Call For Applications: Illustrator

Innovation For Change-East Asia (I4C-EA) is looking for illustrators to create illustrations based on real life stories from our “COVID-19 Stories From The Margins” project. Illustrators from refugee, trans, and other minority communities in Malaysia and Myanmar are especially encouraged to apply.


To bring light to civil society’s and the public’s understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted and exacerbated marginalized sectors’ conditions, I4C-EA ran a project on COVID-19 Stories directly told from the Margins of East Asia. Six storytellers from various communities in Indonesia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia submitted their stories in the form of videos, comics and writing. The stories will be individually shared as part of a series with the public on I4C’s website and social media platforms.


  1. Providing leaders of marginalized communities the opportunity to tell their COVID-19 stories themselves under the hostile environments they are in.
  2. Enabling learning and capacity building amongst leaders of the marginalized communities on storytelling and visual narrative tools and techniques, risk assessment, and subsequently to create narratives based on the learnings from the training.
  3. Enabling learning and understanding by civil society and the public about the differentiated impacts of COVID-19 on marginalized communities within East Asia, their innovative responses, best practices, and challenges faced in moving forward with certain initiatives.
  4. Looking into ways and mechanisms that unbanked communities used to survive during the lockdowns.
  5. Providing stories of inspiration highlighted on the ways on how people are creatively surviving not being victims, but agents of solutions.
  6. Project of high sensitivity implemented by tailoring the project to meet the needs of the marginalized.


Innovation for Change – East Asia (I4C-EA) is engaging an Illustrator for the COVID Stories From The Margins project, from 13 June to 31 July 2022. The Illustrator is expected to:

  1. Create 2 illustrations with guidance from I4C-EA’s Multimedia Design and Communications Officer, to accompany the assigned story from COVID Stories From The Margins, by July 31, 2022, including:
    1. 4 rough sketches total based on the assigned story, by June 20, 2022
    2. Provide first draft of illustrations, by July 11, 2022
    3. Submit finalised 2 illustrations, with up to 2 revisions, by 31 July 2022

Selected illustrators will receive USD 1000 each as compensation.


– Experience working on human rights or related projects is a plus.


Please refer to this call’s Terms of Reference for more information:

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST by filling up this form: by 6 June 2022, 11.59pm Bangkok time.