Apply today to be the National Point of Contact (NPoC) of your country! NPoCs are volunteers that act as contact point for SGAC in their country, forming a local team that coordinated SGAC activities at national level. Each country can have up to two NPoCs who work together to coordinate SGAC activities in their country.
Deadline for Applications: 25 January 2019
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
- Form/maintain a local network of volunteers in your country
- Represent SGAC in your country
- Keep regular contact with your Regional Coordinator
- Using the local network, help raise awareness about SGAC and its goals, and conduct activities ranging from events, national newsletters, national scholarships, policy discussions and contributions to national space policy activities
- Submit a workplan for your activities at the start of the year
- Submit a 1-2 page annual report, around November each year
- Maintain your national webpage up to date
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 Office.
This is a voluntary role with a term of 2 years, renewable for an additional two years based on performance.
Estimated time commitment: 2 – 7 hours a week on average, depending on the type of activities conducted.
Necessary Qualifications and Skills
NPoCs are SGAC Members representing SGAC in their countries. According to our bylaws:
- 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 by their 36th birthday.
- NPoCs are appointed by the Executive Committee. 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.
We generally look for applicants that have some connection to the space sector or wish to engage with the sector. If you are passionate about space and are eager to help others in their personal and professional development, then you should apply!
The following countries are NOT accepting an application in the context of this call as they already have two NPoCs:
- Africa: Botswana – Ethiopia – Ghana — Kenya – Malawi — Namibia – Nigeria – South Africa – Sierra Leone – Sudan – Togo
- Asia Pacific: Azerbaijan – China (People’s Republic of) – India — Japan – Kazakhstan – Nepal – New Zealand — Philippines — Pakistan — Singapore – Sri Lanka
- Europe: Austria – Belgium – Croatia — Czech Republic – France – Germany – Hungary – Netherlands – Poland – Portugal – Romania — Russian Federation – Spain – Sweden
- Middle East: Bangladesh – Cyprus – Israel – United Arab Emirates – Pakistan
- North, Central America and the Caribbean (NCAC): Costa Rica
- South America: Brazil – Peru
Applications from all other countries are accepted. For your reference, we have listed each country and the number of positions available below:
Countries without an NPoC (two positions available)
- Africa: Angola – Benin – Burkina Faso – Burundi – Cape Verde – Central African Republic – Chad – Comoros – Congo – Cote d’Ivoire – Congo (Democratic Republic of) – Equatorial Guinea – Eritrea – Gabon – Gambia – Guinea – Guinea-Bissau – Lesotho – Liberia – Madagascar – Mali – Mauritania – Mozambique – Niger – Sao Tome and Principe – Senegal – Seychelles – Somalia – South Sudan – Swaziland – (United Republic of) – Zambia
- Asia Pacific: Afghanistan – Brunei Darussalam – Cambodia – Fiji – Georgia – Kiribati – Kyrgyzstan – Lao People’s Democratic Republic / Laos – Maldives – Marshall Islands – Micronesia (Federated States of) – Mongolia – Myanmar – Nauru – Palau – Papua New Guinea – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) – Samoa – Solomon Islands – Tajikistan – Timor-Leste (Democratic Republic of) – Tonga – Turkmenistan – Tuvalu – Uzbekistan – Vanuatu – Vietnam
- Europe: Albania – Andorra – Armenia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Estonia – Finland – Holy See – Iceland – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of) – Malta – Monaco – Republic of Moldova – San Marino – Slovakia – Switzerland
- Middle East: Bahrain – Iraq – Jordan – Palestine (State of) – Qatar – Syrian Arab Republic – Yemen
- NCAC: Antigua and Barbuda – Bahamas – Barbados – Belize – Cuba – Dominica – Dominican Republic – El Salvador — Grenada – Guatemala – Haiti – Honduras – Jamaica – Nicaragua – Saint Kitts and Nevis – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Trinidad and Tobago
- South America: Argentina – Bolivia – Chile – Colombia – Ecuador – Guyana – Paraguay – Suriname – Uruguay –
Countries with one NPoC (only one position available)
- Africa: Algeria – Benin – Burkina Faso – Cameroon – Djibouti – Libya – Mauritius – Morocco – Rwanda – Tanzania – Tunisia – Zimbabwe
- Asia Pacific: Australia – Thailand – South Korea – Malaysia – Bhutan
- Europe: Belarus – Bulgaria – Greece – Hungary – Ireland – Italy – Luxembourg – Norway – Serbia – Slovenia – United Kingdom – Ukraine
- Middle East: Egypt – Iran – Kuwait — Lebanon – Oman – Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of) – Turkey
- NCAC: Canada – Mexico – Panama
- South America: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Be a part of leading and shaping the organisation! Benefits of this position include:
- Meeting and working with young space sector leaders from around the world
- Holding a position on the SGAC Executive Committee
- Being recognised internationally as part of the organisation’s key staff on the SGAC Team webpage
- Having a higher chance of receiving SGAC scholarships to attend conferences around the world
- Being invited to attend United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space meetings and other conferences as part of the official SGAC delegation
- Building leadership skills and other skills that are directly translatable to your career
- Having a significant impact on SGAC’s image on the international stage
- Developing invaluable experience in managing a professional international team
This is a voluntary role and has no monetary compensation. Active members of SGAC teams are considered for nomination for SGAC Scholarships and Awards, including fee waivers or discounts for SGAC event fees.
How to Apply
Your application will require you to upload the following documents:
- Letter of Intent: This is a 1-2 page letter of motivation answering the following questions:
- Why do you want to be an NPOC?
- What is your connection with the space sector?
- What will you bring to the position?
- If selected, what do you wish to achieve in this position in the next 6, 12, and 24 months?
- How will you try to achieve these goals? What is your strategy?
- Curriculum Vitae:Your resume/CV should include:
- date of birth
- headshot photo
- contact information
- educational history
- professional history
Only complete applications will be accepted.
Please complete the NPoC Application Form below. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Happens Next?
The executive secretaries will review your application to ensure that the submitted documents meet the SGAC requirements and are not missing any pieces of information. They will confirm the receipt of your application through e-mail. If you do not receive such a confirmation within one week, please follow up with email@example.com.
After this step, your application is forwarded to the SGAC executive committee for voting which usually takes 1 week to complete. The executive secretaries will let you know of the outcome of your application and next steps.
Due to the large number of applications that we might receive, the NPoC application processing can take anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks. If you do not receive a response one month after receiving the confirmation e-mail, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications Open 1 Jan 2019
Application Close 25 Jan 2019
Review of Applications 25 Jan – 28 Feb 2019
Announcement of Outcome 1 Mar 2019
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