BYC Recruitment- European Researchers and Campaigners 2016/17

BYC Recruitment- European Researchers and Campaigners 2016/17

Deadline: February 1, 2016

British Youth Council (BYC) is recruiting a team of 8 European Researchers and Campaigners from across the 4 Nations of the UK to join the team of UK Young Ambassadors. 

UK Young Ambassadors is a programme to give young people from the UK voice and influence in international decision-making. The Young Ambassadors team represents England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and are supported by BYC and our partners Scottish Youth Parliament and Northern Ireland Youth Forum.

There will be 2 young people recruited from each nation of the UK

  • Two from Scotland with one space reserved for a representative of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
  • Two from England with one space reserved for a representative of BYC’s Member Organisations.
  • Two from Wales with one space reserved for a representative of Children in Wales.
  • Two from Northern Ireland with a space reserved for a representative of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum.


  • Any young person aged 18 to 24 on the 1 January 2016 is able to apply for this role. 
  • You must be able to commit to an 18 month term, be able to attend the requirement day induction weekend on the below dates as well as attend additional events/training/meetings and be prepared to work on the occasional weekend. You must also fulfill the requirements below.
  • This role will call for a lot of commitment and hard work from you.  As volunteers we understand that you will have other duties (studies, work etc), please consider the commitment needed to fulfill this role before you apply.  We will conduct commitment reviews every 6 months to reassess  individuals ability to fulfill the role.


You will receive from BYC:

  • Support and training to fulfill your role.
  • Opportunity to be an integral part of a peer led project.
  • Covering of travel expenses to agreed events etc.
  • A certificate to attest to your contribution.


The role of the European Researcher and Campaigners is to:

  • Inform and influence international decision-making in accordance with BYC (and partner organisations) manifesto and issues of interest and concern to young people in the UK
  • Represent UK young people at European Youth Conferences  and other possible international forums and events
  • Carry out research and consultation with young people across the UK and reach target numbers of young people.
  • Raise awareness of international campaigns, policies and actions in the UK
  • Make connections between international and national policy and campaigns, including directly to UK decision-makers
  • Help engage young people in the UK in international campaigns, projects and activities
  • Be accountable to BYC members and young people in the UK, through regular communications and reporting
  • Be part of the UK Young Ambassadors team
  • Support our campaign for better international youth participation
  • Promote the positive work of UKYA
  • Attend and participate in BYC Conventions and events
  • Support more young people to get involved in UKYA, as researchers, advocates, campaigners, bloggers, etc.
  • Participate in BYC and UKYA meetings
  • Communicate to the media as appropriate and under BYC media guidelines
  • Represent the interests of young people in the UK, and not any other interests, including that of a political party.
  • Represent your nation on the UK National Working Group for Structured Dialogue.



  • Able to commit to an average of 2 hours per week. The workload will vary and weekend and evening work will be necessary.
  • Able to attend the interviews (either phone interview or face to face).  You need to be available for the whole day as you may be asked to travel to the interview. (all costs will be covered)
    (i) England – 13/2/16
    (ii) Scotland – 5/2/16 – or 6/2/16
    (iii)Northern Ireland – 6/2/16
    (iv)Wales – 18/2/16
  • Able to attend the induction training residential on the 4-7 March 2016
  • Commitment to youth participation and the values of BYC
  • Experience of representing young people.
  • Willing to work independently to organise events, promote the project, network etc (support will be available)
  • Able to obtain a passport and travel internationally. (BYC will cover the costs of a passport if necessary)
  • Able to travel independently within the UK and overseas.
  • Resident in the UK and the Nation that you are applying to represent for the duration of the term
  • Not holding another officially elected BYC (or other organisation) position, e.g. PG group, Trustee, etc
  • Willing to sign up to the BYC code of conduct
  • Willing to give consent for images and video to be used and shared
  • Willing to carry out a Vetting and Barring check


  • The most important thing is your commitment to being an excellent representative of young people.  However, it would also help if you had these skills and knowledge.
  • If there are more than 5 applicants in each Nation that meet all the essential criteria, we will be short-listing on the basis of how you meet the below criteria, so try to demonstrate how you fulfil the criteria.
  • Knowledge of the working of the European Union
  • Experience of policy discussions and negotiation on a UK and/or a EU level
  • Experience of international or inter-cultural work
  • interest, knowledge and previous campaigning experience in the topic: Inclusive and Diverse Communities
  • Experience of organising meetings for young people and professionals
  • Experience of designing and/or conducting research.
  • Experience of campaigning.

How to Apply

Please complete application here.

For more information, visit BYC Recruitment