SDSN Youth

Project Officer, Communications, Volunteer

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Project Officer, Communications, Volunteer

October 2022

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.

The Local Pathways Fellowship is a 10-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 to plan, build and maintain sustainable, inclusive, and resilient cities.


We are looking for a Communications Officer to support our design and content creation efforts at the Local Pathways Fellows. This role works hand in hand with the Project Lead to ensure the success of the program's main pillars which are :

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 the 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.

Some examples of what you may be involved in:

  • Designing reports, brochures, social media graphics
  • Developing Brand guidelines and templates
  • Managing the LPF website


  • Create and design various materials for digital and print collateral
  • Provide creative direction in the form of brand guidelines, templates, etc.
  • Manage and execute multiple design projects/ tasks
  • Manage the website and assist in developing content
  • Apply feedback given by senior advisors to the program
  • Implement outcomes from webinars, assignments, and fellows´ feedback

Please note: As a virtual network, it is IMPORTANT for team members 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 Communications Project Officer will be someone who:

  • Is completing/ have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Media Arts, Communications, or related fields.
  • Has knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other graphic design software.
  • Has knowledge and experience of graphic design and layout for print and web.
  • Has an excellent eye for detail.

Minimum qualifications:

  • The candidate has experience in graphic design.
  • The candidate has some professional or volunteer work experience in a team.
  • Be a proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the 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 knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
  • Has a portfolio of work over a wide range of creative projects.
  • Has an interest in sustainable development, and is 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 – candidates with too many overlapping commitments will be exempt from running for this position.


Total Weekly Hours:

  • 10+ hours per week (minimum)


  • Duration of Position: The first term is 12 months in total, with a 2 months probation 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 Project Leader of the Local Pathways Fellowship.
  • Payment: Voluntary
  • Travel: This position may require some domestic and/or international travel.
  • Training: All team members are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.

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