Communication Designer

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Youth Development Labs
Youth Development Labs (YLabs) ( designs innovative solutions that address the complex and nuanced challenges young people face today.

Communication Designer



YLabs is a leading global design and research organization working to improve health and economic opportunity for young people 10–24 years old. Founded in 2014 at the Harvard Innovation Lab, YLabs partners with young people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America to design, test, and advocate for youth-driven solutions that address key challenges to young people’s health and economic opportunity worldwide. YLabs’ focus areas are sexual/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and economic inclusion. Find out more about our projects here:

Our team of physicians, designers, economists, developers, public health professionals, and educators bring a unique mix of human-centered design, adolescent health, economic and health outcome evaluation, behavioral science, and implementation know-how to the global problems facing youth.

We have offices in the US and Rwanda, but are currently supporting our teams to work remotely during COVID-19. Once normal work safely resumes, this role will be expected to work out of our Kigali office.


YLabs is seeking a junior-level or mid-level Communication Designer who is passionate about using communication design to make a difference, working on multiple projects across the globe and growing the internal design capacity at YLabs. You’ll be working at the cutting edge of design for social impact with a team that combines expertise in health, data and design. You’ll be part of our design team in Kigali, Rwanda, working hand-in-hand with our project teams to design visually compelling and technically clear outputs for globally dispersed projects. You’ll also work with the larger design team to develop our organizational branding and communications tools.

This is a full-time position which requires the ability to legally work in Kigali, Rwanda. Due to the pandemic, a majority of our Rwanda-based staff live and work remotely in Kigali. There is no requirement for this role to be based out of Kigali during the pandemic although if you choose to work remotely, it will be necessary to travel to the Kigali office at times.


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.


The pay range for this position is RF 15,000,000 – RF19,875,000 per year, commensurate with experience.


  • Able to work in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing work environment and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Looking for a new challenge as part of a growing design team in a non-profit studio
  • Able to intake, prioritize and toggle nimbly between multiple projects
  • Motivated by designing exceptional solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing young people
  • Skillful in navigating different cultural and geographic contexts
  • Curious, humble, and empathetic, fascinated by others’ lives, loves, and perspectives
  • Creative thinker and able to help others understand and build on your ideas
  • Able to help train and mentor others in great communication design and set the standard for exceptional design among the team
  • 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
  • Interested in international travel and are comfortable navigating tough situations in the developing world
  • Excited about the opportunity to help build a vibrant, creative and collaborative working culture in our studio


  • 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


  • 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


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

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

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

The deadline: 18 September 2021

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