Job Description

Result of Service

IPBES reports Design and lay-out finalized for production.

Design and lay-out for communications material finalized for production.

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Expected duration

The expected duration of this consultancy opportunity is 3.5 work months (depending on exact level of experience of the selected candidate) over a contractual period of 4 months from February 2021 to end May or early June 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

The 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.

Established in April 2012, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has a membership of over 130 Governments (see and seeks to respond to the needs of governments and other stakeholders to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Under guidance of the IPBES Head of Work Programme (Section A) and IPBES Head of Communications (Section B), the Graphic Design Expert will: A) Contribute to the production of IPBES assessment reports and other reports and publications, which includes:  Proposals for the design of covers and to present and illustrate the content;  Lay-out of text, tables, figures and graphics;  Sourcing and selection of photos and other design elements (any copyright fees arising for this activity require ex-ante validation by IPBES);  Drawing/creation of figures and tables;  Artwork.

B) Contribute to IPBES communication and outreach activities, which include:  Design and lay-out of banners, posters, brochures, Power Point slides, cards, letterheads and other communication material.

 Updating of IPBES visual identity guidelines.

 Provide graphical design support for IPBES online communications including the IPBES website and Social Media channels.

 Provide support to proofing of 3rd party uses of IPBES designs to ensure graphical and visual consistency and alignment.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Graphic Design, Communications, Public Information, Journalism, Marketing or a related field is required. A first-level degree with two additional years of directly relevant experience may be excepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: At least ten years of experience in graphical design work that covers the areas outlined under the roles and responsibilities section.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and/or French is required.

Additional Information

Candidates should be prepared to submit upon request: Evidence of recent (within the last five years) design experience for science or environment-related work.

Evidence of recent (within the last five years) design and layout experience of large (more than 200 pages) complex publications (print and electronic).

A consultancy engagement resulting from this job opening will be made under United Nations Assignment Level C: This level is authorized to engage an individual with extensive relevant professional experience requiring specialized or technical knowledge and skills. Individuals at this level will be expected to develop new approaches, techniques or policies and/or design guidelines, standard operating procedures and a project’s theme. Individuals would be engaged in projects of broad scope and considerable depth that will have an impact on the overall execution of programmes or service of a function or various interrelated areas.

UN Competencies most relevant for this consultancy opportunity: PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of concepts of graphic design, lay-out, public information and communication. Ability to produce a variety of graphic design products. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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