Open Call for WOSM External Representatives
Are you an active Scout who likes to raise awareness about global issues, interested in creating social impact and willing to use your voice to represent youth?
Then you're in the right spot!
WOSM is recognised as a consultative organisation by The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and this gives us the opportunity to be an Observer Organization and to participate in key global events, whether it is international conferences, UN consultations, negotiation sessions or committees.
This is a great opportunity to present the voice of our 40 million members on educational and youth-related issues. Our focus is to be involved in decision-making processes and to ensure that Scouting’s profile is strengthened and accurately portrays what we do and why we do it.
To achieve this, we are putting together a group of 18 Scouts (three representatives from each Region) who will attend a capacity building training on Strategic Engagements. Those selected will be part of the WOSM External Representatives pool and are expected to be available to serve a minimum of one year in the External Relations context. They will represent the organisation at different global events (such as UN General Assembly, EcoSoc Youth Forum, Conference of the Parties to UNFCCC etc.), conferences, forums and meetings with strategic partners.
Profile of the WOSM External Representative
We want the pool of selected candidates to reflect the full diversity and dynamism of our Movement and we will select the team accordingly. The successful applicants will correspond to the following criteria:
• be between 18 and 26 years of age
• be fluent in English. Proficiency in another WOSM working language (Arabic, French, Russian,
Spanish) would be an advantage. Candidates with good verbal and non-verbal communication
skills, and a flair for public speaking are encouraged to apply.
• have good communication and social media skills
• have a scout.org profile. If you do not have a profile yet, please create one here.
• possess experience in youth policies, non-formal education, environmental issues, peace
building, advocacy work and/or other topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals
• be able to participate in a six-day training course expected to be held in September 2017
• previous experience as an NSO/Regional spokesperson or External Representative would be an
advantage but is not mandatory
• have volunteering experience at community level in Scout groups
• Be available, sometimes at short notice, to participate at international events and represent WOSM’s position on different topics
• Open to participate in pre-event trainings and post-events evaluation meetings whenever required
Duties of the WOSM External Representative
Representatives must follow closely key issues that are closely related to WOSM and take the initiative to recognise and support them. They will also participate in the organisation of events and be involved in written tasks. Representatives will:
• follow closely relevant organizations’ activities and international agenda development on issues and policies assigned as a representative’s area of responsibility
• be proactive in informing the External Relations Unit on any developments in its field of expertise that are related to WOSM’s agenda. At the same time, whenever necessary, will come up with proposals to improve the organisation’s External Relations work.
• continuously coordinate her/his activities regarding the external representation of WOSM with the Manager of External Relations
• contribute to the elaboration and drafting of different position papers for both external and internal purposes
• explain WOSM’s position on issues that are addressed at events or in communication with different partners
• participate in side events and meetings with WOSM’s global partners
• promote Scouting projects and ways Scouts are contributing to the achievements of the
Sustainable Development Goals and other global processes
• present comprehensive written reports on his/her contributions and achievements at
WOSM will provide full training and support to representatives attending events, including covering all expenses related to travel, accommodation and attendance.
All candidates, endorsed by their NSOs through a support letter from their International Commissioner, will be examined through an assessment process that will include both Regional and Global levels.
Please note that several candidates from one NSO can apply with the condition that all of them receive endorsement from their NSO. However, to ensure a fair representation of the diversity of our movement, maximum one candidate from an NSO will be selected.
Candidates supported by their NSO to become WOSM External Representatives are invited to complete the online application form no later than 18 June 2017, 23:59 GMT. Please note that candidates will need to log in to their scout.org account, before they can access the application form.
Candidates who do not receive an email confirmation upon the submission of their applications are requested to contact Luis Aguayo, Intern – Digital Engagement, at email@example.com. Only selected candidates and their NSOs will be contacted by 31 August 2017.