Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Nairobi, Kenya

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi, Kenya

Office: UNEP Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Posting Title: Graphic designer and illustrator

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 01 March 2021 - 16 March 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-150880-Consultant

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The consultant will edit and design infographics, illustrations and graphic design layouts for the following South-South Collaborative Forum series products: (a)Working Paper on Food Security and Agrobiodiversity for the South-South Collaborative Forum - approximately 12,000 words.

(b)Design of South-South Collaborative Forum branding (revised logotype, invitations, posters/roll-ups, certificates of participation) for Forum event related to the Convention on Biological Diversity COP-15 (May 2021) and UN Food Security Summit (September 2021).

Work Location


Expected duration

1 month. The commencement of the contract is envisioned form15 March 2021 and should be terminated latest by 30 November 2021.

Duties and


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.

Responsibilities: 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 10 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;
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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 the IEMP and 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, making it ready for electronic publishing and online dissemination.

Advise on branding of the South-South Collaborative Forum

Design of communications materials (logotype, invitation, poster/roll up, certificate of participation)

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A university degree (first 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 the area of 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; 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.

Language: Fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee


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