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Visual Design Consultancy — Polio Unit


Background & Rationale

The goal of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is to complete the eradication and containment of all wild, vaccine-related and Sabin polioviruses, such that no child ever again suffers paralytic poliomyelitis. Launched in 1988 after the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, the GPEI, along with its partners (UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Rotary, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF)), have helped countries to make huge progress in protecting the global population from this debilitating disease. As a result, global incidence of polio has decreased by 99% since GPEI’s foundation and an estimated 10 million people today are walking who would otherwise have been paralyzed by the disease. Now the task remains to tackle polio in its last few strongholds and get rid of the final 1% of polio cases.


The overall objective of this role will be to provide design support, including but not limited to: team branding, product branding, user research for brand development, systems mapping, layout design, and information architecture.  The designer will be responsible for creating and packaging branding and visual communication materials.  These may include data and systems visuals, wireframes, presentations, infographics, and reports.

This position will range from project support to owning projects and seeing them through to completion.  Due to the diversity of the role, the team is looking for a hybrid designer, who can ideally work across various devices and platforms. The ideal candidate will be a visual designer who has experience with complex systems and wireframes and who is able to toggle between several number of projects at the same time.

The audiences for these visuals with range from an internal UNICEF audience, GPEI and government partners, country offices, donors, and the public.

Expected results: (measurable results)

  1. Lead the harmonization of the visual appearance of publications being produced by the polio unit.
  2. Work closely with Polio Unit colleagues to understand and map visual design needs
  3. Design visual communication materials based on that mapping. This may include infographics, presentations, reports, websites, wireframes, data visualizations, and system maps.
  4. Manage pipeline of visual communication products, including conception, initial design, feedback, and completion.
  5. Visual content will be produced for STOP trainings, the Polio data work, the polio program website, frontline worker training, security and access, Harvard KAP manual, IMB report, resource mobilization, and polio’s innovation and communication (media) work.

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