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Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2024 International Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Program For Young People

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL MFA) launched the Youth at Heart Strategy in 2020, with a focus on empowering youth in international policymaking, especially in areas like education and youth employment. As part of this initiative, the International Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) was established to ensure that NL MFA policies align with the realities and needs of young people in focus regions such as the Sahel, Horn of Africa, Middle East, and North Africa.

The YAC’s second cohort, operational from May 2023 to March 2024, comprised 5 members from the pilot phase and 5 new members. Throughout this period, the committee gained valuable insights and experiences that have contributed to the strength and resilience of the second cohort.

Benefits of Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Youth Advisory Committee Program

Renumeration: YAC members receive a monthly stipend of €158, and all costs associated with travel to and from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, including visas, flights, and accommodation, are covered.

Requirements for Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Youth Advisory Committee Program

  • Age Requirement: be between 18 and 29 years of age as of March 27, 2024.
  • Language proficiency: Proficiency in English (B1 level or above) to effectively and confidently communicate thoughts and ideas, with an emphasis on clarity rather than perfection of the language.
  • Intercultural Competence: Ability to engage in (online) intercultural communication, facilitating effective interaction and collaboration with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Technical Requirements: Access to a stable internet connection, with the capability to attend online meetings with camera and microphone enabled.
  • Flexibility and availability: Be flexible and available to dedicate an average of 10 hours per week to YAC-related activities, including attendance at online meetings and events. This commitment excludes the time spent during meet-up weeks in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • Community Engagement: Demonstrate active involvement in your local community and possess a substantial network of diverse young people. This engagement reflects a genuine interest in social issues and a commitment to fostering positive change.
  • Interest and Experience: Demonstrated interest in global issues, foreign policy, and meaningful youth participation. Previous experience in a professional context is desirable, showcasing the ability to navigate professional environments and engage in collaborative projects effectively.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking: Display the capacity to interpret and provide qualitative and innovative feedback on policy documents and questions, contributing valuable insights to discussions and decision-making processes of the NL MFA.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Manage expectations effectively, maintaining clarity, transparency, and flexibility in fulfilling assigned tasks. Possess strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate productively within a diverse team environment.
  • Advocacy and Representation: Advocate for meaningful youth participation in policy processes, demonstrating the ability to step beyond personal interests and represent a diverse range of young people. This includes leveraging knowledge, experience, and backgrounds to amplify youth voices and perspectives effectively.
  • Adaptability and Growth Potential: Show willingness to adapt to evolving circumstances and embrace opportunities for personal and professional growth.
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Application Deadline

April 10, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Dutch National Youth Council (NJR) on nationalejeugdraad.typeform.com to apply

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For more details, visit NJR website

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