Terms of Reference (TOR)

Title: Education Crisis Platform – Design Consultant (Visual Identity & Website)
Location: Remote-based
Language(s) required: English
Travel: None
Duration of contract: 21 March – 26 May 2016 

Background & Rationale

Over the past year, actors have begun to build consensus toward a new, collective way forward to support education in crisis response. The 2015 Oslo Summit on Education for Development, informed by ODI research on this topic, identified and called for the creation of a joint global effort to mobilize collective action and significant funding for education in emergencies and protracted crises. Now, through review of evidence, consultation and joint discussion, a design for the creation of an Education Crisis Platform which could begin to address the above obstacles is in place.

The Platform will be launched at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) – taking place from 23 to 24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Throughout the WHS consultation process, there were increasing calls for education and learning to be at the heart of humanitarian action to ensure that a child’s right to education be protected from disruption or interruption due to conflict or disaster. 

In line with the core responsibilities set out by the Secretary General, the Platform will support access to continuous, equitable, and inclusive quality education services for children and youth affected by emergencies and protracted crises, especially the most marginalized. There will be a specific push to reach the most vulnerable crisis-affected children and youth at early childhood, pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, with additional efforts made to support non-formal education where relevant. It will focus on children facing multiple discriminations, i.e., those who are crisis-affected and denied access to education because they are refugees or displaced, because of their caste, class, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, or any other factor.

Purpose

UNICEF seeks a qualified designer to deliver the following ahead of the launch of the Platform at the WHS:

  1. Development of the visual identity for the Education Crisis Platform (name, logo, style guide, branded templates)
  2. Development of an informational website for the Education Crisis Platform (5 pages – informational website)

Expected results: 

The designers will undertake the following:

Visual identity for the Platform:

  • Participation in a ‘Name and Brand’ workshop with key stakeholders of the Education Crisis Platform, facilitated by UNICEF
  • Final Visual Identity for the Platform (including logo and any core brand elements)
  • Short Brand Styleguide (including details on the use of the name, logo, colour, fonts and any other elements essential to the brand)
  • Branded templates for documents such as word documents and powerpoint decks.

Informational Website for the Platform:

  • Final independent website for the Platform (not hosted on a UNICEF page), including:
    • Identification of the hosting environment
    • Creation of an information architecture (IA) to illustrate the content hierarchy and site navigation
    • Wireframes for the website that inform the user experience for core page types (mobile and desktop)
    • 5 core web pages for the website: homepage, about page, champions page, take part – social media page (Example: http://nolostgeneration.org/)
    • Responsive design
    • Test and launch the site in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit. This also includes testing the website on various browsers, checking if the website is responsive, etc. 

Duty Station
The designers will be remote-based. No travel will be required for the entire period of the contract.

Timeframe

 Start date: 21 March 2016                                     End date: 26 May 2016

Deliverables

(Ongoing) In consultation with the Education Advocacy and Communication leads, create the branding for the Education Crisis Platform.  This includes:

  1. Options for name, logo (3-5 options) and draft brand guidelines. The options will be shared with the Platform Communication Working Group for feedback and suggestions ((two rounds of comments facilitated by UNICEF Education Advocacy and Communication Lead))
  2. Finalized name, logo and brand guidelines that will be followed throughout the site, for use in any reports or communication products, and for use by key partners

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 22 days
Deadline: May 26th, 2016

Deliverables:

Ongoing) In consultation with the Education Advocacy and Communication leads, create the Education Crisis Platform.  This includes:

  1. Draft development of the website: Identification of the hosting environment; Creation of an information architecture (IA) to illustrate the content hierarchy and site navigation; development of wireframes for the website that inform the user experience for core page types (mobile and desktop); draft 5 core web pages for the website
  2. Presentation of website options to the Platform Communication Working Group (two rounds of comments facilitated by UNICEF Education Advocacy and Communication Lead)
  3. Testing the website advance of the WHS. This also includes testing the website on various browsers, checking if the website is responsive, etc.
  4. Launching website a day ahead of the WHS

Duration (Estimated # of Days): 22 days
Deadline: May 26th, 2016

Key competences, technical background, and experience required deadline
The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree and 3-5 years of professional experience in a relevant field – ie. graphic design, interaction design, visual communication, media design, system design or others – and have proven experience in translating complex ideas into unified storytelling visuals. Qualifications include:

  • Strong graphic design skills particularly in layout, presentations, branding and visualization of systems and complex information and structures. Strong knowledge of design platforms like Adobe Creative Suite, design techniques, software, data visualization.
  • Experience in website design – wireframes, proven experience in designing with CMS sites like WordPress or Squarespace and knowledge of html, CSS or other coding languages
  • Experience with website set-up, hosting, server option recommendations, analytics
  • Global-level branding work (for example, U-Report is a global brand which is disseminated across several countries).
  • Experience in print, digital, UX/UI design, data visualization
  • Ability to design effectively using constrained mediums such as Powerpoint
  • 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, verbal and written language.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a rapidly-changing work environment: Proven experience working with a diverse team and being able to parse through large amounts of information in order to create synthesized and clear designs.
  • At least 3-5 years of professional experience in developing branding and layout.

