United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

National Consultant (Creative Graphic Design for Public Finance Briefs and Documents)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF is seeking the services of a Creative Graphic Designer to help Design and layout a set of (estimated at 10) budget briefs for 2020/21. The designed versions will be based on the drafts already produced by UNICEF. The assignment also involves layout and design of any other related PF4C products produced during the year on an as-and-when-required basis when the consultant’s service will be required for a specific activity/project ona long term arrangement basis. The contractor will also produce a draft Decentralization Policy for MoLG’s validation and then finalize the draft, based on the comments of MoLG and the other stakeholders.

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, good communication


Through its public finance for children (PF4C) portfolio, UNICEF Malawi engages in research, Analysis, and advocacy aimed at influencing budget allocations to sectors and programs benefitting children. As part of this process, UNICEF Malawi develops budget briefs on an annual basis to explore the extent to which the national budget addresses children’s needs. The briefs analyze the size, composition, and equity of budget allocations to sectors and programs that matter most for children (e.g. education, health, social protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)) in each fiscal year. They also offer insights into the efficiency, equity, and adequacy of past spending. The main objectives of the budget briefs include synthesizing complex budget information so that it is easily understood by different stakeholders and putting forth key messages and recommendations to influence public financial decision-making processes and leverage domestic resources for children.

For 2020/21, UNICEF plans on producing about 10 budget briefs. Each brief is usually 15-20 pages long and contains about 10-15 visuals (bar charts, pie charts, and line graphs). These budget briefs will be used as advocacy tools to engage with planners, budget and policymakers, parliamentarians, media, donors, partners, and the public at large. The budget briefs are usually disseminated through different channels including website, printing, social Media Platforms, external media networks, partner networks. Given the intended audience, it is, therefore, crucial to have these briefs well-designed to enhance readability and help increase their outreach.


To meet this requirement, the UNICEF Social Policy section would like to engage the services of a Creative Graphic Designer who will be available at short notice on an as-and-when required basis to layout and design the budget briefs.

How can you make a difference?

The assignment entails the following:
  • Layout and design of budget briefs (and other related PF4C products) for printing and electronic distribution. Ten budget briefs are estimated to be produced for 2020/21.
  • Produce final pdf versions of the budget briefs (and other related PF4C products) ready to be formatted and uploaded for multiple platforms including print, website, and social media.
  • Create different illustrative materials such as animation, presentations, and design of the packaging.
However, a detailed work plan and delivery schedule will be discussed and agreed upon before the specific project/activity commences to outline clear expectations.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

A degree in Graphic Design/Arts/Communications/Media Studies or related disciplines.

Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality, creative communication materials. Demonstrable knowledge in graphic designing.

A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the following areas and other Digital Platform-related materials: Graphic design and graphic design software, including but not limited to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After effect, Final Cut Pro, Flash, Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp, etc.

Strong copy-editing skills, and the ability to present the results in simple language, making use of relevant visual aids (pie charts, graphs) and other visual tools. Excellent designing skills and demonstrated record of high-quality publications on children’s issues; good interpersonal skills and flexible attitude; organizational and Coordination skills; ability to work independently and to meet tight deadlines to deliver products on time; professional work ethic, integrity, and initiative.

Excellent written and spoken English.

Candidate must demonstrate UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

  Submit your financial proposal on the attached template Download File Financial Proposal Template.xlsx Further details of the assignment are contained in the attached Terms of Reference Download File ToR Design Services for PFM.pdf UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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