Description of assignment title: UNV SBC Design Associate
Assignment country: Nepal
Expected start date: 11/07/2022
Sustainable Development Goal: 4. Quality education
Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNICEF
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Kathmandu
Mission and objectives
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. UNICEF programmes focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation.
UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.
We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished: no child should suffer or die from a preventable illness. We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.
We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), through effective support to country offices and strategic engagement with partners and donors, contributes to winning support for the cause of children from decision makers and the wider public particularly on key priority issues in South Asia. This includes providing technical assistance, capacity building and coordination to enhance digital advocacy in the region. UNICEF has outlined Change Strategies that are key to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and realizing children’s rights.
The change strategies focus on:
– harnessing digital tools,
– community engagement,
– creating inclusive and resilient societies via social and behaviour change communications (SBC)all of which encourage people-centred decision-making mechanisms and increased uptake of protective practices.
These areas of focus also benefit partnerships and engagement with public- and private sector actors, in order to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and achieve child rights at a larger scale. Many of our audiences not only seek information, but are willing to have important conversations on crucial issues concerning children’s wellbeing and rights. Our strategic focus is to ensure greater understanding, participation and meaningful engagement with our audiences such as young people, parents and political influencers across the region. We wish to win our audiences’ support for the cause of children in South Asia.
As such, UNICEF ROSA requires full-time professional support to create high quality in-house graphics, animations and videos for various UNICEF communication channels and platforms in order to visualize and disseminate the Social and Behaviour Change Communications’ resources, achievements, programs that showcase the positive impact of Social and Behaviour Change communications across the South Asia Region in a creative and engaging manner.
The selected UNV will also dedicate 20% of his/her time to the ROSA Communication & Advocacy section, to support high-quality multimedia content creation for UNICEF South Asia digital platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Instagram.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of SBC Regional Advisor or his/her designated mandated representative(s) (80%), the UNV SBC Design Associate will:
- Conceptualize and create high quality designs to help advance UNICEF SBC strategy.
- Create variety of visually engaging assets which may include visualizing reports, strategies and frameworks, infographics, banners, visibility materials, digital assets etc
- Conceptualize and develop videos, graphics and infographics in support of the SBC strategy
- Develop creative work of the highest caliber, provide quality control over concepts and projects, contribute creative solutions and innovations that strengthen the UNICEF SBC strategy in the region.
- Carry out ad-hoc graphic design related work as instructed by the supervisor.
- Carry out ad-hoc video editing as instructed by the supervisor.
- Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Under the supervision of the Regional Chief of Communication & Advocacy and her designate, the Digital Communication Specialist (20%):
- Conceptualize and create high quality multimedia content for UNICEF South Asia’s official digital platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram
- Support with and carry out video editing and graphic design on request for UNICEF South Asia official digital content
- Work closely with the UNV Multimedia Associate to finalize, share and upload UNICEF South Asia multimedia content for internal and external use
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work.
As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:
- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
- Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
27 – 80
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in national and/or international level in the areas of graphic design and video editing; (desirable: experience using behavioural insights and research to drive development of communications collateral and dissemination strategies); Knowledge in concept and creation of specific graphic design assets, including infographics, data visualization, animation/video graphics, and interactive presentations; Ability to conceptualize unique ideas for video and motion graphics projects and advertising campaigns; Visual design sense that is creative, clean, simple, and sharp, with ability to edit as needed; Excellent IT skills, especially with design and photo-editing software (professional knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or equivalent software); Good research and analytical skills; A keen and proven interest/knowledge in digital and social media; Experience in working in the UN or other international development organizations is desirable; Previous experience working with UNICEF and familiarity with UNICEF’s new brand, design and style guidelines is an asset; Excellent oral and written English language skills; Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging and multicultural environment; Ability to respond to short deadlines and demonstrate a quick turn-around and execution of creative work; Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; Have affinity with or interest in child rights, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Area(s) of expertise
Communication, Arts and design
Nepalese, Level: Fluent, Required
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Master degree or equivalent in multimedia, graphic design, video editing or a similar discipline OR bachelors degree on the same but with 5 years of experience.
Competencies and values
- Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF’s procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
- Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority.
- Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues.
- Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
- Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
- Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups.
- Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary.
- Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNICEF South Asia’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
Living conditions and remarks
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy