UCLG ASPAC: Call for Proposal Visual Designer for LOCALISE SDGs Publications (Pocketbooks and IEC Material)


United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) is the largest regional section of UCLG, an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), United Towns Organization (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS). UCLG was established on 1 January 2004 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. Following this unification, UCLG ASPAC was established in Taipei on 14 April 2004, as the new entity of IULA ASPAC.

UCLG ASPAC is the key knowledge management hub on local government issues in the Asia-Pacific region. It promotes democratic local government, supports cooperation between cities, local governments and their associations, and facilitates programmes, network and partnerships to develop the capacity of local governments and the associations. Moreover, UCLG ASPAC represents local governments politically within the international community, and with the United Nations and its agencies. It also promotes inclusive societies which safeguard equality, social and economic justice, and sustainable community development. UCLG ASPAC is engaged in all relevant thematic fields for nurturing sustainable development comprising local economic development, climate change, disaster resiliency, culture, strategic planning, decentralization, municipal finance, gender equality, women leadership and empowerment and good governance.

LOCALISE SDGs Project, financially supported by the European Union and implemented by UCLG ASPAC in cooperation with APEKSI, aims to empower Local Authorities (LAs) and Associations of Local Authorities (ALAs) in Indonesia for enhanced governance and more effective development policies and to promote inclusive and sustainable local development through SDGs attainment. LOCALISE SDGs target 30 LAs (16 provinces and 14 municipalities) and 5 ALAs[1] (APEKSI, APKASI, APPSI, ADEKSI, and ADKASI). Further information on LOCALISE SDGs target LAs is available at: https://localisesdgs-indonesia.org/  

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has shifted the focus of target LAs to respond to, recover and prevent against the pandemic. From July to December 2020, LOCALISE SDGs will focused its activities to increase awareness of the 30 LAs and 5 ALAs on financing SDGs under a New Normal: challenges and response to COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen their capacity in handling COVID-19 and its impacts and “building back better” through dissemination of cross sectoral research and policy recommendations, best practices and Information, Education & Communication (IEC) materials. These materials will be developed using various formats, such as print and audiovisual materials.

To support the development of the materials, especially the publications, the project requires a visual designer to design and layout pocketbooks and IEC material of LOCALISE SDGs.

Scope of Work/Key Duties

The visual designer who will support the pocketbooks and IEC material designs will work with text and images on printed pages or screens, ensuring that these elements are balanced and readable. They will need to carefully consider composition and page elements, including font sizes, styling, and spacing and image size and position to create a clear flow of information for the reader. The designer will create designs using digital illustration, photo editing software, and layout software to ensure a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing design for the needed publications and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) material generated from the cross sectoral research and policy recommendations. The designer will also need to create:

Visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations to help deliver a message

Design layouts, including selection of colors, images, and typefaces

Present design concepts

Incorporate changes recommended by LOCALISE SDGs Team into final designs

Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Design generated by the visual designers will be used for printing the publications, following approval from the LOCALISE SDGs Project Manager.

The designer will need to design and layout the:

Pocket Book for Executive Decision Makers: “Role of LAs and its Associations in Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on each SDG Target”,

Pocket Book for Parliamentary Members: “Role of DPRD in Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on each SDG Target”,

Best Practice of LAs in Indonesia on Building Back Better and Stronger - Transitions to the New Normal,

Any other Information, Education, and Communication material that will be used for visibility; infographics, banner, etc.

 The Consultant will be actively working with LOCALISE SDGs team to discuss the assignment. The Consultant will work for about 2 (two) months from end of October to December. The Consultant can work remotely, with regular check-in to be carried out online with LOCALISE SDGs team.


At least a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic design or Visual Art.

High level of familiarity with layout and image-editing software (e.g Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop).

Demonstrated good Composition Skills to ensure that page elements are balanced and work with one another to guide the reader

Demonstrated good Typography Skills to effectively use font sizes and styles to affect the way readers engage with information

Demonstrated good Drawing and Drafting Skills to create a mockups and layout on a computer to show the relative positions of page elements

Demonstrated good Communication, Image and Text Editing skills – as they will need to closely work with LOCALISE SDGs team members, target ALAs, and the appointed consultants, and thus needed to effectively communicate ideas, questions, and suggestions. They should also be able to edit captions, adjust photos, or alter text to make these elements fit the page, and able to effectively make changes to page content.



First draft of the design and layout

Final draft of the designed publications


How to apply

Please send your CV, portfolio past work/project, and pricing quotations to recruitment@uclg-aspac.org, copied to project_manager1@uclg-aspac.org by Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at 13.00 Jakarta Time at the latest. 

Fill the email “Subject” Column of the email in the format: <position applied> - <your name> 

Only selected ones will be contacted.


[1] In Indonesia, UCLG ASPAC has 5 (five) ALAs as its members, namely: (i) Association of Indonesian Municipalities (APEKSI); (ii) Association of Indonesian District Governments (APKASI); (iii) Association of Indonesian Provincial Governments (APPSI); (iv) Association of Indonesian Municipal Councils (ADEKSI); and (v) Association of Indonesian Regency Legislative Councils (ADKASI).         

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