5 October 2017

SGAC is looking for volunteers to become co-lead of the YGNSS Project Group. The new co-lead will work with current co-lead, Siddhesh Naik, to support the activities of the YGNSS project group. They will report to the project group coordinators Ciro Farinelli and Kathryn Robinson.

Deadline for applications: 30 October 2017

About the YGNSS Project Group


YGNSS is a team of university students and young professionals who aim to help bring the maximum benefits of the Global Navigation Satellite System, or GNSS, to society. YGNSS supports the International Committee on GNSS (ICG), an international forum for cooperation on Global Navigation Satellite Systems recognized by the United Nations.

Two of the primary goals of the project group are to provide input to ICG, particularly on matters related to education and public outreach, and to act as a medium for information dissemination on GNSS. Among other activities, YGNSS conducts promotional activities relating to cooperation in GNSS and GNSS applications and presents the benefits of GNSS at various conferences around the world.

For more information about YGNSS, please click here

The YGNSS Group expects its future Co-Lead to:

  • Have an interest and/or understanding of GNSS systems and their applications
  • Work in a international team setting and able to respond in a timely manner (Average 3 - 5 hours per week time commitment)
  • Technical background is not required
  • Be proactive and ideally have experience in leadership positions (able to coordinate and motivate team members)



SGAC encourages Project Group Co-Leads to take personal initiative within their roles to:

  • Spread the enthusiasm for peaceful space activities through the work of their groups

  • Communicate regularly with their fellow Project Group Co-Leads to update each other on plans and activities, and to coordinate collaborative efforts of the working group

  • Assist and coordinate the activities of the team

  • Communicate with members all over the world, in different time zones. They must be flexible enough to adapt their schedule in order to smoothly work and communicate with the rest of their team. (International leadership)

  • Prepare the project group’s annual report and intermediate updates to the Project Coordinator together with their fellow Co-Lead

Estimated time commitment: 3 - 5 hours a week


Necessary Qualifications

  • SGAC membership: registration on the SGAC website and below 35 years of age
  • Be a citizen of a United Nations Member State
  • Be between 18 and 35 years old at the date of appointment
  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork experience 
  • Possess good communication skills in English and preferably in other United Nations official languages
  • Ideally have a good understanding of the topic of the project group you are applying to
  • Ideally have knowledge of the United Nations (UN) organisation and its objectives, preferably have hands-on experience with youth projects and space-related projects
  • Have the necessary time to allocate to the group’s activities and maintain regular communication with their fellow Co-Lead and Project Coordinator, as well as the members of the group
  • Project Group Co-Leads are appointed for a term of one year, and may serve three consecutive terms. Project Group co-leads may serve a maximum of 4 terms. The position will have a probationary period of 3 months

Project Group Co-Leads are appointed for a term of two years, and may serve two consecutive terms. Project Group co-leads may serve a maximum of 2 terms. The position will have a probationary period of 3 months.



This is your chance to hep shape the future of our organisation, and of the GNSS community. You get to:

  • Attend international conferences

  • Interact with senior-level leaders in the international space sector

  • Work with the next generation of international space sector leaders in the world's largest youth space network

  • Work with space policy experts

  • Access relevant space policy materials, documents, magazines, etc.

  • Possibility be nominated for SGAC leadership awards
  • Benefit from SGAC discounts on event registration for team members


How to Apply

To apply please send an email with subject heading: [LAST NAME, 2016 PROJECT YGNSS CO-LEAD POSITION] with the following:

  1. Resume (with headshot and date of birth) (limited to 2 pages)
  2. Letter of Intent, detailing your suitability for the role (limited to 1 page)
  3. Up to 3 examples of past experiences relevant to the position and how they have prepared you for this role
  4. A short plan for what you wish to achieve during your tenure as PG co-lead (maximum 1 page)

All applications must be emailed to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. no later than 30 October 2017.

Only complete applications will be considered.


Application Timeline


Applications Open 5 October 2017
Application Close 30 October 2017
Review of Applications 1-10 November 2017
Invitation to Interview 10 - 20 November 2017
Announcement of Outcome 25 November 2017


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