Call for Expression of Interest for GNSO Representatives - Third Review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3)

Last Updated: 12 October 2018
Date: 
11 October 2018

Represent the GNSO community by participating in ICANN Reviews. Apply today to join the team of global experts that will help improve the transparency and accountability of ICANN, and ensure it meets its commitments to the global community.

The GNSO is seeking representatives to serve as volunteers on the third review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3) beginning in January 2019. An initial selection process was held last year, but the start of the ATRT3 was delayed, and the GNSO is now re-opening its search for candidates. At this time, the GNSO is seeking replacements for two of the original primary candidates and at least one of the additional candidates (more information below). To be eligible you must be a member of a GNSO Stakeholder Group (SG) and/or Constituency (C). While all applications that meet the application criteria are welcome, priority will be given to candidates who receive endorsement from a Stakeholder Group and/or Constituency. Letters of endorsement should be submitted by the SG/C to gnso-secs@icann.org no later than Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

To apply, please click here to fill out your Statement of Interest. You may also print out the Statement of Interest form and scan the completed form. Applications should be submitted by email to gnso-secs@icann.org no later than Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

All applications and supporting materials will be published as they are received on the public wiki of the GNSO Standing Selection Committee.

Selection of the Review Team

Under the new Bylaws, each SO/AC has an opportunity to nominate up to seven applicants to serve on the Review Team. After SO/AC nomination process concludes, all nominations will be provided to the SO/AC leaders to conduct the selection process for the Review Team according to the specified expertise and geographic and gender diversity from the nominations received. The Review Team may contain up to 21 members, plus an ICANN Board member (designated by the ICANN Board).

Following a Call for Volunteers held in early 2017, the GNSO had previously selected three (3) primary candidates to serve on the ATRT3, as well as four additional candidates. The additional candidates may be selected by SO/AC leaders if there are remaining slots to be filled and/or to ensure diversity. The start of the review was delayed. The ATRT3 is now expected to begin in January 2019. At this time, the GNSO is seeking replacements for two of the original primary candidates and at least one of the additional candidates. To be eligible you must be a member of a GNSO Stakeholder Group and/or Constituency. While all applications that meet the application criteria are welcome, priority will be given to candidates who receive endorsement from a Stakeholder Group and/or Constituency. Letters of endorsement should be submitted by the SG/C to gnso-secs@icann.org no later than Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

Background

For background on the ATRT3, including context, chronology, and scope of the ATRT3 as initially planned, please see the Call for Volunteers from 2017. Following the publication of the original Call for Volunteers, commencement of the ATRT3 was delayed to allow for conversations about ICANN's approach to reviews more generally. ICANN held public comments on short-term options and long-term options to adjust the timeline of reviews. Following these public comment periods, the ICANN Organization published a consultation paper for public comment outlining proposed next steps on reviews, including ATRT3. Please see this paper for information about current plans for the ATRT3's scope.

Compensation

ATRT3 Review Team members will not receive compensation from ICANN for their service on the team. However, travel, meal and lodging costs for Review Team members who participate in Review Team meetings will be reimbursed upon request in accordance with ICANN's community support travel guidelines.

Time Commitment

Volunteers are expected to devote approximately six hours per week to the ATRT3, although the exact number of hours will depend on the amount of independent work conducted. Members will be expected to attend weekly conference calls that will last between two and three hours in addition to several face-to-face team meetings.

Responsibilities

Review Team members will have the following general responsibilities:

  • Participate in creation of charter documents for the Review Team;
  • Select appropriate performance indicators and benchmarks;
  • Consider public, ICANN Organization and Board input and incorporate it as appropriate in Review Team recommendations;
  • Determine whether additional data or analysis is needed and participate in an ensuing provider selection, if necessary, in accordance with ICANN procurement practices;
  • Provide timely updates to the community on the status of the Review Team's work;
  • Analyze findings;
  • Draw conclusions based on findings, develop useful, feasible and implementable recommendations;
  • Provide guidance on prioritization of recommendations and definition of desired outcomes;
  • Post the Draft Report of the Review Team for public review and comment;
  • Deliver a Final Report of the Review Team;
  • Designate several Review Team members to participate in the implementation planning work that follows the delivery of the Final Report of the Review Team and Board action on the recommendations.

Skills and Experience

To compose a well-balanced Review Team, ICANN seeks members who, in the aggregate, possess the following skills and experience:

  • Performance assessment and audits
  • Good governance and board performance
  • Performance measurement
  • Process improvement
  • Knowledge of recognized frameworks for organizational excellence
  • Principles of accountability applicable to organizations broadly similar to ICANN
  • Expertise with Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) Work Stream 1 (WS1) and Work Stream 2 (WS2) highly desired

Desired Attributes

Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

  • Commitment and time to participate
  • Multistakeholder community understanding
  • Team spirit, adaptability, consensus-seeking attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Readiness to contribute
  • Capacity to reason objectively, putting aside personal opinions or preconceptions
  • Analytical skills
  • Good communication skills using multiple methods and tools

Methodology, Budget and Support

ICANN will provide the Review Team with a clearly articulated review budget. Throughout the Review, the Review Team will periodically report on its progress related to planned schedule and budget.

ICANN organizational support will be made available to the Review Team. Support will include assistance with project management, organization of work, documents and activities, and sharing of tools and best practices for conducting an effective review. Review Team calls are conducted using Adobe Connect.

English is the working language of the Review Team. Key communications and documents will be translated in accordance with the ICANN Language Services policies.

Contact

If you have any questions, please send an email to: gnso-secs@icann.org.