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Call for Principal U.S. Representatives, Alternates, and YP Observers for PIANC's Technical Commissions

Nominations are being accepted for candidates interested in serving as the U.S. Principal Representative, Alternate, or YP Observer for our four technical commissions: the Inland Navigation Commission (InCom); the Maritime Navigation Commission (MarCom); the Environmental Commission (EnviCom); and the Recreational Navigation Commission (RecCom). Terms of appointment will be four years, and can be renewed once. The technical commissions usually meet twice per year, most often in Europe. Candidates must have their own travel support, either from their employer or personal resources.

This is a wonderful opportunity to influence the technical direction of PIANC and to interact with high-caliber international experts. The duties and responsibilities of Principal U.S. Representatives to the technical commissions are listed below. If you are interested in being considered, or wish to nominate a colleague, please send a note via email to Anne Cann at R.Anne.Cann@usace.army.mil along with a CV, and specify which commission. Candidates will be accepted until April 30, 2015.

Duties of PIANC USA Technical Commission Representatives:

  1. Attend meetings of the technical commission. Notify the Office of PIANC USA about plans to attend a meeting. Following the meeting, submit a written report to the Secretary of PIANC USA. The report should summarize the meeting and note action items for which PIANC USA is responsible.
  2. Recommend subjects for study by working groups and international study commissions.
  3. In consultation with other technical commission representatives, evaluate the terms of reference proposed for new working groups.
  4. When a working group is proposed by the U.S., the representative is responsible for seeing that it is promptly and accurately presented to the Commission and guiding the terms of reference though the approval process.
  5. Gather information that may be needed to revise the proposed terms of reference.
  6. Determine that the terms of reference reflect the interests of PIANC USA.
  7. Serve as monitor to a working group. Make a report on the status of the working group at meetings of the technical commission. Provide guidance to chairperson of the working group concerning content of report, technical information or problems of scheduling.
  8. Review draft working group reports, if requested to do so.
  9. Maintain contact with U.S. chairmen of working groups, offering assistance with problems which are appropriate to bring up at meetings of the technical commission. Problems may include lack of cooperation from a representative of another country as well as poor performance on the part of a U.S. representative.
  10. Assist with selection of a member(s) of PIANC USA to serve as a working group representative. Assist with formation of a sub-committee to work with the U.S. representative.
  11. Provide other assistance when requested by the Secretary of PIANC USA or the Chairperson of the technical commission.
  12. Make a report on activities of the technical commission at the semi-annual meetings of the U.S. Commission. The report shall be submitted in writing and may be presented verbally if the representative wishes to attend the commission meeting at his/her own expense.

revised 8 April 2015