Could you be the next youth voice of UNESCO?

Are you aged between 18 and 25 and want to take action to promote peace and social justice in New Zealand and the Pacific? Then we want to hear from you.

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is recruiting new members for its UNESCO NZ Youth Reference Group (YRG) to advise us on an ongoing basis.

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the global organisation that contributes to the building of peace, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue and the eradication of poverty through the five programme areas of education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO works through these five areas within the context of New Zealand and the Pacific.

Hearing the voice of youth within our work is vital, so we are looking for people who have:

  • a strong commitment to the UNESCO ideals
  • knowledge and interest in at least one of five programme areas of UNESCO
  • demonstrable interest in activities or organisations involving youth
  • an understanding of youth issues
  • the availability to actively participate and commit to the work of UNESCO and
  • the ability to express views clearly at meetings.

Successful applicants will form a group chaired by the Special Advisor – Youth that provides advice to the National Commission. During the year, there will be up to three National Commission meetings in Wellington that you must attend. You will also need to be available on email to communicate with the Youth Advisor and the Secretariat. Terms are either for one year or two years.

If you want be part of the UNESCO NZ Youth Reference Group, send your one page expression of interest (including current occupation, area of interest and reasons for wishing to contribute to the values of UNESCO) and your CV as soon as possible but no later than Monday 21 August 2017.

Please contact Libby Frampton, Advisor, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, if you have any questions.

Note: This is an unpaid role, although all associated expenses will be covered. The role requires domestic and possibly some international travel.

How to apply

To be considered for the UNESCO NZ Youth Reference Group you must be aged between 18 – 25 years and be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

You need to:

Send everything by post or email to:

Libby Frampton
New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO
c/o Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666

Applications must be received by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO no later than Monday 21 August 2017.

More information

Find out about UNESCO in New Zealand at and UNESCO internationally at

And if you want to talk to us, call 04 463 2880.