All IOV members are part of the General Assembly (GA) and are eligible to vote for their country. It elects officers, adopts and amends bylaws, and grants honorary membership. The GA meets every second year.
The IOV Executive Committee (EC) consists of the President, Secretary-General, 2 Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer. Members are elected by majority vote of the GA for a term of four years. The adviser of the Financial Support Commission is added to the EC. The EC considers all matters before the organization and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. The EC meets monthly.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors (BoD) consists of the 6 members of the Executive Committee, 7 Commission Chairs, 7 Regional Executive Directors, 1 older meritorious person and 2 co-opted members. The Honorary President is added to the BoD. The BD is the body which implements IOV programs and projects on recommendation of the EC. The BoD meets four times a year.
The bylaws specifically authorize 7 Commissions; the Chair of each Commission is a member of the BoD. The Commissions are organized on regional, sub regional and national level as well.
In accordance with Unesco rules, IOV has 7 regions. Each region is coordinated by a Regional Executive Director (RED), which is a member of the BoD. The regions are: (1) Africa Central and South, (2) America, (3) Asia, (4) Europe East, (5) Europe West (6) Oceania and (7) Middle-East & North-Africa (MENA). The regions are organized on sub regional level as well.
The bylaws specifically authorize 4 Committees. The committees elect their own Chair. The Chairs can be invited to attend meetings of the EC or the BoD. The committees are: (1) Internal Audit Committee, (2) Dispute Resolution Committee, (3) Elections Committee and (4) legal Committee.