`Olive Council Looks for a New Leader


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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