The near future will see a multitude of lunar missions through the efforts of both space agencies and commercial stakeholders. The current lack of coordination mechanisms for lunar activities presents a serious challenge to future missions and could lead to dangerous conflicts, especially in light of the increased global interest in specific areas like the lunar south pole. The need to preserve the peaceful uses of space, together with the desire to begin a new era of sustainable space exploration, urges the development of a common level playing field for upcoming lunar activities.
The “Global Expert Group on Sustainable Lunar Activities” (GEGSLA) has been created to this end by the Moon Village Association (MVA), as an independent activity hosted by MVA.
The goal of GEGSLA is to hold informal discussions on Best Practices and associated issues. GEGSLA’s outputs will be shared with the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS), for further discussions and deliberations.
GEGSLA is a multilateral informal forum involving experts from space agencies/government, as well as other stakeholders, such as representatives from industry, academia, scientists, and international organizations.
The Group also engages with the broader civil society and general public to enable a consideration of a multiplicity of views. GEGSLA activities will begin in early 2021, with the first results available by March 2022.
GEGSLA is embedded in the Moon Village Association (MVA), an international non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Vienna. The main objective of the MVA is the implementation of the Moon Village. The results of GEGSLA will pave the way for the implementation of the Moon Village
MVA fosters cooperation for existing or planned global moon exploration projects, whether public or private . MVA also fosters the implementation of the Moon Village and is creating international, national and regional networks to engage civil society around the world. MVA currently has over 200 members from more than 50 countries and 32 Institutional members around the globe, representing a diverse array of technical, scientific, cultural and interdisciplinary fields.
The Moon Village Association’s mission is unique, bridging together both spacefaring and non-spacefaring nations offering them the opportunity to play a role in its realization. There is no other organization on the international scene having such a mission.
CSEO and MVA
The Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation is opening this call, in cooperation with the MVA, for applications for the position of “Global Expert Group on Sustainable Lunar Activities – Implementation Support Officer” (GEGSLA-ISO) for the region and internationally.
As GEGSLA-ISO, you will contribute your passion, drive, ideas and expertise to break new grounds in supporting the development of the common level playing field for sustainable lunar activities and impact while taking on immediate and significant responsibilities.
In addition to learning on the job, you’ll partake in a variety of educational, social, and professional development workshops and events that will accelerate your professional growth while learning about MVA, CSEO and the international space and high-technology sectors.
You’ll also get the chance to engage with a network of space professionals around the world creating new activities and projects educating the public and bringing awareness to the fascinating subject of Space Exploration.
This position will be based at home and it will not require travel, at least for the first 6 months
As GEGSLA-ISO, you will use social media and emerging technologies to help raise public awareness about the GEGSLA’s activities.
CSEO is a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other as an integral part of CSEO’s culture. We actively welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunities employer and a great place to work. Join us and be part of achieving CSEO’s and GEGSLA as well MVA’s vision and mission.
- Interacting with the world’s leaders in defining the common level playing field for future lunar missions
- Working in an exciting nurturing environment of knowledge and inspiration.
- Being part of the future by getting involved in both CSEO’s and MVA’s space goals.
- A monthly salary for the role – amount to be confirmed based on skillset.
- CSEO Complimentary Professional Membership for the duration of position offering all the benefits and opportunities available to the paid Professional Members such as: Access to exclusive talks/lectures from visiting dignitaries not available to the general public media or to free CSEO members.
- Report to the Executive Secretary of GEGSLA
- Act as Focal point for the implementation activities of GEGSLA:
- Maintain communication with the participants
- Administrative support such as set up call/notes, etc.
- Advise the Executive Secretary on policy/legal/technical issues under discussion
- Synthesis of issues discussed
- Develop content for the social media and required reporting related to GEGSLA
- Use social media to communicate GEGSLA results
- Support tasks becoming a priority, as required by Executive Secretary,
- Interface with other MVA key positions such as Management support
The weekly time commitment is 5-days per week of 5 hours, for a minimum of 6 months, as a full member of CSEO’s staff. The time commitment required may be different in view of the workload as well as the experience of the candidate. Please make sure you have the availability to commit for the entire minimum employment period before submitting an application.
- Full Professional Proficiency in English
- Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), Google Docs, Google Drive and communication platforms (Zoom, Zoom Webinars, Slack, Webex)
- Organizational skills
- Experience with social media/websites
- Professional with at least 2 years of experience in international and/or multinational space or non-space organization
- Understanding of Technical/Political/Legal issues related to lunar missions
- Familiarity with United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS)
- Pro-active character
- Interest in Outreach
- Team builder spirit
- Flexible working time
- Readiness to support calls at times different from normal working hours, in view of the global reach of the activities
Application Deadline: 23:00 CEST, July 25, 2021
Interviews Period: August 2-6, 2021
Documentation: CV, Motivation Statement/Letter
Position Starting Date: September 1, 2021 or earlier
Virtual Location: CSEO Office, Nicosia
Renumeration: Monthly salary (to be defined by skillset and experience)
If you feel like this is the position for you please apply with your CV and a short introductory letter with your motivation statement in the Application form. In case you are not able to use the Application form, please apply via email to yc.gr1695492274o.oes1695492274c@osa1695492274-avm1695492274