[governance] ICANN - Request for Proposals for Independent Evaluator for GNSO Review

Robert Guerra rguerra at lists.privaterra.org
Sat Dec 17 10:34:22 EST 2005

Of interest to the folks following and involved in ICANN....

Request for Proposals for Independent Evaluator for GNSO Review

14 December 2005

1. Introduction

1.1. This document should be read in conjunction with the GNSO Review  
– Background Information document (found at http://www.icann.org/gnso/ 
review-tor-background-04nov05.htm). Read together, the two documents  
provide the materials necessary to consider the GNSO Review Terms of  
Reference (GNSO ToR) which will be completed in early 2006. The  
documents reflect detailed consultation between ICANN Staff, the GNSO  
Council and between the GNSO Council and individual members of the  
ICANN Board.

1.2. ICANN now seeks to appoint an independent consultant to  
undertake the Review. The information outlined below illustrates the  
scope of the work and the selection criteria for evaluators.

2. Objectives

2.1. The review (among other actions) is designed to lead to  
improvements to one of the key policy development supporting  
organisations within the ICANN community. The ICANN Board requested a  
review of the GNSO in compliance with the ICANN Bylaws and resolved  
at its annual general meeting in Vancouver, Canada to formally  
initiate the review.

2.2. The review is due to begin in early February 2006 and should be  
completed by early Q2 2006. A full project timeline will be  
developed, but it is anticipated that a key milestone will include  
the presentation of a draft report at the Wellington, New Zealand  
meeting in March 2006.

2.3. The evaluation of the GNSO is expected to include face-to-face  
interviews, online surveys and desk research using information  
provided by the GNSO constituencies. The successful candidate is  
welcome to suggest additional forms of soliciting the information.  
ICANN will provide to the evaluation team baseline statistics that  
have been requested of each of the GNSO constituency chairs. ICANN  
will also provide background documentation and reports and access to  
a range of historical data.

2.4. Evaluators are expected to have detailed knowledge of or similar  
experience with policy making in an online environment, most  
particularly in relation to Internet governance.

3. Tender Scope and Conditions

3.1. Given the GNSO Review Terms of Reference found below and  
responding specifically to the requests for further information,  
applicants should provide:

3.1.1. Statement of Suitability. The Statement of Suitability must  
include a detailed outline of the applicant’s ability to perform the  
work showing past consultancies, research and publications.

3.1.2. Work Approach. The Work Approach needs to detail the way in  
which the applicant would respond to the Terms of Reference; provide  
details about specific skills with interview techniques, data  
gathering and report writing. Successful candidate will be required  
to communicate through email, conference calls, and video conference  
over IP.

3.1.3. Description of Final Product. Describe, prospectively, the  
form and organization of a final report. The report should be  
suitable for electronic transmission, i.e., limited file size and  
widely used format.

3.1.4. Team Curriculum Vitae. The response must include Curriculum  
Vitae for the whole team showing each individual’s suitability for  
the proposed work.

3.1.5. ICANN Contract Compliance: Applicants should warrant that they  
are willing to operate under a standard non-disclosure agreement.

3.1.6. The proposal should include a work schedule including key  
milestone dates and a statement of fees.

3.2. Interested applicants should submit preliminary expressions of  
interest by email to Kurt Pritz, Vice President, Business Operations  
( kurt.pritz at icann.org), and Dr. Liz Williams, Senior Policy  
Counselor (liz.williams at icann.org) by Tuesday 20 December 2005.
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