Application open for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation

Are you inspired by global development and promoting education internationally? Are you a persistent com-municator, 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 uni-versity students. We represent 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 de-veloping 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, we will take our development cooperation work to a new direction planning, for instance, joint projects and working with businesses. The term of office is from August 2017 to August 2018. We 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. We serve lunch at the meetings, and also cover the travel expenses for the member of the board to participate in the meetings.

KENKKU members are divided into smaller groups each of which will appoint their Chair and member re-sponsible 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.
  2. The communications team will ensure that our development cooperation work is visible on social me-dia, create content and come up with ideas for developing our communication. This time the commu-nications team also gets to design and implement a crow-funding campaign.

  3. Members of the project administration group for Guatemala
  4. This duty includes work on administering the development cooperation project in Guatemala. Mem-bers 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.

  5. Members for the funding team
  6. 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 For-eign Affairs narrow. Members of this team are expected to be inventive and be able to provide points of view on marketing and project funding.

  7. Members of team(s) planning new projects
  8. 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.


If you are interested, send your application to by Sunday 7th May 2017. Applications should include a résumé and a cover letter. In the letter, you can present your views on and experience in the field. You are also asked to include ideas for how you would improve the level of awareness and knowledge of SYL’s development cooperation work in the student union and among students. You should express you interest in positions based on the position profiles outlined above.
The student union JYY will nominate 2-3 persons to SYL. JYY will make the decisions on who are nominated by Thursday 11th May. The final selection will be done by SYL.
In its operations, SYL emphasizes diversity and equal opportunities. SYL hopes to receive applications from persons from diverse backgrounds and genders.

Contact details:

  • SYL Board Member in charge of development cooperation
    Veera Alahuhta
    +358 44 906 5006
  • SYL Development Cooperation Coordinator Salla Mäkelä
    +358 44 7800220

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