluency in English. Competence in another UN language preferred.