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Call for Mentors for the ASEAN-Japan Young Environmental Leaders Network (AJYELN) FY2024!

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Are you passionate about the environment and eager to make a difference? Do you possess expertise or interest in environmental science, sustainability, social work, or related areas? And do you enjoy engaging and empowering the youth? If so, we invite you to join the ASEAN-Japan Young Environmental Leaders Network (AJYELN) as a Mentor!  


Mentor (Project Associate) of the ASEAN-Japan Young Environmental Leaders Network, Research & Policy Advocacy Team, ASEAN-Japan Centre 


  • Provide guidance and support to a group of young environmental leaders from ASEAN countries.  
  • Assist mentees in developing and implementing environmental projects.  
  • Foster a supportive and collaborative learning environment.  
  • Support and represent the AJYELN in events, such as the AJYELN leadership & project management training workshops, end of the year party, information sessions, and the culminating Symposium.  
  • Maintain and monitor the projects’ social network platforms.  
  • Monitor and report monthly the project status and progress. 
  • Liaise with the technical service providers, among others. 
  • Have an average 1-3 hours/week of time for the program.  


  • 1,500 JPY/hour.  


To be eligible to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  1. ASEAN Nationals in Japan: ASEAN nationals (specifically Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) residing in Japan. 
  1. Expertise: Should have expertise in environment science, sustainability, social work, or related areas. 
  1. Passion for the Environment: Should be passionate about the environment and environmental awareness. 
  1. Leadership & communication skills: Capable of advising young students on environmental advocacies and project management. 
  1. Availability: Willing to work onsite and remotely (average 1-3 hours/week).  

How to Apply:  

Please submit the following as PDF files to with the subject title `AJYELN Mentor Application – LAST NAME

  • CV (2 pages maximum) highlighting leadership activities, work with youth, and research interests.  
  • Motivation letter (500 words maximum) indicating why you are applying for this position and what you wish to achieve. 

Important Dates:  

  • Application Deadline: April 30 
  • Contract Duration: May 2024 to March 2025 

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AJYELN is an ongoing commitment that has evolved from ASEAN-Japan Eco-School, which provided online lectures on marine plastic waste in elementary and secondary school students in selected ASEAN member states (AMS) and Japan in 2021-2022. Seeing the leadership potential among these young students, the AJYELN was developed as a nurturing ground for young leaders with a passion for the environment and committed to bring about change in their local communities.  

Selected from the 10 AMS and Japan, these thirty-seven champions have undergone rigorous training, emerging with innovative solutions to combat environmental challenges, particularly focusing on plastic pollution and marine plastic waste. Their initiatives have been brought to life in their respective communities through a funding system facilitated by the ASEAN-Japan Centre. 

This program is supported by the Japan Ministry of Environment; Brunei Ministry of Education STEP Centre; Cambodia Ministry of Environment; Lao PDR Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Malaysia Ministry of Natural Resources; Environment, and Climate Change; Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment Management Bureau; East Asia Research Institute – Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (ERIA-RKCMPD); and the ASEAN Youth Organization.  

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Research & Policy Advocacy Team
ASEAN-Japan Centre 

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