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Giga Design Lead

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Contract type: Consultancy

Duration: 12 months

Application deadline: 21 April 2024, at 11.55 pm CET

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal

Summary

UNICEF is seeking a Design Lead to join Giga, a UNICEF-ITU initiative to connect every school in the world to the Internet. Based in the Giga Technology Centre in Barcelona, the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in shaping the visual identity of Giga products and services and will lead and inspire a talented team of UI/UX and graphic designers to deliver impactful and engaging products and design solutions.

Your responsibilities will be…
  • Lead a team of talented designers (UI/UX and graphic designers), providing guidance, mentorship, and support to ensure the highest quality of design work across multiple projects and initiatives.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams including product management, finance, marketing, and others to translate business goals and user needs into innovative design solutions.
  • Oversee the product design team in creating intuitive and visually appealing user interfaces and products.
  • Establish and maintain design standards, guidelines, and best practices to ensure consistency across Giga’s products and communication materials.
  • Work closely with communications and brand team members to ensure brand consistency and alignment across touchpoints.
  • Use design thinking or other processes to define and develop outputs that are innovative, solve real problems, and have an impact on business.
  • Collaborate with external partners such as agencies when necessary, ensuring alignment with our design vision and objectives.

Please access the full Term of Reference (ToRs) and read a more detailed description of the assignment in this file in order to prepare your financial proposal and know more about the role: Design Lead.pdf.

To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • A master’s degree in design, visual communication, human-computer interaction, or related field. Alternatively, a first level university degree in combination with two years additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in design roles, preferably in tech companies.
  • Experience in leadership and management positions.
  • Experience in product design and product development lifecycles and processes.
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe CC software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, After Effects), Sketch, Figma, or similar.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to articulate design concepts and rationale to diverse stakeholders.
  • A portfolio showcasing your design expertise, leadership experience, and the impact of your work on previous projects.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; proven track record working across a cross-functional team.
  • Experience working in an Agile environment.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
Travel
  • The consultant is expected to travel to Geneva one time (1 trip), for a stay of 4-5 nights.
  • The consultant is responsible for arranging his/her own travel, including visa and travel insurance.
Payment details and further considerations
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance.
  • Consultant is responsible for arranging his/her own travel, including visa.
  • This consultancy is based in Geneva.
How to apply:
  • Interested applicants are required to submit a financial proposal with an all-inclusive fee. Please see the financial proposal template here: Consultancy Financial Offer template.docx
  • Financial proposal must include travel costs (economy class) and daily subsistence allowance, if travel is required as per TOR and any other estimated costs: visa, travel/health insurance
  • Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered.
About our team

We are a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team of software engineers, finance specialists, data scientists, policy experts, and much more. Our team is a distributed workforce and plans to remain distributed into the foreseeable future. We are growing fast. Our team has grown by over 400% in the last 6 months as we rapidly scale to meet our stated mission.

About Giga

Giga is a joint initiative of UNICEF and ITU to connect every school in the world to the Internet by 2030. Working with corporate and non-profit partners, Giga maps schools’ Internet access in real time, creates models for innovative financing, and supports governments contracting for connectivity. It is part of ITU’s Partner2 Connect Coalition, UNICEF’s Reimagine Education initiative, and the UN Secretary General’s Common Agenda and Roadmap for Digital Cooperation 

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About UNICEF

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. 

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives. 

About ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations.