SDSN Youth

Project Officer (Resource Mobilization), SDG Students Program

Other in Worldwide - Entry Level - SDG Students Program

At SDSN Youth, we empower young people to take meaningful action on the Sustainable Development Goals. By joining our global team, you will be working with a diverse and exceptional group of individuals with a variety of cultural, religious and political backgrounds, committed to sustainable development.

In order to create a sustainable world for future generations, young people from all fields need to be active participants in addressing pressing global challenges. The SDG Students Program is an initiative of SDSN Youth that aims to engage students in higher education in the global effort to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, as well as empower them with the knowledge,

The SDG Students Program trains SDG Coordinators on universities globally to engage students on their campuses with the SDGs. This involves developing training materials, managing followup and reporting efforts, and brainstorming new methods of engagement. Our goal is to ensure universities become hubs of learning and engagement for the SDGs, and ensure students can become drivers of new solutions to local problems.


The SDG Students Program aims to create a global network of student hubs, where students can come together to learn about, engage with and take action on the SDGs. The Education and Capacity pillar lays a foundation for students to be the driving force for the success of the Sustainable Development Goals. The pillar works to achieve this goal by building the capacity of SDG coordinators who play the role of educators to fellow hub members.

A resource mobilisation ecosystem is critical to the success of the goals of the Education and Capacity pillar. The resource mobilisation database provides hub members with resources to better innovate solutions to the most striking challenges of our time. Given the breadth and complexity of the SDGs, it is of utmost importance that hub members are provided with resources to incentivise their role as drivers of the 2030 Agenda.

We are looking for someone to assist with the proper management of partner resources and coordinate all components of the SDG Students Certificate.


  • Coordinate all components of the SDG Students Certificate
    • Review SDG Students Certificate applications from hub members across the world
    • Familiarise with criteria of the SDG Students Certificate, and act as point of contact to guide SDG coordinators and hub members through the obtainment of SDG Students Certificate
    • Assist in criteria reviewing and certificate awarding of the SDG Students Certificate
    • Support and develop other related strategies to promote SDG literacy and action among our student base
  • Coordinate the integration and management of partner resources
    • Support the integration of external partnerships into our program, tasks may include incorporating partner resources (worksheets, multimedia content, etc.) onto our student engagement platforms
    • Updating and managing the database of these partner resources
    • Surveying the utilisation rates of various resources to assess the impact of individual partnerships
    • Working with the communications team to create campaigns to promote utilisation of these resources
  • Additional Responsibilities:
    • All Project Officers in the SDG Students Program Team may be called upon throughout the year to assist with the following duties:
      • Assessment and review of prospective SDG Coordinators (twice yearly)
      • Assist in partnership discussions with relevant external stakeholders
      • Support SDG Coordinators and activities related to SDG Student Hubs

Please note: As a virtual network, it is IMPORTANT for Project Officers to communicate effectively with their Project Leader and report back consistently. In a network, which operates across several time zones, reporting and communicating proactively is crucial.

Job Qualifications

The Project Officer ( Resource Mobilization ) will be someone who has:

  • Excellent online research skills and acute attention to detail.
  • Impeccable communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently and effectively within an established framework.
  • Critical thinking to identify relevant content.
  • Familiarity with relevant tools such as Google sheets crucial to remote collaboration.
  • Ability to verify statements and facts.
  • Sensitivity to different contexts (i.e., our students come from across the world)
  • Enjoys problem-solving.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Highly- organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Professional or volunteer work experience in a team. Must be responsive and able to manage regular communication with the team - including after-hours conference calls, as the network spans over 10 different time zones.
  • Knowledgeable about the SDGs, be passionate about the mission of the SDSN, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Between age 18-30 in order to be eligible for this role (exceptions may apply).

Preferred qualifications:

  • Excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking and listening.
  • Remote and multicultural work experience is a plus.
  • Able to demonstrate that they have the time and resources to commit to this role – candidates with too many overlapping commitments will be exempt from running for this position.


Total Weekly Hours:

  • 5-8 hours per week


  • Duration of Position: The first term is 12 months in total, with a 2 months probation period at the beginning. However, subject to review of work performance, this position may be extended on a 12-month basis.
  • Reporting: This position reports to the Deputy Project Lead (Education and Capacity Building)
  • Payment: Voluntary

Training: All Project Officers are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.