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Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

[Attention: The application period of the Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth has already ended on 16 July 2018. The information below is for reference only. ]

Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

The Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“MSSY”) 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 ten government advisory committees through the MSSY –

  1. Lantau Development Advisory Committee;
  2. Council for Sustainable Development;
  3. Advisory Committee on Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme;
  4. Transport Advisory Committee;
  5. Community Investment and Inclusion Fund Committee;
  6. Committee on Community Support for Rehabilitated Offenders;
  7. Community Sports Committee;
  8. Joint Committee on Student Finance;
  9. Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee; and
  10. Advisory Committee of the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged.

The ten committees will each offer two seats for the MSSY. Subject to the actual number of applications received, we expect that the recruitment exercise would be completed in the last quarter of this year.

Recruitment Principles

Following the principle of meritocracy, we aim to, through the MSSY, 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/departments for consideration of appointment.

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

Young people aged between 18 and 35 on 16 July 2018, i.e. the close of application, are eligible to apply under the MSSY.

In the assessment process, we will consider whether the applicant meets the following three conditions –

  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 for overseeing the implementation of the MSSY. The RC comprises the Secretary for Home Affairs, the Vice-Chairman of the Youth Development Commission, non-official chairpersons or members of the afore-mentioned ten committees and representatives of the bureaux/departments concerned. Under the RC, ten Assessment Panels (“APs”) will be formed to take care of the applications concerning the ten committees respectively. AP members include the non-official chairperson and/or members of the committee concerned and representatives of the bureau/department concerned. The APs will conduct interviews with applicants to facilitate the assessment.

How to Apply

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

  1. through online submission
    (i) by completion of online form; or
    (ii) by completion of fillable PDF Form and submission online
  2. by post to the Home Affairs Bureau, 12/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong (Re: “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
  3. 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: “Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth”).

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 an 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) in the application form; or
    • provide the file of the video or audio clip
      - for applicants who submit the application through online system, 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

16 July 2018 (Monday)

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

Enquiries

Telephone Number: 3509 7089

Email Address: selfrecommendation@hab.gov.hk

Terms of Reference of the Ten Committees

  1. Lantau Development Advisory Committee (About the Committee)
  2. To advise the Government, through the Secretary for Development, on –

    • the issues related to the implementation of the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint with a view to capitalising on the advantages of Lantau as a “Double Gateway” connecting Hong Kong to the world and the Greater Pearl River Delta, so as to meet the long-term development needs of Hong Kong; and
    • the measures and specific proposals conducive to the sustainable development and conservation of Lantau.

  3. Council for Sustainable Development (About the Committee)

    • To advise the Government on the priority areas it should address in promoting sustainable development;
    • To advise on the preparation of a sustainable development strategy for Hong Kong that will integrate economic, social and environmental perspectives;
    • To facilitate community participation in the promotion of sustainable development in Hong Kong through various means, including the award of grants from the Sustainable Development Fund; and
    • To promote public awareness and understanding of the principles of sustainable development.

  4. Advisory Committee on Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme (About the Committee)

    • To examine and recommend applications for funding;
    • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of funded projects; and
    • To advise the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs on all matters related to the administration of the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme.

  5. Transport Advisory Committee (About the Committee)

    • The Transport Advisory Committee (“TAC”)’s function is to advise the Chief Executive in Council on broad issues of transport policy with a view to improving the movement of both people and freight;
    • On any matter within its terms of reference, the TAC is free to communicate with members of the public and with any organisation;
    • The TAC may consider financial matters where they directly relate to transport, but the responsibility for proposing public expenditure and taxation lies solely with the administration;
    • The Secretary for Transport and Housing will provide a secretariat for the TAC and will be responsible for administration in connection with it; and
    • The TAC will be free to form sub-committees, to participate in joint-committees with other bodies, and to co-opt members for specific purposes. It may organise its work in whatever manner it considers most suitable.

  6. Community Investment and Inclusion Fund Committee (About the Committee)

    • To handle applications for funding from the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund, including to examine and approve applications, to decide on the level of funding for each successful application, and to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the funded projects; and
    • To advise the Secretary for Labour and Welfare on the most appropriate and effective means to facilitate the development of social capital in Hong Kong and all matters related to the administration of the Fund.

  7. Committee on Community Support for Rehabilitated Offenders (About the Committee)

    • To advise the Commissioner of Correctional Services on the programmes and reintegration strategies of rehabilitated offenders into the community; and
    • To promote community support for rehabilitated offenders through education, publicity and public involvement.

  8. Community Sports Committee (About the Committee)
  9. To advise the Government through the Sports Commission on –

    • the strategies and initiatives to promote community participation in sports, other than elite sports, having due regard to the needs of people of different age, gender, ability and other background and those with a disability;
    • the strategies to foster partnership with different sectors of the community for the promotion of community sports;
    • the interface with relevant authorities on the integrated framework for development of student sports;
    • the development of community sports clubs and their interface with District Sports Associations and National Sports Associations;
    • the promotion of major community sports programmes;
    • the principles, procedures and the control mechanism for subventing and sponsoring community sports;
    • the funding priorities for community sports programmes; and
    • the provision of territory-wide and community sports facilities and the improvement of existing facilities.

  10. Joint Committee on Student Finance (About the Committee)

  11. To advise the Government on, and to keep under review, the operation of the “Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes” and the “Non-means Tested Loan Scheme” to ensure that their objectives and the needs of the community are met.

  12. Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee (About the Committee)
  13. To formulate and oversee the implementation strategy of the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign to accomplish the objectives of the Campaign.

  14. Advisory Committee of the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged (About the Committee)

    • To examine applications for the Fund and advise the Director of Social Welfare on which applications should be approved; and
    • To advise the Director of Social Welfare on matters relating to the operation of the Fund including reviewing and refining guidelines for assessing applications in the light of experience and changing circumstances.






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