The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Akosua Afriyie-Kumi (AAKS) are looking for a Design Assistant to join our team in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The Design Assistant will play an essential role in the day to day operations on the ground in our Ouagadougou office. He/She will oversee all aspects of the design project by working alongside artisans in product development of a home deco product, creation of three-dimensional prototypes, quality control, shipments, purchasing and managing necessary supplies for projects and liaising with artisans in various locations in Burkina Faso. He/She must be able to work independently, set up and run a design studio in Ouagadougou while working closely with the creative director of AAKS in Ghana.

He/She will gain an invaluable experience of working in a small international design company while learning about the fields of design, production and international development.

Candidate Profile:

  • Fashion/Textile/Product Design Graduate

  • Knowledge of contemporary fashion design, trends, basketry, embroidery and hand
    made products

  • Knowledge and interest in Africa, women’s empowerment and artisans

  • High energy team player with willingness to pitch in wherever needed

  • Strong project management and organisational skills plus an attention to detail

  • Crafty-ness a big plus!

  • Ability to adapt to new cultures and simple living conditions

  • French Proficiency

  • Computer Skills Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel and Word


  • Dates: Immediate / Full Time / Paid Role

  • Application Instructions: To apply, please email info@aaksonline.com with: (a) name of specific job title in the subject line (b) your CV, (c) a thoughtful cover letter.