Call for Applications: UN SDSN Youth SDG Coordinator Cohort 2022-2023


Deadline: June 15, 2022

Apply now to become the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth SDG Coordinator 2022-2023. SDG Coordinators support SDSN Youth’s mandate by working at SDSN member universities around the world to engage university students around the SDGs.

SDG Coordinators operate under the SDG Student Program, which operates a global network of SDG Student Centers at universities to train effective lifelong advocates for sustainable development in their local and global communities.

As an SDG Coordinator, you will become their key representative and mobilizer who runs an SDG Student Hub with support from the SDG Student Program. Coordinators ensure that all students at their university/campus are aware of the SDGs, understand their importance to the wider community, and have the opportunity to take action for their implementation.

Advantages

  • To have an impact
    • Working with SDSN Youth enables you to be at the forefront of efforts by the United Nations, governments and civil society to develop and lead a global movement for sustainable development.
    • They work closely with a number of these stakeholders, forming partnerships to educate, connect and mobilize individuals and groups to have a positive impact.
    • As a representative of the SDG Students Program and SDSN Youth, you can become much more effective at creating change by building professional and personal relationships with high-level stakeholders from civil society, business, government and nations. United.
  • Be part of a global cohort and network
    • You join a cohort of SDG coordinator peers from around the world as you train, develop and work on your SDG student hubs. SDG Coordinators are known for connecting their hub members across continents and providing cross-cultural educational experiences.
    • Beyond the program, you also become colleagues with diverse and exceptional people at SDSN Youth with a variety of cultural, religious and political backgrounds, committed to sustainable development.
    • At the end of your term, you will also be invited to join the SDG Student Program Alumni Network, which can serve as a foundation for your future endeavours.
  • Be trained as a young sustainability leader
    • You will receive both onboarding training and ongoing training on how to become an effective leader and educator in the impact space.
    • You will gain knowledge of sustainability, be able to identify and articulate the relevance of sustainability topics
    • You will learn design thinking and project management (understanding local problems, imagining, implementing and evaluating solutions in a real-time context)
  • Get support from SDSN Youth
    • Throughout your tenure, you will be supported by the global SDSN team in a variety of areas, helping you grow in a challenging yet flexible and fulfilling environment.
    • You will also have access to workshops, resources and opportunities through SDG Students program partners (e.g. Oikos, Social Shifters)
  • Improve existing skills and professional experience or acquire new ones for your future career
    • Leadership, organizational management, volunteer engagement, stakeholder management, marketing and communications, public speaking, event management, impact assessment and report writing – to name a few

Eligibility

Open to students and staff of SDSN member institutions.

  • You have a strong interest in sustainable development, are passionate about the mission of SDSN, in particular the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • You are based (physically or virtually if due to Covid 19 restrictions) at the institution/university they seek to represent – as a “current” student.
  • You can commit to a one-year academic term as SDG Coordinator – applicants who change universities or undertake an exchange at another institution during the academic year will NOT qualify for this role.
  • You have an excellent command of the English language – although local activities may take place in your local language, the working language of our program team is English.
  • You can demonstrate that you have the time and resources to commit to this role – applicants with other overlapping commitments that prevent them from devoting 8-10 hours to this role per week will be exempt (for example, they already leading another student organization).
  • You have professional or voluntary work experience, particularly in campaigns, community mobilization, project coordination, event management or stakeholder engagement.
  • You can attend an interview on a weekend between July 3 and July 18.
  • You are able to devote at least between 8 and 10 hours per week for this role.
  • You are between 18 and 30 years old.
  • You can attend the Global SDG Coordinator Onboarding Training held on August 7, 14 and 21, 2021 – this is a prerequisite to be onboarded as an SDG Coordinator

Key qualities and attributes

  • Commitment: Demonstrate that you are committed to the vision of the Network and able to work within the norms and standards set by SDSN Youth and the Local Networks.
  • Leadership: you have led initiatives and groups in the past to create change you wanted to see
  • Connected: you are an active member of your campus community, with a good understanding of the different groups and stakeholders operating in the landscape of student activities
  • Public speaking: you are a confident and passionate speaker, able to charismatically communicate the cause to your peers, stakeholders and partners
  • Teamwork: Have excellent teamwork skills and be able to work effectively with diverse volunteer groups and core team members
  • Organization: be well organized and have event management and planning skills, and write short reports for the program to communicate impact
  • Perseverance: especially in the face of the challenges posed by a newly formed, constantly changing and expanding organization.
  • Flexibility: Be flexible and able to work with multiple deadlines and coordinate activities with multiple time zones – this may include late night/early morning calls and meetings.

Application

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For more information, visit SDSN Youth SDG Coordinator.