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About the assignment:

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is looking for a talented and versatile graphic designer / digital animator to help us shape a concept for a highly engaging, immersive and unconventional Annual Report using a rich media storytelling approach for 2021-22.

We are looking to create something that will take viewers on a journey, with a more user-driven, interactive approach that will allow them to “choose their own adventure” rather than only a single path, scrolling vertically / horizontally, and combine digital animation with video, photos, maps and text.

Our core work revolves around maps for community development and humanitarian action. We would like the Consultant to use this ‘geo’ theme to inform the concept of the report, showcasing our success stories in a creative way, incorporating themes such as interactive maps, movement, mobility, travel, place, and zooming into featured initiatives, e.g. users can virtually ‘travel’ across the globe to a country and ‘zoom in’ to a community and ‘visit’ a specific project, meet the people involved and learn about the impact it has had.

About HOT

HOT sits at the nexus of participatory mapping, community-led development, humanitarian response, open data and tech. With a talented and diverse team of about 100 staff spread around the globe, HOT is an NGO which supports a dynamic global community of thousands of dedicated volunteers using maps and open data for humanitarian response and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. Working with humanitarian and development partners like the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, UN agencies, governments and others, the HOT community maps in solidarity with those affected by or at risk of disaster, contributing the maps and data aid workers need to do their lifesaving work.

In 2020, the work of the HOT community was recognized by TED’s Audacious Project, a collaborative philanthropic initiative that serves as a springboard for social impact on a grand scale, leading to an exciting new phase of growth. HOT is expanding its activities, including scaling up its support to local mapping communities, through decentralizing and opening four regional Open Mapping Hubs.

About the Open Mapping Hubs

HOT has set up three regional Open Mapping Hubs in Asia-Pacific (2021), East & Southern Africa (2021), West & Northern Africa (2022), and is currently planning hub setup in Latin America and the Caribbean (TBC). These hubs engage with local mapping communities, facilitate knowledge exchanges, distribute funding, and provide training and support with the goal of massively scaling local edits to OpenStreetMap in 94 countries. The Open Mapping Hubs are a key feature of HOT’s expansion and decentralization.

About OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free, editable map of the whole world and a vibrant data ecosystem where many different types of actors (from individual volunteers, the biggest tech companies in the world - UN, World Bank, NGOs) are all working in a single place to build the most complete accurate map of the world that has ever existed. OSM is released with an open-content license. Anyone can edit OpenStreetMap, and anyone can use OpenStreetMap. As HOT and the Open Mapping Hubs are part of the OSM community, the website must acknowledge this position.


  • Conceptualization, design and delivery of an interactive digital report including video - photo - text - graphics that:

    • Showcases our accomplishments in a unique, innovative and unexpected way;

    • Provides an experience for users to truly feel the heart and soul of our work without being there in person;

    • Elevates the projects of OSM community partners / grant recipients and brings them to life;

    • Seamlessly presents required financial and operational information consistently with the overall design aesthetic;

    • Is optimized for different devices.

Estimated budget

We are expecting proposals in the range of USD $20-25K for the full project. We want you to assess our RfP and think about what it would really take for you or your team to provide an exceptional solution, and to have an open conversation about that if you are shortlisted. If you feel you cannot work within this budget, but are interested in bidding, we are still interested in seeing your proposal.

About you

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in graphic design and layout, digital animation (2D, 3D), map animation, video editing and/or other digital or animation and design formats

  • Ability to integrate geospatial data and OpenStreetMap data

  • Demonstrated ability to design high-quality, innovative, creative and attention-grabbing digital and animated products that communicate key information in a compelling and original way

  • Knowledge of responsive design for ease of viewing across devices

  • Strong understanding of new and evolving technologies and digital platforms

  • Ability to conceptualize, plan and execute innovative ideas

  • Planning/organizational skills

  • Commitment to accurate and high-quality work

  • Great collaboration skills and responsiveness to modifications, revisions and edits as required, in consultation with the Project Lead

  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and manage time efficiently

  • Ability to communicate in English

Please send a proposal that includes the following:

  1. Background on you / your agency, including your qualifications, and why are you the right individual or agency to help us carry out this assignment

  2. How you plan to deliver this work within our recommended time frames

  3. List of the team member(s) who would work directly on our project and their experience relevant to this assignment

  4. A portfolio of past similar work and a list 3+ of your clients that you feel are similar in scope to HOT. Please include clients that you think would be comfortable providing us a reference.

  5. Cost based on the recommended approach. Please provide a cost breakdown in USD.

  6. Any additional information or comments that you believe would distinguish you from others, or that would be relevant for us to know as we consider your response

Send your proposal to with the subject line “HOT Annual Report: RFP: < your name >”


  • RfP Posted: 28 March 2022

  • Questions: any questions can be sent to with the subject line “Web Design RFP”

  • Accepting applications until: End of day 11 April

  • After review of proposals: we expect to host interviews with promising applicants, with a view to confirming a vendor circa 25 April

  • Start date: 2 May 2022