Apply to become SGAC Regional Coordinator for Africa

The Space Generation Advisory Council is looking for an active young space leader from the African region to become the next Regional Coordinator (RC) for this Region. This two-year role is a volunteer position that offers a chance to lead and be responsible for the voice of the next generation of young space leaders in Africa, especially as activities and excitement in the region has expanded over the past years in the space sector, and at SGAC.

Deadline for Applications: 25 April 2018

Role Description

The Regional Coordinator sits on the SGAC Executive Committee and is tasked with representing the views of their region. S/he also coordinates the activities of SGAC in their region and oversees the work of National Points of Contact. RCs also have votes on SGAC matters at Executive Committee level, and elect the co-Chairs of the organization.

The elected RC will replace outgoing Africa Regional Coordinator, Ms. Beza Tesfaye, in June 2018 and will work closely with our current RC, Mr. Oniosun Temidayo Isaiah.


  • Oversee the activities of NPoCs and regional planning
  • Coordinate with your co-RC on a weekly basis
  • Represent the region at SGAC Executive Committee meetings
  • Attend quarterly regional meetings with the Executive Director and co-Chairs
  • Submit a regional workplan at the start of the year
  • Submit a regional annual report at the end of the year
  • Recruit new NPoCs in the region and mentor them
  • Act as advisers for the Space Generation Workshop in the region, and for local events organized by NPoCs
  • Coordinate with NPoCs to activate regional and local partnerships and help achieve SGAC goals in the region
  • Coordinate new initiatives in the region, and formation of local networks within each State

Duration of term: 2 years

Time Commitment: The amount of time spent on this role is dependent on the level of activity of RCs. We expect a minimum commitment of 5 hours per week on average.

Necessary Qualifications

  • SGAC membership (requires registration on the SGAC website)
  • Citizenship of a UN member or observer state located in the region (as listed in the SGAC bylaws)
  • Be a motivated young professional or student between the age of 18 and 33 (Applications from those above 33 may be accepted, pertaining the decision of the SGAC Co-Chairs)
  • Secure the nomination of two National Points of Contact (NPoCs) in the region
  • Regional Coordinators should preferably be resident in the region they represent
  • Experience/familiarity with the space sector
  • Teamwork capacity and proven leadership skills
  • Strong working knowledge of computer applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and google apps
  • Professional Fluency (Speaking, Reading, and Writing) in English
  • Awareness of international cooperation principles, concepts and techniques
  • Cross Cultural and Communication Awareness: Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with people from various international and cultural backgrounds


  • Develop highly desirable leadership and management skills
  • Opportunity to work with SGAC’s global sponsors and international space partners
  • Membership of the SGAC Executive Committee
  • Invitation to attend the UN COPUOS Meetings in Vienna
  • Nomination and increased chances of winning the SGAC Young Leaders Award and Global Grants Programme
  • Opportunity to attend SGAC events as part of the SGAC team with registration discounts
  • Being the face of your region at SGAC

This is a voluntary role and has no monetary compensation. Active members of SGAC teams are considered for nomination for SGAC Scholarships and Awards, including fee waivers or discounts for SGAC event fees.

Application Process

If you are eligible and interested in this position, you will need to secure the nomination of two (2) National Points of Contact (NPoCs) in the region before submitting your application.

Complete applications must be submitted to the attention of the SGAC Chair, Mr. Alexander Gibson, at with the subject line “[LAST NAME, 2017 RC AF Elections]” no later than the deadline.

Please include the following items in your application email:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including your Date of Birth, and a headshot photo)
  • A one-page letter of intent, INCLUDING the names of your NPoC supporters, and your suitability for the position
  • A one-page document highlighting your plans for your two-year term


  • Eligibility requirements can be found in the SGAC Statutes and Bylaws, and in the section above this notice.
  • To receive nominations from National Points of Contact, you must reach out to NPoCs in the relevant Region to state your intent, goals of the position, and have at least TWO of those NPoCs give their support to your application.
  • We strongly recommend a concrete plan, with measurable goals for 6 months, first year and end of term. You are welcome to informally interact with the region to include their views in your plans as well.
  • Following the deadline, the National Points of Contact in the Region will be presented with these document.
  • Only current NPoCs of the Region are eligible to vote and will be notified of specific voting instructions.
  • The election will include a Q&A period with the region. This might include an online interactive teleconference, and/or a compilation of questions from the region which applicants will need to respond to.
  • An elections reports will be publicly posted on the SGAC website and might be shared through social media and other SGAC communication channels. By applying to this position, you consent to sharing your name, and nationality, and received votes as part of these reports.

Election Timeline

Applications Open 1 April 2018
Applications Close 25 April 2018
Q&A Period 1 – 20 May 2018
Voting Period 20 May 2018 – 1 June 2018
Announcement of Outcome and Appointment 5 June 2018