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Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

The Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“the Pilot Scheme”) is launched to provide more opportunities for young people to participate in policy discussion. People aged between 18 and 35 are invited to self-nominate to become members of the following five government advisory committees through the Pilot Scheme –

  1. the Action Committee Against Narcotics;
  2. the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation;
  3. the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education;
  4. the Environmental Campaign Committee; and
  5. the Youth Development Commission to be established in the first half of 2018.

Subject to the actual number of applications received, we expect that the recruitment exercise would be completed in the first quarter of 2018, so that bureaux concerned can follow up with the appointment procedures in the same year.

Recruitment Principles

Following the principle of meritocracy, we aim to, through the Pilot Scheme, recruit young people who have the commitment to serve the community and the ability to contribute to the committees concerned for recommending to the relevant bureaux for consideration of appointment.

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

Young people aged between 18 and 35 on 30 November 2017, i.e. the close of application, are eligible to apply under the Pilot Scheme.

In the assessment process, we will consider whether the applicant meets the following three conditions. These are the only assessment criteria that will be adopted under the Pilot Scheme –

  1. strong commitment to serve the community;
  2. good understanding of the policy area concerned; and
  3. good analytical and communication skills.

Recruitment Committee

A Recruitment Committee (RC) has been set up to oversee the conduct of the whole recruitment process. The RC comprises the Secretary for Home Affairs, non-officio chairmen or representative of the five committees and representatives of the bureaux concerned. Under the RC, five Assessment Panels (APs) are formed to take care of the applications concerning the five committees respectively. AP members include the non-officio chairman and/or members of the committee concerned and representatives of the bureau concerned. The APs will consider applications along the above assessment criteria. Applicants may be invited to interviews to facilitate the assessment.

Following is the composition of the RC –

Chairman
Secretary for Home Affairs

Members
Chairman of the Action Committee Against Narcotics, Dr Ben Cheung Kin-leung
Member of the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation, Dr Roy Chung Chi-ping
Chairman of the Environmental Campaign Committee, Mr Lam Chiu-ying
Chairman of the Commission on Youth*, Mr Lau Ming-wai
Chairman of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education, Ms Melissa Kaye Pang
Representative of the Home Affairs Bureau
Representative of the Innovation and Technology Bureau
Representative of the Environment Bureau
Representative of Narcotics Division of the Security Bureau

* As the Youth Development Commission has not yet been set up, the Chairman of the Commission on Youth will represent it to participate in the work of the RC.

How to Apply

Please submit the application on or before the deadline via one of the following means

  1. through on-line application system
  2. by email to selfrecommendation@hab.gov.hk. To protect the personal data privacy, applicants are recommended to encrypt the completed form before submission. Please press here for the relevant encryption procedures;
  3. by post to the Home Affairs Bureau, 12/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong (Re: “Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth”) (the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission of application). Please make sure that sufficient postage has been paid to avoid unsuccessful delivery; or
  4. by hand to the Home Affairs Bureau’s drop-in box at 2/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong (Re: “Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth”) between 8:00 and 19:00 from Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays).

Application forms can be downloaded here. Applications must be made in accordance with the above specified means.

In completing the application form, the applicant needs to explain, in either Chinese or English, his/her suitability of being appointed to be a member of the relevant committee, through one of the following ways -

  1. to write no more than 600 words; or
  2. to provide a video (in mp4 format) or audio clip (in m4a format) of no longer than 3 minutes. Applicants may choose to -
    • provide a URL of the video or audio clip (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive); or
    • provide the file of the video or audio clip
      - for applicants who submit the application through on-line application system or by email, please note that the file size is limited to 25MB.
      - for applicants who submit the application by post or by hand, please provide the clip file in DVD or USB Flash Drive.

Application Deadline

30 November 2017 (Thursday) at 17:00.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Towards the deadline for application, the on-line system would likely be heavily loaded with large volume of applications, and it may render applicants unable to complete their on-line applications in time. Applicants should therefore submit their applications as early as possible.

Enquiries

Telephone Number: 3509 8047

Email Address: selfrecommendation@hab.gov.hk

Information of the Five Committees

  1. Action Committee Against Narcotics

  2. Number of Places
    : 2
     
    Terms of Reference :
     
    • To advise the Government on the policies to be adopted to interdict the illicit traffic in dangerous drugs into and through Hong Kong and to keep these policies under regular review.
    • To advise the Government on the measures necessary to eradicate drug abuse from the community.
    • To these ends, to be the channel for advice to the Government on the appropriate allocation of resources to ensure the implementation of Government’s policies.
    • To ensure co-ordination and co-operation between government departments and voluntary agencies in Hong Kong working towards the implementation of these policies and to enlist public support for them.
    • To keep under review programmes and projects being undertaken by government departments and voluntary agencies directed at implementing Government’s policies to ensure that they are effective.
    • To draw the attention of the Government to those policies, programmes, projects, laws and procedures which in the opinion of the committee should be changed in order to implement Government’s policies more effectively.
    • To advise on any matter referred to it by the Government, or from any other appropriate source, which may be concerned either directly or indirectly with the implementation of Government’s policies.

  3. Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation

  4. Number of Places: 2
     
    Terms of Reference :

    To advise the Government on –

    • the directions, focus areas, priorities and key performance indicators for developing innovation and technology (“I&T”) in Hong Kong;
    • strategies and measures to enhance the local I&T ecosystem;
    • strategies and measures to enhance cooperation and coordination with key stakeholders to create synergy in driving I&T development in Hong Kong; and
    • strategies and measures to promote re-industrialisation in Hong Kong.

  5. Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education

  6. Number of Places: 2

    Terms of Reference :

    Having regard to the existing programmes and activities in promoting civic awareness and responsibility –

    • Study, discuss and make proposals on the objectives and scope of civic education and its ways of implementation, including mapping out the strategy and plans on promotion of national education and encouraging cooperation amongst the Government, voluntary agencies, youth organisations, district and community organisations in promoting national education;
    • Liaise with and assist in the efforts of various Government departments and community organisations in promoting civic education; and
    • Encourage all sectors of the community to actively promote civic and national awareness, the respective responsibilities and to participate in associated activities, as well as to provide the necessary guidelines and support for this purpose.

  7. Environmental Campaign Committee

  8. Number of Places: 2

    Terms of Reference:

    • To campaign for the environment with the objectives of instilling the sense of environmental responsibility and motivating attitude and behavioural change towards environmental protection;
    • To advise the government on publicity and educational programmes related to the environment with a view to contributing to the government’s formulation of relevant policy initiatives and measures;
    • To collaborate with stakeholders of the community in promoting public environmental awareness and encouraging community environmental actions for a sustained and society-wide impact;
    • To implement publicity and educational programmes related to the environment, and to monitor and review the programmes with a view to improving their impact and effectiveness in a manner contemporary to societal need;
    • To encourage and facilitate communication, collaboration and capacity building among stakeholders of the community in maximising programme synergy and their knock-on effects; and
    • To administer resource granted under the delegated authority of the Environment and Conservation Fund Committee judiciously and in a publicly accountable manner.

  9. Youth Development Commission

  10. Number of Places: 3

    Work of the Commission :

    Youth development involves a wide range of policy areas. The Youth Development Commission will be established to enable more holistic and effective discussions of issues of concern to young people. Chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration, the Commission will enhance policy co-ordination within the Government and promote cross-bureau and inter-departmental collaboration for implementing policy initiatives agreed by the Commission. The higher-level Commission will be set up and the terms of reference will be announced in the first half of 2018.


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