Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chemonics Soma Umenye LLC.Graphic Illustrator Jobs in Rwanda

Title: Graphic Illustrator
Project: USAID-funded Soma Umenye Activity
Project Summary
Soma Umenye is a five-year USAID-funded activity that aims to improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda. Coverin
g all 30 districts of Rwanda and working in close collaboration with the Rwanda Education Boad (REB) and the Rwandan Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), Soma Umenye will contribute to Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) and the Government of Rwanda’s national development priority of ensuring that Rwandan primary-grade students acquire the fundamental competency of literacy so that they can succeed in future schooling and, later, in the modern workplace.
Project goals
Soma Umenye aims to achieve the following two goals.
  • To improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children (unique direct beneficiaries) in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda by the end of P3; and
  • To ensure that at least 70 percent of P1-P3 students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension.
To achieve the above goals, it requires close collaboration with all education stakeholders under the technical leadership of MINEDUC and REB.
Purpose of Assignment
Soma Umenye plans to commission a Graphic Illustrator to communicate a story, message and an idea demonstrating the importance of reading in Kinyarwanda, adjusting the mood and style of images accordingly. These illustrations will help in creating overall public awareness about early grade literacy in an interactive manner.
We also expect these illustrations to form the cornerstone of our campaigning work and can be replicated in schools and communities for promoting early grade reading and literacy.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Keeping the aforementioned objective in mind, the illustrator will create illustrations for internal and external communication products as follows:
-           Wall murals
-           Posters
-           Standees
-           Folders
It is also important to note that all illustration work should complement and enhance the overall graphic designing work. A more detailed scope of work is as follows:
  • Liaising with the technical and communication teams in order to understand and interpret the design needs
  • Briefing the teams on a detailed work methodology and illustration styles that will be used
  • Analyzing a brief's specification and the text to be illustrated, as well as researching sources
  • Thinking creatively and using imagination to produce new ideas
  • Creating images and designs by using the traditional hand skills of drawing and painting, alongside other techniques, to meet design briefs
  • using computer-aided design (CAD) packages to scan images and change size, colors and other design elements
  • Providing roughs for approval
  • Redefining a brief through further consultation with relevant team members to include new ideas or text as appropriate
  • Working within a set timescale and deadlines, while prioritizing each task
  • Ensure that all illustrations are compatible with large-scale offset printing and electronic use
  • Select and engage children on a voluntary basis to help in developing illustrations, where possible.
  • Use traditional Rwandan motifs/patterns in illustrations
  • Use Soma Umenye's select story books and choosing the most relevant and appropriate theme for illustrations and wall mural
  • Bring personal illustration and painting materials for murals, software, and all other tools to complete the assigned tasks.
The commissioned illustrator is expected to develop and provide:
  1. One wall mural illustrating the concepts of access, inclusion and teachers as leaders.
  2. Three different illustrations for wall posters based on our key messages.
  3. Extra illustrations of a rural/urban Rwandan life that can be used in future accordingly.
  4. Hi-res master raw format of the artworks, for further offline and online use properly catalogued in separate folders.
Job Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent in fine arts (essential). Bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts (preferred)
  • Excellent understanding and proficient use of computer aided design (CAD)
  • Professional experience of drawing and creating illustrations for young children is essential.
  • 5+ years of experience of working on donor-funded education projects is preferred
Level of Effort and Location of Assignment
This is a short-term assignment and the location of assignment is Kigali, Rwanda.
The expected number of LOE is 17 days including weekends. The assignment is expected to start on May 9th through May 25th.
The Graphic Illustrator will report directly to the Senior Communications Advisor or his/her designee.

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