The Space Generation Advisory Council is requesting applications from interested persons to be the National Point of Contact (NPoC) of their countries. NPoCs are volunteers that act as contact points for SGAC in their country. As a result, they form a local team that coordinated SGAC activities at the national level. Each country can have up to two NPoCs who work together to coordinate SGAC activities in their country.
- 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 workplan for your activities at the start of the year;
- Submit a 1-2 page annual report, around November each year; and
- Maintain your national webpage up to date.
In summary, selected applicants would spread the word about SGAC. They will help propagate space education and outreach in the name of SGAC in their country. Furthermore, they will be responsible for keeping everyone else at SGAC informed about it. Applicants are to note that the Executive office must review and pre-approve any presentation or activity on behalf of SGAC or which includes the logo of the organization.
In addition, this is a voluntary role with a two-year term, renewable for an additional two years based on performance. Likewise, the estimated time commitment will be about two to seven hours a week, on average. However, this would largely depend on the type of activities you conduct in the relevant week.
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 NPoCs. They shall serve for a period of two years and may serve a second consecutive term if nominated and elected legitimately according to the SGAC Statutes and Bylaws. NPoCs may serve a maximum of two terms;
- NPoCs shall demonstrate leadership and teamwork experience, and possess good communication skills in English and preferably in other UN official languages. They shall also have a good understanding of space and cultural issues; and
- NPoCs shall have knowledge of the UN and its objectives, have knowledge of the UN COPUOS and its objectives and preferably have hands-on experience in youth and space-related projects.
In addition to the above, applicants must be SGAC members.
SGAC is generally seeking applicants with some connection to the space sector or who wish to engage with the sector. As such, if you are passionate about space and are eager to help in personal and professional development, then you should apply.
SGAC has at least an open slot in more than 30 African countries. You can get more information and apply for the positions here. The deadline for application is 30 June 2022.
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