Become the next Ukrainian Youth Delegate to the UN!
Age: 20 – 27 years old
Even though one of the Program’s eligibility criteria requires an applicant to be an age ranging from 20-27, exceptions can be made provided the fact that the applicant possesses necessary qualifications and meets the rest of Program requirements.
Excellent command of both written and spoken Ukrainian and English is required (Upper Intermediate/Advanced level). Knowledge of any other official languages of the United Nations (Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese) is desirable but not a must. For those, who have taken language proficiency tests (TOEFL, IELTS, DELF/DALF, DELE etc.), enclosing copies of official certificates is highly recommended. Those applicants, who do not have a language certificate, are kindly asked to indicate their English proficiency level in the special section of the application.
Educational and Professional Background:
Young professionals, as well as students from various academic backgrounds currently working or studying in Ukraine, may apply.
Even though a BA or a MA degree in International Relations/Political Science is desirable, qualified candidates with relevant work or volunteering experience are strongly encouraged to submit an application.
Relevant experience should include demonstrated leadership and proactivity in tackling youth-related issues through volunteering, NGO, project management or community work, etc.
The Ukrainian Youth Delegate to the UN Program is a unique international platform for developing new ideas and fostering youth participation in decision-making processes while serving as a liaison between Ukrainian youth and the global community. However, it also requires your commitment, dedication, and responsibility in achieving the Program’s goals and objectives throughout the whole year. Please note that you are not allowed to participate simultaneously in any long-term (more than 3 weeks) professional/educational programs that require you to be outside of Ukraine during your one-year Ukrainian Youth Delegate Mandate unless the trip is related to UN Youth Delegate professional activities.
Successful semi-finalists must be able to attend in person the second and the third rounds of the selection process which will take place in Kyiv at the beginning of June 2017 (2 days).This year, no Skype interviews will be conducted.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for applicants with a proven record of leadership roles taken in the past, who organized, initiated and led community-oriented social or professional projects rather than only passively took part in them.
A Ukrainian Youth Delegate is a self-starter, who possesses the following personal and professional characteristics:
● Strategic vision of his/her activities during a one-year mandate;
● Readiness to take initiative and be persistent when needed;
● Ability to work under pressure within time and resources constraints;
● Being flexible enough to adjust his/her actions and strategy according to the emerging challenges or needs that may occur during the Program.
It’s also important to understand that we are seeking candidates who have both professional ambitions and the desire to make a difference in their own local community or country.
The Delegate needs to be ready to live in a fast-paced environment while working at the UN and to be proactive in making personal contacts with other Youth Delegates and delegates at the numerous networking events. Given the fact that the Delegate will be working closely with his/her colleague and will actively communicate with program managers, diplomats and other Youth Delegates, it is important to understand basic principles of teamwork and cooperation.
The Ukrainian Youth Delegate program provides numerous opportunities for the Ukrainian youth representatives, but it is mostly up to the Delegate how to define, find, use these opportunities and, therefore, scale the outcomes and the impact* of his/her 1 year active mandate.*.
Applicants will be evaluated holistically, meaning that we take into consideration all the information you are going to provide in your application: educational and professional achievements; community and volunteering work; leadership experience; overall maturity and willingness to bring new creative ideas in developing the Program. Taking action in promoting this program in Ukraine and globally is essential as it automatically increases your activities’ outreach and builds trust-based relations with Ukrainian youth.
Please note that decisions made by the selection committee are final and are not subjected to revision.
* Links to examples of how other YDs made impact on young people in their communities, countries or even globally
**Defining priorities and setting goals happens in a close cooperation and consultation with the program managers.
For 2017-2018, at least two Ukrainian Youth Delegates to the UN will be selected.
Selection of the UN Ukrainian Youth Delegates is a three-stage process:
1. Online application term — April 11th — May 19th, 2017
2. Group interviews* with the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Charitable Foundation, Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and Ukrainian Youth Delegate to the United Nations program managers. — beginning of June 2017
3. Creative teamwork and negotiation exercises — beginning of June 2017.
The goal of the 3-step selection process is to help you reveal your personal and professional potential; for a selection committee such a multi-step selection is a comprehensive way to get a clear understanding of how you will contribute to and benefit from the Ukrainian Youth Delegate Program. The selection committee is eager to know who you are, what your aspirations and professional goals are, not simply what you have done. Your experiences, beliefs, passions, and dreams will shape the Program and will further define professionalism, commitment and creativity standards vital not only for the program’s development sake but also for the future generations of YDs.
Your personality, personal standards and, above all, attitude matter.
*Please note that semi-finalists selected to attend group interviews at the beginning of June, need to be present in Kyiv, Ukraine at the time the interviews are conducted. Selected candidates will be given more details on the 2nd and 3rd round in email if selected.
In order to apply, please, follow the steps below:
1) fill in a Google Application
2) download a Word Application Form Ukrainian YD Application 2017
3) record a video answering the question mentioned in the Application form, post your video on YouTube or another video-sharing website where we can easily view it and provide us with a link and passwords to your video, if necessary
4) prepare your one-page Resume (Keep in mind that a Resume that exceeds 2 A4 pages will not be accepted)
5) merge your Word Application Form and Resume in one PDF Document and name it LastName_FirstName_YD2017 (for merging your documents you may use this platform http://www.pdfmerge.com)
6) use this heading in the subject line of the email: «LastName_FirstName_YD2017»
5) send your merged application file to email@example.com no later than 23:59 EET, May 19th, 2017
- I possess all the qualifications necessary to take part in the Ukrainian Youth Delegate to the UN Program but I’m 19 (28) years old. Am I eligible to apply?
