Head of the Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU)
Biathlon Integrity Unit
The Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) has been establishedat the IBU Extraordinary Congress in Munich, 18-20 October 2019. To implement the IBU Congress’ resolution on building this independent unit, which will centrally manage all integrity related issues concerning biathlon, the BIU Board is announcing the opening of the position of the BIU Head.
The Head of the Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the BIU at an operational level, including managing the BIU staff, and developing and implementing the strategies, policies, and plans approved by the BIU Board. The Head of the BIU must strive to ensure that the BIU performs to the highest possible standards and operates in strict compliance with all relevant requirements. Further details on the responsibilities of the Head of the BIU are set out in the Appendix to this form.
Requirements for the Role
The Head of the BIU must have approximately 10 years' experience managing multi-disciplinary teams in an international environment in the field of sport and/or integrity-related programmes. Experience in handling anti-doping matters and applying World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping rules would be an advantage.
- Fluent in English (spoken and written).
- A command of German is an asset, but not required.
Location of the Role
- Salzburg, Austria
- Impeccable integrity.
- Outstanding management and leadership skills.
- Team-oriented and capable of motivating people to work for a common goal in a positive environment.
- Effective and open in communicating with others, across multi-cultural boundaries.
- Commitment to the role and strong work ethic.
- Analytical and disciplined thinker who has the ability to analyse complex issues and develop effective solutions in a timely manner.
- Ability to build trust and effective relationships with all stakeholders in biathlon.
- Strong track record of delivering against demanding targets.
- Ability to work under pressure and media exposure.
Responsibilities of the Head of the BIU
The responsibilities below are subject always to the IBU Constitution, BIU Rules, Integrity Code, and other applicable IBU rules.
- Chair (Irish barrister Louise Reilly) and other members of the BIU Board
- BIU staff members
- IBU Executive Board
- IBU Member Federations
- Other biathlon stakeholders/representatives
- World Anti-Doping Agency
- National Anti-Doping Agencies
- Law enforcement organisations
- Other International Federations
- International Olympic Committee and other Major Event Organisations
- Court of Arbitration for Sport
- The Head of the BIU will be a non-voting member of the BIU Board.
Strategies, Policies & Plans
- Developing each of the BIU strategic plan, the annual plan, budget and three year forecast for funding of the BIU, and the annual BIU anti-doping programme and integrity programme, in each case for approval by the BIU Board.
Managing BIU Staff and Consultants
- Employing or engaging (and terminating such employment or engagement of) all BIU staff and contractors and advisors, unless the BIU Board specifies otherwise.
- Defining and monitoring delegations of the authority of the Head of the BIU to BIU staff.
- With the approval of the BIU Board, engaging, contracting or otherwise agreeing to obtain the assistance or advice of any person or organisation to assist the BIU in its work, including external legal counsel/consultants.
- Supporting the chair of the BIU Board in engaging with external stakeholders of the BIU.
- Developing systems, policies and procedures for the effective functioning of the BIU.
- Developing, reviewing and assessing new projects and innovations for the improvement of the BIU’s performance, for approval by the BIU Board.
- Ensuring compliance by the BIU with all applicable laws, the IBU Constitution and other IBU rules, and the World Anti-Doping Code.
- Supporting the conduct of external audits of the BIU.
- Controlling expenditure and allocating funding prudently in accordance with the approved budget.
- Regularly reporting to the BIU Board on progress against strategic plans, budgets, forecasts and programmes.
- Reporting to the BIU Board regarding decisions made in relation to investigations and disciplinary matters.
- Preparing BIU reports for the approval of the BIU Board, and reporting to the IBU Executive Board as required.
- Supervising and approving all reporting to external bodies as necessary.
Managing Disciplinary Cases
- Subject to the prior approval of the BIU Board, making decisions as to:
- whether proceedings should be brought for violation of the IBU Integrity Code;
- whether the BIU should agree the outcome of any proceedings with the subject(s) of the proceedings without reference to the Disciplinary Tribunal;
- whether the BIU (in the name of the IBU) should appeal decisions of Disciplinary
- Tribunals in cases arising under the IBU Integrity Code to CAS; and/or
- whether the BIU (in the name of the IBU) should participate in any appeal or other proceeding before CAS or any other forum to which the IBU is not a party.
- Subject to any BIU Board policies and procedures, making other decisions including whether:
- to conduct investigations in accordance with the IBU Integrity Code;
- to impose a provisional suspension pending determination of the charge(s);
- to issue demands in accordance with the IBU Integrity Code; and/or
- to suspend periods of ineligibility where substantial assistance has been provided in accordance with the IBU Integrity Code.
- Act as the IBU Anti-Doping Administrator for the purpose of any doping cases arising under the IBU Anti-Doping Rules applicable prior to the issue of the IBU Integrity Code.
- Attending meetings of the BIU Board, and preparing minutes of such meetings.
- Attending Congress meetings as necessary.
Minimum gross salary of €80,000 per year, subject to increase commensurate with experience.
Selection Process and Vetting Procedure
The BIU Board is responsible for appointing the Head of the BIU. The selection process will include one or more interviews, to be held in person and/or remotely at a time to be specified.
To be selected for the role, a candidate must be 'Eligible', as defined in Article 26.2 of the IBU Constitution. The Vetting Panel (made up of the three independent members of the BIU Board) will determine whether the candidates are 'Eligible' following a vetting process (as set out in Article 27 of the IBU Constitution, and in the Vetting Rules). Candidates (if selected) will be required to submit a duly completed 'Vetting Disclosure Form' for this purpose.
The IBU Constitution, Integrity Code, BIU Rules, and Vetting Rules are available on our website.
How to Apply
Applications must be sent t by no later than 22 November 2019 and must include the following information/documents:
- A curriculum vitae with contact details including address (work and home), telephone numbers (including mobile), and email address;
- A letter of application (of 1-2 pages) which includes:
- an explanation of why the candidate is applying for the role and addressing the key selection criteria;
- contact details for three referees and (if available) reference letters from each of those referees (it is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that referees are willing to provide a reference when contacted by any member of the selection team); and
- the earliest date that the candidate could start in the role, giving consideration to any time needed for notice requirements, relocation, and/or visa requirements (if applicable).
The IBU is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from a full diverse range of candidates, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.