[council] Updated Job Description for discussion

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Tue Nov 20 04:37:28 UTC 2007


I integrated the suggestions made by Chuck and Philip and tried to  
smooth the text somewhat.
I also added some ideas of my own - notably the section on the role  
of the Nomcom appointee.
Changes are in {}.



GNSO Council
Position: GNSO Council

Number of Seats: 1
Start of Term: Conclusion of Annual Meeting 2008
End of Term: Conclusion of Annual Meeting 2010

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is a policy- 
development body responsible for developing and recommending to the  
ICANN Board substantive policies relating to generic top-level  
domains. The GNSO consists of various Constituencies representing  
defined groups of stakeholders and a GNSO Council, responsible for  
managing the policy development and administrative processes of the  
GNSO. The GNSO Constituencies choose the majority of the Council  
members; Nominating Committee chooses three Council members with  
staggered terms. The GNSO also includes a liaison from the ALAC and  
the Governmental Advisory Committee. Liaison activities from the ASO  
and ccNSO are under development.

GNSO Council Members receive no compensation for their services as  
GNSO Council Members. ICANN provides administrative and operational  
support necessary for the GNSO to carry out its responsibilities  
through the GNSO Secretariat. Most recently ICANN also provides staff  
support for policy development. As stated in the ICANN Bylaws, such  
support shall not include an obligation for ICANN to fund travel  
expenses incurred by GNSO participants for travel to any meeting of  
the GNSO or for any other purpose. However, ICANN has customarily  
furnished travel expenses for Nominating Committee appointed Council  
members to ICANN meetings. This custom is planned to continue, but is  
subject to the Bylaw statement. [Bylaws Article X, Section 4, see  

Nominating Committee will use the Criteria for Selection of ICANN  
Directors (see above) in choosing Selected Nominees for the GNSO  
Council. GNSO Council members are expected to support the ICANN  
mission and the implementation of ICANN's Core Values.

{Role of the Nomcom Appointee.

As discussed above the majority of the councillors are appointed by  
the constituencies and represent those constituencies in the  
council.  Nomcom appointees, on the other hand, are not the  
representatives of any specific group, though they may choose to  
represent the interests of groups that are not currently represented  
in council.  Most importantly  nomcom appointees should be people  
chosen from outside ICANN who bring a fresh perspective into the  
council and who accept the responsibility to do their best to support  
ICANN in its  mission and core values.}

{The} Nominating Committee will also take into account the following  
eligibility factors and additional considerations.

GNSO Council Eligibility Factors

No person who serves on the Nominating Committee in any capacity is  
eligible for selection by any means to any position on the Board or  
any other ICANN body having one or more membership positions that the  
Nominating Committee is responsible for filling, until the conclusion  
of an ICANN annual meeting that coincides with, or is after, the  
conclusion of that person's service on the Nominating Committee.  
[Bylaws, Article VII, Section 8, see http://www.icann.org/general/ 
No more than one officer, director, or employee of any particular  
corporation or other organization (including its subsidiaries and  
affiliates) shall serve on the GNSO Council at any given time.  
[Bylaws, Article X, Section 3(5), see http://www.icann.org/general/ 
Additional Considerations

For the GNSO Council position, specific experience related to the  
scope of the GNSO's work with the Domain Name System would be  

The current composition of the GNSO Council is available here http:// 

The Bylaws do not state a limit on the number of terms GNSO Council  
members may serve, although it is possible that term limites may be  
considered in future.

Time Commitment

The basic responsibilities of a GNSO Council member would spend at  
least 20 hours per month on Council related activities, with those  
chairing or participating in committees or task forces spending at up  
to 60 hours a month. Task force members and councilors are not  
compensated for either time or teleconference costs.

Additional GNSO criteria:

During the Nom Com meeting with GNSO Council at the ICANN meeting in  
Lisbon, the Council provided the following outline of qualities the  
NomCom should consider in GNSO candidates:

Baseline Criteria for anyone selected as a nomcom appointee:
{* Demonstrated experience working effectively in collaborative  
environments involving diverse interests.}
* ability to chair a multi-stakeholder group to reach consensus
* basic of knowledge of DNS systems and industry structure -  
registries, registrars
   {- The goal is not to find technical DNS experts, but a minimal  
understanding of the DNS is needed to effectively
     function on the Council.  for example something along the lines  
of "do you know what happens in the DNS
     when you send an email, or access a webpage".  This requires not  
a precise technical description, but an
     understanding of the general process of name resolution.}
* individual expertise that is not otherwise available on the Council  
{as represented in the variable criteria below}

{Variable Criteria that are useful to the GNSO:
   Part of the role of Nomcom appointees it fill in gaps in the skill  
set of the council.
   Some, but not all, of the skills that are highly useful in the  
process of GNSO council work
   are listed below.   The gap skills will vary year by year.
    Knowledge of
    - International Law
    - Competition law
    - Anti-trust law
   -  Public interest
    - Consumer rights
    - Human rights
    - Economics especially market analysis
- Intergovernmental expertise
- Understanding of the special needs of financial services businesses
- IDN expertise}
- setting up of dispute and objection processes
- enforcement {procedures and processes}
- application software development - e.g multi-lingual support
- online{ collaborative work and} consensus building technologies -  
wiki's etc
- statistics and survey analysis
- project management and document control processes

{Additionally consideration may be given to Nomcom appointees who can  
help with the geographical or gender balance on the council as needed.}

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