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Olive Council Looks for a New Leader

Jul. 2, 2015
Isabel Putinja

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The International Olive Council (IOC) announced on its web­site today that it has begun a search for a new exec­u­tive direc­tor.

September 30, 2015 has been announced as the dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of appli­ca­tions.

The exec­u­tive direc­tor serves as the IOC’s chief admin­is­tra­tive offi­cer and is respon­si­ble for its daily admin­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment. The cur­rent exec­u­tive direc­tor is Frenchman Jean-Louis Barjol, who has served in this posi­tion since January 1, 2011 and whose con­tract will come to an end on December 31, 2015, com­plet­ing a five-year term.

With its head­quar­ters in Madrid, the IOC is an inter­gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion work­ing in the field of olive oil with a man­date to admin­is­ter the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives signed in 2005 under the aus­pices of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The draft text of the new agree­ment to replace the cur­rent one was endorsed by the mem­bers in Madrid last month and will serve as the basis for nego­ti­a­tions at a UN con­fer­ence in Geneva in October 2015. The new agree­ment is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2017 and expire at the end of 2026.

Barjol, reached today in Japan where the IOC is launch­ing a new pro­mo­tion cam­paign, said he intends to make the most of his remain­ing time at the inter­gov­ern­men­tal agency. I look for­ward to paving the way for the future of the IOC with the new agree­ment for the ben­e­fit of the insti­tu­tion and its mem­bers, includ­ing pos­si­ble new mem­bers thanks to the new word­ing of the draft agree­ment,” he said.


Candidates for the post of exec­u­tive direc­tor must be a national of an IOC mem­ber coun­try and be flu­ent in at least one of the IOC’s offi­cial lan­guages: Arabic, English, French, Italian or Spanish. Each mem­ber coun­try can nom­i­nate up to three can­di­dates by October 1, 2015. A selec­tion com­mit­tee made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each mem­ber coun­try will be set up and assisted by an exter­nal con­sul­tant.

IOC mem­ber coun­tries cur­rently include: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Egypt, the European Union, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Montenegro, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay.

The vacancy notice is avail­able on the IOC web­site.

None of the world’s five largest economies are mem­bers of the IOC. Barjol, a for­mer sugar indus­try pro­fes­sional, made United States mem­ber­ship a key objec­tive of his tenure, but the U.S. has main­tained it has no inten­tion to join the inter­gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion.


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