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Call for Expressions of Interest: ICANN Ombuds

30 November 2023

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened a Call for Expressions of Interest for the ICANN Ombuds position. The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is 8 January 2024 at 23:59 UTC.

Candidates for the ICANN Ombuds position should review the Ombuds Position Description document before submission. The document includes the following information:

  • Position Description
  • Required or Highly Preferred Skills
  • Required or Highly Preferred Experience
  • Time Commitment

ICANN has engaged an external expert consultant, Odgers Berndtson, to assist in candidate recruitment and evaluation. Odgers Berndtson is an executive search consulting firm based in Brussels, Belgium and has experience in rendering such services to ICANN.

Background on the ICANN Ombuds

The ICANN Ombuds is an independent and impartial neutral whose function is to provide an independent internal evaluation of complaints by members of the ICANN community who believe that ICANN org staff, ICANN Board of Directors (Board), or an ICANN constituent body (and its members) has treated them unfairly for matters that have not otherwise become the subject of the Reconsideration Process or the Independent Review Process.

The Ombuds is an essential accountability mechanism provided under Article 5 of the ICANN Bylaws. The Ombuds shall serve as an objective advocate for fairness, and shall seek to evaluate, and where possible, resolve complaints about unfair or inappropriate treatment by ICANN staff, the Board, or ICANN constituent bodies, clarifying the issues and using conflict resolution tools such as negotiation, facilitation, and "shuttle diplomacy" to achieve these results.

The Ombuds also plays a key role in certain Reconsideration Requests, another accountability mechanism, in accordance with Article 4 of the ICANN Bylaws.

Submit Your Expression of Interest

Please submit an Expression of Interest and a curriculum vitae by 8 January 2024 at 23:59 UTC to ICANN-Ombuds-EOI-2023@icann.org.

Please note that the personal data you submit with your Expression of Interest will be processed in accordance with the ICANN Privacy Policy, and that by submitting your Expression of Interest, you agree to the processing of your personal data in accordance with the ICANN Privacy Policy and the website Terms of Service.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. ICANN follows a bottom-up multistakeholder model in which diverse stakeholders from numerous and varied backgrounds, societal values, and cultural norms play important roles in community-based, consensus-driven policy making approach.