Graphic Designer Jobs in Nairobi,Kenya

Graphic Designer Jobs in Nairobi,Kenya



Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 18 June 2015-17 August 2015

Job Opening number: 15-PUB-UNEP-41934-R-NAIROBI (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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Organizational Setting and Reporting

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. UNEP’s Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI) communicates UNEP’s core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UNEP worldwide. This post is located in UNEP/DCPI at the Nairobi duty station and reports to the Chief of Content and Client Services under the overall supervision of the Director.


Under the delegated authority of the Director and the direct supervision of the Chief of Content and Client Services, Graphic Designer will performance the following duties

  • Roster and Long Term Arrangement (LTAs) development and management: Develop and manage high quality rosters of, and long-term arrangements with, individual and institutional service providers for all aspects of graphic design production that is relevant to a wide range of projects and budgets, and positioned to deliver excellent graphic design products on a turnkey basis. Oversee the production of graphic outputs and ensure quality control measures that enhance UNEP’s visibility and promote the environmental agenda.
  • Style and quality control, design workflow and management: In line with the brand guidelines of the organization and in close coordination with the Brand Building Section, plan, monitor, and create graphic design standards and controls and ensure that UNEP graphics are of a high international standard. Design comprehensive workflows for tasks as well as assignment management. Perform other duties as prescribed by the section chief or the Office of the Director.
  • Graphic Design: Produce design collaterals and provide direction to the work of the Graphic Design Unit, including strategic guidance for the unit’s clients, ensuring effective integration of graphics and design elements in the broader conceptualization and planning of communication interventions. Execute strategy, bringing state of the art practices, techniques, technologies and approaches to bear on the organization’s graphic design work. Contribute to the formulation of policies, protocols and procedures to streamline graphic design production and work flows and manage the human and other resources of the unit. Manage internal and external resources for the relevant work of the unit, the section, and the division.
  • Environmental and exhibit design advisor: Provide guidance to colleagues in the design and management of environment and exhibition design that have high visual and communication impact.
  • Explore and present conceptual ideas for a cohesive, coherent and creative branding of the relevant exhibitions incorporating the visual identity elements of the event. Coordinate the work of UNEP contractors to ensure accurate and consistent execution of designs as approved by UNEP through to full completion and dismantling post-event.



  • Demonstrated In-depth knowledge of graphic design processes and procedures for the creation and maintenance of high-quality graphic material for varied media projects;
  • proven creativity and ability to oversee and develop design that will advance the image and priorities of the UN;
  • shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • 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;
  • establish effective collaboration and partnerships with officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.

Planning and Organizing

  • develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • adjusts priorities as required;
  • allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • uses time efficiently.


  • 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.

Technological Awareness

  • Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g., word processing, spread-sheet and other project management software;
  • Keeps abreast of available technology;
  • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office;
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;
  • Monitors technology trends, urges staff supervised to take special interest to train and apply new technology in the field of publishing.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Graphic Design, Fine Arts or related area is required.
  • A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in graphic design or related field is required.
  • Experience in an international environment is an advantage.


  • English and French are the working knowledge of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Assessment Method

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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