To scout for talent more widely and encourage participation of young people in policy discussion and debate, the Government initiated the Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“Pilot Scheme”) in October 2017. People aged between 18 and 35 are invited to self-nominate to become members of the specified government advisory committees through the Pilot Scheme. Given the positive feedback, the Government has regularised the Scheme.
The Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“MSSY”) rolls out twice every year and includes boards and committees which cover a wide spectrum of policy areas. MSSY Phase I was open for recruitment in June 2018 and all the assessments have been completed.
The 10 committees will each offer two seats for application. Subject to the actual number of applications received, we expect that the assessments would be completed in the second quarter of 2019.
Following the principle of meritocracy, we aim to, through 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 28 January 2019, i.e. the close of application, are eligible to apply under MSSY Phase II.
In the assessment process, we will consider whether the applicant meets the following three conditions –
strong commitment to serve the community;
good understanding of the policy area concerned; and
good analytical and communication skills.
A Recruitment Committee (“RC”) has been set up for overseeing the implementation of MSSY. The RC comprises the Secretary for Home Affairs, a representative of the Youth Development Commission, non-official chairpersons or members of the aforementioned 10 committees and representatives of the bureaux/departments concerned. Under the RC, 10 Assessment Panels (“APs”) will be formed to take care of the applications concerning the 10 committees respectively. AP members include the non-official chairperson and/or members of the committee concerned and representatives of the bureaux/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 –
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
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 -
to write no more than 600 words; or
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.
28 January 2019 (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.
Keep track of the poverty situation through the annual update of the poverty line and keep its analytical framework under review with a view to introducing refinements as needed;
Review existing policies and explore new measures to achieve the objective of preventing and alleviating poverty to facilitate upward mobility and provide support to groups with special needs;
Conduct researches and thematic studies on issues and topics on poverty alleviation to facilitate the formulation of relevant policies and initiatives;
Oversee the operation of the Community Care Fund and the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund to plug the gaps in the existing system and promote social innovation to tackle poverty; and
Promote cross-sector collaboration in poverty alleviation work and engage other government advisory committees on poverty alleviation work.
To formulate proposals for promotion of racial harmony, including provision of support services to ethnic minorities and race related public education and publicity. Such proposals should include advice on the practicalities of budget and implementation;
To liaise with and assist government departments and community organizations to promote racial harmony and equality; and
To encourage all sectors of the community, particularly the ethnic minorities, actively to promote awareness of the issues entailed.
broad policy matters concerning Hong Kong civil aviation including
the operation and development of the Hong Kong air transport system;
air transport services; and
legislation as may be required to give effect to such policy matters.
issues relating to the implementation of the Three-runway System (3RS) at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), including project design and construction, project cost and financial arrangement, environmental impacts, human resources supply, public engagement, and other pertinent matters;
operational performance and development proposals at HKIA other than 3RS;
measures for further promoting Hong Kong's status as a centre of international and regional aviation; and
any specific matters concerning civil aviation as may from time to time be referred to the Committee by the Government.
To encourage the establishment of Parent-Teacher Associations;
To promote positive attitudes towards home-school co-operation and parent education through publicity programmes, publicity for good ideas, workshops and seminars;
To disburse grants to schools which have ideas for innovative approaches to improving home-school co-operation and enhancing parent education, and to ensure that successful schemes are publicized;
To develop multi-media training and publicity materials to encourage better home-school co-operation;
To advise the Education Bureau and other government departments and non-government organizations on ways to promote positive parental involvement in the education process;
To conduct surveys to investigate current perceptions of home-school relationships, the attitudes of parents, and the improvements required;
To advise teacher education institutions, through the Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals, on ways to incorporate the concepts and skills of working with parents in courses of initial teacher training, refresher courses and in-service training for school heads and teachers; and
To facilitate and support schools in promoting parent education.
To advise the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services on a wide range of subject matters concerning the public museums and related offices managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD):
positioning, image-building and branding;
business development strategies including but not limited to acquisition and use of museum collections, organisation of exhibitions and education programmes, identification of research projects, sponsorship and partnership initiatives, etc.;
marketing and publicity strategies on the promotion of the museums both locally, in the Mainland and overseas;
development of community engagement strategies to reach out to a wider community and stakeholders (e.g. local artists, collectors, local and overseas museums, cultural organisations, and educational institutions, etc.);
measures to strengthen the operational efficiency and accountability of public museums; and
o any other matters as proposed by the LCSD.