Cambodia Laos Young Leaders Programme

Cambodia/Lao YLP Criteria

Apply for the Cambodia Laos Young Leaders programme

Before you fill out the application form please take your time to look through the prospectus and application criteria below.  

You will be asked to tell us about your work in a civil society organisation, your interest in the Cambodia Laos Young Leaders Programme (CLYLP) and a particular development challenge faced by your community or in your area of work as part of your application. These essays are a crucial part of the recruitment process so take your time and carefully consider them. You will be able to save your progress and come back to your application.  

The term civil society organisations (CSO) describes non-governmental (NGO) and not-for-profit organisations. CSOs work in many different areas including social and economic development, human rights, indigenous development, environmental protection, and emergency relief. CSOs include trade unions, community-based organisations, charitable organisations, social enterprises, and community service foundations.

The CLYLP programme has been developed to build the capacity young of civil society leaders. While applicants may be employed across several fields, we are particularly interested to hear about your work (voluntary or paid), in CSOs.

Applicants must

  • be aged 20-35 years
  • be living and working in Cambodia or Laos (all provinces are eligible)
  • be working for a civil society or community-based organisation, labour union or social enterprise
  • intend to continue working for their organisation for a minimum of two years after completing the programme
  • have support to participate in the programme from the organisation they work for, including flexibility to attend online study sessions during office hours
  • have intermediate level English language proficiency equivalent to CEFR B1 / ≥4.5 IELTS / > TOEFL 32-34 (test certificate notrequired)*
  • be available to participate in 2 weeks of full-time residential learning in November/December 2024
  • not be enrolled in any other full-time courses of study or a similar scholarship/fellowship during the SDC
  • talk to UnionAID before enrolling in any other part-time courses during the SDC
  • hold, or be able to obtain, a passport valid until 1 January 2026

*For applicants whose level of English does not meet the selection criteria, there may be additional in-country English language support available prior to departure for New Zealand.

In selecting participants, the following criteria will also be considered

  • demonstrated leadership potential
  • commitment to development and community work
  • identification of a clear and relevant development challenge or area of interest that they wish to explore through the programme
  • commitment to working with other ethnic groups
  • open-mindedness and maturity
  • diversity of the group

To apply please submit your application by 23 June 2024.

A printable version of our application form is available here. The printable form is a draft and has been made available so you can plan your answers before submitting your online application. 

For further information please visit www.unionaid.org.nz 

Cambodia: KFP info@kfpcam.com, / +855 12 380 801

Laos: Paka2020.official@gmail.com / +856 20 59 421 852


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