OGP Steering Committee

2019 Civil Society Steering Committee Selection

Are you a civil society leader committed to strengthening how governments work for their citizens? Join the OGP Steering Committee!

The Open Government Partnership is made up of thousands of reformers inside and outside of government who believe in more open and responsive democracies that put citizens first. OGP’s membership has continued to grow throughout 2018 and now stands at 79 countries and 20 local governments.  There is great strength in these numbers, and OGP is proud to be at the heart of a growing open government movement. But now more than ever, we need champions who can deepen democracy and openness, and who can help protect and promote civic space.  

We are opening the call for nominations for five civil society seats on the OGP Steering Committee.  OGP’s Civil Society Steering Committee creates a space for renowned civil society leaders to steer this global open government agenda, in partnership with their government counterparts. As a civil society Steering Committee member, you will be able to help shape OGP as a mechanism for the global civil society community.  You will also be called on to attend and speak at high-level events, and will have the opportunity to open new doors for your organisation, your country and your region. 

What 2019 has in store

First and most practically, OGP will be looking to advance its goals through the 45+ OGP participants who will be co-creating an open government plan.  Beyond that, highlights for 2019 will include the second Open Gov Week (focusing on inclusion) in March; the sixth Global OGP Summit in Ottawa in May; the launch of the first Open Government Flagship report; and the Gender and Inclusion campaign.  Additionally, the OGP Trust Fund will support a second round of co-creation grants, alongside a first round of implementation grants. 

The Steering Committee will be asked to help support delivery of the overall partnership strategy.  Key areas of focus for 2019 will include the development of the strategy for the next phase of the open local government work ("OGP Local"), the next phase of the IRM Refresh, and thematic priorities like anti-corruption, civic space, public service delivery and digital governance.

Mandate and Selection of the Civil Society Steering Committee

The OGP Steering Committee is the executive, decision-making body of the initiative. The main role of the Steering Committee - as outlined in its Articles of Governance - is to develop, promote and safeguard the values, principles and interests of OGP. 

The eleven civil society members of the OGP Steering Committee have further specified their key responsibilities as follows:

  • To perform the international governance role for OGP in the Steering Committee;
  • To represent the concerns and interests of the global OGP civil society community in the Steering Committee.

Beyond this, individual Steering Committee members are expected to take on a subset of the additional responsibilities that build on their specific skills and experience.  These skills also serve as the selection criteria for civil society Steering Committee members. 

The four required criteria are as follows:

  1. Strong track record in powerfully and clearly articulating core open government issues, including at high level global and regional (political) fora;
  2. Proven ability to canvas and represent the interests of the civil society community with government or at multistakeholder fora;
  3. Demonstrable experience in strategically engaging with senior government and civil society members and exercising sound political judgment;
  4. Extensive leadership experience in civil society and recognition as a respected and legitimate actor in national, regional and/or global civil society networks.

For the full set of selection criteria, please consult the Civil Society Steering Committee Mandate & Selection policy.

The 2019 Rotation

The OGP Steering Committee will be looking to fill five Civil Society seats as of October 2019.  This rotation process aims to be a transparent one that seeks to attract capable candidates from a diversity of regions and backgrounds, with the goal of establishing a balanced team of 11 civil society Steering Committee members who provide strategic and effective leadership to OGP. 

In addition, the civil society Steering Committee members may suggest appointing up to two ‘additional members’ who would be invited to participate in meetings, but who would not have voting rights. 

As we strive for a balanced team of civil society representatives, diversity will be taken into account across a range of factors (including gender, geographical location, type of experience/organisation, expertise on OGP issues and skills).  OGP further aims for a balance between representatives with global or national profiles to ensure that civil society organisations of diverse mandates and scope are represented.  For this rotation, we are especially looking for women candidates and/or civil society leaders from Latin America and Africa.  We further encourage candidates with expertise in OGP’s core priority thematic areas (anti-corruption, public services, inclusion and civic space) and youth leaders to apply. 

Next steps

The selection of these new members takes place through a transparent and participatory process that invites inputs from OGP’s civil society community and creates opportunities for engagement at each step.  The specific steps of that process are outlined below: 

  • December 20th - February 1st: Call for nominations & Call for Selection Committee volunteers
  • February 6th - February 20th: Public comments 
  • February 25th - March 4th: Shortlisting process
  • March 4th - March 15th: Interviews & webinars with shortlisted candidates 
  • March 18th - April 1st: Final selection 
  • April 4th - April 14th: Endorsement by the OGP Steering Committee
  • April 15th - April 19th: Communication of decisions back to the community

Nominations for the Civil Society Steering Committee positions are submitted by sending the following to rotation@opengovpartnership.org (please note you may nominate yourself or someone else):

  • A CV (max 4 pages)
  • A cover letter explaining a) your (or the candidate you are nominating) motivation for joining, b) open government experience/skills, with preference in OGP’s core priority thematic areas (anti-corruption, public services, inclusion and civic space) c) highlight demonstrated track record in global level leadership, articulation and strategy. Please refer to the qualifications and criteria listed in this document. (max 2 pages).
  • One strong example of a video, blog, article or piece of writing by the candidate, that reflects the candidate’s thinking and articulation on open government and civil society issues.

Candidates for the volunteer position on the Selection Committee are invited to send a short letter explaining their motivations and qualifications to serve to rotation@opengovpartnership.org by 1 February 2019.  Full details on the composition and role of the Selection Committee can be found here

Nominations for the 2019 rotation are now open.  For further details, please consult the OGP website or contact paul.maassen@opengovpartnership.org