NHQ:ISD - PREP: Graphic Design Volunteer: Global Preparedness

NHQ:ISD - PREP: Graphic Design Volunteer: Global Preparedness

This position supports the National Headquarters (NHQ) International Services Development (ISD) team. Specifically the Preparedness (PREP) unit. This volunteer position provides graphic design support to the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC), a part of the global Red Cross network. The GDPC develops innovative disaster preparedness projects, tools, and services that need to be promoted using simple and creative designs. The volunteer will help create graphic design materials for social media and the GDPC website. Graphics will also be used as part of initiative overviews, reports, and proposals.

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Key Responsibilities

The volunteer will collaborate with the Communications Lead at the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) to create graphic materials to raise awareness of disaster preparedness messages and global initiatives. The volunteer will join a team within the Engagement and Innovation Unit at GDPC along with Content Contributors and additional Graphic Design Volunteers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the GDPC team to support website design and content marketing for the GDPC website (preparecenter.org), blog, social media, and more.
  • Help generate new ideas for design and content creation.
  • Scope and create digital content to increase impact of posting on social media, preparecenter.org, email, and other channels.
  • Manage other design needs such as presentations, signage, reports, and proposals.
  • Support efforts to improve usability, readability, and GDPC image across all media.
  • Work with the communications team on campaign initiatives.
  • Support high quality web design for preparecenter.org. 


Required qualifications:

  • Current or past work either as an in-house designer or at a marketing agency.
  • Access to portfolio of videos you’ve worked on that you can share with the team
  • Excellent graphic design techniques or abilities.
  • Experience in web design, preferably on Wordpress
  • Experience using graphic tools like Canva, Adobe Suite, or Pictochart.
  • Familiarity with social media best practices.
  • Experience with video post-production, production, writing scripts, and/or animated video.
  • Familiarity with disaster preparedness and humanitarian services.
  • Willing to download and use communication and task management platforms such as Slack, Trello, Zoom, Google Docs, or One Drive.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Creative thinking.
  • Experience in virtual reality, augmented reality. 

Time Commitment

3-5 hours per week during business hours 9am-5pm EST

Development Opportunities

  • Obtain Red Cross training and networking opportunities.
  • Hands-on experience with a professional non-profit organization and staff.
  • Learn about international humanitarian operations.
  • Opportunity to see work used in community awareness, promotional campaigns, and preparedness disaster communications. 

Length of Appointment

1 year with opportunity for renewal


Talent Classification for Recruitment: Communication & Marketing

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies staff members, GDPC team, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent (IFRC) team, volunteers.


  • Social Media Basics (Recommended)
  • Orientation to Red Cross Values (online)
  • Communication and storyteller training through International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) (online)
  • Learning sessions about innovation, technology and humanitarian services. (online or in person).
  • Emergency and disaster preparedness webinars. 

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