Requisition ID: req11940

Job Title: Regional Visual Content Producer

Sector: Community Development

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Description


Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At-work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC reaches over a million children annually with education and child protection programs in 25 countries around the world. 

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 being delivered by a coalition with a track record of thinking and delivering differently. We bring three distinct characteristics:


1. OUTCOMES. Everything we do is fueled by the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and resilience outcomes we seek. We know learning happens when children are at the center 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.
2. RESEARCH AND LEARNING. Effective delivery requires both rigor and a big heart. With LEGO Foundation, PlayMatters will generate scientific evidence that can transform our understanding of play and learning for refugees in East Africa and around the world.
3. 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 others.  


Job Overview/Summary: 
The  Regional Visual Content Producer will be a member of the PlayMatters regional project team based in Kampala, Uganda and work closely with the global communications teams based in New York. The position will lead on graphic design and content creation (including photography and videography) for the regional project. The  Regional Visual Content Producer will work closely with the Regional Curriculum Specialist and Regional Communications Specialist to lead the graphic design for both education and communications materials being produced for the project. They will also be responsible for content creation, including traveling to project sites to capture creative and high-quality photography and videography, and editing these into high-quality end products for the project. This individual will also technically manage other graphic design and content collection consultants, as necessary. 


Major Responsibilities: 
Graphic Design 
• Ensure that all print, online, electronic products and promotional items are produced in adherence to the PlayMatters brand guidelines 
• Design key documents and promotional items like reports, PowerPoints, promotional items, advocacy materials, leaflets, brochure, factsheets, and other displays as needed 
• Design layout of art and copy regarding arrangement, size, type size & style, and related aesthetic concepts for key educational materials for teachers, community members, caregivers, and potentially children.  These can include guides, posters, booklets, manuals and other content
• Participate in iterative human-centered design processes to produce flexible variations of products
• Translate relevant project documents into visual products for online use
• Create motion graphics for different displays and purposes like infographics, video opens and transitions 
• Support the Regional Communications Specialist to develop creative concepts which improve overall branding and visibility of the project 
• Understand the illustrative process and provide technical input and oversight to illustrators who are responsible for creating image ideas and products of various activities to promote learning through play 
• Recruit/supervise graphic design consultants (as needed)


Audio-Visual Production
• Support the Regional Communications Specialist to collect and develop communications materials (e.g. media stories, photographs, video footage for external news outlets and social media) to raising project visibility via earned media and across IRC digital channels. 
• Generate audio visual content (photo and video stories) for web and social media platforms through the pre-production, production and post-production process (shooting and editing). 
• Create tutorial and other videos aimed at promoting learning through play which will be shared on community of practice platforms. These will be adapted in terms of length, format, and size based on mediums of distribution.
• Generate footage to be curated into in various communication products like campaigns, promotional videos, policy dialogues among others in consultation with the Regional Communications Specialist. 
• Provide technical advice to multimedia and communications teams in the development of audio-visual products.
• Responsible for indexing and archiving all audio-visual assets. 


Technical Management
• Act as the technical link between PlayMatters and external multimedia partners in the course of the program delivery. 
• Ensure technical equipment is well maintained managed and in line with IRC procedures. 
• Stay informed with latest technology developments and advise the team on how to adapt communication/content strategies to always remain on top of the curve.
• Manage complex deliverables across three countries and multiple technical development teams.


Key Working Relationships: 
• Position Reports to:  Regional Communications Specialist and is managed in partnership with the Regional Curriculum Specialist
• Position supervises: n/a
• Indirect Reporting:  Regional Curriculum Specialist 


Other Internal and/or External Contacts: 
• Internal:   PlayMatters regional project team, IRC country program staff; and relevant IRC regional and headquarters units, such as Communications and Advocacy; 
• External:  PlayMatters consortium partner focal points:  War Child Holland; Plan Denmark; Innovations for Poverty Action; and Behavioral Insights Team.




• At least 5 years of relevant graphic design, illustration and audio-visual production  experience 
• High proficiency using creative graphic design and video production software, including but not limited to: Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Final Cut pro and/or related software for graphic design and video production to produce aesthetically pleasing and engaging materials for a wide audience. 
• High proficiency in using DSLR cameras and other video production equipment. 
• Ability to design unique and individual elements to integrate into design.
• Experience in collecting and developing content from the field, producing compelling communications materials. 
• Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate. effectively in a multi-cultural environment with international and national colleagues and partners. 
• Fluency in English is required. 
• Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team environment.
• Detail-oriented and good multi-tasking abilities to meet multiple deadlines.
• Strong understanding of humanitarian crises and contexts in eastern Africa is a plus.
• 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 a number of stakeholders across a large consortium and multiple content development teams.
• Proven experience of graphic production from start to published/printed product with knowledge of printing processes and color management.
Working Environment: 
• Standard office work environment
• Travel required 30-40% 
• Position is based in the IRC Regional PlayMatters office in Kampala, Uganda