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

HLPE StC Renewal - Call for Nominations


(See letter from the CFS Chairperson)

The Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to be renewed in 2019, for a 2-year term starting at the closure of CFS46 (18 October 2019) and ending at closure of CFS48 (October 2021).

A call for nomination of experts is open from 29 October 2018 to 31 January 2019 (3 months) // NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 15 FEBRUARY

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

Instructions for applications and selection


Nominations can be submitted by CFS members and participants. Self-nominations are not accepted.

The nomination procedure is entirely web-based. Nominators shall send information on their Organization/Institution’s candidates through the dedicated on-line module. The module needs to be fully compiled and sent via e-mail to cfs-hlpe@fao.org with the addition of a signed nomination letter. Nominators have until the 31st of January 2019 to submit candidatures. Any incomplete nomination will not be retained.




Nominating parties are requested to ensure that the experts they nominate are effectively ready to serve as Steering Committee members (see details below for more information on the HLPE Rules and Procedures), 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 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 and here

HLPE Rules and Procedures

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 5th HLPE Steering Committee will take place in Rome in November 2019 (dates to be confirmed). 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

  • 29 October 2018 - Launch of the call for nominations to the StC
  • Nov 2018 - Jan 2019 - Call for nominations
  • 31 December 2018 - Constitution of the ad-hoc technical selection committee. Deadline for RBAs, CGIAR and CSM to give the name of their representatives.
  • 31 January 2019 - Closure of the call for nominations-  EXTENDED UNTIL 15 FEBRUARY
  • 31 January 2019 - HLPE StC Chair transmits to the Ad-hoc technical selection committee the list of names of current members who candidate for a new term. 
  • 26 February 2019 - Deadline for nominated experts to fill their personal application form and send their CVs. EXTENDED UNTIL 9 MARCH
  • 15 Mar - 26 Apr 2019 - Meetings of the Ad-hoc technical selection committee 
  • 11 April 2019 - Transmission of the proposal of the ad-hoc technical selection committee to the CFS Chairperson
  • 17 May 2019 -CFS Bureau meeting - discussion on the Ad-hoc technical selection committee's proposal
  • 27 May 2019 - Approval by the CFS Bureau
  • 5 June 2019 - Start of the one month non-objection legal procedure
  • 22 July 2019 - Publication of the list of new Steering Committee members
  • 18 October 2019 - Closure of CFS46 and beginning of the term of the 5th HLPE StC
  • November 2019 (date tbc) - StC Meeting