Terms of Reference

Title: Visual Design – Consultancy (Polio)
Location: New York (Remote Based; NYHQ offices as needed)
Travel:  No
Language Required: English
Duration: 11.5 months (part time)
Application Deadline:  17 June 2015

BACKGROUND & RATIONALE

The goal of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is to complete the eradication and containment of all wild, vaccine-related and Sabin polioviruses, such that no child ever again suffers paralytic poliomyelitis.

Launched in 1988 after the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, the GPEI, along with its partners (UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Rotary, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF)), have helped countries to make huge progress in protecting the global population from this debilitating disease. As a result, global incidence of polio has decreased by 99% since GPEI’s foundation and an estimated 10 million people today are walking who would otherwise have been paralyzed by the disease. Now the task remains to tackle polio in its last few strongholds and get rid of the final 1% of polio cases.

PURPOSE

The overall objective of this role will be to provide design support, including but not limited to: team branding, product branding, user research for brand development, systems mapping, layout design, and information architecture. The designer will be responsible for creating and packaging branding and visual communication materials. These may include data and systems visuals, wireframes, presentations, infographics, and reports.

This position will range from project support to owning projects and seeing them through to completion. Due to the diversity of the role, the team is looking for a hybrid designer, who can ideally work across various devices and platforms. The ideal candidate will be a visual designer who has experience with complex systems and wireframes and who is able to toggle between several number of projects at the same time.

The audiences for these visuals with range from an internal UNICEF audience, GPEI and government partners, country offices, donors, and the public.

MAIN ACTIVITIES

  1. Work closely with Polio Unit colleagues to understand and map visual design needs
  2. Design visual communication materials based on that mapping. This may include infographics, presentations, reports, websites, wireframes, data visualizations, and system maps.
  3. Manage pipeline of visual communication products, including conception, initial design, feedback, and completion.
  4. Lead the harmonization of the visual appearance of publications being produced by the polio unit.
  5. Visual content will be produced for STOP trainings, the Polio database and data work, the forthcoming polio program website, frontline worker training, security and access, Anthrologica and Harvard polling research, IMB report, resource mobilization, and polio’s innovation work

DUTY STATION

New York (Remote-based consultancy; NYHQ offices as needed)

 TIMEFRAME

Start Date: June 2015     End Date: May 2015 (11.5 months)

*Consultant will work on-site 2-3 days a week for the duration of the contract

DELIVERABLES AND DEADLINES

  • Deliverable 1: 
    • Mapping of this month’s user requirements for deliverables
    • At least two infographics and presentation for Badger database system
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline: 30 June 2015
  • Deliverable 2:
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverable
    • At least two infographics for Polio C4D toolkit
    • Duration (estimated numbers of days): 12
    • Deadline: 31 July 2015
  • Deliverable 3
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least 2 infographics and presentation for NYU C4D course
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline: 31 August 2015
  • Deliverable 4
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least 2 infographics for IMB report
    • Layout of IMB report and development of IMB PowerPoint presentation
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline: 30 September 2015
  • Deliverable 5
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least two infographics and presentation for Polio innovation work
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline: 31 October 2015
  • Deliverable 6
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least two infographics for forthcoming UNICEF Polio website
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline: 30 November 2015
  • Deliverable 7
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least two infographics and a presentation for Polio STOP training
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline 31 December 2015
  • Deliverable 8
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least two infographics, presentation, and report formatting for new frontline worker curriculum
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
  • Deliverable 9 
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least two infographics and presentation for resource mobilization
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline: 28 February 2015
  • Deliverable 10
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least two infographics and presentation for polio access initiative
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline: 31 Marzo 2015
  • Deliverable 11
    • Refined mapping of this month’s visual user requirements and deliverables
    • At least two infographics and a presentation for next IMB report
    • Duration (estimated number of days): 12
    • Deadline: 30 April 2015

Total number of days: 132
Deadline: 11.5 months


KEY SKILLS, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
 

  • At least an undergraduate or equivalent in a graphic design or graphic design-related field, post-graduate preferred.
  • At least 5 years of progressively Mid-level experience in relevant field – ie. graphic design, interaction design, visual communication, media design, system design
  • Proven experience in translating complex ideas into unified storytelling visuals
  • Expertise with graphic design, infographic development, branding, data visualization, and/or web development
  • Experience in print, digital, UX/UI design,
  • Proven capability of working on a project from the concept to the final design package
  • An ability to communicate complex, abstract concepts using both visual and written language.
  • Ability to parse through large amounts of information in order to create simplified and clear designs.
  • Strong knowledge of design platforms like Adobe Creative Suite, design techniques, software, data visualization.
  • Self-starter and able to time-manage oneself
  • Fluency in English

Additional Experience and Knowledge:

  • Familiarity with open-source technology
  • Familiarity with development/programming languages
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience creating visually appealing technical guidance pieces
  • Ability to work in a team and in a diverse and rapidly-changing work environment

 

 HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are requested to send their submissions to pdconsultants@unicef.org with subject line:

“Visual Design – Consultancy (Polio)” by 17 June 2015, 5:00pm EST.

Applications must include:

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

 UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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