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2020 Civil Society Steering Committee Selection

Overview

The OGP Steering Committee will be looking to fill three Civil Society seats as of October 2020.  The 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.

The OGP Steering Committee (SC) creates a space for renowned civil society leaders to steer the global open government agenda, in partnership with their government counterparts. Serving on OGP’s SC as a civil society representative places you at the heart of the global open government agenda and puts you in a powerful position to advance causes you care about. Since the launch of OGP in 2011, civil society SC leaders have successfully elevated national issues through global conversations, playing an important role in the landmark reforms OGP has delivered to date.

Please refer to the Civil Society Steering Committee Mandate and Selection  for further information.

Criteria to Run for a Civil Society Seat on the Steering Committee

Each civil society member of the SC needs to fulfill the two key responsibilities listed in the mandate:

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

For more details on the functions of the Steering Committee, please refer to the OGP Articles of Governance.

Civil society members are selected and serve in their individual capacity. To ensure the highest standards of work, we are looking for candidates that model OGP principles by practicing high levels of openness, integrity and accountability.

The working language of the SC is English and all members must be proficient. We expect members to dedicate up to ½ day a week to OGP – with intensity increasing around SC and OGP meetings. Members should be available to travel internationally to represent OGP at high-level meetings, including up to two mandatory in-person SC meeting(s) per year.

The skills outlined below serve as the selection criteria and will be scored as per the scoring criteria table in the Annex of the Civil Society Steering Committee Mandate and Selection.

Required Skills and Experience:

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

Desired:

  1. Sound technical expertise and strong track record in influencing policy processes and partnering with government – and proven ability to draw on that experience to support national (OGP) processes beyond their own country;
  2. Provide an informed international perspective on core open government issues to leverage global standards and/or partners;
  3. Track record as an effective board member, preferably with demonstrable experience chairing (sub)board meetings;
  4. Strong interpersonal skills (e.g. excellent communication skills, ability to exercise good judgment, thoughtful interactions with others)

With the above in mind, please note that:

  • Candidates may be nominated by an organization or network, or may nominate themselves. The organizations/networks that the nominated candidates are affiliated with could be national, regional or global. However this does not mean that the candidates represent the affiliate in particular.
  • Since SC members serve in their individual rather than organizational capacity, should a member leave the SC before their term ends, no presumption would be made that their replacement will come from the same entity.
  • CS SC members will declare their financial and non-financial interests, apart from those which could not potentially lead to or be perceived as a conflict of interest.  These declarations of interest will be made publicly available. Where there are personal safety or similar serious concerns about full publicity, parts or even the whole of the declaration should be submitted to the CEO, who will hold it and act upon it as appropriate, in confidence.
  • Civil society comes in many definitions and flavors across the world, which is why OGP never adopted a formal definition of our own. However, for selecting suitable representatives of the community, the Selection Committee is provided with some guidance on who in principle would not be eligible to join to avoid potential conflicts of interest. Namely candidates working for:
      • Donors/Funders
      • Government/ Parliament/ Judiciary/ Semi-autonomous bodies (e.g. state auditor, ombudsman, etc.)
      • Multilateral organization or OGP-like platforms
      • OGP (employees or consultants)
      • Private sector

Process to submit candidacy

Nominations are submitted by filling out a nomination form, starting 2. March 2020. The form will be available until 23. March 2020.

The form will require you to answer specific questions with regards to:

  • your motivation for joining (or that of the candidate you are nominating) ,
  • open government experience/skills,
  • track record in global or regional level leadership, articulation and strategy

In addition, you will be asked to submit:

  • A CV (max 4 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 20 March 2020.  Full details on the composition and role of the Selection Committee can be found here.

For any questions on the form or process, please message rotation@opengovpartnership.org

Timeline

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:

March 2 – March 23 Call for nominations & Selection Committee volunteers

March 25 – April 10 Public comments

April 20 – April 30 Shortlisting process

May 4 – May 28 Interviews & webinars with shortlisted candidates

June 1 – June 12 Final selection

June 15 – June 26 Endorsement of selected candidates by the OGP Steering Committee

June 22 – June 26 Accountability & Communication