Call for Global Council Nominations

Background

Publish What You Pay’s governance structure and principles are explained in the Governance Manual, which is available on the PWYP website in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. In short PWYP is governed by the following bodies:

  • the Global Assembly of all members which is the ultimate authority within PWYP and is responsible for electing/appointing Global Council;
  • the Board, which takes legal responsibility for PWYP and ensures the integrity of its financial and legal frameworks. The Board comprises both PWYP members and non-members. Their term is for three years;
  • the Global Council (GC), previously the Global Steering Committee (GSC). The Global Council is made up of members and ensures that strategy and policy positions adopted by PWYP reflect the perspectives of the wider membership.
  • In light of the upcoming Global Assembly scheduled for 22-23 February 2016 in Lima, PWYP is seeking new Global Council members to work with the Secretariat and Board for the next three years. Are you interested in setting the strategic and advocacy policy directions for PWYP for the coming three years? And do you have the time and commitment to regularly liaise with your constituency? Then you may be the right person for this role; and we encourage you to read on and apply.

    Terms of Reference

    The Global Council advises the Board and Executive Director on policy, strategy and membership standards. It helps develop advocacy strategies and prioritises activities in operational plans, making recommendations to the Executive Director and Board as appropriate. It does so through expression of, and debate between, the diversity of ‘voices’ of PWYP members. It aims for decision by consensus, but votes on recommendations when necessary. The Global Council develops means for resolution of difference between members on matters of importance to PWYP.

    Nomination and election of Global Council members

    There are ten seats on the Global Council: eight are set aside for regional representatives according to the number of coalitions in their respective region (the regional places are for: Africa (as a whole); Francophone Africa; Anglophone Africa; Africa as a whole; Asia-Pacific; Eurasia; Middle East and North Africa (MENA); Central and Latin America; Europe and North America). The remaining two are for members from organisations with global reach (these are members from organisations that have a presence, or otherwise work in, more than five countries. They may provide technical and/or financial support to members and have advocacy experience at national, regional and international levels). To ensure gender balance on the Global Council, each coalition is encourage to nominate both a male and a female candidate for election. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, 24 January.

    A male and a female candidate will be elected for each regional place on 22 February during the Global Assembly, to create a gender balanced pool of candidates. From this pool of elected candidates, the Selection Committee on the current Global Council will select the final ten people (five men and five women) who will sit on the new Global Council.

    Term of Office of Global Council members

    Global Council members will serve for a term of three years until the next Global Assembly scheduled for 2019. At the end of this period, they may be re-nominated for one further term of three years. So the maximum period for which a Global Council member may serve will be six years. After this, there must be a break of at least two years before a former Global Council member may be eligible for nomination again.

    Invitation to nominate the Regional Representatives

    All national PWYP coalitions are invited to nominate a male and/or a female candidate for the relevant Global Council position. Currently, the eligible coalitions are: Australia, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, France, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico/RLIE, Mongolia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Tunisia, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Please note that only those coalitions who meet the governance standards, including completion of the online Governance Survey, are eligible to put forward candidates. The governance standards are available in the PWYP Passport here. In addition, national coalitions may present a candidate for a global place provided he/she meets the criteria (please see below for details of the global representatives). This invitation to nominate is accompanied by the Terms of Reference of the Global Council, the role description for Global Council members, the Code of Conduct for Global Council members and the Conflict of Interest Policy and Declaration of Interests Form.

    Each region is responsible for ensuring that there are both male and female candidates.

    A nomination shall be valid if it is accompanied by:

  • evidence that the nominee has accepted the nomination;
  • short biodata of the nominee, of no more than one page;
  • a statement of no more than 300 words on why the member believes the nominee should be elected (related to the role description for Global Council members).
  • a statement of no more than 300 words on why the nominee thinks he/she meets the criteria
  • a completed and signed Declaration of Interests form.
  • There will be at least three weeks between the call for nominations and the closing date for nominations.

    The nominees need to meet the following criteria:

  • To be a member of PWYP affiliated coalitions in the region for which they are standing as a Global Council nominee.
  • To have at least three years of experience in transparency and accountability campaigning (including EITI) in extractive industries.
  • To be a role model for PWYP’s governance operating principles, membership standards and code of conduct
  • To be fluent in English or French. Knowledge of other languages is an advantage.
  • Youth who meet the criteria are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Coalitions who wish to nominate a candidate should send all documents as outlined above to the PWYP International Secretariat (info@publishwhatyoupay.org) by Sunday, 24 January, 2016. The international PWYP Secretariat will verify that all nominations received comply with the criteria cited above and will publish the list of nominees by 18 January 2016.

    Candidates will be able to present themselves to the members from their region before the vote at the Regional Caucasus during the PWYP Global Assembly. If any candidate is not part of the coalition delegation to Peru, one person from that delegation should present the candidates from his/her coalition to ensure that all candidates are presented before the vote. Each coalition will cast three votes, of which one must be for a female candidate. The male and female who go through to the pool of elected candidates from each constituency will be the male and female with the highest number of votes.

    For Africa, there will be two Regional Caucuses, one for Francophone Africa and one for Anglophone Africa. Each coalition will cast three votes, as above. The Francophone and Anglophone regions will each elect three candidates, from which at least one must be a woman. The elected nominees will be the three candidates with the most votes (unless the top three are all male or all female, in which case the two top scoring candidates, and the other gender that scored highest).Out of the six candidates for Africa, the Selection Committee will then select three representatives of which at least one will have to be a woman: one representative for Anglophone Africa, one representative for Anglophone Africa and one representative for Africa as a whole.

    Global places

    Nominations for these places should be made separately to those for regional places, and should be identified accordingly. The nomination process is as outline above.

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