5 December, 2017

Space Generation is looking for two people to be the organisation's representatives to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (for more information on ECOSOC, see below). Space Generation has had consultative status in ECOSOC since 2003 and continues to contribute to this United Nations' council.

Applications are open for those who are interested in representing SGAC during meetings of interest over a period of two years.

Deadline for applications: 6 January, 2017



Role Description:

  • Representing SGAC at the UN ECOSOC meeting during the UN General Assembly in New York

  • Coordinating the presence of the SGAC delegation to the UN ECOSOC meetings during the year using a call for participants, etc.

  • Coordinating tasks with SGAC's Executive Director and Chairs

  • Staying up to date with ECOSOC's events and publications and identifying opportunities for SGAC contribution

  • Familiarity about SGAC's structure, aims and projects

  • Familiarity witn ECOSOC and UN policies and procedures with respect to NGOs

Estimated time commitment: 3 - 4 hours per week


Necessary Qualifications

  • SGAC membership: registration on the SGAC website and below 35 years of age
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to emails

  • Awareness of international cultural cooperation principles, concepts and techniques

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Familiarity with the SGAC mission and its objectives

  • Professional fluency (speaking, reading, and writing) in English

  • Teamwork capacity and proven leadership skills

  • Understanding of the global space sector landscape is preferred but not necessary



As an SGAC ECOSOC Representation Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to network with space industry professionals, academics, and organisations. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to enhance his/her leadership, business development and management skills, and grow his/her skill sets to work with an international, interdisciplinary, and multicultural team. Benefits of this position include:

  • Meeting and working with young space sector leaders from around the world;

  • Having a higher chance of receiving SGAC scholarships to attend conferences around the world;

  • Being recognised internationally as part of the organisation's staff on the SGAC Team webpage;

  • 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.

This is a voluntary role and has no monetary compensation. Please note that SGAC cannot support the travel costs to New York. 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

To apply please send an email with subject heading: [LAST NAME, 2016 SGAC ECOSOC Representative] with the following:

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

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

All applications must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Only complete applications will be considered.


Application Timeline

Applications Close

6th January 2017

Review of Applications

9 - 13 January 2017   

Online interviews for select pool of applicants

16 January - 20 January 2016

Announcement of successful applicant  

20 January 2017



ECOSOC was established under the United Nations Charter as the principal organ to coordinate economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialised agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. The Council also receives reports from 11 UN funds and programmes. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system.

It is responsible for:

  • promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress;

  • identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems;

  • facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and

  • encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It has the power to make or initiate studies and reports on these issues. It also has the power to assist the preparations and organization of major international conferences in the economic and social and related fields and to facilitate a coordinated follow-up to these conferences. With its broad mandate the Council's purview extends to over 70 per cent of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system.

Website: www.un.org/en/ecosoc/


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