Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well being Call for Applications from young leaders from low

and middle-income countries Applications due by November 22, 2013

This year, the leading medical journal The Lancet launched a new Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-Being. The Commission is the latest of several major investments by The Lancet on the health of young people over the past six years. These included a special journal series on adolescent health that coincided with the first-ever UN Commission for Population and Development (CPD) focusing on adolescence and youth (2012). The Lancet series on adolescent health is but one of several high-level reports and activities on youth health and rights in recent years. UNICEF launched its Progress for Children Report focusing on adolescents in 2012, and the International Labor Organization, UNICEF, USAID and UNFPA have increasingly brought attention to the world’s largest-ever generation of young people. For the first time, there is a sense that adolescent health is on the global agenda. It is a time of great opportunity for the field. However, much remains to be done. The broad model of health and well-being conceptualized in the recent Lancet series remains a long way from reality, both at the national and international levels. The Lancet Commission has an academic core (University of Melbourne, Columbia University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College-London) with an aim of building partnerships in research and training. It also involves those at the intersection between academia and policy making, practitioners and funders. We anticipate the Commission to produce a report for The Lancet in 2015. The Commission held its first meeting in October, 2013 with around 20 experts from across the world. To ensure that young people themselves are represented, integrally involved in and contributing to its work, the Commission is seeking to add two young people as full members. These members will both contribute to the overall work of the Commission and help lead a section of the report on sustainable models for youth engagement and leadership. We expect this would involve the development of an outreach strategy to a much broader global community of young people. The new commissioners will be expected to participate in two further in-person meetings of three days each over the next 18 months. They should expect to contribute around 10 – 15 hours per month during this time to the work of the Commission. All expenses associated with attending meetings of the Commission will be covered, and the youth commissioners will be eligible to receive a stipend for their participation.

Criteria for applicants
We are seeking young leaders who can demonstrate: • Experience working in a paid or voluntary capacity at the local or national level in an area related to adolescent health and well-being; and/or Experience working in a paid or voluntary capacity for an organisation that has a demonstrable national and/or international reach and mandate in youth development. Outstanding advocacy and/or social networking capabilities. Knowledge about and experience with youth participation and youth leadership. Strong ability to communicate well in English (speaking and writing).

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While applicants under the age of 30 will be considered, we particularly encourage young people between the ages of 18 and 24 to apply. All applicants must have a valid passport with a minimum of 1 year until expiry. We are particularly keen to have the participation of young people from low and middle income countries. For that reason, priority will be given to applicants from the following countries:

We are particularly keen to have the participation of young people from low and middle income countries. For that reason, priority will be given to applicants from the following countries:

PLEASE COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE APPLICATION BY 5 PM WASHINGTON, DC TIME ON NOVEMBER 22, 2013. Note: You do not have to fill in this form in one sitting. Even if you do not have Adobe Professional, you can save information and continue at another time. Boxes with red borders indicate that it is a required field. When you are ready to submit, simply click on "Submit" button at the end of the document. You will have a pop-up window to confirm that the submission was successful (see image below). If you are unable to submit successfully, please send the completed PDF form by email to KSIEVWRIGHT@ICRW.ORG.

APPLICATION FORM

General Information
First/given name Date of birth [mm/dd/yyyy] Nationality Full postal address for correspondence: Street & No Surname/family name Gender

City State/Province Postal Code Country Mobile/Cell phone number (include international or national dialing code) Email address Website (if any) Affiliated Organisation (if any) Alternate phone number (include international or national dialing code)

Position within Organisation (if applicable)

Additional Information (Required)
1. Please describe your involvement/work experience in adolescent health issues at the national, regional and/ or international levels. (Up to 3000 characters).

2. Please describe your experience on and/or with decision-making bodies, advisory panels and/or networks related to adolescent health, youth participation and/or youth leadership. (Up to 3000 characters).

3. Please describe any experience you have in fostering youth participation through social media and/or social networks. (Up to 3000 characters).

4. What additional skills, expertise, or experience would you bring to the Lancet Commission and how will it positively impact the outcome of the Commission? (Up to 3000 characters).

5. Will you be able to participate in two in-person meetings of three days each between January, 2014 and December, 2015?

6. Will you be able to contribute approximately 100-150 hours per year, or an average of 10-12 hours per month in 2014 and 2015 to the Commission’s work?

References (Required)
Please provide the contact details of two referees. Referees should be people closely familiar with your activities on behalf of adolescent health and/or youth participation who can comment on your potential contribute significantly to the work of the commission. (It would be helpful to notify your references so that they can expect to receive an email from the Commission.)

Referee #1
Full Name Job Title Full postal address for correspondence: Street & No

City State/Province Postal Code Country Phone number (include international or national dialing code) Relationship to you Email address

Referee #2
Full Name Job Title Full postal address for correspondence: Street & No

City State/Province Postal Code Country Phone number (include international or national dialing code) Relationship to you Email address

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