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Open Recruitment of Chairperson of the EOC begins

     Applications for the post of Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) open today (September 3).

     The relevant advertisements for the post, which set out the details of the requirements for potential candidates, are published in newspapers.  Applicants should be permanent Hong Kong resident and have:

(a) a good general education;

(b) at least 15 years' relevant experience in public administration, professional practice or private sector management at a senior level; experience in leading and managing a sizeable public or private organisation would be an advantage;

(c) a strong commitment to promoting equal opportunities and building an inclusive, barrier-free and harmonious society;

(d) clear vision, impeccable integrity, good leadership qualities particularly in steering a diverse governing board, management skills, mature personality;

(e) solid track record in public or community service in Hong Kong; and

(f) strong language and communication skills, including good command of Chinese and English.

     In line with the practice of open recruitment of senior positions, the Government has engaged an executive search consultant to carry out the recruitment exercise.

     All applications should be submitted to Amrop China Limited (Suites 3203-4, Shell Tower, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong), the agency for this recruitment exercise, by September 24. 

     The term of office of the incumbent EOC Chairperson, Mr Raymond Tang, will expire on January 11, 2010.  Under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, the appointment authority for the EOC Chairperson rests with the Chief Executive.  A selection board will recommend the most suitable candidate to the Chief Executive for appointment.  The board is chaired by Dr Leong Che-hung, and its members comprise Mr Bernard Chan, Professor Anthony Cheung, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, and the Secretary for Labour and Welfare.

     The EOC is an independent statutory body established under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance.  Its functions include working towards elimination of discrimination, promoting equality of opportunity and harmony, working towards elimination of harassment and vilification, handling complaints, assisting persons aggrieved by discrimination by way of conciliation and other assistance, and issuing and revising codes of practice, under the four existing anti-discrimination ordinances in the areas of sex, disability, family status and race. 

Ends/Thursday, September 3, 2009