[council] Review of the GNSO job description for NomCom

philippe.fouquart at orange.com philippe.fouquart at orange.com
Mon Sep 13 17:13:15 UTC 2021

Dear Councilors,

Some of you may be aware that in recent years, the GNSO Council is invited on an annual basis to review the job description that the ICANN Nominating Committee uses in order to fulfil its appointments to the GNSO Council. The job description is a critical piece of guidance for the NomCom to ensure that it appoints GNSO Councilors that will succeed in their role. In an effort to try and make the job descriptions consistent across the various community organization, ICANN org made non-substantive updates to the job description structure. Council leadership has used this as the starting point for this review cycle. There is a window of opportunity for such a review, so we would like to use it lest this be deferred to a much later stage.

The GNSO Council has made incremental improvements to the criteria each year, and it is with the goal to continually refine the guidance to the NomCom that Council leadership has made suggested redlines in the attached.

You will see that the redlines focus primarily on the affiliation of candidates, where leadership believes that preference should be given towards non-affiliated candidates. This is of particular importance when the appointee will serve as a voting Councilor, where the balance of the Council needs to be considered; voting NomCom appointees may be in position to provide deciding votes, so it is important that they act independently. I want to stress that the suggested redlines are absolutely not in reaction to any particular appointees, recent or not, but rather a conclusion reached over the course of several cycles.

Please review the attached document and provide feedback by the end of this week.

Best regards,



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