Digital Media Consultant (Visual Communications)

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Application Deadline :06-Nov-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 Months


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.

In this context, the Communications section at UN Women Headquarters in New York, supports the positioning of women’s empowerment and gender equality as key issues on the international agenda and establishes UN Women’s role as the global authority. This entails developing and promoting high-quality visual and interactive content that communicates about UN Women’s work on its global website and social media platforms.

Due to the increasing demand for visual assets to better engage audiences across multiple distribution platforms , the Communications section seeks to enlist the services of a Digital Media Consultant (Visual Communications) specifically for 1) International Women’s Day and the Commission on the Status of Women in March, among other UN International Days, and 2) to support UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign. The consultant will support the Digital and Interactive Media Team Lead in the production of visual communications assets (simple and complex) on women’s rights and gender equality. The consultant will also support the Digital and Interactive Media Specialist in user and audience research to inform digital strategy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Digital & Interactive Media Team Lead, the Digital Media Consultant will be responsible for the following:

Visual communications production

Produce visual communications materials (including but not limited to infographics, simple or complex data visualizations, data cards, animated or illustrated gifs, banners) for UN Women’s website and social media platforms for key international days, events or campaigns, specifically International Women’s Day, CSW and Generation Equality Campaign. This includes:

  • Pitch visual concepts based on requirements (simple and complex)
  • Research, fact check, script copy for visual information products, such as data cards and infographics.
  • Work with copywriters, editor, illustrators, or photographer, to produce final design
  • Analyze complex data for translation into visual communications materials online (static, motion or interactive) to show progress or lack of progress on women’s rights
  • Wireframe mock-ups for visualizations
  • Create moodboards and style sheets, as needed
  • Develop illustrations using software or by hand that are culturally and gender-sensitive
  • Design art and layout of assets using latest design trends
  • Update existing data information products (e.g. interactive and static charts, graphs, infographics, visual information assets)
  • Produce language translations of visual information products, primarily in English, Spanish and French
  • Create templates of visual assets (primarily in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop) for translation, adaptation and use by other designers and communications professionals.
  • Provide guidance on data visualization and visual design materials
  • Occasionally conducts user testing across browsers and devices for interactive and visual content (i.e. check for browser compatibility, design layout, usability, etc)

Digital Strategy

  • Conducts user and audience research on digital platforms to guide digital, web and visual communications
  • Analyzes, produces and visualizes quarterly and yearly website analytics for



Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:

Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

Demonstrates / Safeguards Ethics and Integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:

Self-development, initiative-taking.

Working in Teams:

Team player and facilitates team work.

Communicating Information and Ideas:

Facilitates and encourages open communication in the team, communicates effectively.

Self-management and Emotional intelligence:

Creating synergies through self-control. Conflict Management / Negotiates and Resolves Disagreement.

Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:

Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Education in Visual Communications, Graphic Design, Data Journalism or similar
  • Fluent in English; Spanish and/or French are a plus.
  • At least 1-2 years experience in visual communications, information design, graphic design, illustration, conceptual design, web interactive content, and/or data journalism
  • Proficient in fact-checking and analyzing data for visual communications
  • Proven graphic designing experience
  • A strong portfolio of illustrations or other graphics
  • Knowledge of typography, color and production
  • Conceptual design experience on women’s rights or social causes preferred
  • Fluency with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Experience using third-party web technologies to create information products, such as graphs and charts. e.g. Tableau
  • Knowledge of Google analytics
  • Knowledge of HTML5 / CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and or programming libraries for data visualization, such as d3.js
  • Passion for data visualization, information design and graphic design
  • Curiosity for testing new ideas
  • An eye for detail and latest visual design standards
  • Familiar with the United Nations
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities

Additional Application Requirement

All applicants are required to submit a link to a portfolio of their art work demonstrating their expertise in graphic design, design layout, conceptual design thinking, data visualization and/or infographic design.

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