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Request for Proposals (RFP) for an Independent Evaluator for the ICANN Board of Directors

ICANN is seeking to appoint an independent evaluator to undertake a review of the ICANN Board. The request for proposal can be found here.

The review is designed to determine: (i) whether the Board is fulfilling its purpose in the ICANN structure; and (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness.

The RFP should be read in conjunction with the Terms of Reference for Independent Review of the ICANN Board found at

The Review is due to begin in the second quarter of 2008. A full project timeline will be developed, but it is anticipated that a key milestone will include presentation of a draft report at ICANN’s meeting to be held 2-7 November 2008 .

The Review is expected to include personal interviews, surveys, research and consultation with members of the ICANN community. The successful organization is welcome to suggest additional forms of soliciting information.

ICANN will provide to the Review team background documentation and reports and access to a range of historical data on a confidential basis.

Expressions of Interest should be emailed to no later than 5 May 2008.

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