Visual Designer

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Visual Designer

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Background Information – Job-specific

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has established a Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague, the Netherlands to help increase the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector. The vision is to create a future where all people involved in a humanitarian emergency have access to the data they need, when and how they need it, to make responsible and informed decisions.

The Centre will focus on four areas: data services, data policy, data literacy, and network engagement. The Centre’s data services work includes direct management of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform and the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) data standard. The data literacy work will focus on in-person and remote training programmes as well as a Data Fellows Programme with the first class of fellows expected in The Hague mid 2018. For data policy, the Centre will work with partners to develop institutional agreements for sharing data in crisis settings. Finally, the Centre will further build and engage an active community in support of its mission and objectives through a number events and communication activities.

The Centre requires the support of a visual designer to develop design assets for HDX, HXL and the Centre for Humanitarian Data properties, in line with the existing visual identity that has been established. The visual designer will also support a number of communication products such as one pagers, brochures, impact stories, posters and presentations, among other assets.

We are looking for a designer who is self-motivated and can thrive in a remote, international, multidisciplinary team. The right candidate has the skills to balance great design with short deadlines and loves collaborating and learning about humanitarian data. We are product and service oriented team; web, software, app-based work should be the core of your portfolio.

The consultant will be responsible for the following:
  • Develop materials to explain and promote Centre activities to key audiences; develop consistent branding and visual assets for the work.
  • Create design and visual communications for the Centre for Humanitarian Data properties (HDX, HXL, Centre for Humanitarian Data) including web and print.
  • Work closely with the HDX product manager to deliver new features and improvements for HDX.
  • Create assets (illustrations, icons, templates) and style guideline documents for use across the team.
  • Support team’s advocacy work for events and conferences including but not limited to posters, presentations and handouts.
  • Support communications team with newsletters and user engagement through email channels and social media.
  • Represent the Centre for Humanitarian Data at meetings and events; participate in partner calls and team meetings as required.
Education/Experience/Language requirements

An advanced university degree in graphic design, human-computer interaction or a related design discipline is required. An undergraduate degree in related field with additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


  • Experience in designing visual language systems for digital products and services in design consultancy or in-house environment is required.
  • Experience with understanding user behavior and experience as it relates to design.
  • Qualified candidate’s portfolios must demonstrate visual designs that effectively communicate product function and brand identity, including the design and production of screen layouts, color palettes, typography, user interface elements, and icons.
  • Familiar with responsive design and proficiency with relevant design software packages such as AdobeCC, Sketch and InVision.
  • A strong understanding of how comps translate to code.
  • Familiar with agile development and prototyping.
  • Strong knowledge of capabilities and limitations of Web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript and CSS.
  • Motion graphics and animation skills are optional but a plus.
  • Experience with designing for social impact a plus.


Fluency in English is required (both oral and written). Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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