The purpose of the Art and Design Specialist post is to provide the Data & Analytics Section/Data Analysis and Innovation Unit Nutrition Team, as well as 5 Units of the Programme Division with graphic design and production for print and web for high-quality dissemination products featuring UNICEF nutrition data and nutrition-focused materials. Design materials also support fundraising and advocacy for the Nutrition section and provides a consistent look for global nutrition publications (e.g. reports, guidance, PPTs) for UNICEF. The post is responsible for the publishing of materials for print and web dissemination. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up. For every child, a future UNICEF places a high priority on the availability of recent and reliable information with which to monitor the situation of children and women. Statistically sound and internationally comparable data are essential for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, as well as for monitoring countries progress toward national goals and global commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNICEF publications are viewed with high regard among the UN, governments and other partners, especially in the realm of nutrition. Appropriate and compelling graphic design is essential to best communicate data from UNICEF global databases and to maximize the utility of the available data through a number of presentation and dissemination materials, print, static-web and interactive-web and requires a collaborative, insightful and skilled Graphic Designer to create these strategic and persuasive solutions. The Data and Analytics (D&A) Section is located within the Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring (DAPM) at UNICEF’s New York headquarters. D&A is the hub of UNICEF’s technical guidance, quality assurance and technical data architecture for programme work on data across the organization. D&A provides leadership, strategic and normative guidance and technical support to UNICEF’s work on generating evidence on the situation of children by supporting the collection, analysis, understanding and use of robust data and statistics, programme data, data science, big data analytics and data literacy. The Art and Design Specialist, D&A, will work within the Data Analysis and Innovation Unit (DAIU) to support the work of the nutrition team as well as the Programming Division Nutrition Section. How can you make a difference? The purpose of this post is to provide the Data & Analytics Section/Data Analysis and Innovation Unit Nutrition Team, as well as 5 Units of the Programme Division with graphic design and production for print and web for high-quality dissemination products featuring UNICEF nutrition data and nutrition-focused materials. Design materials also support fundraising and advocacy for the Nutrition section and provides a consistent look for global nutrition publications (e.g. reports, guidance, PPTs) for UNICEF. The post is responsible for the publishing of materials for print and web dissemination. The nutrition team (in the Data & Analytics Section/Data Analysis and Innovation Unit) is involved with 3 recurring global nutrition reports, as well as up to three additional thematic reports each year, numerous presentations, data snapshots and other publications. Additionally, the Programme Division’s Nutrition Section requires design and production of multiple books, reports, graphics, high-quality infographics and presentations for all five Units within the section. The design work is harmonized and consistent to ensure similar nutrition data and messages are designed and conveyed the same way across UNICEF HQ, and support is often provided to regional and some country offices as well. This position will generate high-quality dissemination products featuring UNICEF nutrition data as well as advocacy and related dissemination materials for all nutrition information at UNICEF NYHQ. Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks: • Responsible for the creative direction of all nutrition-focused publication and online materials; performs work independently, having initiative to meet the objectives of the post; works closely with team providing guidance on visual approaches and matches appropriate solutions through thorough reading and understanding of materials, and frequent meetings with team on follow-up; • Designs and develops visual systems for high-level design projects in compliance with UNICEF design and branding standards for presentations, publications, and web-content; oversees design projects from ideation to realization, taking into account the complexity of message and/or visual image the D&A/DAIU Nutrition team and Programme Division Nutrition Section needs to project, anticipating and communicating what is feasible considering various project release dates; • Conceptualizes and develops several diverse design approaches/proposals; photo research; icon and infographic development based on indepth analysis of the issues to communicate; ensures design of print, web and electronic products are complementary; • Coordinates all design files from correction phase to final review and approval; prepares design files for final production and distribution, for use in print, presentation, web and electronic output; makes comprehensive presentations detailing each design proposal; ensures design of printed, web and electronic products are complementary; • Responsible for the print production phase, and liaising with printing companies, including budget and timeline, paper choice, as well as providing guidance and support to staff throughout the process; approves the quality of the proofs of the final product; • Acts as Focal Point within the DAIU Nutrition team, to support the Data for Action Web Communication Team for updates to Nutrition webpages, Nutrition Mailchimp outreach; coordinates visuals and text, for regular updates, events and publication launches; prepares the webmail design for the Programme Division Nutrition Section’s multiple recurring email dissemination weekly, monthly and quarterly; • Stays abreast of new design trends and most current technology in brand, print and digital design and in the publishing field; • Performs other duties as required. 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- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in graphic design, arts of design, communication or a relevant field. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in graphic design and web and print production is required.
- Advanced knowledge of design and communications concepts and Adobe Creative Suite software.
- Advanced knowledge of production processes for a variety of media and knowledge of vendor requirements for print products.
- Advanced design, creative and artistic skills. Demonstrated experience in designing high-quality infographics, graphs, reports and brochures.
- Advanced skills to devise broad design ideas, present them to teams, and produce results on time. Proven experience to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to adapt to changing priorities.
- Advanced interpersonal communications skills, including active listening skills and skills to work effectively within teams and to effectively provide advanced design advice and consultation to clients on all aspects of visual communications.
- Critical thinking skills, advanced organizational skills and proactive problem-solving/problem resolution skills.
- Ability to lead and mentor others in the department.
- Advanced proficiency of Adobe Creative Suite software, Microsoft Office Suite including Powerpoint, Excel and Word, and Infogram and MailChimp platforms. Understanding of Wordpress for web updates is a plus.
- Experience with nutrition-related subjects and with the United Nations or other International Organizations would be an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.