GWP issues invitation to nominate Steering Committee members 2010

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 13, 2010 -- Four positions on the GWP Steering Committee (SC) will become vacant after the next Steering Committee Meeting in May 2010...

Jan 13th, 2010

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 13, 2010 -- Four positions on the GWP Steering Committee (SC) will become vacant after the next Steering Committee Meeting in May 2010. Of these two will be selected from the nominees of the GWP regions and two from the self-nominated global pool. For the global pool we will be seeking one person from the water sector and one 'non-water' person.

A Steering Committee member serves in their personal capacity and is expected to work to support the realization of GWP's vision and achievement of its mission. All new Steering Committee members are required to participate in an induction program, to bring them up to speed with the operations and culture of the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee members are not remunerated for their services but may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses. It is expected that SC members be available to travel internationally and attend two 3-day meetings per year and it is desirable that they have the time up to 2 weeks so as to be able to effectively contribute to the deliberations of the SC. Members can serve up to two three year terms.

On behalf of the Nominations Committee, you are hereby invited to submit nominations for the global pool. This can be done by self-nomination or by nomination by any member, partner or donor of GWP. Two global members are to be nominated at this time. One should be a non-water sector professional, drawn from stakeholder sectors such as energy, agriculture, industry, community development, economics, urban development etc. and one should be a water sector professional.

We are looking for candidates with profiles matching the two sets of criteria below.

The criteria for the Non-Water Sector Professional are:

• Board experience is desirable;
• Internationally recognized professional (from high level educational or applied research establishment, international organization, international NGO, private sector or other similar organization);
• Ability to contribute to helping GWP fulfil its mission and achieve its vision;
• Ability to help GWP reach out beyond the water sector;
• Experience with water use/management issues in professional area of expertise (energy, industry, health, agriculture etc.) is desirable;
• Good working knowledge of English to allow effective participation in the work of the SC.

The criteria for the Water Sector Professional are:

• Board experience (experience with board subcommittee work such as HR, or finances is desirable);
• Internationally recognized water sector professional (from high level educational or applied research establishment, international organization, international NGO, private sector or other similar organization);
• Commitment to GWP's vision and mission;
• Ability to contribute towards the development of GWP's strategic directions;
• Not less than 15 years experience working directly on water issues;
• Good working knowledge of English to allow effective participation in the work of the SC.

Joakim Harlin
Tel: +46-8-522 13 995
Fax: +46-8-522 13961
E-mail: joakim.harlin@undp.org

Given the current SC composition and the outgoing SC member profiles we strongly encourage candidates with the following qualifications to apply:

• Female candidates;
• Candidates from South Asia, China, Central-America, Mediterranean, Central & Eastern Europe;
• Junior professionals meeting the earlier mentioned requirements;
• Candidates from gender focused/based organizations and networks.

For each nomination, we need a CV, two references and a short explanation of the candidate's interest and commitment in serving as a SC member and what the candidate can contribute. We need your nominations no later than Wednesday 17 March, 2010.

Please send the nomination to Ms Suzanne Strömberg, at the GWP Secretariat in Stockholm, E-mail: suzanne.stromberg@gwpforum.org . Nominations are valid for one year only, however, unsuccessful nominees can be re-nominated an unlimited number of times.

The Nominations Committee will draw on the global pool to identify two candidates for submission to the Sponsoring Partners as part of the normal Steering Committee candidate selection process. The Nominations Committee will take into consideration, candidate profiles and specific needs within the Steering Committee to ensure that there continues to be balanced (e.g. gender, organization, sub-committee skills) representation within the Steering Committee. The names of the candidates will be presented to the Consulting Partners in late May 2010 for finalization and presentation to the Sponsoring Partners in August 2010.

For a list of the elected members of the GWP SC 2009-2010, please visit the GWP website: http://www.gwpforum.org/servlet/PSP?iNodeID=604&iFromNodeID=161

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