Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Application open for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation

Are you inspired by global development and promoting education internationally? Are you a persistent communicator, good at forming networks, or know a lot about funding? Do you want to put some of your knowledge to the use of the rest of the world?


We are looking for people with lots of ideas who are committed and motivated to join the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation (KENKKU) of SYL. SYL is Finland’s largest lobby and service organisation for university students. SYL represents 15 member corporations and 135,000 university students. The development cooperation advisory board advises SYL’s executive board on development cooperation, and administers SYL’s development cooperation projects together with the Coordinator for Development Cooperation.

We expect KENKKU members to commit to their tasks and be motivated but KENKKU is also meant for developing your personal expertise. KENKKU members are expected to attend most meetings during their term.

In 2017–2018 in addition to managing the project in Guatemala, the development cooperation work will be taken to a new direction planning, for instance, joint projects and working with businesses. The term of office is from August 2017 to August 2018. SYL will elect 15 members, some of whom will be continuing from the previous term. The board meets about once a month in Helsinki and teleworks in various degrees between meetings. Lunch is served at the meetings, and the travel expenses are also covered for the members of the board to participate in the meetings.

KENKKU members are divided into smaller groups each of which will appoint their Chair and member responsible for communication. We are looking for people with different skills for the advisory board:

1. Team members of the communications team for the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation.
The communications team will ensure that our development cooperation work is visible on social media, create content and come up with ideas for developing our communication. This time the communications team also gets to design and implement a crowd-funding campaign.

2. Members of the project administration group for Guatemala
This duty includes work on administering the development cooperation project in Guatemala. Members will also focus on annual reports and plans as well as keep in touch with our local partners. For this position, you will need motivation, interest in and knowledge of project administration, ability to work independently, as well as knowledge of Spanish. The Guatemala project continues until the end of year 2017 and we will make final report of the project in the spring of 2018.

3. Members for the funding team
The funding team will ponder SYL’s option for a new direction for our development cooperation work, especially with a view to fundraising. How can we continue our development cooperation work of high quality when circumstances change and the sources of funding from e.g. the Ministry for Foreign Affairs narrow. Members of this team are expected to be inventive and be able to provide points of view on marketing and project funding.

4. Members of team(s) planning new projects
Those who participate in the planning of new projects are expected to take the greatest responsibility over building new partnerships and working on project plans under SYL’s guidance.

How to apply

Please submit your application by 8th of May to hakemukset(at)oyy.fi. OYY’s Executive Board will make the decisions of who are will be nominated. The final selection will be done by SYL.

Applications should include a résumé and a cover letter. In the letter, present your views on and experience in the field. You can also include ideas for how you would improve the level of awareness and knowledge of SYL’s development cooperation work at your student union and among students. Express your interest in positions based on the position profiles outlined above and to describe your language skills. You should also mention any plans that could prevent you from attending several meetings (e.g. studying abroad).

SYL emphasizes diversity and equal opportunities. SYL hopes to receive applications from persons from diverse backgrounds and genders.

For further information:
OYY’s Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies, Juuli Juntura, internationalofficer(at)oyy.fi