Graphic Designer for the GC-RED and BES-Net Project (45% part-time)

Location : Home-Based
Application Deadline :11-Feb-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-9
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 Year

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background Information

UNDP’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan emphasizes the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP’s Nature, Climate Change, and Energy (NCE) Team promotes and scales up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas.

The NCE Team works with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate natural capital, environment and climate concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies; support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements; and implement the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming on environment, climate change, and energy. This multi-billion dollar portfolio encompasses: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) including forests; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification including food and commodity systems; Water and Ocean Governance including small island developing states; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Renewable and Modern Energy; Extractive Industries; Chemicals and Waste Management; Environmental Governance and Green/Circular Economy and SCP approaches. This work advances crosscutting themes on innovative finance, digital transformation, capacity development, human rights, gender equality, health, technology, and South-South learning. UNDP's NCE practice spans 137 countries, with a portfolio directly benefiting 86 million people. Our support to Governments focusses on enabling an inclusive, resilient, green recovery by: building competency to accelerate access to sustainable energy and climate and nature-positive policies and finance; scaling capacity to ensure No One is Left Behind; catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris-aligned investments (public and private); delivering client-focused solutions that respond to countries' immediate, mid-and long-term recovery and socio-economic development priorities; and leveraging our on-the-ground presence and networks to unlock bottom-up solutions that deliver lasting impacts at country level.

In addition to UNDP’s bilateral partnerships on nature climate and energy, UNDP is an accredited multilateral implementing agency of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Multilateral Fund (MLF), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which includes the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF Trust Fund); the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF); the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF); and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). As part of UNDP’s partnership with these vertical funds, UNDP provides countries specialized integrated technical services for eligibility assessment, programme formulation, capacity development, policy advice, technical assistance, training and technology transfer, mobilization of co-financing, implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management services.  The NCE Team focuses on managing the oversight of climate and environmental financial resources from global trust funds to catalyze and unlock other types of public and private financing for sustainable development. This includes oversight of the design as well as implementation phase of projects (together with Country Offices and Regional Bureaus), as well as portfolio level oversight and management.

Land degradation, desertification and drought are significant and growing barriers to sustainable development as the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation impact human health, productivity and resilience for billions of people. The Nairobi-based Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED) is one of UNDP Global Policy Centres, which focuses on strengthening the linkages between environmental sustainability and human development and resilience, and particularly contributes to improving the sustainable management of natural capital (biodiversity, land and ecosystem services) in support of expanded employment and livelihoods opportunities. It also contributes to UNDP’s resilience agenda based on the long track record of the Centre in drylands/drought resilience. 

Project Description 

GC-RED was established in October 2014, building on the achievements of the former Drylands Development Center, and seeks to:

  1. Advance global thinking and knowledge sharing on inclusive and sustainable development in drylands and other fragile ecosystems; and
  2. Develop capacities to address science-policy issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services management and utilization.

Drawing on decades of experience and expertise, GC-RED is committed to build social and ecological resilience and support the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in drylands and other fragile ecosystems.  The Centre supports programme countries in scaling up their sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration efforts and achieving Land Degradation Neutrality in line with the Sustainable Development Goal Target 15.3.

The Centre hosts the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net). BES-Net is a capacity sharing “network of networks” that promotes dialogue between science, policy and practice for more effective management of biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to long-term human well-being and sustainable development. It complements and contributes to the capacity building work of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) by aligning its activities with the IPBES global assessment themes and applying the related IPBES guidance documents.

GC-RED is looking for an experienced Graphic Designer to help improve the branding of the Centre and visibility of the Centre activities by conceptualizing, developing and updating the key communication products for external audiences.

Institutional Arrangement

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the GC-RED Policy Specialist and the BES-Net Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Communication Officer and in close consultation and collaboration with the other GC-RED/BES-Net project team members and their partners. During the contract period, the incumbent is expected to ensure regular communication with the GC-RED/BES-Net project teams and timely delivery of the expected outputs, informing the teams of the status/progress as well as any obstacles that might occur.


  1. UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.
  2. Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. A sample of graphic design works, which were produced by the applicant in the past, to demonstrate the experiences required by this TOR (link to website or attachment).
  4. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of the candidates’ experience, such as design portfolios, reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials designed.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The objective of the position is to provide graphic design support for communication and advocacy materials, such as reports, brochures, posters, briefs, newsletters, among others, for GC-RED and its respective projects by visualizing key messages in creative and catchy ways. He/she will reference and be guided by the UNDP Brand Manual.

More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Visualize and design communication products, including the infographics/data visualization/ reports/ multimedia and social media products, as required, in print-ready and/or digital formats to showcase GC-RED works;
  2. Update existing communication products around specific topics, ensuring different user-friendly formats, modern layout, and convincing designs
  3. Provide advice and direction on innovative designing, communication, and outreach activities that enhance visibility for the Centre and its projects through online and other platforms.


Professionalism:  Shows pride in work and 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. 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • An advanced degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Graphic Design, Multimedia, Visual Arts, communications, or other relevant fields

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant practical graphic designing, visual arts, branding, communication and outreach

Required  skills and competencies

High level of computer literacy and advanced command over a full range of graphic design software (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or equivalent software)

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Proven knowledge and familiarity with multimedia tools like Adobe After-Effects, Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro and simple animations and web interactions
  • Proven knowledge and/or familiarity with social and ecological resilience and sustainable development issues in a development context
  • Previous work experience with the UN System and familiarity with UNDP’s general programming work; and
  • Working knowledge of other official UN languages

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Professional proficiency in English with excellent oral and writing communication skills

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