SGAC is looking for a volunteer to become a co-lead of the Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group. The new co-lead will work with current co-lead, Jessica Creech, to support the activities of the Project Group, and will report to the project group coordinators Ciro Farinelli and Alessandra Vernile.

Deadline for applications: 25 October 2019

About the Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group

The Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Project Group provides a platform for students and young professionals to contribute to technical and policy debates on space safety and sustainability. The Project Group has presented numerous papers and reports to the UN and at the International Astronautical Congress and strives to raise awareness about space safety and sustainability issues. Established in 2011, the project group has run more than 20 projects over the past 7 years, involving young professionals from all over the world.

The aims and objectives of the PG are the following: 

  • To identify key issues and areas of space safety and sustainability relating to current and proposed space operations.
  • To examine the safety and long-term sustainability of outer space activities in all aspects, taking into account the interests of all countries.
  • To create an international space forum to showcase the youth’s perspective on the safety of space activities, and the sustainability of the space environment for future generations.

For more information on the group’s projects and activities please check SSS PG webpage.

Responsibilities

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

  • Recruit new members to join the project group and mentor project group members
  • Spread the enthusiasm for peaceful space activities through the work of their groups
  • Prepare the annual workplan of the Project Group at the start of the year based on input from members
  • 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 with and coordinate the activities of the team
  • Communicate with members all over the world, in different time zones (International leadership)
  • Represent SGAC at conferences and venues on the topics relating to the Project Group
  • Prepare the Project Group’s annual report and intermediate updates to the Project Coordinator together with their fellow Co-Leads

Project group co-leads can form subteams as part of the project group and delegate tasks to relevant team leads within their teams. They may also request mentors from the SGAC community to advise their members.

Project group co-leads will report to the project group coordinators Ciro Farinelli and Alessandra Vernile, and will also interact with the co-leads of other project groups for collaborations.

Estimated time commitment: On average 3 – 5 hours per week

Necessary Qualifications

  • SGAC membership: registration on the SGAC website and below 34 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Be a citizen of a United Nations Member State
  • Be between 18 and 35 years old during the 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
  • 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 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.

Benefits

This is your chance to help shape the future of our organisation. You get to:

  • Attend international conferences and invitation to join UN COPUOS meetings as an SGAC representative
  • 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.
  • Possibly be nominated for SGAC leadership awards
  • Benefit from SGAC discounts on event registration for team members

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please complete our Vacancy Application by 25 July 2019 with the following documents as attachments:

  • A Letter of Intent (maximum 1 page)
  • Your CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • List of three past experiences and how they have prepared you for this role (maximum 1 page)

Only complete applications will be considered.

Application Timeline

Applications Open1 October 2019
Application Close25 October 2019
Review of Applications25 October – 30 October 2019
Invitation to Interview31 October – 10 November 2019
Announcement of Outcome25 November 2019