SDSN Youth

Youth Solutions Program Lead

Other in Worldwide - Remote OK

Youth Solutions Program Lead

November 2022

SDSN Youth (SDSN Association)

Remote, Worldwide

At SDSN Youth, we empower young people to take meaningful action on 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.

Making up a quarter of the world’s population - young people are the leaders of our future. Young people are extremely skilled and aware of the challenges of sustainable development - but still face many challenges of their own, in promoting their solutions: from lack of funding access to mentoring and networks to a shared narrative or SDG alignment.

The Solutions Program is SDSN Youth’s largest flagship program, targeting challenges around promoting youth solutions, in alignment with all three core objectives of SDSN Youth - education (training / mentoring), connections (networks), and solutions (innovation), providing a number of initiatives that cultivate and grow youth solutions.

  • Innovators can access a 16-week Investment Readiness Program to help young innovators build their skills and refine their pitches for investors and supporters.
  • SDG-oriented solutions are selected to be featured in the Youth Solutions Report, where innovators get visibility and exposure to governments, impact investors, and other potential partners that are not traditionally available to youth solutions.


The Project Lead for the Solutions Program will be someone who has experience in managing teams and is passionate about accelerating sustainable development. They will be someone with a strategic mindset, is driven, and can work autonomously.

The Project Lead will:

  • drive the strategy and grow the program,
  • handle strategic partnerships, and
  • strategically evaluate new market opportunities, and lay down the roadmap to execute.


  • Leadership
    • Manage core operations for the Solutions team, including strategic planning, team management, and governance responsibilities.
    • Perform regular meetings with relevant teams, Deputy PLs, the Global Director, and organization-wide members.
    • Support, and work closely with team members to grow the program's initiatives.
    • Work closely with the Global teams on cross-project efforts that involve youth social entrepreneurship.
    • Facilitate the recruitment of new team members in conjunction with the vertical’s team lead.

  • Partnerships
    • Interact and work with program partners to run and advance program initiatives.
    • Create new partnerships as they arise, and/or actively be aware of potential partners to incorporate to support the program.
    • Support the sourcing, structuring, and negotiation of partnerships through Project Officers.
    • Give talks, and speeches, as needed in program and/or partner events.

  • Strategy
    • Drive program strategy and actively adapt strategy to the strengths and circumstances of the program.
    • Explore and lead new strategic opportunities as they arise

  • Project/Event Management
    • Assist in the planning of global events, including but not limited to webinars, competitions, networking events, meetings, roundtables, presentations, symposiums, and conferences.
    • Deliver relevant projects in an organized and scheduled manner.

Job Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Volunteer or work experience managing teams.
  • Have experience in stakeholder management.
  • Have experience in coordinating and growing a program/project/product.
  • Have an interest in the entrepreneurship/startup space.
  • Have excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Must be responsive and able to manage regular communication with the team - including after-hours conference calls, as the network spans 10 different time zones.
  • Candidate must be aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for this role (exceptions may apply).
  • 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.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in a product management/growth hacking role, or entrepreneurship-related role.
  • Has a strong interest in sustainable development, and is passionate about the mission of SDSN, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Possesses an excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking, and listening.


Total Weekly Hours:

  • 15 hours per week


  • Represent the Youth Solutions Program for partnerships and collaboration at conferences around the world
  • Meet and engage with our Experts, Mentors, and Innovators
  • Contribute Thought Leadership to the youth solutions space (i.e. papers, book chapter features, etc)
  • A committed team, and partners who support you and want to make an impact


  • Duration of Position: The first term is 12 months in total, with a 2 months trial period in the beginning. However, subject to a review of work performance, this position may be extended on a 12-month basis.
  • Reporting: This position reports to the Global Director.
  • Payment: Voluntary
  • Training: All Project Leads are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.