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Apply as TYY’s representative for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation

Open positions | 29.1.2021

Are you inspired by global development and promoting education internationally? Are you concerned about climate change? 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. The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) represents 15 member organisations 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 Development Policy Adviser.

However, we don't expect you to be a development cooperation professional – it's enough if you have motivation and the desire to learn about development cooperation and global education. 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 addition to participating in the administration of the Ethiopia project, KENKKU members for the period 2021–2022 will also contribute to the planning of possible new projects and the development of various activities, such as private sector cooperation. The term of office will begin in March 2021 and end in May 2022. A maximum of 15 members will be selected for the Advisory Board, some of whom will continue from the previous term.

The Advisory Board meets around once a month in Helsinki. Lunch is provided as part of meetings and the travel expenses of attendees are reimbursed in accordance with SYL's travel rules.

KENKKU members are divided into small teams. A person in charge is chosen from each team to ensure that teamwork goes smoothly. We are looking for people with different skills for the advisory board.

1. Communications and advocacy team

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. The team will assist with development policy advocacy, for example by participating in public discussions of topical issues.

 2. Ethiopian project administration team

Team members will manage the Ethiopian development cooperation project, familiarising themselves with material such as annual reports and plans, and contacting local partners. This task 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 in 2019.

3. Partnership and fundraising team

Members of this team will participate in the search for new partnerships and the planning of fundraising. For example, team members will be able to plan how to carry out fundraising in practice and cooperation on sustainable development.

However, not all KENKKU work 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 Global Village festivals.

Applications including a résumé and a cover letter are sent to by 8 February at 23.59. In the application, the applicant can tell what they would like to learn during their term on KENKKU and how they would contact development cooperation actors within their student union. Applicants should express their interest in teams and in acting as a chairperson of the teams. Similarly, we ask applicants to mention plans that could prevent them from attending several meetings (e.g. studying abroad).

In our operations, we emphasise diversity and equal opportunities. We hope to receive applications from persons from diverse backgrounds and genders.

More information:

TYY KENKKU members 2019–2020:

  • Sanna Lindgren:
  • Shruti Jain:
  • Viola Luokkala:

TYY’s Specialist for International Affairs, Satu Nurmi: