SDSN Youth

Project Officer (Development & Training), SDG Students Program

Other in Worldwide - Entry Level - SDG Students Program

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 a cohort of passionate young individuals (SDG Coordinators) to engage students on their campuses with the SDGs. Our vision is to transform every university into hubs of learning and engagement for the SDGs, and to empower all students to become drivers of change.

We believe that the key to mobilizing campuses requires our SDG Coordinators to be set up with the right training and resources to succeed. Our Programming pillar focuses on the upskilling of our SDG Coordinators - whether it be through in-house training, access to external resources, or pathways to other opportunities to put their learnings into practice


We are looking for a people-person who will lead the content creation for SDG Coordinator learning & development. You will have experience working in a leadership role or closely with leadership teams, and can translate best practices into tailored content for our SDG Coordinators.

The primary responsibilities of the Project Officer include:

  1. Leadership and Sustainability Training Program Development
    1. Manage the learning & development pillars, seeking opportunities, prioritising and executing in order to develop skills in our members and prepare them for the world of work
    2. Develop training curriculum - covering topics such as design, leadership and management, application writing, activism, key sustainability subjects, and communication and presentation skills. Training can be developed in-house or through external speakers.
    3. Sourcing speakers and partners to provide content and mentorship to program members
    4. Work closely with SDG Coordinators to seek feedback in order to improve and shape our training program content; via surveys or interviews.
    5. Various stakeholder management (contacting prospective speakers, concept note drafting and pre-event discussions with prospective speakers, managing calendar invites, and liaising with the marketing team on promotional materials)
  2. Partnerships for Training
    1. Assist the Deputy Project Lead in curriculum design, graphic design of promotional and social media content and reaching out to prospective partners and speakers
    2. Take initiative to contact potential partners, organisations and individuals, whenever possible
  3. Additional Responsibilities:
    1. All Project Officers in the SDG Students Program Team may be called upon throughout the year to assist with the following duties:
      1. Assessment and review of prospective SDG Coordinators (twice yearly)
      2. Assist in partnership discussions with relevant external stakeholders
      3. 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 Development & Training Project Officer will be someone who:

  • Thrives in supporting the personal and professional development of others
  • Is patient, empathetic, and possesses impeccable written and organizational skills, driven and can work autonomously
  • Is passionate about enabling and helping others to make a direct impact
  • Excels in both high-level and detailed planning
  • Enjoys problem-solving, is creative and works well with people

Minimum qualifications:

  • Has experience in content curation - especially in learning & development, documentation or instructional roles such as teaching
  • Experience in stakeholder management - especially with high-profile speakers, executives or individuals in leadership positions
  • Be a proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate and manage workload across several projects/teams
  • Be able to work remotely and maintain communication with a globe-spanning team
  • Have an 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
  • Possesses an excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking and listening.
  • Have professional or volunteer work experience in a team
  • Must be responsive and able to manage regular communication with the team - including after-hours conference calls, as the network spans over 10 different time zones
  • Either be within the first two years of pursuing an undergraduate degree (exceptions may apply), AND/OR, have a background in teaching and training (the latter will have priority over the former)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Has experience writing concise and engaging content
  • Has experience in survey design or workshopping
  • Any teaching experience or a background in facilitating virtual training modules to an audience with a diverse range of skills will be a major plus
  • A background in video-editing, media production, or event-planning and -execution
  • Language skills (particularly French, Spanish, or Turkish) are an asset.
  • 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:

  • 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 Deputy Project Lead of Programming, and is overseen by the Project Officer for Pathways during the trial period
  • Payment: Voluntary
  • Training: All Project Officers are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.

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