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Design Associate (G-7), Office of Global Insight & Policy (OGIP), New York, NYHQ, #86424

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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, an advocate…

This position is within the Office of Global Insight and Policy (OGIP). OGIP was established in 2019 to assist UNICEF in interpreting, and engaging in, a rapidly changing world, and serves as an internal think-tank, providing UNICEF with intelligence on a range of issues with implications for children and its work, equipping the organization to more effectively shape the global discourse, and preparing it for the future by scanning the horizon for frontier issues and ways of working.

Through its intelligence function, OGIP conducts analysis on a range of external issues based on soliciting needs across the organization, identifies implications, translates into options or recommendations, and socializes with relevant parts of the organization. OGIP’s general discourse function generates critical assets including commentary and briefings, to enable UNICEF to more effectively drive the global conversation vis-à-vis children and leverage its normative influence. Its frontiers function analyzes new issues and ways of working to incorporate into UNICEF's core business and next strategic plan where appropriate, and to drive the organization forward.

How can you make a difference?

The position is supervised by the Editor (P-3), Office of Global Insight and Policy.

The Design Associate supports the Editorial Unit by carrying out a range of design, production, administrative and distribution support functions to help develop editorial products including the agency's flagship report (The State of the World's Children (SOWC)), ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations. The Design Associate works in close collaboration with a range of staff, service providers and external partners in support of the Editorial Unit.

The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the Editorial Unit, including success in producing a visually-appealing and timely delivery of the agency’s flagship report, and its effectiveness in promoting deeper understanding of and policy support for key development issues affecting children

Tasks will include…

1. Support and develop design proposals and content strategy for reports and materials, including The State of the World’s Children (SOWC) report in coordination with the Editorial Unit:

  • Under the instruction of the supervisor colleagues, lead or assist with the design and layout of editorial products, including reports, working papers, brochures, briefing notes, etc., as required.
  • Ensure harmonization of publication elements, such as maps, infographics and data within and among publications.
  • Support management and design of the SOWC front matter, chapters, data visualizations, statistical tables, graphics and endnotes in a timely completion.
  • Support design of derivative products such as the SOWC Executive Summary, Regional Briefs and ancillary products.
  • Support design, production and distribution of language editions (including externally-designed French, Spanish and Arabic) for the SOWC and other products.
  • Assist in photo selection for the SOWC suite and other products.
  • Ensure compliance with UNICEF Brand Guidelines and Brand Toolkit; Style Book; Policies and Procedures with regard to printing; UN design-related guidance; and any relevant guidelines developed by the Editorial Unit. Keep supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow up are followed.
  • 2. Support the development of publication-length reports and derivative products:

  • Help the Editorial Unit to identify, select, supervise and evaluate service providers for design, printing and distribution. Keep an updated a database of such providers.
  • Assist in the administrative processes for the Editorial Unit, including preparation of terms of reference, contracts, procurement requests, evaluations, etc.
  • Keep a record of correspondence and ensure the smooth operation of work flow with services providers, country offices, national committees and others.
  • Maintain an up-to-date and organized documentation center for materials such as draft texts, photographs, charts and graphics.
  • 3. Support PowerPoint creation for presentations by the Editorial Unit at meetings and events.

    4. Handle distribution of print reports, web-ready PDFs and all digital components for use on WeShare and other platforms as necessary. Work with staff and service providers to ensure timely delivery of products to UNICEF offices and partners.

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

  • Completion of a Secondary Education (e.g. High School Diploma) is required.
  • A minimum of7 years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience in publication design and production across a broad range of relevant hardware and software platforms is required.
  • Strong IT skills in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat), MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), data visualization software and other UNICEF software, such as SharePoint.
  • Experience in publications management, print/digital media, photography skills, graphic design is considered an asset.
  • Experience in a UN organization is considered an asset.
  • Strong administrative, planning, and time management skills.
  • High attention to detail and good analytical skills.
  • Passing the GGST (Global General Service Test) Exam or UN ASAT in English is required.
  • Non-US candidates must be in possession of an existing US G-4 visa or be a US permanent resident/citizen.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

    The functional competencies required for this post are...

    Analyzing (2)

    Relating and Networking (2)

    Deciding and Initiating Action (2)

    Following Instructions & Procedures (2)

    Applying Technical Expertise (2)

    Planning and Organizing (2)

    View our competency framework at

    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.


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

    How to Apply

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link