The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global standard promoting the open and accountable management of oil, gas, and mineral resources. The International Board, the EITI’s main governing body, is comprised of 21 representatives from the various Constituencies engaged in the EITI - governments of supporting and implementing countries, extractive companies and investors, and civil society organisations. The Board is supported by the EITI International Secretariat, an independent body based in Oslo, which is responsible for the day-to-day running of the EITI and the coordination of EITI implementation efforts worldwide.
June 2019 will mark the beginning of a new three-year term for EITI Board Members. The EITI Civil Society Constituency is, therefore, conducting a search for 10 new Board Members (5 full members and 5 alternates) to serve during the next mandate period. The EITI Civil Society Board Members seeks to work together as a diverse and integrated team to share a significant workload and collectively bring a strong civil society voice to the EITI.
Candidates will be considered through an open and transparent selection process managed by an independent Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) with the support of an Independent Organization (IO), the Consensus Building Institute. The names of the 10 successful candidates will be put forth for formal election to the Board at the EITI Members’ Meeting on 17 June 2019 in Paris, France.
The selection process is conducted in line with the new Constituency Guidelines for Civil Society, approved by the EITI CSO Board Members in February 2019 after a widely consultative process. These Guidelines aim to be inclusive of a wide array of civil society organizations while safeguarding the independence and legitimacy of the CSO Constituency.
Representing the interests of civil society on the EITI Board bears great responsibility. Participation in Board proceedings, as well as outreach and consultation with fellow Constituency members, requires a significant commitment. At the same time, it affords unique opportunities to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders across the many countries that implement the EITI and to advocate for a more transparent and accountable natural resource sector.
The Board Member is an unpaid position. However, the EITI has a funding policy and procedures in place to support the participation of non-OECD EITI Board Members at Board Meetings and directly related side meetings, such as the civil society constituency pre-meeting which normally takes place one day prior to the Board meeting.
Applications are welcome from members of independent civil society organizations from both EITI implementing and non-implementing countries. Women are especially encouraged to apply, as are representatives from organizations working directly with communities affected by extractive industries. The process is based on merit.
The CSO Board nominations process is managed by the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG). The membership of the CSAG is a balanced mix of regional representatives, elected by the CSO EITI Constituency, representatives of international civil society organizations, and former Board members not intending to present a candidacy. Please refer to the Guidelines for the Civil Society Constituency and the CSAG Terms of Reference for more information.