Project Officer (Operations), SDG Students Program at SDSN Youth

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Project Officer (Operations), SDG Students Program

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Project Officer (Operations), SDG Students Program

June 2020

SDSN Youth (SDSN Association)

Worldwide, Remote

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, skills, and pathways to action to be effective agents of change today.

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 follow-up 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 Administrative pillar is responsible for ensuring information and data flows smoothly between SDG Coordinators and the Global Team.

The Operations Project Officer is responsible for the administration of our online platforms and databases. You will be in charge of answering queries and maintaining updated information about our SDG Student Hubs, a vital component for a successful workflow and streamlined processes of the overall Project.

We are looking for someone who has impeccable organisational skills, who enjoys problem-solving and is comfortable managing spreadsheets and data in general.


  • General Administration & Upkeep
    • Maintaining and replying to queries directed to the SDG Students Program email.
    • Managing the administration of online platforms including GDrive, Podio, and MailChimp, etc.
    • Minuting and circulating the minutes of relevant internal team/ external stakeholder meetings
    • Ensuring that databases and mailing lists are kept up to date, including the SDG Hub Member Masterlist, etc.
  • Processes
    • Assisting with the Hub Member registration and onboarding process
    • Assisting with the SDG Coordinator applications and screening
  • Internal Communications
    • Serving as the Networks Team’s liaison to the Operations Team
  • 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 Operations Project Officer will be someone who:

  • Possesses impeccable written and organizational skills, driven and can work autonomously
  • Understands the importance of background work in order to deliver the best results
  • Excels in both high-level and detailed planning.
  • Enjoys problem-solving, and works well with people.

Minimum qualifications:

  • MUST have some experience working with various management software, such as Google Suite, Excel, Dropbox, etc, and be able to adapt to new tools, including Trello, Podio, Breezy, etc.
  • MUST have a great interest in sustainable development, be passionate about the mission of the SDSN, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • MUST possess an excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking and listening.
  • MUST 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.
  • MUST Be aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for this role (exceptions may apply).

Preferred qualifications:

  • Has some professional or volunteer work experience with project management.
  • Is a proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate and manage workload across several projects/teams.
  • Has an interest in sustainable development, be passionate about the mission of the SDSN, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • A bachelor's degree or higher in management, business, operations, sustainability, political science, international relations, or a related field is a plus.


Total Weekly Hours:

  • 5-8 hours per week (minimum)


  • Duration of Position: The first term is 12 months in total, with a 2 months trial 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 Project Leader and Deputy Project Leader (Administration) of the SDG Students Program.
  • Payment: Voluntary
  • Travel: This position may require some domestic and/or international travel.
  • Training: All Project Officers are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.

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