Additional Experience and Knowledge:

  • Familiarity with open-source technology
  • Familiarity with development/programming language
  • Self-starter and able to time-manage oneself.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Design preparation and production skills
  • Ability to work in a team and in a diverse and rapidly-changing work environment
  • Experience working within the social impact space

Languages:

Fluency in English. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

To Apply:

If this is a project that you might be interested in and would like to be considered for, please let us know by March 15th, 2016 with the following details to vgocheva@unicef.org:

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

Questions can be directed to vgocheva@unicef.org  with the Subject line: “QUERY: Education Crisis Platform – Design Consultants”

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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.

 CONDITIONS OF SERVICE – CONSULTANTS

  1. LEGAL STATUS

Individuals engaged under a consultant contract serve in a personal capacity and not as representatives of a Government or of any other authority external to the United Nations.  They are neither “staff members” under the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and UNICEF policies and procedures nor “officials” for the purpose of the Convention of 13 February 1946 on the privileges and immunities of the United Nations.  Consultants may, however, be given the status of “experts on mission” in the sense of Section 22 of Article VI of the Convention.  If they are required to travel on behalf of the United Nations, they may be given a United Nations certification in accordance with Section 26 of Article VII of the Convention.

2.  OBLIGATIONS

Consultants shall have the duty to respect the impartiality and independence of the United Nations and shall neither seek nor accept instructions regarding the services to be performed for UNICEF from any Government or from any authority external to the United Nations.  During their period of service for UNICEF, consultants shall refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the United Nations or UNICEF and shall not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the discharge of their duties with the Organization.  Consultants are required to exercise the utmost discretion in all matters of official business of the Organization.  In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, consultants are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil Service.  Consultants are to comply with the UNICEF Standards of Electronic Conduct and the requirements set forth in the Secretary General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, both of which are incorporated by reference into the contract between the consultants and UNICEF.  Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the office concerned, consultants shall not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or other authority external to UNICEF any information that has not been made public and which has become known to them by reason of their association with the United Nations.  The consultant may not use such information without the written authorization of UNICEF.  Nor shall the consultant use such information for private advantage.  These obligations do not lapse upon cessation of service with UNICEF. 

3. TITLE RIGHTS

UNICEF shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to, or is made in consequence of, the services provided to the Organization by the consultant.  At the request of UNICEF, the consultant shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the Organization in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law.

4. TRAVEL

If consultants are required by UNICEF to travel beyond commuting distance from their usual place of residence, such travel at the expense of UNICEF shall be governed by conditions equivalent to the relevant provisions of the 100 series of the United Nations Staff Rules (Chapter VII) and relevant UNICEF policies and procedures.  Travel by air by the most direct and economical route is the normal mode for travel at the expense of UNICEF.  Such travel will be by business class if the journey is nine hours or longer, and by economy class if the journey is less than nine hours, and first class by rail.

5. MEDICAL CLEARANCE

Consultants expected to work in any office of the Organization shall be required to submit a statement of good health prior to commencement of work and to take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement, including confirmation that they have been fully informed regarding inoculations required for the country or countries to which travel is authorized. 

6. INSURANCE

Consultants are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services on behalf of UNICEF as they consider appropriate.  Consultants are not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to United Nations staff members.  The responsibility of the United Nations and UNICEF is limited solely to the payment of compensation under the conditions described in paragraph 7 below. 

7. SERVICE INCURRED DEATH, INJURY OR ILLNESS

Consultants who are authorized to travel at UNICEF’s expense or who are required under the contract to perform their services in a United Nations or UNICEF office, or their dependants as appropriate, shall be entitled in the event of death, injury or illness attributable to the performance of services on behalf of UNICEF while in travel status or while working in an office of the Organization on official UNICEF business to compensation equivalent to the compensation which, under Appendix D to the United Nations Staff Rules (ST/SGB/Staff Rules/Appendix D/Rev.1 and Amend.1), would be payable to a staff member at step V of the First Officer (P-4) level of the Professional category. 

8. ARBITRATION

Any dispute arising out of or, in connexion with, this contract shall, if attempts at settlement by negotiation have failed, be submitted to arbitration in New York by a single arbitrator agreed to by both parties.  Should the parties be unable to agree on a single arbitrator within thirty days of the request for arbitration, then each party shall proceed to appoint one arbitrator and the two arbitrators thus appointed shall agree on a third.  Failing such agreement, either party may request the appointment of the third arbitrator by the President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal.  The decision rendered in the arbitration shall constitute final adjudication of the dispute.

9. TERMINATION OF CONTRACT

This contract may be terminated by either party before the expiry date of the contract by giving notice in writing to the other party.  The period of notice shall be five days in the case of contracts for a total period of less than two months and fourteen days in the case of contracts for a longer period; provided however that in the event of termination on the grounds of misconduct by the consultant, UNICEF shall be entitled to terminate the contract without notice.

In the event of the contract being terminated prior to its due expiry date in this way, the consultant shall be compensated on a pro rata basis for no more than the actual amount of work performed to the satisfaction of UNICEF.  Additional costs incurred by the United Nations resulting from the termination of the contract by the consultant may be withheld from any amount otherwise due to the consultant from UNICEF.

 10. TAXATION

The United Nations and UNICEF undertake no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract.  No statement of earnings will be issued by the United Nations or UNICEF to the consultant.

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