Graphic Designer

at Aga Khan Foundation
Published May 26, 2022
Location Mombasa, Kenya
Category Computer & IT  
Job Type Full Time  


Community Listening Libraries Starter Kit Graphic Design



The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private not-for profit, non-denominational international development agencies, institutions and programmes that work primarily in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia to improve the quality of life of communities in remote and resource poor areas. Globally, AKF seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill-health, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal, and other resource-poor areas. In East Africa, AKF works with partners to improve the quality of life by promoting and developing innovative solutions to challenges of development in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Reflecting the complex and multi-faceted nature of development, AKF operates a multi-sectoral portfolio that includes programming in Education, Economic Inclusion, Civil Society, Health and Early Childhood Development.



In 2020, AKF led a diverse consortium of partners to generate media content to elevate the importance of reading for enjoyment and learning through play. These included, but were not limited to, Night-Time Tales, Bena and Kena (both aired on NTV), and Playkits with videos and posters (See Based on the success and learning from these, AKF is looking to expand this partnership to increase the reach and impact of reading and play content across Kenya. In 2022, AKF will be developing and distributing “Community Listening Library Starter Kits” featuring storybooks, games, audio resources, and other related materials. Through this, AKF aims to: i) enable children to access locally developed content that elevates the idea of reading for enjoyment, engaging children’s imaginations and interests; ii) share games and playful activities to enable children to further their engagement with the content and the overall experience; iii) promote local stories, and iv) engage children and their parents to become active contributors through content creation opportunities.


Consultant Scope of Work

The scope of work includes:


Designing a 15-page child-friendly, playful guide for the Community Listening Library Starter Kits that is culturally relevant for Kenya for use by librarians, parents, and children,

Designing the receptacle for the Community Listening Library Starter Kits (i.e., a box, bag, or container for children’s use in a community library),

Creating cover illustrations for included written and audio materials,

Working with translators to ensure that all designed content is available in Kiswahili,

Ensuring design coherence for all materials included in the Community Listening Libraries,

Designing other creative content for the Starter Kits as needed.

Key Deliverables

At minimum, the deliverables include:


All design documents and drafts of all content,

Style guide for the Community Listening Library Starter Kit that is child-friendly and culturally relevant for Kenya

Final design of the physical Starter Kit box/bag/container,

Finalised 15-page Starter Kit Guide for adults and children in English,

Finalised design of all activities, games, and other materials in English,

Finalised design of all materials in Kiswahili,

Cover illustrations for written and audio materials,

Other design edits as needed.


How to apply


To Apply

Consultants or organisations interested in this opportunity with AKF should submit:


Technical proposal including work plan


Organisational experience

Portfolio of previous design work

Proposed budget inclusive of all taxes

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