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Call for Applications for SYL’s Development Cooperation Advisory Board


Are you inspired by influencing matters globally and promoting education internationally? Do you care about climate change? Are you a persistent communicator, good at forming networks or knowledgeable about funding? Do you want to share your knowledge with the rest of the world and be a part of the change?

We are looking for people with lots of ideas and motivation to join SYL’s Development Cooperation Advisory Board (KENKKU). The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) represents 15 member organisations and 135,000 university students. The Advisory Board advises SYL’s Board on issues related to development cooperation and administers SYL’s development cooperation projects together with SYL’s Development Policy Adviser.

However, we do not expect you to be a development cooperation professional – having motivation and a desire to learn about development cooperation and global education is enough. We expect members of KENKKU to commit themselves to their tasks, but KENKKU is also specifically meant for developing your skills. Members of KENKKU are expected to attend most meetings during their term.

Besides participating in the administration of SYL’s Ethiopia project, members of KENKKU in 2019–2020 will get to contribute to the planning of any possible new projects and the development of various operating methods, such as corporate cooperation. The term will begin in August 2019 and end in August 2020. A maximum of 15 members will be selected for the Advisory Board, some of whom will be continuing from the previous term. The Advisory Board meets in Helsinki around once a month, with the exception of the summer months, and works remotely as required. Lunch is provided in the meetings, and the travel expenses of attending members are reimbursed in accordance with SYL's travel rules.

Members of KENKKU are divided into small groups, with a person in charge chosen for each group to ensure that teamwork goes smoothly. We are looking for different kinds of motivated and committed experts and learners for the groups:

1. Communications and advocacy team

The communications team will ensure the visibility of our development cooperation work on social media, create communications content and come up with ideas for developing our communication. The team will assist with development policy advocacy work by participating in public discussions on topical issues, for instance.

2. Ethiopia project’s administration group

Members of the group will manage the Ethiopia development cooperation project, familiarising themselves with material such as annual reports and plans as well as contacting local partners. The position requires an interest in project administration, the ability to work independently, project management skills and the ability to work in English. The four-year Ethiopia project began this spring.

3. Team for planning new projects

Members of this team will participate in the planning of new projects and the search for new partnerships. This means that the team members will get to work on project plans, for instance, with most of the work scheduled for spring 2020.

However, not all work in KENKKU has to be done within the teams. Everyone can participate in social media communications, for example. In addition to teamwork, individual members can take responsibility for our stand at the World Village Festival or fundraising, for instance.

Applications for becoming HYY’s candidate for the Development Cooperation Advisory Board should be sent to kukka.louhimies(at) by Tuesday 14 May 2019 12:00. Applicants should attach a CV and a motivation letter to their application. In the motivation letter, the applicants may tell us about their views and experiences related to the activities. The applicants are also asked to tell us what they would like to learn during their term in KENKKU and how they could communicate with their student union’s possible development cooperation actors. The applicants should further express their interest in various positions based on the profiles detailed above as well as describe their language skills. We also ask the applicants to mention any plans they have that may prevent them from attending meetings (e.g. planned studies abroad).

HYY’s Board will decide on the individuals proposed for the Advisory Board based on the applications. HYY may propose a maximum of three (3) members for the Advisory Board.

Further information:

Kukka Louhimies (vice chair of the Board, development cooperation): kukka.louhimies(at)