Project Officer (Fundraising & Impact), SDG Students Program at SDSN Youth

SDSN Youth

Project Officer (Fundraising & Impact), SDG Students Program

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Project Officer (Fundraising & Impact), SDG Students Program

May 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.

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 hubs of learning and engagement in the SDGs across all continents, and in order to scale up and support our Hubs, it is important to have a fundraising strategy. The Fundraising & Impact Project Officer for the SDG Students Program will be in charge of developing and implementing this strategy, reaching out to prospective partners, and measuring its impact, working within the Administration pillar of the Project.


  • Grant Writing & Fundraising
    • Working with the Project Leader and Chief of Staff to develop the program’s fundraising strategy
    • Drafting proposals for fundraising and grants
    • Sourcing for potential grants, partnerships, awards, and sponsorship
    • Preparing the SDG Students Program’s information deck for prospective partners, donors, and stakeholders
  • Tracking Metrics
    • Developing systems to monitor and gather metrics that track the impact and success of the SDG Students Program
    • Ensuring accurate and up-to-date information regarding the SDG Students Program efforts
    • Conducting feedback surveys of both SDG Coordinators and SDG Hub Members to delineate impact and performance of the program
    • Generate insights to author annual impact reports for stakeholders and make suggestions for program enhancements
  • 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 Fundraising & Impact Project Officer will be someone who has experience managing a project or working with fundraising. They will be someone who possesses great organizational, communication and problem-solving skills, working in a team in order to ensure delivery of the SDG Students Program.

The Fundraising Project Officer will be someone who:

  • Be responsive, and available for regular meetings (weekly) with their Deputy Project Leader and other stakeholders - including after-hours conference calls
  • Has excellent organization and communication skills to navigate and present different kinds of data extracted across digital platforms / team functions
  • Is curious, driven, and confident working with people and proactively generating insights on the program’s impact across contexts
  • Be a proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate and manage workload across several projects/teams.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Candidate MUST have some professional or volunteer work experience with administration, fundraising strategies and research/writing proposals.
  • Candidate 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.
  • Candidate MUST be able to demonstrate interest or experience working with simple data analytics or impact measurements (e.g., from experiences in a leadership role, research, or program design)
  • Candidate MUST possess an excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking and listening.
  • Candidate 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.
  • Candidate MUST be aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for this role.

Preferred qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher in management, business, accounting, finance, sustainability, political science, international relations, or a related field is a plus.
  • Language skills are assets.
  • Experience working in a remote and/or diverse team 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
  • Training: All Project Officers are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.

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