SDG Coordinators (SDSN Youth)

United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

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Applications Close: 5th July 2020 23:59 GMT


The SDSN Youth is an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN – a program established by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 to mobilize global expertise around the implementation of the SDGs.

SDSN Youth is a network of 650+ member organizations from more than 85 countries. It was launched in 2015 to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. SDSN Youth has more than 140 team members (staff, volunteer and interns) working in more than 30 different countries across 20 regional/national networks. In addition to regional/national projects, SDSN Youth team also leads global initiatives and programs including the Local Pathways Fellowship, the Youth Solutions Report, the Global Schools Program, and other projects.


SDG Coordinators support SDSN Youth’s mandate by working in SDSN member universities around the world to mobilize students around the SDGs.

With the introduction of the new SDG Students Program, the SDG Coordinators will work with local SDSN networks to ensure that all students in their university/campus are aware of the SDGs, understand their importance to the wider community and have opportunities to take action towards their implementation during their studies, and after they graduate.

The primary responsibilities of SDG Coordinators include:

  • A) Setup an SDG Student Hub* on campus and use it as a platform to build a community of students interested in taking action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • B) Manage the core operations of this SDG Student Hub through several processes, including:
    • Recruit – Promote the SDG Student Hub to fellow students, encouraging them to join the community and help facilitate their membership.
    • Engage- Share regular updates and interesting information with the hub, including news, opportunities, events, facts & figures, questionnaires, and shout outs.
    • Meet – Organize regular meetings with the hub community to discuss, plan and allocate responsibilities for actioning the core functions of the hub – (1) education, and (2) solutions.
    • Socialize – Arrange casual community gatherings and informal networking events to promote a sense of community and social ties between members.
  • C) Facilitate and support the SDG Student Hub to deliver on its 2 core functions:
    • Education – Working with the hub to engage the student body and educate them on the SDGs through regular events and workshops. In collaboration with the leadership, senior faculty members and teaching staff of the university promote the integration of SDGs into student orientation processes, extra-curricular activities, core syllabus, and other areas of learning and teaching.
    • Solutions – Working with the hub to organize solutions events, where the community can come together in small groups to discuss the country’s performance on SDGs, identify key gaps in implementation and generate ideas for accelerating local and national progress.
  • *SDG Student Hubs co-exist alongside existing student societies and are meant as platforms to bring students together in a single space. More information will be provided if you are selected.


Primary Criteria

At the time of applying for this role:

  • Candidate MUST have a great interest in sustainable development, be passionate about the mission of the SDSN, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Candidate MUST be based (physically) at the institution/university they are seeking to represent – either as a ‘current’ student or employee.
  • Candidate MUST be able to commit to a 2 year term as an SDG Coordinator – candidates changing universities or undertaking exchange at another institution will NOT qualify for this role.
  • Candidate MUST possess an excellent command of the English language.
  • Candidate MUST demonstrate that they have the time and resources to commit to this role – candidates with too many overlapping commitments will be exempt.
  • Candidate MUST have some professional or volunteer work experience, particularly with campaigning, community mobilization, project coordination, event management or stakeholder engagement.
  • Candidate MUST be able to commit at least between 8-10 hours per week for this role.
  • Candidate MUST be aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for this role.

IMPORTANT – Applications for this role are ONLY open to students and staff from SDSN Member Institutions – check the list of current SDSN Member Institutions by clicking the link HERE.


At the time of applying for this role:

  • COMMITMENT – Candidate SHOULD be able to demonstrate that they are committed to the vision of the Network and capable of working in compliance with the norms, and standards set by SDSN Youth and local Networks.
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING – Candidate SHOULD be a confident and passionate speaker, capable of communicating well with stakeholders and partners.
  • FLEXIBILITY – Candidate SHOULD be flexible and capable of working with multiple deadlines and coordinate activities with multiple time zones – this may include late-night calls and meetings.
  • VERSATILITY – Candidate SHOULD be versatile, especially in dealing with the challenges posed by a newly formed, constantly changing and rapidly expanding the organization.
  • TEAMWORK – Candidate SHOULD have excellent teamwork skills and capable of working with groups of volunteers and team members effectively.
  • ORGANISATION – Candidate SHOULD be well organised and have skills in event management and planning.


Making an impact

  • Working with SDSN Youth enables you to be at the forefront of efforts taken by the United Nations, governmental and civil society in developing and leading a global movement for sustainable development.
  • SDSN works with some of the world’s most influential businesses, academic institutions, government bodies and civil society groups in the sustainable development sector.
  • We engage closely with a number of these stakeholders, forming partnerships to educate, connect and mobilize individuals and groups to make a positive impact.

Aspirations and networks

  • SDSN Youth enables you to build professional and personal relationships with high-level stakeholders in civil society, business, government, and the United Nations.
  • The SDSN Youth Assembly consists of more than 60 young people from more than 30 different countries.
  • By joining one of our teams, 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.
  • The relationships you develop through SDSN Youth could serve as a foundation for your future endeavors.

Pathways to leadership

  • Attend high level domestic and international meetings and conferences and network with some of the most prominent figures in this space.
  • Supported by our global team of experts across a range of areas, you will progress rapidly in a challenging but flexible and fulfilling environment.
  • Your experiences will become central to our network’s efforts and legacy in empowering youth globally to make sustainable solutions.
  • Working with SDSN Youth will enable you to have a real impact while navigating through complex scenarios and overcoming difficult hurdles, preparing you for challenges of leadership.


  • SDG Coordinators must be able to commit 8-10 hours per week to the role
  • SDG Coordinators must be able to commit to a 24-month term at their institution
  • All SDG Coordinators must complete a 2 month online training course, before commencing their role under the SDG Students Program.




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