Project Officer (Content and Fellow Engagement), Volunteer at SDSN Youth

SDSN Youth

Project Officer (Content and Fellow Engagement), Volunteer

Other in Worldwide - Remote OK - Local Pathways Program

Project Officer (Recruitment), Operations Team

August 2019
SDSN Youth (SDSN Association)
Worldwide, Remote.
Applications close 20 September 2019.

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.

The Local Pathways Fellowship is a 12-month training program and peer-to-peer learning network that provides young urban innovators with the tools to design and implement programs that champion local pathways to sustainable development. By training and building their capabilities, we hope to empower a generation of youth who will work together with local authorities in planning, building and maintaining cities that are sustainable, inclusive and resilient.


We are looking for a Project Officer to manage the training content and experience of our Local Pathways Fellows. This role falls under the Content & Training and the Visibility & Engagement, within the Local Pathways Fellowship team - in which there are 3 pillars:

Content & Training → Training and upskilling our fellows so that they are able to localize SDG 11 in their city.

Visibility & Engagement →
Bringing together a peer-to-peer network of young urban leaders and innovators that advance dialogue and demonstrates potential to implement the New Urban Agenda in fellow cities. Increasing LPF´s visibility and ensuring that the voice of young people is heard in international fora .

Admin & Management →
Ensure that the program is contributing to the key priority areas, targets and overall goals of SDSN Youth and manage the program operations. Ensures the longevity of LPF. Scale the program.


  • Fellow Engagement
    • Enable effective tools that will foster peer-to-peer engagements
  • Content Development (Monthly Assignments)
    • Support with design and assembly of training material and educational resources for the program
    • Implement feedback given by senior advisors into the program
    • Support the hosting of webinars with industry thought leaders and experts to provide an insight into the various aspects of sustainable development in cities
    • Create reports of main outcomes from webinars, assignments, and fellows´ feedback

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 (Training Content & Fellow engagement) will be someone who is organized, possesses impeccable communication skills, is driven and can work autonomously.

    Minimum qualifications:

    • Knowledge in urban planning, urban environments, urban sustainability, urban tech or related fields
    • Have some professional or volunteer work experience in a team
    • Be a proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate and manage workload across several projects/teams.
    • 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.
    • Be aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for this role (exceptions may apply).

    Preferred qualifications:

    • Has an interest in sustainable development in urban environments
    • Be passionate about the mission of the 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.
    • Is able to demonstrate that they have the time and resources to commit to this role.


    Total Weekly Hours:

    • 10+ hours per week


    • Duration of Position:
      The first term is 12 months in total, with a 2 months trial period in 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 of the Local Pathways Fellowship.
    • Payment:
    • 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.