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International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds

CALL FOR NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE POSITION OF:

DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL OIL POLLUTION COMPENSATION FUNDS (IOPC FUNDS).

As the current Director’s second term of office will expire on 31 December 2021, the post of Director of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) will become vacant. The Assembly will appoint a new Director at its 26th regular session in November 2021.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting travel and lockdown restrictions, the governing bodies will convene in July 2021 to determine the ballot procedure for the election of the Director, in the event that the November2021 meeting is held remotely and the established ballot practice cannot be carried out.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Nominations of candidates for the position of Director are invited from 1992 Fund Member States.

States nominating a candidate should validate the candidate’s experience, skills and competences against those set out in the Annex by indicating to what extent the candidate fulfils these attributes.

Depending on the number of candidates, the Assembly may wish to invite candidates to make a short oral presentation of approximately 10 minutes’ duration in support of their candidature at the Assembly’s November 2021 session.

Final date for receiving nominations of candidates:

  • Nominations of candidates must be transmitted to the Foreign Affairs Department –Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism of the Republic of Seychelles – where the candidates’ details will be validated accordingly, as indicated above, prior to the submission of nominations to the IOPC Funds through its diplomatic channels.
  • The national deadline to submit nominations is Monday 21st June 2021. 
  • Nominations must be sent to the following email address: ps@mfa.gov.sc

NOTE:

Nominations received will be circulated to Member States in July 2021. Therefore, on submission of their nomination, candidates will be deemed to have given their consent to the IOPC Funds to publish and archive the personal data provided. In view of this, the Secretariat requests that personal details that are not relevant for the consideration by the Assembly, such as contact details, should not be included.

ROLE:

The role of the Director is defined in Article 29 of the 1992 Fund Convention, and corresponding provisions apply in respect of the Supplementary Fund. Article 29 states:.

The Director shall be the chief administrative officer of the Fund.

Subject to the instructions given to them by the Assembly, they shall perform those functions which are assigned to them by this Convention, the Internal Regulations of the Fund and the Assembly.2.

The Director shall in particular:

a) appoint the personnel required for the administration of the Fund;

b) take all appropriate measures with a view to the proper administration of the Fund's assets;

c) collect the contributions due under this Convention while observing in particular the provisions of Article 13, paragraph 3;

d) to the extent necessary to deal with claims against the Fund and carry out the other functions of the Fund, employ the services of legal, financial and other experts;

e) take all appropriate measures for dealing with claims against the Fund within the limits and on conditions to be laid down in the Internal Regulations, including the final settlement of claims without the prior approval of the Assembly where these Regulations so provide;

f) prepare and submit to the Assembly the Financial Statements and budget estimates for each calendar year;

g) prepare, in consultation with the Chair of the Assembly, and publish a report of the activities of the Fund during the previous calendar year;

h) prepare, collect and circulate the papers, documents, agenda, minutes and information that may be required for the work of the Assembly and subsidiary bodies.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Director is the legal representative of the IOPC Funds and has overall responsibility for all aspects of the IOPC Funds’ activities and for the operation of the Secretariat, pursuant to Article 29 above.

They have the primary responsibility to ensure that the joint Secretariat of the two Funds carries out its functions in accordance with the Fund Conventions, the Internal and Financial Regulations and the decisions of the governing bodies.

The Director’s responsibilities can be grouped into four broad categories:

  • settlement of compensation claims;
  • management of the Secretariat;
  • management of the IOPC Funds' assets, including the levying of contributions;
  • preparation of the sessions and decisions of the Assembly and the Executive Committee as well as the implementation of these decisions.

See the following link for more details on the above listed responsibilities: IOPC/2021/Circ.3

Qualifications required:

The successful candidate will have extensive administrative and management experience at senior level, demonstrated leadership experience and a strong track record in dealing with public and private sector organisations at a senior level.

They need to be a highly effective communicator, with demonstrable skills in negotiation and diplomacy, and the ability to deal credibly and authoritatively with governments and other parties in the shipping, insurance and oil industries, as well as with victims of oil pollution.

1)      Knowledge/professional experience:

The successful candidate would ideally have the following knowledge and professional experience:

  • expert knowledge of the 1992 Civil Liability and Fund Conventions and other related conventions;
  • experience in handling complex legal issues relevant to the work of the Funds and ability to understand various legal systems;
  • experience of claims-handling matters;
  • ability to assess and take decisions on expert advice in legal and other matters;
  • experience in financial matters, general management and handling of staff matters;
  • experience of the public sector and grasp of decision processes and reasoning of governments;
  • familiarity with high-level negotiations;
  • experience of working with governments at all levels as well as with public and private bodies;
  • experience of international conferences and intergovernmental meetings;
  • experience in dealing with the media;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills including ability to draft complex documents.

2)      Personal attributes:

 The successful candidate would be expected to have the following personal attributes:

  • objectivity and integrity;
  • fairness;
  • diplomacy;
  • sensitivity to political issues related to the work of the Funds;
  • excellent decision-making skills;
  • flexibility and openness to change;
  • excellent interpersonal skills;
  • organisational and management skills;
  • ability to set priorities;
  • ability to delegate and to motivate staff and others who work on behalf of the Funds;
  • attention to detail;
  • fluency in one of the official languages of the Funds (English, French and Spanish) and a good working knowledge of one of the other two official languages, bearing in mind the working environment of the Secretariat and related organisations.

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