Design Needs

Independent Diplomat (ID) seeks a graphic designer who can design Refugee Skill Up materials. Specific deliverables include the following:

  • Design layout of 6 take-home “toolkits,” or manuals, on training topics. Toolkits average at around 2500 words, incorporate text, photos and other graphic design elements. 
  • Promotional materials for Refugee Skill Up (twitter cards, MailChimp emails, and landing pages).

Note, the first design deliverable will be one of the 6 toolkits; should this design meet our needs, we would extend the contract to cover the rest of the training modules.


  • Experience in graphic design for advocacy, campaigning, nonprofits, or a similar field;
  • Experience using Canva, MailChimp, or other similar platforms;
  • Experience using InDesign, or similar platforms;
  • Experience in working on an international scale;
  • Experience working with nonprofits and leveraging opportunities on a tight budget;
  • Ability to turn materials around quickly and be adaptable to changing needs;
  • Ability to create designs with text that can easily be edited— each toolkit will need to be translated into 2-4 languages;
  • Experience working with sensitive subject or global displacement is a plus.

Project timeline and budget

Our full project timeline is now until December 31st, 2021, but toolkits will need to be designed monthly, until the end of the year. The project timeline will carry us through the 6 trainings that we have left to hold, as well as the design and dissemination of the materials from the first two trainings.

We expect to work in close partnership with the chosen designer to determine the activities that maximize our limited resources.

Selection process

Please send a proposal to Sophia Petros, Program Assistant, at by midnight EDT on September 30th, 2021. The proposal should include the following:

  • Discussion of how you would approach working with us;
  • Description of your qualifications and experience, especially in working in design for advocacy and/or nonprofits;
  • Rate sheet and estimates for the specific tasks listen above;
  • Work sample or case study from a similar project;
  • Contact information for two references.

About Independent Diplomat

Independent Diplomat’s (ID) Refugee Project, “Participatory Policymaking – Empowering Refugees in the Diplomatic Process,” aims to secure inclusion of refugees at all levels of policy and decision- making as a matter of practice and to ensure refugee representatives have the skills, tools and information to influence decision-making to their and their communities’ advantage. To do this, ID supports Refugee-led Organizations (RLOs) around the world to influence refugee policy at international, regional and local levels. Project activities center on providing information to RLOs on and access to key decision- making bodies and individuals; building skills (diplomatic, negotiation, communications) so that refugee representatives are equipped to transform access into policy change; and providing information, advice and analysis to ensure that refugees have the substantive advice that any policymaker should expect to be furnished with if they are to be effective (the kind of service that states have through their bureaucracies, but that RLOs do not).

Refugee Skill Up, an 8-part series of trainings hosted by Independent Diplomat (ID) and the Global Refugee-led Network (GRN), aims to address both the information and capacity gaps RLOs face while simultaneously empowering refugee leaders as expert trainers on these issues. By training refugee leaders as trainers on these subjects, Refugee Skill Up disrupts the traditional model of refugees as recipients of training, and equips RLOs with the knowledge, capacity, and network to realize their full potential as agents of change.

About the Global Refugee-led Network

GRN is a network of refugee-led organizations in six regions, North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, MENA and the Asia-Pacific. Born out of the first ever Global Summit of Refugees, which was attended by over 70 refugee leaders from 30 countries, members of the GRN have personal and professional contact with the global refugee crisis – they have refugee backgrounds and lead responses to address the challenges they, and their communities, face. GRN is governed by a steering committee, with representatives from six regions. Steering committee members represent the regional branches of the Network, which work autonomously under the umbrella of the GRN to shape local, national and regional policies. The GRN aims to provide a unique platform for refugees to connect, organize, and improve national, regional and global refugee policies for the better.