Advocacy Champions 22-23 - Hong Kong Recruitment
The Advocacy Champions programme, launched in 2018, is currently recruiting Advocacy Champions for the term of 2022-2023 — a unique opportunity for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts aged between 18 and 30 to advocate for the rights of girls and young women and champion gender equality at a local, national and international level.
WAGGGS Advocacy Champions will be a select number of young women chosen for their commitment to gender equality, their involvement in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and their ability to lead, challenge and create a ripple effect.
The Advocacy Champions network will:
- Act as WAGGGS delegates for 18 months. At the 12-month mark, a new pool of Advocacy Champions will be selected. Over the following 6 months, there will be an overlap in the mandates of current network and the newly elected ones. The Advocacy Champions will be responsible for mentoring of the new generation of Advocacy Champions.
- Each will attend a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 2 global events. All Advocacy Champions will engage at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) virtually. A small number will travel to New York to take part in person subject to funding and Covid 19 restrictions.
By becoming Advocacy Champions young women will have exciting opportunities for personal growth and development and to represent WAGGGS and their Member Organisation externally. This personal development is likely to include, but is not limited to:
- 12 weeks webinar programme. This will expand their knowledge of the priority WAGGGS issues, as well as cover areas such as United Nations, specific events information, advocacy, effective communication, what it means to be a WAGGGS Advocacy Champion etc.
- Planned and ad hoc webinars as required, as well as opportunities for Q&As with WAGGGS staff.
- Access to any relevant e-learning courses if appropriate, and as available.
- Support and training for speech/blog writing, social media and public speaking across all the areas of work, particularly how to represent WAGGGS priorities – specifically at the CSW (in person and during a Twitter Chat, for example.)
- Gaining experience in shaping policy at an international level and representing a global membership organisation, experience which can be taken forward into future careers and professional experiences.
- Represent WAGGGS in different global working groups as and when needed.
Any Girl Guide or Girl Scout who meets the selection criteria and is between the ages of 18 and 30 (throughout their term of engagement) can apply to join the Advocacy Champions network. The selection criteria can be found below:
- Involvement in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in Member Organisation.
- An interest in and passion for gender equality and sustainable development.
- Knowledge of and commitment to, issues relating to girls, young women and women, specifically the thematic priorities for WAGGGS, such as girls’ leadership, gender-based violence, education etc.
- Extensive experience and engagement with key WAGGGS programmes and campaigns, e.g. Stop the Violence, Action on Body Confidence, Surf Smart, Girl Powered Nutrition etc.
- Current or previous experience working on community action or advocacy campaigns, in particular related to WAGGGS campaigns and programmes.
- A very good working knowledge of English, in order to represent WAGGGS in different international fora.
- Excellent public speaking skills and the confidence to represent WAGGGS at international and regional levels.
- Proven experience, knowledge and/or skills in at least two of the following areas: campaigning, lobbying, awareness raising, policy development, communications (including social media), non-formal education, event planning.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and experience of engaging within a team.
- Conscientiousness and an ability to take ownership of all responsibilities and to honour commitments.
- Regular access to the internet (assistance may be provided where possible)
- Demonstrated leadership skills, either through positions of leadership or examples of leadership during recent or current initiatives within or outside MO.
- Good written communication skills in English.
- Skills in innovation and creativity.
- Knowledge of another WAGGGS official language.
On average, Advocacy Champions will be expected to dedicate an average of 3 hours per week. This will be different throughout their term of service, with typically less time commitment in the early and final stages of engagement. It will also naturally vary throughout the year as we develop new resources and/or pilot new campaigns.
It is assumed that by joining Advocacy Champions network the member will want to contribute and has given sufficient thought to the time commitment this may entail.
HOW TO JOIN — HKGGA MEMBERS
The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association is now calling for potential candidates to join the WAGGGS Advocacy Champion Network. Girl Guides, Rangers and Young Leaders/Guiders who are between the ages of 18 and 30 and meets the criteria please don't hesitate to apply!
Applicants must read the Terms of Reference to understand the responsibilities of WAGGGS Advocacy Champions before applying.
There are 2 steps in applying to become a WAGGGS Advocacy Champion. They can be done simultaneously.
1. Join the WAGGGS' volunteer resource pool.
As a step for application for the role of the Advocacy Champion, all applicants should also apply to join the WAGGGS volunteer resource pool, a central hub for many different volunteering opportunities. Once registered on the online platform, volunteers can access development opportunities such as webinars on WAGGGS topics. When volunteering opportunities come up, they will be shared on the online platform and volunteers who meet the specific criteria for each opportunity can apply. To join the resource pool a person must be recommended by their Member Organisation. Please find all the details at https://www.hkgga.org.hk/tc/events/ResourcePool
2. Complete the application form
Please complete the application form and submit to the International and China Liaison Office, Hong Kong Girl Guides Association (8 Gascoigne Road, Kowloon, HONG KONG) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A selection interview will be conducted with applicants by HKGGA in the week of 10-15 November 2022. Applicants will be informed about further arrangements.
HONG KONG APPLICATION DEADLINE
9 November 2022 (Wednesday)
International and Mainland Liaison Office
2332 5523 / email@example.com