‘SDG Coordinator’ Global Volunteer Job by UN SDSN Youth

Job/Internship Volunteer in Communication , in Sustainable Development

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 148146
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Sustainibility
  • Duration 12 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network for Youth is accepting applications for the Sustainable Development Goals- SDG Coordinator position.

SDG Coordinators support SDSN Youth’s mandate by working in the Network of member universities worldwide. The primary mission of the coordinators is to mobilize university students around the SDGs.

SDG Coordinators work in the SDG Students Program framework, which runs an international network of SDG students at universities. The SDG Students Program is to nurture effective lifelong advocates for sustainable development in local and global communities.

Coordinators ensure that all students in their university or campus are aware of the SDGs, have opportunities to take action towards SDGs implementation, and understand their importance to the broader community. As SDG coordinators, applicants will become key mobilizers and representatives who run an SDG Student Hub. They will receive support from the SDG Students Program.

About the SDSN Youth

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network- SDSN Youth is an initiative of the UN SDSN. Launched in 2015, the SDSN empowers youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. SDSN Youth has about 650+ member organizations coming from more than 85 countries.

Founded in 2012 by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN SDSN mobilizes global expertise toward implementing the SDGs.

Details of the Job

  • Post Title: SDG Coordinator
  • Organizing Body: United Nation SDSN Youth
  • Location: Worldwide, Remote or Physical presence
  • Type of Work: Voluntary
  • Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Scope:Global

Duties and Responsibilities

The SDG Coordinator’s Primary Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Establish and operate an SDG Student Hub on a university campus
  • Use the SDG Student Hub to shape an interested student community to action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Manage the primary duties of the SDG Student Hub via several processes, including:
  1. Recruitment –to promote the SDG Student Hub to students, encouraging fellow students to join the community, and help to facilitate their membership
  2. Organise – discuss, plan, and assign responsibilities for actioning the core functions of the hub with the leadership team and the hub community
  3. Engagement – of the student community to fulfill the core functions of the hub
  4. Community building – by arranging community gatherings and informal networking events

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What success should the coordinators achieve in this role?

The followings are the impact metrics the SDSN uses for this role:

  • Number of students engaged through events, and hub member registration
  • Education improvement of members about Sustainable Development and understanding what it means in their local context
  • Make the student members more passionate about taking action on the SDGs
  • How much do the members feel more equipped to take action on the SDGs
  • Mobilizing the students to create a solution specific to their local community

Benefits and Learning Outcomes in the Role

By working in the role of SDG Coordinator, applicants will benefit as follows:

  1. Make an impact:
  • Working with SDSN Youth enables the coordinators to be at the forefront of efforts in making and leading an international movement for sustainable development
  • Close engagement with United Nations, governmental and civil society to form partnerships to educate, mobilize, and connect groups and individuals to make a positive impact
  • As a representative of the SDSN Youth and SDG Students Program, coordinators will be more effective in creating change. They can build professional and personal relationships with high-level stakeholders in United Nations, civil society, government, and business.
  1. Joining a global cohort and Network
  • Coordinators will join SDG Coordinator peers worldwide through training, development, and work on their SDG Student Hubs.
  • Beyond the program, the coordinators will become colleagues with exceptional and diverse individuals at SDSN Youth
  • Upon completion of their term, they will also receive an invitation to join the SDG Students Program Alumni Network, which serves as a foundation for their future endeavors.
  1. Receive training as a youth sustainability leader
  • The SDG Coordinators will receive both onboarding and continuous training to become influential leaders and educator
  • They will gain sustainability literacy to identify and practice the relevance of sustainable development topics
  • The coordinators will learn about design thinking and project management
  1. Get support from SDSN Youth
  • Throughout their service, the coordinators will receive support from a global team across different areas, helping them progress in a challenging but flexible and fulfilling environment.
  • They will have access to workshops, opportunities, and resources via SDG Students Program partners
  1. Enhance current career or gain new work with the related skills and experience for their future career

Job Qualifications

ONLY students from SDSN Member Institutions can apply for this role. Please check the list of current SDSN Member Institutions HERE. Additionally, applicants should meet the following criteria:

Primary Criteria:

  • Applicants must be intensely interested in sustainable development, passionate about the SDSN mission, and follow the pursuit of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Be physically or virtually present at the institution or university they seek to represent – as a ‘current’ student.
  • Commit for one academic year of involvement as an SDG Coordinator
  • Possess excellent command of the English language
  • Demonstrate time and resources to work in this role; candidates with other overlapping commitments preventing them from giving 8-10 hours of involvement per week will be exempt
  • Provide professional or volunteer work experience, mainly with campaigning, project coordination, community mobilization, event management, or stakeholder engagement.
  • Attend weekend interviews between 3 to 18 July
  • Be between 18-30 years old
  • Should attend the global SDG Coordinators onboarding training course on four weekends in August 2023

Essential Qualities and Attributes:

All applicants should demonstrate these key qualities and qualifications:

  • commitment
  • leadership
  • connection
  • public speaking
  • teamwork
  • organization experience
  • perseverance
  • flexibility

Candidates Commitment:

Applicants should commit to these items:

  • 8-10 hours per week to the role
  • One year term at their institution and transition support to a new coordinator upon completing their term
  • Complete a one-month training course before starting their role under the SDG Students Program

How to Apply for this Position?

Candidates passionate about joining an exceptional global team may apply online at the link below.


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For further information about the SDG Coordinator position, please visit the website of UN SDSN.


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