United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2017 – 2018 | Diplomacy Opportunities

The National Youth Council of Ireland, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are delighted to announce the call for applications for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2017 – 2018 which will support two young people (one male and one female) aged between 18-25 years (on June 27th 2017) to join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations in New York in September/October 2017 and January/February 2018 (Dates TBC).

The aims of United Nations Youth Delegate Programme Ireland are:

  • To directly involve young people from Ireland in the international development policy and decision-making agenda;
  • To hear and include the voice of young people on development and global citizenship issues at local, national, and international levels;
  • To promote development and youth policies among young people in Ireland;
  • To familiarise young people in Ireland with global development issues and opportunities for involvement they have in this regard;
  • To support global citizenship activities and development initiatives in Ireland.

This Programme will support young people to be agents of change, where they are empowered to be active global citizens contributing to building a world of justice, equity, and dignity.

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Applicants should be:

  • Between the ages of 18 – 25 years (on June 27th 2017)
  • Committed to giving a significant time to this Programme
  • Interested in policy making and writing, capable of digesting lots of information and quickly turning around policy papers
  • Committed to using blog/video/social media posts and writing articles to inform others
  • Curious about the world
  • Experienced public speakers
  • Digitally engaged and tech-savvy for online communications with others
  • Able to travel to Brussels in August 2017
  • Able to travel to New York for up to a month September/October 2017 and February 2018 (TBC)
  • Interested in international affairs, particularly in the area of development and youth affairs
  • Passionate about solving today’s most pressing problems and working to engage young people in this important agenda
  • Resident of Ireland
  • Available for interview July 2017.

Skill and qualification requirements:

  • Policy making experience
  • Knowledge of international current affairs
  • Knowledge of World Programme of Action for Youth
  • Knowledge of Development Policies in Ireland and at UN level
  • Knowledge of Development Education
  • Experience in negotiating
  • Excellent report writing, communication, organisational, and interpersonal skills
  • Culturally competent
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others – senior NGO reps, young people, youth organisations, DFAT, NYCI, etc
  • Fluency in another language would be helpful but not required
  • Be a self-starter.

What you must commit to if you are chosen as a UN Youth Delegate:

  • Attend two intergovernmental conferences: United Nations General Assembly (September/October 2017 TBC), and the ECOSOC meeting (January/February 2018 TBC)
  • Participate in training at EU level in August
  • Regular reporting to NYCI on activities, actions, and consultations
  • Produce a report on the views of young people in Ireland – their opinions and recommendations regarding their role as active global citizens
  • Consultation/visits/participation in events with young people, youth organisations, educational institutions and NGOs in Ireland to increase awareness among young people in Ireland on global issues and promote UN values;
  • Regular participation in UN Youth Delegate support meetings (NYCI/European Youth Forum/DFAT)
  • Meet with DFAT/NYCI/Irish Mission in New York
  • Organise events in New York and Ireland (TBC)
  • Work with Irish Mission in New York on policy issues, planning meetings, networking and supporting the team (as appropriate)
  • Work with UN Youth Delegates from other countries (European/Global) on policy issues, planning meetings, and networking
  • Complete a report on return from the UN
  • Complete a report when term of office is complete
  • Workshops/Consultations/Meetings with young people and organisations around Ireland on the topic of sustainable development in Ireland and the world
  • Debates/conferences on UN specific topics
  • Publication of blogs/videos/articles on specific topics regarding youth issues at a local and global level
  • Hand over meeting with future delegates
  • PR and social media (as negotiated with DFAT/NYCI) throughout your term of office and particularly using social media/blogs/photos/video when in New York.

To apply

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Submitting Application:

All information must be in one word document or PDF and submitted via email to: unyouthdelegate@nyci.ie  by 5pm on June 27th 2017.

The title of the email (subject) should read: “UN Youth Delegate Application 2017 – 2018” and include your name.

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