1 June 2017

SGAC is looking for co-leads for its Near Earth Objects (NEO) Project Group. The new co-leads will  report to the SGAC project group coordinators, and help support the activities of the project group.

Deadline for Application: 25 June 2017

The NEO Project Group was created with the aim to:

  • help the worldwide planetary defense community to meet one of nature's greatest challenges
  • Share a youth perspective on planetary defense through annual reports, competitions, conference attendance, and public outreach projects related to Near Earth Objects
  • Raise awareness on the topic of planetary defense, and Near Earth Objects 



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 33.5 years old on the date of appointment
  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork experience 
  • Ability to take innitiative and motivate volunteers to contribute to the PG
  • Possess good communication skills in English and preferably in other United Nations official languages
  • Ideally have a good understanding of the topic of small satellite systems and their applications (Technical background is not required)
  • 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 tqo 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 small satellites 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, 2017 NEO PG 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 25 June 2017.

Only complete applications will be considered.


Application Timeline

Applications Open 1 June 2017
Application Close 25 June 2017
Review of Applications 25 June to 5 July 2017
Invitation to Interview 5 - 20 July 2017
Announcement of Outcome 25 July 2017

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