The HCDExchange is a community of implementers, funders, designers, evaluators, and youth committed to advancing learning and practice related to the integration of human-centered design (HCD) and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) in low-resource settings, with a particular focus on countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The HCDExchange aims to elevate young people’s agency, and systematically transform sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adolescents.
In 2018, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Flora & William Hewlett Foundation, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation funded a convening in Tanzania bringing together people and organizations working at the intersection of HCD in ASRH. This gathering showcased best practices, generated interest, and resulted in the launch of working groups to advance this field. More importantly, those involved started to see themselves as a community with a shared agenda.
In 2020, this same set of funders is supporting the next phase of this work — the HCDExchange — a community built on a collaborative model and dedicated to (1) establishing a supportive infrastructure, and (2) facilitating commitment amongst key actors. Our vision: a democratized (inclusive of diverse participants), localized (contextually relevant), and mutualized (jointly owned) HCD/ASRH field. During this phase, we are accelerating the development of a robust, efficient, and transparent HCD/ASRH field by increasing access to learning and networks and generating evidence about good practices, models, and effectiveness. Currently, the HCDExchange organizes and facilitates a series of (mostly virtual) activities, including monthly learning webinars, Youth Leadership Hub events, a community of practice working groups, and various other convenings.
To ensure we position the HCDExchange in this space, develop our brand, and generate trust and credibility, our communications across all digital media need to be consistent, of excellent quality, and— most importantly — resonate with youth and others working in the fields of adolescent reproductive health and human-centered design.
The Digital Communications Consultant
The digital communications consultant will be an integral member of the HCDExchange team, managing brand assets, creating visuals and writing, and editing content for social and digital media — from webinars to Instagram — as well as improving and maintaining the HCDExchange website. The Consultant will also contribute to the development and maintenance of the HCDExchange’s communications infrastructure and systems so that they — and others — can produce high-quality work under tight deadlines.
The consultant will report directly to the HCDExchange Director and work closely with a broader team, the team including the Knowledge Management Specialist and Senior HCD Advisor based in DC; a Youth Liaison & Advocacy Officer, HCD Consultant, and Learning & Knowledge Management Consultant based in Nairobi; and a Francophone Coordinator based in West Africa. This work includes collaborating with diverse colleagues and partners with different backgrounds and across time zones.
Location of work:
Consultants based out of Nairobi are preferred, but designers physically located in East, West, Southern African, and Southern Asia are encouraged to apply.
Level of effort:
This is a part-time consultancy position, a maximum of 200 days spread between July 2020 and July 2021.
Roles and responsibilities:
Create and implement the HCDExchange digital communications strategy.
Enhance the reach of HCDExchange digital platforms.
Create high-quality visuals and compelling copy.
Required skills and experience:
Successful candidates will need a mix of visual, editorial/writing, and strategic/process development thinking. They will demonstrate their strength in understanding and communicating technical content, developing compelling narratives and visuals, and setting up editorial/communications systems and processes. They will also have in-depth knowledge of graphic design and digital typography, as well as experience executing marketing and branding projects from conception to production including websites and social media campaigns.
To apply please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application should include your CV (indicating all past relevant experiences), cover letter (describing in a captivating manner why you consider yourself the unicorn for this role, with your all-inclusive daily rate) and the following three excerpts from your portfolio (these can be written, audio, visual or provided via a link):
For role 1 above, one or more or all of the following:
For role 2 above, one or more or all of the following:
For role 3 above, a product you have designed from concept to finalization that conveys an idea or message that is user-facing, friendly, and demonstrates:
The application deadline is COB July 5, 2020, with applications reviewed and considered on a rolling basis as received.Interested and qualified? Go to HCDExchange on www.linkedin.com to apply
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