SDSN Youth

Global Schools - Project Officer, Advocacy

Part-Time in Anywhere, worldwide - Remote OK - Global Schools Program

Application deadline: December 02, 2022

Global Schools is an initiative led by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network in support of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development. Its mission is to empower schools and teachers globally to educate students on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Global Citizenship. The vision of the program is to generate interest about sustainable development in schools in an effort to educate and engage students with the SDGs and Global Citizenship and to encourage them to prioritize the goals in their lifestyles, behaviors, education and professional careers as these goals provide a framework for a better world for children. The program aims to do this by transforming learning environments globally and making schools the hubs of education and leadership on sustainable development, ultimately becoming vehicles for empowering and mobilizing students and young people to help implement the SDGs in their communities.

As a Project Officer for Advocacy, your main responsibility will be to support the Global Schools Advocate Program. The Global Schools Advocate Program is a program for teachers and educators worldwide to train them on the SDGs and help them implement SDG-related initiatives in school communities. You will support the launch of the next cohort of Global Schools Advocates by preparing materials, reviewing applications, and analyzing the successes and challenges of the prior cohort. Global Schools is looking for a proactive Project Officer that is highly interested in education, student engagement, sustainability, and teacher training. This is an incredible opportunity to expand your horizons and work with teachers and students from over 50 countries. The Project Officer will be supervised by the Project Lead, Education of Global Schools and engage directly with the Advocacy team.


The primary responsibilities of the Project Officer for Advocacy include but are not limited to:

  • Engage with the Global Schools Advocates, who are teachers and educators in 70+ countries, including responding to questions on the Advocates email account, facebook group, and monitoring their progress in their respective schools and communities.
  • Review monthly Advocate KPI reports, and give feedback and advice to teachers working in school communities on SDG-related projects.
  • Support the graduation of the 2022 cohort of Global Schools Teacher Advocates.
  • Provide ideas on professional development speakers, and support in the organization of live professional development webinars on zoom.
  • Support the launch of the Global Schools Advocates Program 2023; work with the Advocacy team to make key decisions about the new program; screen teachers and schools; implement and oversee the selection process.
  • Assist the team with the Mentor and Alumni program where needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong computer skills and experience working with various communications and management software (i.e. Google Suite, Excel, WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.).
  • Excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking and listening; strong writing skills.
  • Proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage several workflows simultaneously across an international team of Project Officers.
  • Ability to work autonomously, take initiative, and work proactively.


  • Knowledge of sustainable development and a passion for the mission of Global Schools, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Passion for and prior experience in teaching, education, education policy, international relations, sustainability, and youth engagement. Prior teaching experience or other work with school communities is considered a plus.
  • Proven track record and passion for community building, with the ability to motivate and mobilize team members across various regions and cultures behind a global mission.
  • Excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage several workflows simultaneously; ability to work autonomously, take initiatives, and work proactively.


  • Be at the forefront of efforts taken by the United Nations, governmental and civil society in developing and leading a global movement for sustainable development;
  • Build professional and personal relationships with high-level stakeholders in civil society, business, government, and the United Nations;
  • Have the opportunity to attend high-level domestic and international virtual meetings and conferences and network with some of the most prominent figures in this space;
  • Supported by our global team of experts across a range of areas, progress rapidly in a challenging but flexible and fulfilling environment.
  • Gain exposure and experience relevant to building a career in international development.


  • Location: This position will be remote.
  • Hours: This position requires at least 10 hours per week.
  • Training: The candidate is required to complete all online induction courses and complete the Global Schools onboarding process.
  • Supervision: This position is supervised by the Project Lead, Education, of Global Schools.
  • Compensation: This position is voluntary (Unpaid).
  • Duration of Position: January 2023 - December 2023. This position requires a minimum commitment of 12 months, with a 3-month probation period.
  • Start Date: January 2023