Even though one of the Program’s eligibility criteria requires an applicant to be an age ranging from 20-27, exceptions can be made provided the fact that the applicant possesses necessary qualifications and meets the rest of Program requirements (this also includes applicant’s ability to dedicate at least one month of preparation and work at the UN HQ in New York and time for required follow-up activities and Program promotion after returning back to Ukraine).
- I’m a student and I’m worried if the university will give me a special permit to leave for up to a month for the UN GA and/or ECOSOC Forum. Is there any official letter provided by the Program justifying my temporary suspension of studies?
Yes, there will be an official letter confirming your selection as a Ukrainian Youth Delegate to UN. We recognize that every university is individual but the organizers will do their best to provide you with all the support necessary to successfully participate in the Program.
- I’m a Ukrainian student currently studying abroad. Am I eligible to apply?
The applicant needs to study and work in Ukraine at the time of submission of the application. Moreover, you need to be studying or working in Ukraine during Program duration. For more detailed information, please see Eligibility Criteria section. If you feel like your situation needs addition attention, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I don’t have an international language certificate proving my fluency in English or any other language. How do I indicate my language proficiency?
Please make sure to include a self-assessment of your English language skills, e.g.: Upper-Intermediate, Advanced, Fluent. We will contact you directly in case we have any questions regarding your English language proficiency.
- Shall I send you any other certificates or documents to strengthen my application?
Please list all the relevant documents and certificates in “special awards” of your resume or “Other” section of the application. We will request scanned version of the documents if needed.
- Who can be my referee?
A referee can be a person who used to or is currently working with you in a professional or academic environment and knows you well enough to talk about your strength and qualifications. Your friends and relatives cannot be your referees. Before putting your referee’s contact information please notify your referees about possible calls or emails at any point of reviewing your application. ( May – beginning of June).
- Shall I send you any reference letters aside from the referee contacts to support my application?
There’s no need to send any reference letters. However, make sure to provide contact information of the referees – we may contact them directly at any point of your application review.
- I qualify but my English proficiency is not on Advanced level. Can I apply first and then gradually improve my English over the course of 3 summer months before going to the UN GA?
As Youth Delegates are constantly dealing with the official UN documents, including translation of diplomatic correspondence, the candidate needs to be fluent in English by the time he/she submits the application. Moreover, you will need to demonstrate your language skills at the second and third round of the interview at the beginning of June.
- Which résumé format is preferred?
An example of a sample résumé can be found by following this link. Be sure to read a special section on resume too.
- My résumé is more than 1 page long. Can I send it like it is?
As a student, recent graduate or entry-level young professional, you may want to fit in your most relevant and important experience in one page. However, if there’s no way to describe your achievements in 1 page, we may accept résumés up to 2 pages in length. Résumés exceeding 2 pages in length will not be accepted and you will be asked to submit a shorter, more concise version. An example of a sample résumé can be found by following this link. Please not that you can put additional information that will strengthen your application in the “Other” section in your Word Application form.
- What kind of information shall be put in “Other” section of the application?
You are welcome to provide any additional information that will be helpful for the selection committee to understand why you are a good fit for the Program. Please, keep in mind that all the information you are willing to provide in the “Other” section of your application needs to be concise and relevant.
- It’s been a while since I’ve written an email to email@example.com but I’ve never gotten a reply. Shall I message Ukrainian Youth Delegate to the UN page on Facebook?
Due to high volumes of inquiries and application submissions it may take longer for us to get back to you. However, if you don’t receive any reply back from us within 2 days, please do not hesitate to message us on Facebook or re-send your email.
- I sent an application but have never gotten a confirmation letter. What shall I do?
If you haven’t received any confirmation of your application submission within 2 days, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or program’s official Facebook page.
- I have difficulty understanding a question in the application form. What do I need to do?
May you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
- I’ve already applied for the program. Will all the applicants be notified upon selection results?
Yes, all the applicants will receive a notification of selection results via email.
- Is there any list of useful resources you could recommend so I could be better prepared for the interview?
The list of available resources which can help you to get a better understanding of the program can be found here.
May you have any additional questions about the Program, your eligibility, selection process etc. do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
17. What shall I include in my résumé ?
A one-page résumé is usually the first document that the selection committee gets familiar with while reviewing your application. It’s a business card that gives us general impression about you and whether you are the right fit for the program. Therefore, your résumé needs to be descriptive, concise and informative. Please do not include any information that would not add any value or even possibly shift the focus away from your strengths. Avoid vague definitions and repetitions. The résumé you provide should give the selection committee a clear understanding of your professional background, achievements and interests. We encourage you to include quantitative (measurable) results — impact — of your actions — may it be number of YouTube views of the video that served as a promo for your community project, number of people involved in your initiative or sum of money raised during a fundraising campaign you organized.
First name Last name
Volunteer experience/Extracurricular activities
Special accomplishments/Honors and Awards
Skills (Languages (TOEFL, DALF, DELE language certificates etc., IT literacy etc.)