Nominating Committee Guidelines
23 December 2011
This document provides guidelines intended to complement the Nominating Committee Operating Procedures and Code of Conduct and should be read in conjunction with these documents for further background information. The purpose is to provide some details about the Committee structure and activities as a foundation for each Committee's considerations and decisions on such matters.
The Committee structure is largely defined by the ICANN Bylaws, with a prerogative for the Committee Chair to appoint an additional non-voting member as Associate Chair and with freedom for the Committee to establish Sub-Committees for particular purposes.
The detailed activities to perform are determined by each year's Nominating Committee within the overall framework of the Committee's task as defined by the Bylaws and the same applies for what outreach activities to undertake in view of specific selection criteria adopted, available outreach opportunities and potential target groups.
The guidelines provide an outline based on previous Committees' experience, as a reference and "aide-memoire", with an ambition to serve as a "best current practice".
ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) is responsible for the selection of eight ICANN Board Members and for other selections as are set forth in the Bylaws. (See Bylaws Article VII, Section 1 at http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm#VII-1)
The NomCom is also charged with appointing some members of the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council and the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council. The NomCom complements the other means for filling a portion of key ICANN leadership positions achieved within the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees.
Together, the NomCom and Supporting Organization/Advisory Committee selection pathways ensure that ICANN benefits from functional, cultural and geographic diversity in its policy development and decision-making as the Internet evolves.
The following are the core objectives of the NomCom:
The NomCom Code of Conduct (http://nomcom.icann.org/conduct-2012.htm) applies to and must be agreed to by:
The following sections of this document are dedicated to NomCom's structure and activities. For further information on other topics regarding NomCom please refer to the Operating Procedures (http://nomcom.icann.org/procedures-2012.htm) and the Code of Conduct (http://nomcom.icann.org/conduct-2012.htm)
The NomCom overall structure can in principle be described in an organization chart as follows:
The entities appointing members to the NomCom, as illustrated in the chart, are defined in the ICANN Bylaws. Appointments of members by any other entity than those above would first require a corresponding change in the Bylaws. However, some entities have not appointed any member at all. This has often been the case for the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) that rarely has appointed a NomCom member. The Bylaws previously provided for a Higher Education/Academia representative to serve as a NomCom member, but that Bylaws provision was recently deleted (see http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-24jun11-en.htm#1.10). Further, as noted above, selection, or not, of a non-voting Associate Chair is the prerogative of the Chair.
The NomCom is free to establish Sub-Committees for various purposes, not depicted in the above chart. Traditionally, there is at least a Sub-Committee for handling conflicts of interest, and frequently also a Sub-Committee for outreach activities.
Term limits for NomCom members are specified in ICANN Bylaws Art VII, Sect 3, http://www.icann.org/en/general/bylaws.htm#VII-3
ICANN provides administrative and operational support necessary for the NomCom to carry out its responsibilities, traditionally provided by two individuals, a Staff Support Lead and a Staff Support, as shown in the chart. Requests for further staff assistance are common, for example from Legal or IT departments, and are channeled through these individuals.
A generic view of a typical overall timeline for NomCom's activities is depicted below.
The events in the timeline above may vary annually depending on published dates of ICANN's three Public Meetings each year. A precise timeline for each NomCom will be posted on the NomCom website for the relevant year.
NomCom's activities can be grouped into the following five phases:
While the phases have well-defined end events, the starting points are primarily depending on partial or full readiness for the activities to be undertaken in each phase. This will be further explained and exemplified below.
Typical activities for each phase are as follows:
I Preparatory phase – ends when the application period opens
II Recruitment phase – ends when the application period closes
III Assessment phase – ends at the final selection meeting
IV Selection phase – ends when the selectees are officially announced
V Reporting phase – ends at the ICANN Annual Meeting
As stated above the starting point for each phase is not predefined, since starting points primarily relate to the underlying activities rather than to the phase as such, and depend on partial or full readiness for each activity. That an activity of a particular phase starts before the preceding phase ends is common practice and leads to a certain degree of overlap between the phases. For example, the assessment consultant's interviews, in phase III, can well start for certain obviously interesting candidates before phase II has concluded.
Performing outreach activities is a primary function of the NomCom, with a purpose to attract the attention of potential candidates. Outreach activities may include NomCom members attending meetings and conferences organized by ICANN or by other relevant entities, with a view to identify and recruit high quality candidates. The focus of outreach may vary from year to year, emphasizing locations in a particular region and/or conferences with particular themes, depending on the requirements for the year in question. Outreach activities are typically planned by the Committee or by a specific Sub-Committee, approved by the Chair and referenced on the NomCom website.
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