Illustration and Graphic Design Specialist


The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

role PURPOSE

Founded over 80 years ago, Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Plan International works in 76 countries around the world, including Ethiopia, to empower communities, families and children to advance their wellbeing and equality for girls. Child sponsorship is the basic foundation of the organisation.

We believe in the power and potential of every child, specifically girls. However, poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination have a powerful negative impact on children’s development. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

Plan International’s programme in Ethiopia was established in 1974 and is currently being implemented in nine of the 11 regions in the country, including Addis Ababa City Administration. In the new Country Strategy (2020–2024), our programmes comprise structural development work as well as humanitarian and nexus interventions, currently focusing mainly on child protection, early childhood development, education, WASH, health/nutrition, youth economic empowerment, refugees, IDPs and drought response. Across all our programmes, we strive for a gender-transformative approach.

PlayMatters reimagines childhood for refugees. It will bring play-based learning to 800,000 children across Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania. It will redefine education and cultivate a generation of lifelong builders. PlayMatters is inspired by LEGO Foundation’s call to challenge the status quo, to offer children the quality education they dream of. Children are not gaining the skills they need, teachers are under-supported, and parents are overwhelmed. The systems built to serve them are failing them. PlayMatters proudly offers something different. It is delivered by a coalition with a track record of thinking and delivering differently. We bring three distinct characteristics:

OUTCOMES : Everything we do is fuelled by the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and resilience outcomes we seek. We know learning happens when children are at the centre and teachers, parents and the system surrounding them embrace children’s agency and have not only skills and resources, but the motivation to drive change.

RESEARCH AND LEARNING: Effective delivery requires both rigour and a big heart. With the LEGO Foundation, PlayMatters will generate scientific evidence that can transform our understanding of play and learn for refugees in East Africa and around the world.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP : The LEGO Foundation Humanitarian Initiative offers an opportunity to deliver and comes with the responsibility to lead. Our consortium’s members have a record mobilizing other.

Job Overview/Summary: 

Illustration and Graphic Design Specialist to create original pieces of artwork for print and digital publications. The Illustration and Graphic Design Specialist  will be contracted to work with the PlayMatters Project Management Committee and content development teams.  The Illustration and Graphic Design Specialist will use skills in drawing, colour, composition, and storytelling to create engaging images that enliven for PlayMatters content for educators, community members, caregivers, and systems actors. The Illustration and Graphic Design Specialist will review text, sketch, revise, iterate, and finish illustrations for PlayMatters products, adjusting as requested by the PlayMatters team.

Major Responsibilities:

Conceptualize and create colourful/engaging illustrations to support key ideas and concepts presented in textual educational materials for teachers, community members, caregivers, systems actors, and potentially children (illustrations may include elements for guides, posters, booklets, manuals, etc.)

Participate in the iterative design process, producing variations of illustrated content to ensure that illustrations convey the appropriate concepts and information for users

Create illustrations that are of the highest quality and meet technical requirements

Manage complex deliverables across three countries and multiple content development

Generate ideas and concepts that are clear, communicative, and engaging

Work collaboratively with all members of our content development committees to ensure technically accurate, appropriate, consistent, and responsive illustrations are creative

Collaborate and communicate creative ideas with a cross-functional team that includes technical experts, graphic designers, behavioural scientists, and users to create compelling illustrations

Stay on top of the latest standards, processes, and trends in the illustration field

Create designs that are appropriate for both physical and digital versions of the content, and can translate into multiple formats

Work in a fast-paced, diverse, and collaborative environment

Adhere to tight deadlines and produce iterations of work with a short turn-around time

Internal and/or External Contacts:

Internal:   PlayMatters project team

External:  PlayMatters consortium partner focal points:  War Child Holland; Plan Denmark; Innovations for Poverty Action; and Behavioral Insights Team;

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Education and experience

B.A./M.A. degree in Creative Arts, Graphic Design or related fields with a minimum of 5 years work experience for B.A holders and 3 years’ experience for M.A holders.

Previous experience on similar position in nongovernmental organizations is a plus.

Technical skills

Have experience in digital illustration software (such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, CorelDRAW, or other)

Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly explain creative decisions in spoken and written format effectively in a multi-cultural environment with international and national colleagues and partners

Strong eye for detail, a consistent style, and a willingness to share work with others for feedback

Superb ideation and conceptual skills to create original characters and artwork

Excellent sketching skills to quickly communicate ideas.

Creative problem-solving skills

Strong organizational skills

An ability to receive, interpret, and implement constructive feedback from diverse project stakeholders and iterate on illustrated designs

Work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team-oriented environment

Detail-oriented and good multi-tasking abilities to meet multiple deadlines

Strong team player

Ability to navigate and creatively engage with diverse artistic traditions of East Africa

Flexible and willing to integrate diverse feedback from a variety of technical partners

Participation and flexibility throughout in an iterative design process with many diverse stakeholders across a large consortium and multiple content development teams

A compelling portfolio that showcases aesthetic awareness, high-caliber drawing skills, and command of multiple illustration styles

Fluency in English is required

Strong understanding of humanitarian crises and contexts in eastern Africa is a plus

Additional requirements

Submission of Portofolio during the exam process

Flexible and willing to integrate diverse feedback from a variety of technical partners.

Participation and flexibility throughout in an iterative design process with many diverse stakeholders across a large consortium and multiple content development teams.

Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly explain creative decisions in spoken and written format effectively in a multi-cultural environment with international and national colleagues and partners.

Strong eye for detail, a consistent style, and a willingness to share work with others for feedback.

Creative problem-solving skills.

Strong organizational skills.

Work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team-oriented environment.

Detail-oriented and good multi-tasking abilities to meet multiple deadlines.

Strong team player

Strong understanding of humanitarian crises and contexts in eastern Africa in General and Ethiopia in particular is a plus.

Good understanding of traditional and linguistic diversity of people in different corners of Africa.

Languages required

English is the working language

Nuer, Arabic and/or Afaraf are an asset

We are open and accountable

We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.

We strive for lasting impact

We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.

We work well together

We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.

We are inclusive and empowering

We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.

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