SGAC has an Opening for a Commercial Space Project Group Co-Lead


The Space Generation Advisory Council [SGAC] has a vacancy for a volunteer to become a co-lead of the commercial space project group. The new co-lead will work with the current co-lead, José Ferreirs, to support the activities of the project group, and will report to the project group coordinators Alessandra Vernile and Joshua Critchley-Marrows.

Deadline for applications: 25 August 2021

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 publicly heard;
  • Equip the young generation with knowledge, tools and network to be active in the realm of commercial space and entrepreneurship; and
  • To support the organisation of the annual “Space is Business” paper competition.

For more information on the group’s projects and activities, please check their web pages.


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 work plan 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 the plans and activities and to coordinate collaborative efforts of the working group;
  • Assist with coordinating 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-leads; and
  • Project group co-leads can form subteams as part of the project group, and delegate tasks to relevant team leads within their teams. They may also request mentors from the SGAC community to advise their members.

Project group co-leads will report to the Project Group Coordinators Alessandra Vernile and Joshua Critchley-Marrows and interact with the co-leads of other project groups for collaborations.

Estimated time commitment: On average, 3 – 5 hours per week

Necessary Qualifications

  • SGAC membership: registration on the SGAC website;
  • Be a citizen of a United Nations Member State;
  • Be between 18 and 35 years of age 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;
  • Possess knowledge of the United Nations organisation and its objectives, preferably have hands-on experience with youth projects and space-related projects; and
  • Have the necessary time to allocate to the group’s activities and maintain regular communication with their fellow co-lead and project coordinator and 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 two terms. The position will have a probationary period of three months.


  • Attend international conferences and invitation to join UN COPUOS [Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space] meetings as an SGAC representative;
  • Interact with senior-level leaders in the international space sector;
  • Work with the next generation of global space sector leaders in the world’s largest youth space network;
  • Work with space policy experts;
  • Access relevant space policy materials, documents, magazines, etc;
  • Possibly be nominated for SGAC leadership awards; and
  • Benefit from SGAC discounts on event registration for team members.


To apply for this position, please complete the Vacancy Application by 25 August 2021 with the following documents as attachments:

  • A Letter of Intent (maximum one page);
  • Your CV (maximum two pages); and
  • List three past experiences and how they have prepared you for this role (maximum one page).

The SGAC will consider only complete applications.

Application Timeline

Applications close on 25 August 2021. SGAC will review applications between 25 August-7 September 2021, and successful applicants will be notified for an interview between 8-18 September 2021. On 25 September 2021, SGAC will announce the outcome of the interview.

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