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Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth


Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

To provide more opportunities for young people to participate in policy discussions, the current-term Government has been committed to appointing more young people to government advisory committees. We have regularized the Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“MSSY”) and expanded it to cover more boards and committees. People aged between 18 and 35, and with the commitment to serve the community, are now invited to apply for MSSY Phase V and self-nominate to become members of specified government advisory committees.

Appointed members under the previous phases

MSSY Phase V

The application period of MSSY Phase V ended on 15 March 2022. The information below is for reference only.

Starting from Phase IV, the number of participating committees has increased from 10 to 15, covering a wider spectrum of policy areas. The 15 participating committees for MSSY Phase V are as follows:

  1. Lantau Conservation Fund Advisory Committee
  2. Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines
  3. Antiquities Advisory Board
  4. Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health
  5. Hong Kong Logistics Development Council
  6. Tourism Strategy Group
  7. Committee on Venue Partnership
  8. Innovation and Technology Venture Fund Advisory Committee
  9. Committee on the Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities
  10. CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee
  11. Steering Committee on Strategic Development of Information Technology in Education
  12. New Energy Transport Fund Steering Committee
  13. Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries
  14. Environment and Conservation Fund Committee
  15. Advisory Committee on Arts Development

Each of the committees will offer respectively two seats for appointment. Subject to the actual number of applications received, the assessment would be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Recruitment Principles

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.

Application Deadline

15 March 2022 (Tuesday) at 11:59 p.m.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

Young people aged between 18 and 35 on the date of application deadline (i.e.15 March 2022) 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 by us 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 15 committees and representatives of the bureaux/departments concerned. Under the RC, Assessment Panels (APs) will be formed to take care of the applications concerning the 15 committees respectively. 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. by completion of online form; or
  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 selected committee(s), 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 -
    • share the video or audio clip via cloud storage platform (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive) and provide the relevant URL link in the application form; or
    • provide the file of the video or audio clip
      - for online submissions, the file size must not exceed 20MB.
      - for submissions by post or by hand, please provide the clip file in DVD or USB Flash Drive.

Enquiries

Telephone Number: 3509 7621

Email Address: selfrecommendation@hab.gov.hk


Terms of Reference of the 15 Committees

  1. Lantau Conservation Fund Advisory Committee (Digest)
    • To advise on the overall administration and operation and any other matters relating to the Lantau Conservation Fund (LCF);
    • To vet applications under the LCF; make recommendations on the supported applications, their relative priorities and amount of fund to be allocated; and to monitor the progress of funded projects; and
    • To advise on priority of minor local improvement works recommended by the Government.
  2. Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines (Digest)
    • To act as a platform to gauge views from various stakeholders, including Government, public bodies, industry and the academia on the research and development of Chinese medicines in Hong Kong;
    • To formulate the broad direction in promoting research and development of Chinese medicines in Hong Kong, to identify key areas of work, monitor progress and recommend areas of improvement where necessary; and
    • To facilitate sharing of research and development outcome and other collaboration among parties concerned to create synergy in research and development of Chinese medicines and to promote collaboration with organisations outside Hong Kong.
  3. Antiquities Advisory Board (Digest)

    The Antiquities Advisory Board shall advise the Antiquities Authority:

    • on whether an item should be declared as a monument or a proposed monument under Sections 3(1) and 2A(1) respectively of the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance (Cap. 53) (the Ordinance); and
    • on any matters relating to antiquities, proposed monuments or monuments or referred to it for consultation under Section 2A(1), Section 3(1) or Section 6(4).

    In addition, the Antiquities Advisory Board may, from time to time, advise the Antiquities Authority:

    • on measures to promote the restoration and conservation of historic buildings and structures, including the annual programme of restoration works;
    • on measures to promote the conservation, and where necessary, the investigation of archaeological sites, including the grant of licences to excavate and search for antiquities under Section 13 of the Ordinance; and
    • on measures to promote awareness of, and concern for the conservation of Hong Kong's heritage.
  4. Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (Digest)

    As set out in the “Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health Ordinance” (Cap.389), the Council is vested to protect and improve the health of the community by:

    • informing and educating the public on smoking and health matters;
    • conducting and coordinating research into the cause, prevention and cure of tobacco dependence; and
    • advising Government, community health organizations or any public body on matters relating to smoking and health.

    Under such charter, COSH has taken up the role as an active player and commentator on all issues relating to tobacco control. We aim to act within our charter in response to the changing local environment as it affects the promotion of tobacco and the epidemic caused by smoking.

