The secretariat of the Commission services the Governing
Council and the panels of Commissioners, providing administrative, technical
and legal support. The secretariat also administers the Compensation Fund.
The secretariat is headed by the Executive Secretary, who is appointed by the UN Secretary-General after consultation with the Governing Council. Since the establishment of the Commission in 1991, its staff have come from nearly 60 different countries. The majority of the members of the secretariat are lawyers, accountants, loss adjusters and information technology specialists.
In addition to the Office of the Executive Secretary, the secretariat
comprises: the Legal Services Branch, made up of various claims sections and
units; the Verification and Valuation Support Branch; the Claims Registry; the
Claims Payment Section; the Executive Office, dealing with general
administration; the Information Systems Section, providing computerized systems
to support claims processing and payment; and the Governing Council Secretariat.