about 3 years ago
Background of BAAG
BAAG is a unique advocacy and networking organisation which supports development and humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan.
Established in 1987, BAAG aims to ensure that Afghan voices are heard at national and international levels. Working with our 28 member agencies and others, BAAG raises awareness of the needs and aspirations of Afghans, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable.
BAAG promotes policies to counter poverty and encourage good practice in development and humanitarian work. BAAG is increasingly seen as a source of expertise on Afghanistan, Afghan development needs and civil society by British and international policy makers, development experts and the media.
The BAAG team, based in offices on Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1, consists of three full-time staff – Director, Programme & Communications Coordinator and Finance & Admin Officer – and one part-time Senior Adviser for Policy & Advocacy. Average turnover per year
is approximately £200,000.
Board of Trustees
There are currently six Trustees, including the Chair. Two are representatives of BAAG member agencies.
The Trustees play an important role in the decision making and strategic direction of BAAG – they manage the business of BAAG, ensuring it is well run and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it was established. They meet four times a year and, if necessary, on an ad hoc basis, to review the quarterly activities of the organisation, support plans for future activities and to ensure the financial stability of the organisation. Their expertise supplements that of the BAAG team.
The Trustees operate on a wholly voluntary basis.
Role of the Trustees
Maintain, and periodically review, BAAG’s vision, mission and values
Support the BAAG team to develop BAAG’s strategy and activity plans
Support the BAAG team to develop and monitor organisational policies
Support employment procedures and salary reviews
Ensure compliance with governing bodies such as the Charity Commission
Scrutinise reports to the Trustees, ensuring transparency and accountability
Maintain proper fiscal oversight
Select, manage and support the Director
Maintain effective board performance
Promote the organisation
Specifically we would welcome a Trustee with a fundraising focus. BAAG has competent staff who include fundraising in their roles, and who have been successful in recent years in securing institutional funding. However, we need to diversify our fund-raising efforts, to capture new sources of funding, particularly trusts and foundations but also the corporate sector, the public sector generally, special events, online donations etc.
The Fundraising Trustee would provide additional support to those listed above, including:
Supporting the BAAG Director and team in refining the fundraising strategy and approaches
Help identify fundraising opportunities and provide guidance in securing these
When requested, review and refine fundraising concept notes and applications
Acting as a Trustee contact with potential donors
Experience and qualities required
Extensive experience of raising funds for charities from diverse sources (e.g. institutional donors, donations, membership schemes, trusts and foundations, crowd funding etc.)
An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship; eligible to be a charity trustee or company director
An interest in, and commitment to, the mission, values and activities of BAAG
A strong team-player – a contributor of opinion and thoughts, whilst having the ability to collaborate and be accepting of others views
Strategic, envisioned and creative approach
An understanding of advocacy programmes and fundraising would be beneficial
Time commitment required
The Trustee would be required to attend the four 60-90 minute Trustee meetings a year (or, on an exceptional basis, phone into these remotely up to twice a year), at the BAAG offices in SE1. In addition, providing advice and guidance to the BAAG team and other Trustees is
likely to require no more than a total of an additional day every other month, via phone calls, email and occasional face to face meetings.
How to apply
Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining your motivations for a Trustee position at BAAG and how your experience and skills meet the requirements above, to firstname.lastname@example.org