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Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, South Africa

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CeSTII wishes to appoint two freelance toolkit development specialists to assist in developing the toolkits. One candidate that specializes in content curation and another in digital illustrations.

Responsibilities: Specialist in Content Curation

• Collaborate with the team to define the toolkit’s content strategy, scope, and objectives.

• Source, review, and curate a wide range of content to achieve the specific goals.

• Organise and structure curated content in a logical and intuitive manner, using storyboards and other methods to ensure seamless user experience and easy navigation.

• Review, edit and ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency of curated content, aligning with the toolkit objective and audience needs.

• Customise and adapt content to suit different learning styles, experience levels and specific needs of the toolkit users.

• Design interactive elements, quizzes, self-assessment tools, and other engagement features to enhance user interaction and knowledge retention.

• Gather and incorporate feedback from the team and users to continuously improve and refine curated content.

Responsibilities for specialist in Digital Illustration:

• Develop illustrations that communicate and enhance the uptake of the training materials.

• Design visual resources that simplify complex concepts, guide best practices, and elevate the quality of research outcomes.

• Collaborate with the CeSTII team to conceptualise and design a range of illustrations that effectively convey R&D survey concepts, methods, and best practices.

• Create a diverse set of illustrations, diagrams, infographics, and visual aids that align with the toolkit content, ensuring clarity, accuracy, and visual appeal.

• Transform complex ideas and processes into intuitive visuals that facilitate understanding and engagement for end users.

• Apply artistry to ensure the visuals are aesthetically receptive while adhering to the project branding and design guidelines.

• Work closely with the CeSTII team to ensure seamless integration of illustrations within the toolkit framework.

• Review and refine illustrations to ensure accuracy, consistency, and alignment with the toolkit objectives.

• Collaborate with end-users to incorporate feedback and make iterative improvements to illustrations based on input and testing.


·       Honors or Master’s degree in the sciences or social sciences/humanities, including but not limited to science writing or science communication, instructional systems design, fine art, information design or related fields.

·       Proven experience in content management and curation/ Proven experience in illustration, with a strong portfolio of styles and techniques.

·       Demonstrable track record of training material composition and implementation/ Demonstrable track record of compiling multimedia toolkits, including toolkits for research and/or community development.

·       Proficiency in content management systems and digital tools for organising and presenting information/ Proven technical knowledge of graphic art design and use of Adobe Creative Suite or similar packages.

·       Familiarity with R&D/innovation survey methodologies is advantageous.

·       Experience in instructional design principles and creating educational resources/ Experience in creating cartoon animation using, for example, Adobe Animate or similar packages, will be an advantage.

·       Strong organisational and project management skills with an ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities.

·       Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills.

·       Flexibility, independence, creativity, and an aptitude for innovation.

·       Ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight deadlines.

·       Ability to work well as part of a small project team and to communicate clearly and assertively.

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