The International Ombudsman Association may finally answer the rhetorical riddle: "Who ombuds the Ombudsman?" The IOA Board of Directors approved a pilot program to hire an experienced Organizational Ombuds provide services to participants at its 2020 annual conference.
According to an announcement, "IOA wishes to provide excellent organizational ombuds services to participants at the IOA Annual Conference. In addition, IOA seeks to provide an exemplary model of professional conference ombuds services and inspire other organizations to avail themselves of such helpful services at their own conferences and within their own organizations." The contract will pay up to $3,500, plus in-kind compensation including conference registration, hotel, and travel expenses. Proposals are due by February 7, 2020. (IOA Conf Ombuds RFP.)
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