2 May 2014

Design Assistant Job Vacancy

About our organization:
The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods.

As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in
more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

About the position: 
To assist the Graphic Designer in design and layout duties.

Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting directly to the Graphic Designer of the Communications Unit, the Design Assistant will:

  • Assist the Graphic Designer in developing designs for ICRAF material, in line with established styles and guidelines
  • Assist the Graphic Designer in ensuring the corporate design is implemented across the Centre, in line with established styles and guidelines
  • Design and layout publications such as PowerPoint presentations, Policy briefs, Occasional papers, Technical manuals, Working papers and Transformation newsletters
  • Design and layout public awareness materials such as brochures, banners, web graphics, posters and fliers
  • Design and lay out corporate materials such as Annual reports and Audited financial statements
  • Provide photo coverage of meetings and other activities within and outside the campus, update the ‘Photos of the week’ section on the intranet, and manage the image database and digital screens on campus
  • Perform other activities as directed by the Graphic Designer.


  • Degree or higher diploma in graphic design or related field
  • Competence in use of Macintosh and Adobe design software. i.e. Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and other design software
  • At least 2 years working experience in a design environment
  • Creative and artistic
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Good photography skills

Terms of Offer
We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women.

This position is remunerated on local terms.

The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, subject to a six (6) months’ probation period.

The position will be based in ICRAF Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

How to apply
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Applications will be considered until 9th May 2014.

Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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