The Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations program will provide a unique opportunity to the applicant to travel to Germany and New York, connect with decision-makers, and high official people, as well as engage in debate and present the voices of Afghans in the Security Council of the United Nations. The first ever and the second Afghan Youth Representatives were elected through a rigorous competition process among hundreds youth applicants who competed through the process.
(b) Development-policy objective of the program
The program has a two-pronged objective: to call for global attention to youth, peace, and security in Afghanistan in light of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015), and to provide leadership opportunity for 1 individual that can make him/her a role model leader among Afghan youth.
The following candidates are considered eligible for this call:
Afghan citizens who reside in Afghanistan;
People below 29 and above 18 years old;
Young people with a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years of volunteer experience;
Ability and willingness to travel outside the country for 20 days in September/October 2020;
Excellent command of English language and at least one of the national languages is necessary;
Individuals who are able to team-work, passionate to gather insight from all youth and incorporate other people’s ideas in his/her speeches and statements, and able to communicate cross-culturally and professionally;
Individuals who have skills to run activities through social media platforms and fulfil duties and responsibilities that will be assigned via a Terms of Reference;
Priority will be given to those individuals who have had fewer international exposures in the past, and individuals who live in more remote places in Afghanistan.
The following candidates are NOT considered eligible for this call:
Applicants who are temporary or permanent residents outside of Afghanistan;
Applicants who have applied to immigrant visas, lottery visas, or has any pending immigrant case;
Applicants who have received many awards and recognitions inside or outside of Afghanistan before;
Applicants who have attended many conferences and events outside the country;
Individuals who have applied for other programs including scholarship programs at American, European, or Asian universities and intend to start studies in 2020 or 2021.
APT will open a call for applications, which will run over a month. Active youth between the ages of 18-29 from across the country can apply. The selection committee will review the applications and will shortlist the best applicants based on the criteria. The shortlisted candidates will go through in person interviews and will take written tests. After the first round of interviews and written, the remaining candidates will go through the second round of the interviews. After this round of interviews, the finalists will be selected to attend a final round of selection. The finalists will have to attend a debate round, present his/her speech. Finally, the panel of experts will select the 2020 Afghan youth Representative.
All eligible candidates will be selected by a selection Committee, comprised of a representative from APT, representative from the Afghan government, UN, and German Embassy. The first phase of the interview will be contacted via Skype or in person. However, for the final round all the applicants should be physically present in Kabul.
The call for applications is open from March 11th to April 11th, 2020 Afghanistan time. Online applications will be screened and reviewed by a panel of expert people. The selection of the winner will have two phases:
(a) First phase: based on the online application, six top candidates will be shortlisted and notified of their results in mid-June. The shortlisted candidates will be requested to send a one paper “plan of how he/she will contribute to increased political participation of youth in Afghanistan” and appear for an interview.
(b) Final Phase: based on the result of written paper and interview three shortlisted candidates will be requested to appear for the second and final phase of the selection, competing in the public speaking skill events.
Only shortlisted applicants will be informed of their decisions by mid-June through APT’s official email.
Incomplete and late applications will not be examined by the selection committee
This program will cover airfare travel to Germany and New York, accommodation, meals, and transportation during the event. Program will not cover any cost (travel, transportation and accommodation) if the applicant is selected for the final round to travel to Kabul.