10 March 2016

SGAC is looking for volunteers to become co-leads of the YGNSS Project Group. The new co-leads will work with Juan Duran (Spain) to support the activities of the YGNSS project group. They will report to the project group coordinator Ana Raposo (Portugal).

Deadline for Application: 31 March 2016

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 team 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. 


The YGNSS Group expects the Future Co-lead to:

  • Have an understanding of GNSS systems and their applications.

  • Have a background in telecommunications engineering (or related topics).

  • Ideally have experience in leadership positions.


What is expected of the incoming Project Group Co-Leads?

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-Lead 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.

What is required to be a Project Group Co-Lead?

  • Be a member of SGAC.

  • Be citizens 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.


  • Attending international conferences

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

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

  • Working with space policy experts

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

  • Possibility of being nominated for SGAC leadership awards


How to Apply 

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

1) Resume (with headshot and date of birth) (limit 2 pages)

2) Letter of Intent, detailing your suitability for the role (limit 1 page)

3) Writing Sample eg. conference paper/blog/article/publication

All applications must be emailed to SGAC's Project Group Coordinator, Ana Raposo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 31 March, 2016.

Only complete applications will be considered.


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