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[council] GNSO Policy officer position now advertised

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  • Subject: [council] GNSO Policy officer position now advertised
  • From: "Bruce Tonkin" <Bruce.Tonkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 19:26:08 +1000
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  • Thread-topic: GNSO Policy officer position now advertised

From: http://www.icann.org/general/jobs.htm#GNSOPolicySupportOfficer 

GNSO Policy Support Officer

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has an
immediate job opening for a GNSO Policy Support Officer. The key purpose
of this role is to support the GNSO Council in the development or
updating of technical policies related to generic top-level domains.
Support tasks include background research, data gathering and analysis,
and drafting of reports under guidance of the GNSO Council.

A full position description, including key area of responsibities,
skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications can be found at

Department: Policy Development Support

Manager's title: VP Policy Development Support

Position purpose:

The key purpose of this role is to support the GNSO Council in the
development or updating of technical policies related to generic
top-level domains. Support tasks included background research, data
gathering and analysis, and drafting of reports under guidance of the
GNSO Council.

Key result areas and KPI's performed:

Identify the Key Result Areas (KRAs) (the main responsibilities) of the

A weighting out of 100% has also be given to indicate how much of an
importance the KRA has in the position. 

These KRAs will form the base of the Performance Plan that is to be
developed for the incumbent of the position. Each element of the
performance plan will have explicitly defined goals attached in terms of
time, quality and delivery outcomes.

The Key Result Area for this position is:

Support the GNSO policy development processes (70%) 

Co-ordination with other policy areas, operations and implementation

(These responsibilities should be read in conjunction with the bylaws
governing the GNSO and related policy processes, see
http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm in particular Art. X and Annex

1. Tasks in relation to the GNSO 

Liaise with the Chair and members of the GNSO Council to conduct
background research, data gathering and data analysis of current issues
of importance to the Council 

Assist with the formation of a Task Force or Sub-Committee and provide
guidance to those participating in the policy development processes on
relevant steps and timelines (as set out in the bylaws) 

As part of the policy development processes, assist the GNSO Council and
eventual Task Forces or Sub-committees in the management of their tasks,
drafting and producing reports, posting and evaluating public comments,
as well as related activities, such as coordination and incorporation of
reports from outside advisors 

Attend meetings of the Council, Task Forces and/or Sub-committees
(mostly by teleconference and including outside office hours) 

Provide other assistance to the GNSO Council as may be needed to ensure
the smooth running of the policy processes 

Where relevant, prepare reports and other materials to the ICANN Board 

2. Co-ordination tasks between ICANN Departments 

Co-ordinate with relevant ICANN staff aspects of emerging policies as
they relate to other ICANN policies, aspects related to implementation
(such as feasibility, resource implications, appropriate feed-back
mechanisms), aspects related to legal interpretations of ICANN bylaws 

Assist relevant ICANN staff with the implementation of policy 

Identify relevant issues that are likely to come before the ICANN Board
and prepare briefings for the ICANN Board 

Brief ICANN management on relevant matters 

3. Reporting 

On all of the above, report to and coordinate with VP Policy Development
Skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications:


Excellent written and verbal communication skills, particularly in a
multi-cultural/language environment 
Excellent English language writing skills 
Strong computer literacy 
Strong internet literacy 
Excellent listening and analytical skills 
Excellent research and analysis skills 
Well developed ability to synthesise a number of diverse view points
into a cohesive document 
Project management skills, personal time management skillss 
Multiple language skills an advantage 
Personal attributes 
Ability to support diverse stakeholders to move to a common framework
and outcome 
Ability to co-operate and work as part of a team 
Tolerance for stress 
Ability to manage and prioritise multiple tasks of processes under
Ability to retain focus on priority tasks 
Ability to review practices to find more efficient and effective ways to
Comfort in dealing with multiple cultures and time zones that are part
of an international organisation 
A high level of interest and /or experience in the IT sector 

At least five years experience in developing policy in an environment
with conflicting stakeholder views 

Experience in liaising with senior managers in large corporations and
with senior government officials 

Experience in dealing with contracts and contract negotiations an

Experience in working with IT or technology sectors/communities
Knowledge of the detailed working of the Internet an advantage 

A bachelors degree or equivalent experience 

Exposure to economic and legal disciplines and considerations an
Key contacts:


VP Policy Development Support 
Policy Development Support staff 
Manager Registry Relations 
Manager Registrar Relations 
General Counsel's Office 
Other policy support officers 

Chair of the GNSO Council, members of the GNSO Council, and of GNSO
sub-committees and/or Task Forces 
Liaisons with other ICANN Supporting Organisations and Advisory
Members of GNSO constituent groups 


ICANN currently has offices in Marina del Rey, California, and Brussels,

 Candidates are required to be available to work in an ICANN location
but the decision on which will be taken in consultation with the
successful candidate.

The incumbent of this position is expected to attend relevant meetings
of constituents, in particular the GNSO Council and the GNSO
subcommittees and taskforces (audio-conferences with participation from
all over the world at times convenient to its participants).

The incumbent is also expected to travel to ICANN meetings (currently 3
times a year at different locations around the world), and other
relevant meetings around the globe.

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