  5. Hong Kong Logistics Development Council (Digest)

    The Hong Kong Logistics Development Council advises the Government on all aspects of sustaining and enhancing Hong Kong's position as a regional logistics hub to facilitate the flow of cargo through Hong Kong and the provision of value-added services for those cargo. Specifically, the Council will:

    • assess Hong Kong logistics industry's needs and the supporting measures required to improve infrastructure and strengthen competitiveness;
    • coordinate efforts of the Government and private sector agencies in devising and implementing development initiatives;
    • provide a forum for consulting the stakeholders involved in Hong Kong's logistics industry;
    • conduct marketing and publicity programmes to promote Hong Kong's strengths and opportunities; and
    • undertake any other tasks relevant to the above as may be referred to it by the Government.
  6. Tourism Strategy Group (Digest)

    To consider and make recommendations to the Government in respect of tourism development from a strategic perspective.

  7. Committee on Venue Partnership (Digest)

    To advise the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) on the Venue Partnership Scheme –

    • the formulation of monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the Venue Partners at the respective LCSD performance venues to take forward the objectives of the Scheme in enhancing the artistic image and character of the venue and its partner; enlarging audience base; optimising usage of facilities; developing venue-based marketing strategies; and encouraging community involvement in the development and promotion of the arts in the community through partnership and collaboration;
    • the review of venue booking policy to enhance the long-term development of LCSD performance venues;
    • the implementation of the Venue Partnership Scheme at LCSD performance venues;
    • the review of the Scheme; and
    • the interface with the Programme and Development Committee.
  8. Innovation and Technology Venture Fund Advisory Committee (Digest)

    The Advisory Committee is responsible for advising the Government of the HKSAR on matters related to the Innovation and Technology Venture Fund (ITVF) and the ITVF Corporation, including the selection of co-investment partners; reviewing the terms of the Master Agreement between the ITVF Corporation and co-investment partners; and the management of the investment portfolio of the ITVF.

  9. Committee on the Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities (Digest)
    • To advise the Director of Social Welfare on the implementation of the “Support Programme for Employees with Disabilites” (SPED);
    • To assess the applications for subsidies under the SPED in accordance with the terms and criteria laid down for the SPED; and
    • To recommend the support-worthiness as well as the level of subsidy for each application under the SPED.
  10. CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee (Digest)

    The functions of the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee are to assess applications under the CreateSmart Initiative, monitor and review the quality of approved projects and make recommendations to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.

  11. Steering Committee on Strategic Development of Information Technology in Education (Digest)
    • To advise the Education Bureau (EDB) on the strategic direction, implementation and evaluation of integrating information technology (IT) into education;
    • To advise the EDB on the latest technologies and associated pedagogy as well as global trend on policies and practices in using IT to improve the quality of education;
    • To advise on the implementation of e-learning in schools; and
    • To advise the EDB on the way forward for e-learning in Hong Kong.
  12. New Energy Transport Fund Steering Committee (Digest)

    The Steering Committee is to assess and advise the Environmental Protection Department on applications of the New Energy Transport Fund (the NET Fund). The terms of reference of the Steering Committee are as follows:

    • To decide on the funding rules in relation to the eligibility and funding caps in processing and vetting the applications for funding support under the Fund;
    • Based on the relevant guiding principles / eligibility criteria, to consider and make recommendation on –
      • whether an application should be approved;
      • if an application is recommended for approval, the subsidy amount; and
      • the terms and conditions, if any, for approving an application;
    • To consider the relative priorities for funding support;
    • To review the trial findings of the approved applications; and
    • To receive reports from the applicants if there are changes to the continuing use of the funded products.
  13. Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries (Digest)
    • To advise the Government on matters pertaining to :-
      • the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries in Hong Kong; and
      • any other matters relating to agriculture and fisheries, with a view to optimizing the socio-economic benefits of the agriculture
    • To appoint sub-committees or working groups, which may include co-opted persons and public officers, to further the Committee's functions.
  14. Environment and Conservation Fund Committee (Digest)
    • To vet applications seeking funding support from local non-profit making organisations to undertake educational, research and other projects and activities in relation to environmental and conservation matters, as well as community waste recovery projects and to advise on their relative priorities for funding support; and
    • To advise the trustee on the exact amount of fund to be allocated for each project supported.
  15. Advisory Committee on Arts Development (Digest)

    To advise the Secretary for Home Affairs on the following matters relating to local arts development:

    • issues in relation to the operation of the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme with matching grants elements, including the formulation of themes and priorities for inviting arts and cultural proposals, as well as the assessment of applications received;
    • funding policies and strategies, including the review of the funding mechanism for the major performing arts groups;
    • issues in relation to the strategies for supporting the development of visual arts;
    • the promotion of cultural exchange to enhance the profile of the arts and culture of Hong Kong in the Mainland and overseas; and
    • strengthening of the cultural software, including arts programme development, audience building, arts education and manpower training, and other issues pertaining to the promotion of arts and culture in Hong Kong.

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