HLPE - High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

HLPE StC Renewal - Call for Nominations

The Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to be renewed in 2017, for a 2-year term starting at the closure of CFS44 (13 October 2017) and ending at closure of CFS46 (2019).

A call for nomination of experts is open from 26 October 2016 to 31 January 2017(3 months)

The letter from the CFS Chair and Secretary, calling for nominations, is available to download here [or in AR, ES, FR, RU].

Instructions for applications and selection

Nominations can be submitted by Governments, CFS members, and participant organizations. 

Nominators shall first request their specific, dedicated, password-protected access to the nomination site by sending an e-mail to cfs-hlpe@fao.org. The given login and password will be specific to each nominating country or organization.

Then, the nomination procedure is entirely web-based via an online application form.

Nominating parties are requested to ensure that the experts they nominate are effectively ready to serve as Steering Committee members (see details section for more information), should they happen to be actually appointed by the CFS Bureau at the end of the procedure.

All candidates will be contacted by the Secretariat and requested to fill an additional online personal form.

The list of nominees will remain confidential and will not be disclosed.

The selection procedure will follow Rule V of the Rules of Procedures of CFS: “The members of the Steering Committee shall be appointed by the Bureau of the Committee on the basis of a recommendation of an ad hoc technical selection committee consisting of representatives of FAO, the World Food Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Bioversity International and a representative of civil society organizations”.

Further details on the selection procedure can be viewed here

HLPE functions

Details about the roles and functions of the HLPE, and of its Steering Committee, and their working methods, are found in the following documents, which nominating entities are invited to consult:

Steering Committee members participate in the HLPE in their individual capacity, and not as representative of their government, organization or employer.

They are appointed for a term of office of two years, renewable consecutively only once.

During their mandate, Steering Committee members are expected to dedicate a substantial amount of their time to the HLPE. Actual time-requirements will depend on the capacities of experts and by the circumstances, as well as on the work program of the HLPE as requested by the CFS. Time dedication is expected not to be lower than 20 days per year, travel included. This figure doubles at least for the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson of the Steering Committee. Their travel-related expenses to attend Steering Committee meetings will be borne by the CFS/HLPE Secretariat. Steering Committee members are not otherwise compensated for their work.

The first 3-day meeting of the 4th HLPE Steering Committee will take place in Rome in November 2017. All Steering Committee members will be requested to attend.

Continuity and change in the Steering Committee membership

Current Steering Committee members eligible for reappointment can candidate directly. Their candidatures will be considered by the ad-hoc technical selection committee, together with the new candidates.

Timeline of the process

  • 26 October 2016 - Launch of the call for nominations to the StC
  • Nov 2016 - Jan 2017 - Call for nominations
  • 31 December 2017 - Constitution of the ad-hoc technical selection committee. Deadline for RBAs, CGIAR and CSM to give the name of their representatives.
  • 31 January 2017 - Closure of the call for nominations
  • 31 January 2017 - HLPE StC Chair transmits to the Ad-hoc technical selection committee the list of names of current members who candidate for a new term.
  • 15 February 2017 - Deadline for nominated experts to fill their online form and send their CVs.
  • 15 Feb - 14 Apr 2017 - Meetings of the Ad-hoc technical selection committee
  • 14 April 2017 - Transmission of the proposal of the ad-hoc technical selection committee to the CFS Bureau
  • 8 May 2017 -CFS Bureau meeting - discussion on the Ad-hoc technical selection committee's proposal
  • 30 June 2017 - Deadline for decision by the CFS Bureau
  • 1-31 July 2017 - One month non-objection legal procedure
  • 1 August 2017 - Publication of the list of new Steering Committee members
  • 13 October 2015 - Closure of CFS44 and beginning of the term of the 4th HLPE StC
  • November 2017 (date tbc) - StC Meeting