1 January 2018

SGAC is looking for volunteers to become co-lead of the Commercial Space Project Group. The new co-lead will work with current co-lead, Shila Shojaee, to support the activities of the Project Group, and will report to the project group coordinators Ciro Farinelli and Kathryn Robison.

Deadline for applications: 25 January 2018


About the Commercial Space Project Group

The Commercial Space Project Group has the following objectives:

  • Conduct academic research on the “theory of industrial practice” in the commercial space sector.

  • Gather a next generation “think-tank” for commercial space.

  • To make the young generation’s thoughts on commercial space be heard publicly

  • Equip the young generation with knowledge, tools and network to be active in the realm of commercial space and entrepreneurship

  • To support the organization of the annual “Space is Business” paper competition.

For more information on the group’s projects and activities please check their webpages.



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-Lead

Estimated time commitment: On average 3 - 5 hours per 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 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.



This is your chance to hep 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.

  • Possibilly 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, 2018 CSPG CO-LEAD POSITION] with the following documents:

  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 January 2018.

Only complete applications will be considered.


Application Timeline


Applications Open 1 January 2018
Application Close 25 January 2018
Review of Applications 25-31 January 2018
Invitation to Interview 1 - 15 February 2018
Announcement of Outcome 25 February 2018

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