“In accordance with article 15 of the enabling law, the Deputy Ombudspersons of the DPB are selected by the Ombudsperson and ratified by the Senate. The Law is otherwise silent on the selection and appointment of the Deputy Ombudspersons, including whether vacancies are advertised, and in what ways the process promotes broad consultation and / or participation of diverse social forces.
It is critically important to ensure the formalization of a clear, transparent and participatory selection and appointment process for an NHRI’s decision-making body in relevant legislation, regulations or binding administrative guidelines, as appropriate. A process that promotes merit-based selection and ensures pluralism is necessary to ensure the independence of, and public confidence in, the senior leadership of an NHRI.
The SCA encourages the DPB to advocate for the formalization and application of a selection and appointment process for Deputy Ombudspersons that includes requirements to:
a) Publicize vacancies broadly;
b) Maximize the number of potential candidates from a wide range of societal groups and educational qualifications;
c) Promote broad consultation and / or participation in the application, screening, selection and appointment process;
d) Assess applicants on the basis of pre-determined, objective and publicly-available criteria; and
e) Select members to serve in their individual capacity rather than on behalf of the organization they represent.”