UX Designer (Remote)
Catalpa is in search of UX Designers to join our newly established Talent Pool. Our assignments range from a couple of weeks to a few months. You can work remotely from anywhere in the world.
Catalpa started in rural Timor-Leste in 2010 with two co-founders and a small Rotary grant. Today, the organisation is working in four countries with a broad range of partners including the Governments of Timor- Leste, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Papua New Guinea, Australia along with multilateral and bilateral development partners such as UNICEF, ILO, FAO, WHO, USAID, UNDP, European Union, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
At Catalpa, we build technology for aid and global development We use design and technology to connect people, make information accessible, and empower people to make informed decisions. Our programs span education, health, social inclusion, environment, aid transparency, labour mobility and more.
Check us out at www.catalpa.io
The UX Designers in our Talent Pool will have the opportunity to engage in a range of projects working alongside our partners to help deliver high impact work that addresses international development challenges. You’ll work with a talented and interdisciplinary team, with a strong creative culture, at the intersection of technology, design and global development.
What we are looking for
You love designing applications that inspire others, and create impact. You are an expert in your field, and you would like to work for an organisation that does great things that help people in developing countries. You also meet most (if not more) of the following requirements:
Strong design process:
- You have experience in leading teams through concept ideation, UI prototyping/wireframing, design strategy, and working across multiple mediums.
- You are able to prototype rapidly in multiple mediums and levels of interactivity. Expertise in standard UX software such as Sketch, Figma, and InVision and the like is a must. You can develop and maintain design mockups, prototypes, specifications, and other design documents
- You will have a strong experience designing for software, web and/or digital products.
- Experience with a wide range of qualitative research methodologies, such as: conducting one-on-one interviews and ethnographic-style fieldwork, moderating group conversations, running usability testing sessions and conducting co-design workshops
- The ability and passion to uncover both explicit and tacit needs, dig into motivations, and identify patterns
- Demonstrated comfort and openness with adapting or pivoting when an approach needs to change
- You are able to compellingly communicate research findings and design solutions to partners.
Succeeding in this role requires the following experience & skills
- A relevant university degree in design – or an intriguing reason for not having one
- 5+ years of experience managing design projects – ideally some within a design agency
- 5+ years of qualitative research experience culminating in a sound ability to scope research approaches, lead fieldwork, conduct in-context interviews and observations, and communicate insights
- Excellent written and oral skills including experience with writing research reports, and feasibility reports
- Ability to build and nurture relationships in a distributed team environment
- Abundant curiosity about working in a highly multicultural and dynamic environment
- Ability to develop frameworks and visually express insights
- Experience working in an international development setting is desirable but not essential
- Additional desired skills/experience: generating insights from quantitative information, familiarity with Google analytics, basic knowledge of frontend development, content management systems, and basic audio and video editing.
The Catalpa Culture
We work in a creative, supportive environment with colleagues who come from diverse walks of life, and we value the perspectives they bring. We learn, we try new things, and we base decisions on merit (not hierarchy). We pay attention to the details, and we work together to achieve the best we can. Importantly, we work here because we love what we do and the impact we can have.
What does Catalpa offer you?
Catalpa is a growing creative organisation that values people and their ideas. You’ll get to shape how Catalpa delivers world-class projects that bring together design and technology to achieve social good.
We regularly have new projects kicking off and the successful candidate may be considered for other projects at the end of their initial assignment.
This role can be worked from the organisation's head office in Dili, Timor-Leste or remotely from your home if you are based outside of Timor-Leste. We may require you to travel internationally to complete research within the Asia Pacific region and elsewhere.
If this role sounds interesting to you and you see yourself doing great work with us, we’d love to hear from you! Catalpa International promotes diversity and an equal opportunity workplace. We offer flexible working hours that we hope will help create work-life and/or family-life balance.
NOTE: Applications for this role has now closed, however if you are a strong candidate we encourage you to still apply as we will be looking at expanding our talent pool in the near future. At which time we will review the candidates currently in our recruitment system. All previous applicants need not apply as your details will remain in our system.
Please add your details and attach your CV and cover letter through the apply button below. In the cover letter, summarize why you think you are a good fit for our UX Designer Talent Pool and also tell us about your participation in a project you are particularly proud of and provide a link to your portfolio.
For further inquiries regarding this position, please send an email to [email protected] with ‘UX Designer - Talent Pool’ in the subject line of the email.