Graphic Designer, Kabul, Afghanistan

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Afghanistan

City: Kabul

Office: UNDP Kabul, Afghanistan

Closing date: Monday, 9 May 2022


Description of assignment title: Graphic Designer

Assignment country: Afghanistan

Expected start date: 05/31/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 17. Partnerships for the goals

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNDP

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Kabul


Mission and objectives

UNDP has been working across Afghanistan for more than 50 years on challenges related to climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods and rule of law. Guided by the government and its Development Councils, our work is fully aligned with the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework and National Priority Programmes, and is carried out in close coordination with partner UN agencies under the One UN Framework. As the UN’s development network, we connect the Afghan government and people with the resources and information they need to drive their own development according to their own priorities, as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. UNDP has been working in Afghanistan for more than 50 years on climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods, and rule of law. Under the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in close coordination with other UN agencies, UNDP is supporting Afghan people’s aspiration for peace, prosperity, and sustainability. UNDP is currently implementing its flagship crisis response programme, ABADEI (Area Based Approach to Development Emergency Initiatives), as part of the ongoing UN-led response to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of Afghanistan’s economy following the August 2021 shift in power. The Communications Unit leads communication for the office’s development, thematic issues and strategic priorities. The incumbent must be able to work efficiently alone or as part of a dynamic team, developing and implementing creative communication strategies and plans that increase the exposure of UNDP and mobilize public, political, and financial support. The unit also leads coordinating and supporting regional and country communication teams to ensure the delivery of coordinated, impactful messages and news packages to key audiences considering global and operational strategies and policies. Finally, the unit will provide expert communications advice to senior staff of the organization and other units, streamlining UNDP’s messaging within the office and as part of the larger UNDP family.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Partnership and External Relations Specialist or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Graphic designer will:

Support design and implementation of the CO communication strategy based on the corporate communications strategy.

Increase visibility of UNDP’s mandate and goals through public website and social media use

Present new ideas to represent UNDP data in design and infographics

Design, layout and format publications, and other printed and web-based communications materials considering UNDP’s branding manual, and branding requirements of other donors/partners, as needed.

Design and create illustration, artwork, maps, tables, charts and other graphic elements for communication and promotional materials

Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size or type.

Develop infographics using supplied data to present core development messages and organize complex information into visual representations.

Train and advise other communication staff with the designing and adobe software package

Where necessary, locate photos from UNDP’s photo library sources and ensure proper photo credit is given

Incorporate comments and changes from UNDP staff.

Ensure that the final output(s) for each communication product will be the final web-ready and/or print-ready version

Deliver creative graphic and technical solutions (including infographics if required) for print, electronic, web-based and animated presentations.

Develop conceptual graphics and charts that creatively convey messages/data in the report.

Support UNDP presentations with creative graphics and representation of data.

Liaise with projects in UNDP country office to ensure cooperative approach to communications designing outreach materials.

If required, help produce high quality photography, videography and other digital media products for CO and projects

Liaise with printers, if necessary, by support CO and project in dealing with printing specs and the printing presses.

Any other tasks as required to support communications unit. 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.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 - 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in Graphic design, layout, or other relevant programmes; experience with visual design, photoshop and video editing is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization.

Area(s) of expertise

Arts and design, Information technology, Communication

Driving license



English, Level: Fluent, Desirable Dari, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable Pashto, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Graphic design or any other related field.

Competencies and values



Teamwork and respect for diversity

Commitment to continuous learning Communication




Empowering Others


Planning and organizing


Other information

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.

Inclusivity statement

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

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