The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
The SDSN Youth is an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). It was launched in 2015 with a mission to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions.
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.
SDSN Youth is a network of 650+ member organizations based in more than 85 different countries. SDSN Youth has more than 140 team members (staff, volunteers, and interns) working in more than 30 different countries across 20 Regional/ National networks.
Duties & Responsibilities
Network Coordinators are the official managers and representatives of SDSN Youth within their Regional/ National SDSN Network and vice versa. They manage, oversee, and coordinate the local SDSN Youth network of program members, stakeholders, and external partnerships.
While Network Managers manage the SDSN stakeholders and institutions within a region, the Youth Network Coordinator focuses on engaging the young people within those groups.
The Network Coordinator is a key position in understanding the state of youth mobilization towards the SDGs in their given region - acting as the key local point of contact for anything youth x SDG-related in their region/country.
- Program management
- Oversee development and implementation of Youth Program activities in the network
- Develop a work-plans and follow up with local volunteers regularly to ensure that activities are on track
- Prepare timely and high-quality quarterly reports to the Global Office in compliance with internal reporting guidelines.
- Build a Partnership team to identify appropriate future partners for the implementation of the Youth Program
- Managing of their network
- Engaging the Member Organizations within the network by identifying areas for collaboration, sharing resources, and networks.
- Connect SDSN Youth members (SDSN Youth Member Organizations, SDG Coordinators, Global Schools Advocates, Vatican Youth Symposium speakers) and external members with each other
- Manage a list of stakeholders and their needs, challenges, skills, and expertise
- Admin and Governance
- Managing your network’s communication channels: email, social media, mailing lists, etc.
- Researching, documenting and maintaining the contributions of SDSN Youth in the network
- Managing a team of local volunteers to help with the above responsibilities
- [optional] Managing a translation taskforce
- Managing a team of volunteers to translate SDSN Youth and relevant SDG material to increase accessibility to local youth
Please note: As a virtual network, it is IMPORTANT for Network Coordinators to communicate effectively within the network. In this vein, Network Coordinators will be expected to:
- Attend monthly meetings with their Regional Focal Point
- Work closely with their local Network Manager
The Network Coordinator will be someone who:
- Enjoys problem-solving, and work well with people,
- Is able to work autonomously
- Able to communicate effectively
- Is able to manage multiple streams of work
- Be based at the Host Institution of the network they are applying for
(e.g. if you are based in India, you must be a staff or student at the Host Institution, TERI).
- Have previous experience in the student/youth leadership space
- Be based at the Host Institution for at least 12 months after the application date
- Possess an excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking and listening.
- 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.
- 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.
- Have had some form of either professional or volunteer work experience, particularly with campaigning, community mobilization, project coordination, event management or stakeholder engagement.
- Have some experience working with various communications and management software, such as Google Suite.
- Be aged between 21-30 in order to be eligible for this role (exceptions may apply).
- The candidate has previous project management experience
- The candidate has previous stakeholder management/partnerships experience
- The candidate has previous experience in the youth/students leadership space at the Host Institution
- 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
- Location: This position will be based at the Host Institution of the respective Regional/National SDSN Network you are applying to
- Reporting: This position reports to the Regional Focal Point
- Team Lead: Network Manager at the Host Institution
- Compensation: Voluntary (not paid)
- Travel: This position may require some domestic and/or international travel
Training: All Network Coordinators are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.
For more details about joining SDSN Youth, take a look at our Opportunities page: https://sdsnyouth.org/join-the-team