Become an NPoC
“I am interested in becoming a National Point of Contact (NPoC)
- what are you looking for and how do I apply?”
SGAC is looking for active young people interested in space that would like to become NPoC in their country.
Who are National Points of Contact?
NPoCs are volunteers that act as contact point for SGAC in their country. Each country can have up to two NPoCs who work together to coordinate SGAC activities in their country.
According to our official by-laws:
- NPoCs shall be citizens of a United Nations (UN) member state or territory. They may only represent their country of citizenship and should preferably be resident in the country they represent
- NPoCs shall be 18 years of age or older at the time of appointment and shall complete their term before the age of 35 (although exceptional circumstances may be taken into consideration).
- NPoCs are appointed by the Executive Council. They shall serve for a period of two years and may serve a second consecutive term if nominated and elected legitimately according to the SGAC Statutes and Bylaws. NPoCs may serve a maximum of two terms.
- NPoCs shall demonstrate leadership and teamwork experience, possess good communication skills in English and preferably in other UN official languages, and have a good understanding of space and cultural issues.
- NPoCs shall have knowledge of the UN and its objectives, have knowledge of the UN COPUOS and its objectives and preferably have hands-on experience in youth and space-related projects.
What do we expect from NPoCs?
The SGAC encourages NPoCs to take personal initiatives with their roles to proactively grow the SGAC young professional and university student network in their country, and connect SGAC to relevant space organisations. This role is an important responsibility, and it is expected that you:
- act as a communication channel between national student and young professional space networks and the SGAC;
keep regular contact with your Regional Coordinator;
regularly update your SGAC country homepage;
submit a 1-2 page annual report, around November each year.
In summary, you would spread the word about SGAC, help space education and outreach in the name of SGAC in your country and keep everyone else at SGAC informed about it! Please note that any presentation or activity on behalf of SGAC or which includes the logo of the organization must be reviewed and pre-approved by the Executive Director.
More information about this position and the organization can be found on the SGAC Vision page.
What incentives can you expect as an NPoC?
- Meeting and working with young space sector leaders from around the world.
- Having a higher chance of receiving SGAC scholarships to attend conferences around the world.
- International recognition as the NPoC of your country on the SGAC webpage.
- Invitation to attend UN COPUOS meetings as part of the official SGAC delegation.
- Participation in space projects and space events.
- Opportunity to build leadership skills.
- Opportunity to bring the voice of the youth of your country to the UN.
- Changing your country, your region, and the world.
How do I apply to be an NPoC?
You can download this information as a PDF here.