Application – Youth Advisory Committee

Are you a changemaker who wants to contribute to a better and more sustainable world? Do you want to have the opportunity to work together with a group of international young people? And do you want the voices of young people to be heard in places where programs and policies are made that may affect your future? If you answered YES to these questions, we are looking for YOU!

The application process for this vacancy ended on the 30th of September 2021. It is no longer possible to apply.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands is looking for young people with ideas about Work and Education in their region or country to become a member of the Youth Advisory Committee. These are challenging times to be young. We believe that the voice of youth can make a difference.

Are you a young person living in the Middle East, the Sahel region, the Horn of Africa, North Africa or the Netherlands? Then don’t hesitate and apply, if:

  • You have a vision on how we can tackle global challenges and tackle challenges young people face;
  • You are interested in policy development and international cooperation;
  • You love to share your vision with others and don’t shy away from finding solutions.

We are convinced that the Ministry’s policies and programs will have greater impact if we are able to incorporate your voice and work together on matters that may affect you! Let’s join forces on relevant and effective programs on Education, Work and Youth Participation. We will work towards a better, fairer and more sustainable world – together.

Your role

Together with a group of 7 to 8 international youths and 2 to 3 young people from the Netherlands, you will be involved in various relevant projects around the themes Education, Work and Youth Participation. You will work together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and various stakeholders. The Committee will start this November and the pilot will last 14 months. During this pilot there will be:

  • Four large meet-up weeks (read more about this at the paragraph on ‘process’) in which goals and plans are determined jointly with both the Committee and the Ministry;
  • The first meet-up week will take place online in November 2021;
  • The other three meet-up weeks will take place in 2022 in the Netherlands;
  • In the months in between, you will work together with young people and relevant parties in your own region and country. You will collect input on the established themes and policy objectives. With all the information gained, a proposition will be given to the Ministry during the next meet-up week;
  • Your proposition will then be included in policymaking processes, putting your ideas in the heart of it.

This pilot is assigned to the Dutch National Youth Council. They will be responsible for coordinating this project. The project coordinator and main contact person works at the Dutch National Youth Council.


You can apply for this position until Thursday the 30th of September at 23:59 Central European Time (UTC+01:00). Mid October you will be notified whether you are selected for an interview. Please note: we expect a large volume of applications which simply means that not everyone can be invited for an interview.

In the last two weeks of October, the interviews will take place and the Committee will be appointed. The first online meet-up days will take place between 8-15 November. Attendance is mandatory at all of the abovementioned moments. Covid measures will be applied.

You are...

You are young and full of energy. We value diversity and strongly encourage people from under-represented groups to apply. We do look at your strengths and ability for growth.

  • You are between the age of 18 and 28 years old;
  • You are living in the Middle East, the Sahel region, the Horn of Africa, North Africa or the Netherlands;
  • You have a basic command of the English language (all communication will be in English);
  • You are active in your own community and have relevant experience;
  • You have good (online) communication skills;
  • You are available on average 8 hours a week and can attend 3 meet-ups in the Netherlands (March, July, December 2022) – costs will be reimbursed.

What’s in it for you

This great opportunity is going to offer you a lot of cool experiences. You will:

  • Speak to many young people and relevant stakeholders;
  • Learn to speak to both people from the Ministry and youth;
  • Participate in meet-ups, online and in the Netherlands;
  • Work together with young people from many different countries;
  • Receive a monthly volunteer allowance of €180,-, and all your travel expenses will be reimbursed. We also cover costs for a proper internet connection if you have no access to it.

Interested in applying?

This vacancy is closed for applications

Submit your application (CV + cover letter) via this application form (application closed) by Sunday the 30th of September at 23:59 Central European Time (UTC+01:00) at the latest. Your cover letter may be explained in free form (eg. A letter, video etc.). Please note that a video cannot be longer than 2 minutes. We ask you to only apply if you can commit for the entire period of this project. It’s a serious position, so please consider carefully whether you have time for it.

Make sure that you highlight at least the following points in your cover letter:

  • Why you want to join the international Youth Advisory Committee;
  • Why you are interested in policy development and international cooperation in the areas of youth, education and work;
  • How you want to start the conversation with young people about all abovementioned themes.

If you have any questions about the application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If you experience any barriers or have concerns: please feel free to contact us.

Project coordinator:
Ilja Schurink – Dutch National Youth Council

Do you want to know more about the Youth at Heart strategy?

Often, the voices of young people are not heard, and youth are barely involved in shaping and implementing the policies that affect you. Your voice and your opinion matters. In your own environment, at school, at work, but also in the places where agreements and plans are made that affect your life and your future.

Last year, the Netherlands launched the Youth At Heart strategy, to put young people increasingly at the heart of international development cooperation. The strategy aims to improve the prospects for young people through education and work, and specifically bridging the gap between the skills young people learn and the jobs that are available. Meanwhile the Netherlands focuses on Meaningful Youth Participation and more and more aims to work with young people as partners and leaders.