27 Sep 2023

Communications Designer at YLabs

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Job Details

YLabs is seeking a junior-level or mid-level Communication Designer who is passionate about utilizing design to enhance the communication and impact of youth-focused projects.In this role, you will collaborate with youth-led organizations participating in the USAID Kijana Nahodha Social Impact Accelerator. Your mission will be to transform their ideas and innovations into visually compelling prototypes and pitch decks. By infusing your design expertise, you will help these organizations effectively convey their narratives, ensuring their projects resonate with stakeholders and partners. This is an opportunity to leverage your design skills to empower youth initiatives striving to create positive change in health, well-being, and economic opportunities for young people globally.

This position will be based in Tanzania but work remotely, allowing for flexibility and accessibility. The collaboration will take place over a span of six weeks, beginning in mid-October 2023 and extending into January 2024. This duration encompasses key milestones and deliverables, culminating in the successful design of prototype assets, pitch decks for the youth organizations involved, and other materials for the innovation lab.


SCOPE 1: Prototype Asset Design for 5 Youth Organizations [3 weeks]

Key Milestones & Timeline:

Participate in the in-person live prototyping workshop with the youth: Oct 23-27, 2023
Collaborate with five youth organizations (YOs) to gather project details and branding guidelines: Oct 30, 2023
Initiate design of prototype assets aligning with each YO’s project concept.
Finalize design assets including wireframes, posters, brochures, and handouts.
Return completed assets to respective youth organizations: Nov 14, 2023

2-3 key wireframes (screens) for each YO’s prototype.
Posters, brochures, and handouts for each organization’s project.
Branding design elements (mood boards, color palettes, logos).
Design assets for live prototypes and promotional materials.

SCOPE 2: Communication Design for the Innovation Lab [3 weeks]

Key Milestones & Timeline:

Collect necessary materials from five youth organizations (YOs) for pitch deck design: Dec 18, 2023
Create visually appealing and coherent design elements for the pitch decks.
Finalize design materials including pitch decks and other needed materials for the innovation lab.
Return designed decks and innovation lab materials to the respective youth organizations: Jan 13, 2024

5 uniquely designed pitch decks effectively conveying each organization’s project message and branding.
Design assets aligning with each organization’s branding guidelines and project concepts.
Other print design materials needed for the innovation lab (worksheets, posters etc.)


YLabs adheres to Project Fair’s principles and standards to establish equity in pay with the overriding principle of “equal pay for work of equal value” outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals. All salary ranges are based on level within the organization and are competitive to regional and national salary benchmarks, based on the respective office location.


Able to work in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing work environment and comfortable with ambiguity
Motivated by designing exceptional solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing young people
Curious, humble, and empathetic, fascinated by others’ lives, loves, and perspectives
Creative thinker and able to help others understand and build on your ideas
A natural collaborator who understands how to work with a diverse team
Able to easily communicate and envision concepts and ideas to team members, partners, and funders


2+ years of experience in graphic design or communication design
Strong graphic design skills particularly in layout, presentations, branding and visualization of systems and complex information and structures
Strong knowledge of design platforms like Adobe Creative Suite, design techniques, software, data visualization
Experience in creating and/or managing brands
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with colleagues, clients, and beneficiaries
Experience in print production


Expertise in human-centered design / design thinking
Experience in print, digital, UX/UI design, data visualization
Experience in and enthusiasm for managing interns or junior designers
Experience in illustration and drawing concepts
Previous experience working on health, education or employment programs
Worked or lived in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or Central America
Proficient with basic visual and/or UX/UI design tools to create mid-fidelity mockups
Strong interest in working with young people

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Method of Application

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and link to your portfolio to [email protected] with the subject line: Communication Designer – Tanzania. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

 This position is only open to designers with existing legal work authorization to work in Tanzania.

All YLabs offers of employment are conditional on satisfactory background check and criminal record clearances.

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