SGAC is Recruiting National Points of Contacts for Africa

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The Space Generation Advisory Council, SGAC, is receiving volunteer applications for the  SGAC National Point of Contact positions in Africa. NPoCs are volunteers that act as contact points for SGAC in their country, forming a local team that coordinates SGAC activities at the national level. Consequently, each country can have up to two NPoCs who work together to coordinate SGAC activities in their country. The position is for a term of two years, renewable for an additional two years, depending on performance.

Responsibilities

SGAC encourages NPoCs to take personal initiatives with their roles to proactively grow the SGAC young professional and university student network in their country. Furthermore, successful candidates will connect SGAC to relevant space organisations. This role is an important responsibility, and SGAC expects successful applicants to:

  • Act as a communication channel between national student and young professional space networks and the SGAC
  • Form/maintain a local network of volunteers in your country
  • Represent SGAC in your country
  • Keep regular contact with your Regional Coordinator
  • Using the local network, help raise awareness about SGAC and its goals, and conduct activities ranging from events, national newsletters, national scholarships, policy discussions and contributions to national space policy activities
  • Submit a work plan for your activities at the start of the year
  • Submit a 1-2 page annual report around November each year
  • Maintain your national webpage up to date

Necessary Qualifications and Skills

NPoCs are SGAC Members representing SGAC in their countries. According to SGAC bylaws:

  • NPoCs shall be citizens of a United Nations (UN) member state or territory. They may only represent their country of citizenship and should preferably be resident in the country they represent
  • NPoCs shall be 18 years of age or older at the time of appointment and shall complete their term by their 36th birthday.
  • The Executive Committee appoints the NPoC. Furthermore, they shall serve for two years and may serve a second consecutive term if they complete the necessary steps.
  • NPoCs may serve a maximum of two terms.
  • NPoCs shall demonstrate leadership and teamwork experience. They shall also possess good communication skills in English and preferably in other UN official languages. In addition, the NPoCs shall have a good understanding of space and cultural issues.

SGAC generally prefers applicants that have some connection to the space sector or wish to engage with the industry. Thus, if you are passionate about space and eager to help others in their personal and professional development, you should apply.

Benefits

Be a part of leading and shaping the organisation. Thus benefits of this position include:

  • Meeting and working with young space sector leaders from around the world
    Holding a position on the SGAC Executive Committee
  • Being recognised internationally as part of the organisation’s key staff on the SGAC Team webpage
  • Having a higher chance of receiving SGAC scholarships to attend conferences around the world
  • 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
  • Having a significant impact on SGAC’s image on the international stage

How to Apply

Your application will require you to upload the following documents:

  • Letter of Intent: This is a 1-2 page letter of motivation answering the following questions:
    • Why do you want to be an NPOC?
    • What is your connection with the space sector?
    • What will you bring to the position?
    • If selected, what do you wish to achieve in this position in the next 6, 12, and 24 months?
    • How will you try to achieve these goals? What is your strategy?
  • Curriculum Vitae: Your resume/CV should include:
    • date of birth
    • headshot photo
    • contact information
    • educational history
    • professional history

You can apply for the position and learn more about the opportunity here 

Applications will close on 30 November 2021, and only complete applications will be accepted. Subsequently, the review will take place from 1 to 15 December 2021, with the announcement of results occurring around the last week of December.

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