UNICEF IT Jobs – Web Designer

Job Title: Web Designer
Deadline:  20 Nov 2012
Organization: UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Level: P3/NOC Duration: 5 months
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Project Background:
In May 2011, after an initial testing phase, UNICEF Uganda officially launched the U-report program. U-report uses mobile technology through SMS to provide a forum of opinion and information sharing for youth and children in Uganda. Using a crowd-sourcing approach to initiate an SMS dialogue with the members (‘U-reporters’) the ultimate aim of the program is to stimulate citizen-led and youth-led development. Since its inception the U-report program has evolved into a powerful tool with implications for both improved service delivery and increasing youth engagement in the political process, with a high level of international attention and interest shown. There are currently 125,000 members of U-report; the community grows by 500 on an average day.
The next stage of U-report includes improving digital access to the vast amounts of rich data gathered around the topics above.
U-report is experiencing rapid expansion within Uganda, and much interest from throughout UNICEF to expand to other countries. As such we expect a rapid increase in public views and the desire to explore the data U-report provides on www.ureport.ug.
A re-design of the public site is necessary, including design, usability and functional elements for a variety of audiences ranging from U-reporters themselves, to NGOs, UN agencies and Government representatives.
Purpose of Assignment: UNICEF Uganda requires a creative, experienced web-designer familiar with the Django platform that passionately believes in the mission of U-report and UNICEF Uganda. The successful candidate will carry out the following tasks as they relate to www.ureport.ug:
·         Improve the data representation of the SMS responses on the U-report site.
·         Create and implement a robust site navigation.
·         Create a number of new specialist pages that are intuitive for non-web savvy users to manipulate
·         Create and maintain news feature pages relating to U-report stories.
Design, create and implement a Media Room to feature video and photo content.
·         Improve the online registration experience
·         Improve the data representation of regular community polling currently conducted via SMS on the U-report site. This should include GIS and dynamic graphing.
·         Add mapping tools that work of existing data in real-time to show geographical representation of U-reporters
·         Add trending functionality that measures altering attitudes over time on key child and youth issues
·         Improve site performance and speed by optimizing functionality.
·         Tie in site with relevant social media outlets in the region.
·         Monitor and edit any social elements to the site.
·         In addition to the above points the successful candidate will make recommendations and present designs on new innovative features that enhance the U-report experience to a variety of audiences including young people, semi-literate, decision-makers and government.
Tasks and End Results
Create full site design to final stages pre-implementation
·         20 Page document featuring computer generated graphic design images of pages and usability.
·         Implement all changes relating to general data representation, interaction and functionality to be tested and reviewed
·         After review and testing internally and externally, produce a 10 page report illustrating data development, screenshots of new features and a summary of bugs
·         Creation and launch of department/genre pages – 4 page document outline system instructions of use for new department centric pages showing accompanied by screenshots and links.
·         Addition and launch of new sign up functionality and social media linkages and connections – A 2 page document outline current social media integrations and recommendations for the future
·         Designer to brief developers on site infrastructure for future maintenance and updates – A 5 to 10 page instruction manual outlining in detail relevant code for specific functions throughout the site for use of developers
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
·         2 years experience (minimum) working with Django web application framework and python programming language
·         5 years experience designing and launching websites.
·         Degree in graphic design (preferred but can be outweighed by experience and record of success)
·         Experience creating online dashboards for data analysis
·         Proven track record of success in building websites in a business environment for either B2B or public audiences.
·         Experience integrating social media into websites
·         A good understanding of UNICEF programmes and policy, including knowledge of technology for development programs.
·         Good understanding of development issues, world affairs and current events
·         Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as to transfer knowledge and skills.
·         Experience of working within teams.
·         Strong writing and communication skills and the aptitude to handle advanced data integrity tests.
·         Proven successful track-record in data analysis projects with tangible results.
·         Fluency in written and verbal English is essential.
·         Residence and work experience in East Africa, current or past, is advantageous but not essential
How to apply: 
Please send letter of interest, CV and any relevant sample work (links or attachments) to ugderecruit@unicef.org
Applications must be received by 20 November 2012
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