Elections

RELEVANT INFORMATION FOR MO’s AND CANDIDATES

What is the Board?

The Board is composed of:

  • One President;
  • Two Vice-Presidents;
  • Eight Board Members ,


Each one of the 11 individuals that want to form part of the Forum’s Board needs to be proposed by a full member with voting rights. The 11 Board members are elected by the General Assembly. The duration of their mandate is two years as of the 1st January following the year of the General Assembly in which they have been elected. 
Each member of the Board can be re-elected only once. The Secretary-General takes part as ex-officio member of the Board but does not have the right to vote.
The Board shall have the following functions and tasks:

  • To define the overall strategy in accordance with the organisational mission, adopted work plan and guidelines of the General Assembly and policies determined by the Council of Members;
  • To prepare meetings of the statutory bodies and working structures;
  • To be responsible for the finances and budgetary matters, securing financial integrity;
  • To ensure the measurement of performance and overseeing the implementation of the work plan;
  • To select the Secretary-General, supervise and evaluate their work;
  • To ensure external representation;
  • To maintain contact with and between the members;
  • To participate, if desired, to all meetings of the Forum and speak at those meetings;
  • To constitute the non-permanent working structures.


To evaluate the work of the Forum a report presented by the Board and the Secretariat will be presented to the Council of Members and the General Assembly.
(Source: YFJ Statutes)

 

Ideal profile for the President

  • Experience and good knowledge of the Youth Forum, youth work issues and on the functioning and relevant work of the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
  • Ability to chair Board meetings, the Council of Members and the General Assembly.
  • Ability to co-ordinate the work of the Board and of the Youth Forum in general.
  • Ability to be the key external representative of the Youth Forum, and therefore possess high skills in public speaking and presentation.
  • Ability to prepare meetings in consultation with the Secretariat, draft documents and reports, etc.
  • Availability to attend a minimum of 25 meetings per year, (on average 2–3 days each) on weekends or weekdays – and be available on other occasions on an ad hoc basis.
  • Commitment to devoting time and energy to the Youth Forum, and to accept the responsibilities conferred by the members.
  • Fluency in English or French and preferably knowledge of the other language.
  • Availability to travel extensively.
  • Candidates cannot turn 36 years of age during the term of the mandate of the Board (1 January 2017- 31 December 2018).

 

Ideal profile for a Vice-President 

  • Experience and good knowledge of the Youth Forum, youth work issues and on the functioning and relevant work of the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
  • Ability to chair Board meetings
  • Ability to co-ordinate the work of the European Youth Forum with regards to the two constituent pillars of the organisation (National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations).
  • Ability to prepare meetings in consultation with the Secretariat, draft documents and reports, etc.
  • Ability to be one of the key external representatives of the Youth Forum, and therefore possess high skills in public speaking and presentation.
  • Availability to attend around 20 meetings per year (on average 2–3 days each), on weekends or weekdays – and be available on other occasions on an ad hoc basis.
  • Commitment to devoting time and energy to the Youth Forum, and to accept the responsibilities conferred by the members.
  • Fluency in English or French and preferably knowledge of the other language.
  • Availability to travel extensively.
  • Candidates cannot turn 36 years of age during the term of the mandate of the Board (1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018).

 

Ideal profile for a Board member 

  • Experience and knowledge of the Youth Forum, youth work issues and on the functioning and relevant work of the European Union, the Council of Europe and/ or the United Nations.
  • Ability to chair and facilitate working meetings.
  • Ability to prepare meetings in consultation with the Secretariat, draft documents and reports, etc.
  • Ability to be one of the key external representatives of the Youth Forum, and therefore possess high skills in public speaking and presentation.
  • Availability to attend around 20 meetings per year (on average 2–3 days each), on weekends or weekdays – and be available on other occasions on an ad hoc basis.
  • Commitment to devoting time and energy to the Youth Forum, and to accept the responsibilities conferred by the members.
  • Fluency in English or French and preferably knowledge of the other language.
  • Availability to travel extensively.
  • Candidates cannot turn 36 years of age during the term of the mandate of the Board (1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018).


What is the Financial Control Commission?
The Financial Control Commission is composed of the following members with voting rights:

  • Two members from INGYOs elected by the General Assembly, for a two year period starting as of 1st January following the Assembly during which they have been appointed;
  • Two members from NYCs elected by the General Assembly, for a two year period starting as of 1st January following the Assembly during which they have been appointed;


And the following members without voting rights:

  • A member of the Board appointed by it;
  • The Secretary-General;
  • The Administrative and Financial Director.


The Financial Control Commission is responsible for the internal audit of the finances of the Forum. It shall act in advisory capacity to the Board, Council of Members and the General Assembly on the allocation of existing resources in line with the strategic priorities and the work plan, as well as the identification of new resources. It will present a written report to the Council of Members and to the General Assembly with regard to the annual budget and to the accounts of the Forum. 
The Financial Control Commission meets at least twice a year.
(Source: YFJ Statutes)

 

Ideal profile for a Financial Control Commissioner 

  • Experience and knowledge of the work of the European Youth Forum.
  • Experience in the leadership or management of a youth organisation is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of accounting and budgeting, in order to oversee the execution of a budget of 3 million euro.
  • Ability to conduct an internal audit and advise the Board and Council of Members on financial issues.
  • Availability to attend at least two meetings of the Financial Control Commission in Brussels per year (on average 2 days each), on weekends or weekdays as well as possibility to attend meetings of the Council of Members.
  • Fluency in English or French and preferably knowledge of the other language.
  • Candidates cannot turn 36 years of age during the term of the mandate of the FCC (1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018).


What is the Consultative Body on Membership Applications?
The Consultative Body on Membership Applications is composed of four members: 

  • Two members from the INGYOs and two members from the NYCs appointed by the General Assembly on proposition of the Board for a period of two years as of 1st of January following the General Assembly during which they have been appointed;


The Consultative Body on Membership Applications reviews the complete applications of potential members and shall address a motivated report on the membership applications to the Board. Additionally, the Consultative Body on Membership Applications can be addressed by existing members in relation to both proposed as well as adopted changes relevant to their membership status, such as changes of statutes and/or legal status.
(Source: YFJ Statutes)


Ideal profile for member of the Consultative Body on Membership Applications

Have a solid background from one (or several) youth organisation(s);

  • Have strong analytical skills and very good experience of working with the organisational structures, statutes and programmes of NYCs and/or INGYOs;
  • Have a very good knowledge of the European Youth Forum and particularly of its membership criteria;
  • Have a very thorough knowledge and experience of the different realities of National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations in Europe;
  • Have a clear vision on how involvement in the Consultative Body can be useful for the European Youth Forum and its Member Organisations;
  • Be able to work in English or French;
  • Be able to prepare and to attend all the meetings of the Consultative Body (on average three per year);
  • Be motivated and committed to carry out work in between meetings;
  • Be able to travel on both weekdays and weekends for study visits, several times a year;
  • Candidates cannot turn 36 years of age during the term of the mandate of the Consultative Body (1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018).

 


For more information
Any question related to the election process? Either you are an interested candidate or from any member organisation, please contact our Secretary –General, Mr. Allan PÄLL (allan.pall@youthforum.org) with governance@youthforum.org in cc. All information will be treated confidentially. Please mention “YFJ Elections 2016” in the e-mail subject.

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