Senior Graphic Design Assistant – Mogadishu, Somalia

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Senior Graphic Design Assistant – Mogadishu, Somalia

Closing date: 22 Nov 2023

Organization: International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: Senior Graphic Design Assistant

Vacancy Number: VN/IOMSO/021/2023

Duty Station: IOM Somalia in Mogadishu, Somalia

Classification: General Service Category, Grade G-6

Type of Appointment: One Year Fixed Term, with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: Soon as Possible

Closing Date: 22 November 2023

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.


Since 2006, IOM Somalia has been implementing a range of humanitarian and development projects in all regions of Somalia. With more than 7 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in 2023, evolving mixed migration flows in and out of Somalia, increasing access and donor interest in Somalia, programmatic scope for IOM is growing rapidly. In this context, IOM Somalia is implementing a multitude of projects and is expanding its sectoral portfolio. IOM Somalia is therefore seeking an incumbent to support graphic design efforts.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Media and Communications Officer, and in coordination with Senior Communications Assistants, the Senior Graphic Design Assistant will support the public and internal communications of IOM Somalia through assisting in the development and designing of key information and visibility products.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Design and produce a wide range of visually compelling print and digital materials, including reports, brochures, infographics, banners, presentations, and web graphics.
  2. Collaborate with programme teams to understand their communication needs and translate them into visual solutions.
  3. Design and edit artworks, photos, charts and other graphic elements.
  4. Recommend the best and most relevant visual design style and materials suitable for IOM Somalia’s various stakeholders and audiences.
  5. Ensure all design work aligns with IOM’s brand guidelines and principles.
  6. Support development, improvement and/or editing of artwork, photographs, charts and other graphic elements for use in IOM Somalia’s digital and print products.
  7. Update IOM Somalia’s Visibility and Communication folders so all created products are accessible to relevant colleagues.
  8. Manage relationships with external design agencies and freelancers when necessary.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or other related disciplines; with minimum four of years of related professional experience; or

High School Degree in above field with minimum six years of related professional experience, or an equivalent combination of education and training


  • Minimum four years of professional experience in graphic design;
  • Usage of Adobe Creative Suite programmes, particularly In Design, Photoshop, and Illustrator mandatory.
  • Experience in photography and videography, both shooting and editing an advantage.
  • Experience working with international agencies like the UN is an advantage.


  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Excellent graphic design skills.
  • Creative thinker and with a good eye for design.
  • High level of professionalism and ability to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines in a complex and fast changing environment.
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and gender sensitivity.


Fluency in English and Somali (oral and written) required. Working knowledge of other Somali dialect, Arabic, Amharic or Oromo.

Required Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent, and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

Core Competencies – behavioral indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighboring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighboring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Vacancy Notice Number (VN No.), Position Title and the Duty Station with three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to: before the closing date.

Posting period:

From 09.11.2023 to 22.11.2023





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