The UN SDG Action Campaign team is delighted to collaborate year after year with extraordinary volunteers who contribute to the success and impact of the Festival with their enthusiasm, professionalism, and commitment as they become part of the group of changemakers working restlessly for a better world.

Are you energetic, proactive and deeply committed to the SDGs? Do you rock at event storytelling, event organisation and have coordinating superpowers? Do you want to get hands-on experience as part of the organizing team of the SDG Global Festival of Action (1-3 April 2020)?

Join the Festival organizing team to support the preparations, communications and delivery of the SDG Global Festival of Action, apply by 17 February.

Please be sure to read thoroughly the information shown below before going on to register as a volunteer.

This is a longer-term programme and will require 1-2 days per week in the lead up to the Festival to support the preparations. Any volunteers interested in committing more than 1-2 days a week are also encouraged to apply. Volunteers entering into this programme will have the opportunity to really engage with Festival development, build relationships with key team members and partners and strengthen event management, planning and coordination skill sets. Volunteers applying for this programme will also be joining the onsite operations team, not only supporting with key tasks but leading sub-groups of volunteers to help run the event onsite.

Tasks will include:

  • Support on participant liaison to share logistical information as needed
  • Support on responding to enquiries about the Festival
  • Support on mapping room-set up and technical requirements for sessions and keeping logistics plans and records up to date
  • Support on updating conference materials to be showcased on the event website and to be shared with participants in a timely fashion – this will include logistic notes and updates to the agenda
  • Support on ensuring sustainable principles are rolled out throughout the Festival plans and operations
  • Other administration tasks as required to support the Events Management team, which would include document management, cross-checking trackers, proof-reading, quality control and support with web updates
  • Preparing materials to be distributed to participants at the Festival
  • Support on participant list management and communications to attendees

Requirements:

  • Based in Bonn
  • Fluent English. Other languages – in particular German – are an advantage.
  • Competent in written English and communicating in a professional manner
  • Organised, reliable and friendly manner.
  • Proof that the volunteer already has health insurance for the period of the appointment
  • Strong time management skills and an eye for detail
  • Participants applying for this category will be needed to submit a resume and will be contacted for a telephone interview

Volunteers available to support for this period will be invited to work with the team at the Headquarters of the UN SDG Action Campaign in Bonn, Germany.

All volunteers supporting delivery of the event onsite will be privy to sit in and engage with a variety of Festival sessions and will have the opportunity to strengthen event management skills. This group of volunteers will be the ones with most exposure and interaction with participants.

Tasks will include:

  • Preparing participants packs (on 31st March)
  • Registering and welcoming participants and handing out their badges
  • Directing participants to sessions
  • Answering participants’ questions at the information point
  • Assisting participants with watching the UN Virtual Reality Movies
  • Providing necessary support for session hosts in setting up and running their events
  • Managing microphones for Q&A parts of sessions
  • Moving tables and chairs to change room set-ups between sessions
  • Support in running the innovations zone
  • Cloakroom assistance
  • General logistics support tasks as required

Requirements:

  • Based in Bonn or the volunteer has an appropriate visa or residency rights to be in Bonn for the duration of the Festival
  • Fluent English. Other languages – in particular German – are an advantage.
  • Organised, reliable and friendly manner.
  • Proof that the volunteer already has health insurance for the period of the event.
  • Participants applying to this category will need to be available for a 2-hour briefing meeting ahead of the Festival, on March 31st, at 10:00 AM.

The week before the Festival, from March 23 – 27, volunteers will be invited to attend training sessions and work with the team at the Headquarters of the UN SDG Action Campaign in Bonn, Germany. During the Festival, from April 1 – 3, the volunteers will work onsite at the convention centre.

Tasks will include:

  • Supporting social media coverage and generating multimedia – photos, videos, clips, lives – content
  • Supporting video and photo editing
  • Conducting participant interviews as requested
  • Capturing sessions, workshops and Festival stories in both writing and visuals
  • Supporting the SDG Studio as needed:
    • Liaising with speakers, ensuring they are at the stage on time and following the schedule
    • Supporting with stage configuration (such as moving chairs), managing microphones
  • General communications tasks as required

Requirements:

  • Based in Bonn or the volunteer has an appropriate visa or residency rights to be in Bonn for the duration of the Festival and the week before
  • Proof that the volunteer already has health insurance for the period of the event.
  • Fluent English. Other languages are an advantage.
  • Relevant experience and passion for communications/social media/photography/video editing/new media
  • Understanding of sustainable development and a personal passion for the SDGs
  • Participants applying for this category will be needed to submit a resume/portfolio and will be contacted for an interview

The registration for the volunteer programme is now closed. Registrations are going  through an approval process. You will receive a communication informing you if the application was approved or denied no later than February 24th, 2020.