Process for Selecting the Vice President,
Office for the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO)
International Finance Corporation (IFC) and
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
The Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) is the independent recourse and accountability mechanism of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) for social and environmental concerns raised by people and communities affected by projects supported by IFC or MIGA. The CAO is organized as a Vice Presidency Unit (VPU), independent from the IFC’s and MIGA’s line of management of operations, headed by the Vice President, CAO (the CAO VP), who reports directly to the President of the World Bank Group. The CAO VP acts as an independent advisor to the President on matters of environmental and social impacts raised by communities to the CAO. The mandate of the CAO is to address complaints by people affected by IFC/MIGA supported projects in a manner that is fair, objective and constructive, and to enhance the social and environmental outcomes of projects in which those institutions play a role.
The CAO’s mandate, scope of work, organization and qualifications are articulated in the Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) Terms of Reference (TOR), which includes the principles that guarantee the independence, credibility, and integrity of the CAO Office, including its leadership. In order to uphold these principles, CAO VP will be appointed by the President after an independent, transparent, and participatory recruiting process described below. To preserve the independence, credibility, and integrity of the CAO, candidates for the CAO VP position shall be external to the World Bank Group. CAO VPU staff members may however apply to the CAO VP position.
For more information, see terms of reference for the position.
Establishing a Selection Committee
To ensure that the independence of the CAO VP is maintained, a Selection Committee will be established to conduct an independent, transparent and participatory selection process that involves stakeholders from different backgrounds including civil society and business communities. These stakeholders will be selected from diverse regional, sectoral and cultural backgrounds.
The CAO and IFC/MIGA will solicit nominations for the Selection Committee from stakeholders and forward those nominations to the President of the World Bank Group for his consideration.
The President will appoint six people to form the Selection Committee, including two Executive Directors and four people taken from the lists submitted by the CAO and IFC/MIGA. The Selection Committee will include:
IFC’s Human Resources shall provide administrative support to the Selection Committee, including identifying and engaging a reputable and recognized recruitment firm, assistance in organizing meetings and interviews and retaining and distributing necessary documents, but no one in Human Resources shall provide any view or advice on any candidate, or nominate a candidate for or remove a candidate from consideration.
Members of the Selection Committee will:
The participation of Selection Committee members who work for, or are affiliated with, another organization shall not be construed as an approval or endorsement by that organization of this process or any candidate for the role of CAO VP.
The Selection Committee will first be tasked with the responsibility of advising the selected recruitment firm that will advertise for, interview, and do the initial vetting of the candidates and establish an initial list of candidates (the “long list”).
The recruitment firm will solicit applications from candidates that represent gender, cultural and regional diversity through external advertisements, social media postings and outreach.
The Selection Committee
If the Selection Committee determines that the list of candidates identified by the recruitment firm does not include candidates that the Committee considers sufficiently qualified or suitable for the role, then the Selection Committee may instruct the recruitment firm to restart or re-do its efforts to identify additional candidates.
The CAO VP will be provisionally selected for appointment by the President from the final candidates submitted to him by the Selection Committee; provided, however, that if the President determines that the submitted candidates are not sufficiently suited for the role, then the President may request the Selection Committee renew its efforts to identify additional candidates. The President’s selection will be proposed to the Board for approval on an expedited absence-of-objection basis.