Chief International Operations Officer

Opportunity Closes: 11:59pm AWST on Sunday 18th December, 2022

Applications are now open to become the Chief International Operations Officer of the National Executive of UN Youth Australia

This vacancy represents an amazing opportunity to be part of the team that guides the implementation of UN Youth Australia’s national strategy and mission, and to shape the future of one of UN Youth’s most important programs 

All members must be under the age of 26 at the time of their appointment and eligible for Associate Membership of either a division of UN Youth Australia or the national organisation. They must hold, or be eligible to hold, a Working with Children Check (WWCC) or state or territory equivalent.

About the Role

The Chief International Operations Officer holds primary responsibility for developing and overseeing our International Major Programs and risk management strategies. While the pandemic limits international travel, UN Youth Australia is running online versions of our standard international activities. This provides a great deal of opportunity to engage internationally with locations that were prohibitively expensive to send delegates to.

The Chief International Operations Officer is responsible for: 

  • Overseeing an online Latin America themed IA in April 2023
  • Overseeing the Aotearoa Leadership Tour which will run in person in NZ September 2023. This will include:
  • Running regular oversight meetings with the convenor
  • Appointing deputy convenors for the tour
  • Reviewing event budgets and risk management plans
  • Managing delegate and facilitator selection
  • Helping to review COVID safety protocols
  • Acting as a contact point and support for the convenors while the tour is running
  • Developing a plan for returning to other in person IAs, and likely appointing and overseeing a convenor for at least one IA to run in January 2024.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of online International Activities
  • Overseeing the International Activities Committee

Additionally, the Chief International Operations Officer is expected to demonstrate the following core competencies: 

Essential Criteria

  • Demonstrated ability to run or oversee large events (online or in-person);
  • Proficiency in budgeting and in Excel/Google Sheets;
  • Strong oversight skills, leadership and initiative; and
  • Strong problem solving skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment;
  • Ability to support and execute strategic direction;
  • Ability to work to deadlines;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and with clarity; and
  • Experience travelling or engaging with other cultures.

About the National Executive

The National Executive (NExec) is the operating body of UN Youth Australia, a company limited by guarantee that serves as the federal body for eight UN Youth state and territory divisions. The National Executive consists of ten officers, each holding a specific portfolio. The National Executive is appointed by the Board of Directors with the exception of the National President, which is elected by Voting Members (divisions).

What does the National Executive do? 

The National Executive’s role is to run the day-to-day operations of the national organisation and help guide the strategy for the entire organisation. This involves overseeing the organisation’s administration, finances, educational content and mission, external relations, national and international programs, and volunteer management. 

What is the time commitment of being on NExec? 

Each National Executive member is typically appointed for a 12-month term, with the possibility of an extension. During this time, each officer should aim to attend: 

  • Weekly National Executive teleconference meetings (usually for 2 hours). 
  • Two times yearly National Executive Face to Face meetings (usually held over three days each time in February and August, in locations to be determined) 
  • Twice yearly National Council meetings (held over one week each time in July 2022 in Sydney and December 2022 in Adelaide).

Reimbursements are made for travel and accommodation for National Councils and National Executive Face to Face meetings. 

National Executive members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive a financial compensation or a stipend for their service. The estimated time commitment for National Executive members is 15-20 hours per week on their portfolio. 

Oversight and accountability 

Each member of the National Executive is directly overseen by the National President and will undergo performance reviews conducted by the Board of Directors at least twice a year. 

Each member of the National Executive signs a Volunteer Agreement which outlines the volunteer’s role, responsibilities and ways of working.

How to apply:

Opportunity Closes: 11:59pm AWST on Sunday 18 December, 2022.

Applications should be submitted via this form: h

Your application should include: 

  • Your name, age, pronouns and division (state/territory)
  • Your best phone number and email address
  • A resume of relevant experience, not to exceed one A4 page
  • A statement addressing the core competencies outlined in the position description and your vision for the role, not to exceed two A4 pages


This role will be appointed by UN Youth Australia’s Board of Directors in April, with the role commencing by the beginning of May.


Please direct any questions to the National President, Michael Donaghue-Evans, at

Please note: This is a role undertaken on a voluntary basis and positions will not be financially compensated for any hours spent volunteering for the organization.