[council] Updated Job Description for discussion

Gomes, Chuck cgomes at verisign.com
Tue Nov 20 15:21:47 UTC 2007

Thanks for doing this Avri.  Very well done.  I have a few questions and
comments that are integrated into your updated job description below.
Note that I left minor editorial changes to be done later.

Chuck Gomes
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org 
> [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Avri Doria
> Sent: Monday, November 19, 2007 11:37 PM
> To: Council GNSO
> Subject: [council] Updated Job Description for discussion
> Hi,
> 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 {}.
> a.
> --------------
> 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 
> http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm#X-4]
> 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.}

CG: What is meant by "outside ICANN"?  I think we should be more
specific here so that we do not eliminate candidates who have been
active in ICANN, a quality that seems desirable.  I am not suggesting
that candidates must have been active in ICANN, but I am suggesting that
candidates who have been active not be eliminated.

> {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/ bylaws.htm#VII-8] 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/ bylaws.htm#X-3.5] 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 advantageous.
> The current composition of the GNSO Council is available here 
> http:// gnso.icann.org/council/members.shtml
> 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

CG: Although this is a desirable quality, I am not convinced that every
Councilor must have chair qualities.  It could be very useful to the
Council to have certain areas of expertise (e.g., IDNs,
Intergovernmental Knowledge) even if the person may not have chair

> * 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

CG: I suggest that each year we should identify specific skills from the
above list that are of highest priority for us for the timeframe

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

CG: I would suggest that we qualify this to say something like the
following: "Additionally consideration may be given to Nomcom appointees
who can help with the geographical or gender balance on the council as
needed, as long as other needed skill sets are also demonstrated.  (In
other words, a condidate should not be nominated solely based on
geographical or gener balance of the Council.)"

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