Vacancy announcement

Consultant - OneOceanLearn Platform Illustrator(s)

Vacancy type Consultant/Individual Contractor
Duration of the contract
3 months (Output-based)
Deadline for submission of applications
23 April 2021
Organizational Unit
Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GDCCPU)
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:



UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GCP) develops methodologies, executes training, supports learning strategies, and facilitates knowledge-sharing with the goal to strengthen capacities in developing countries to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and to advance a green, low emission and climate resilient transition.

UNITAR has been engaged by the University of Strathclyde to support the conceptualization, design and oversight for a virtual platform for integrated knowledge translation (KTP), serving the One Ocean Hub’s vision of ‘integrated ocean governance for equitable and inclusive sustainability’. Knowledge translation is an evolving concept that goes beyond concepts of knowledge capture and transfer incorporating elements of partnership as well as interactive communication and engagement.  Good science about the oceans is being generated across several global and national initiatives but the results of this work should reach more people, be more clearly understood and be more likely to lead to positive action.

UNITAR and the One Ocean Hub are seeking applications from interested candidates / institutions in order to establish a Roster for Illustrators to provide the services for illustrations for the One Ocean Learn platform. 

General objectives of the contract:

To help with the finalization of the OneOceanLearn platform, we are seeking the services of creative and experienced illustrators or illustrating companies who will use their expertise and the OneOceanLearn design concepts to illustrate the different sections of the platform. 

There is no deadline, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as selection will be done on a rolling basis until the position is filled.   We are looking for an illustrator to start immediately. 

Responsibilities/description of professional services:

We are inviting interested illustrators to submit examples of their previous work which is focused on the oceans, human interactions with the sea such as coastal communities and livelihoods, and sea animals. We would like to include interpretations reflecting local-to-the-artist cultural values and would like to appoint some artists located in the ‘global South’, for example Namibia, Ghana, South Africa and the Pacific islands.

Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
  • Work independently and take initiative.
  • Experience related to the environment is desirable.
  • Plan and organise projects.
  • Work in a multicultural environment.
  • Effective communication with partners.
  • Timely and quality preparation of all deliverables.
  • High degree of professionalism.
Reporting structure:

The incumbent will report to the Manager, Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit, Division for Planet.

Skills and Competencies expected from the individual:
  • Demonstrated experience in translating vision into illustrations.
  • Work independently and take initiative.
  • Experience related to the environment is desirable.
  • Plan and organise projects.
  • Work in a multicultural environment.
  • Engage with professionals and experts, working with various and unique skill sets.
Minimum requirements


  • Professional or academic qualifications as artist or illustrator are preferred, together with a minimum of high-school qualification. 

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 4 years experience working with animations for websites.
  • Demonstrated experience working with animations for websites is an added advantage.  


  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an asset.

General conditions of contracts for the service of Consultant apply.

The assignment will be home-based. The Consultant will be therefore required to use his/her own computer and required software.

Consultants are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local laws. UNITAR does not reimburse Consultants for any taxes, duty, or other contribution payable by the Consultant on payments made under the consultancy contract.

The Institute does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for Consultant, and Consultant are not eligible to participate in the life and health insurance schemes provided by the UN for its staff members.

How to apply

Send your CV and a selection of relevant work, portfolio and/or websites to with the subject line: Illustrator Roster – Your Name / Company.

Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.