|Job Title||Trustee - EXPIRED|
|Job Published||14 Jan 2015|
|Contact Name||Michael Zywina|
AbleChildAfrica is a charity based in the UK, working with partner organisations in Africa to achieve equal rights for disabled children and young people. We have been working in East Africa for the past 30 years and currently work with 5 partner organisations across three countries- Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. We support and resource these partners, working together to create sustainable change to improve the lives of disabled children and their families. AbleChildAfrica is looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals with relevant expertise and experience to join our Board of Trustees to help drive growth. We are looking to appoint approximately three new trustees at present and are particularly seeking individuals with an interest in, and experience of, international programmatic areas as well as expertise in human resources or charity law. AbleChildAfrica is committed to equality of opportunity and applications from individuals with lived experience of disability are particularly welcome- those meeting the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview.
Location: Central London –our offices are on the Southbank and Board meetings are held in central London
Hours: The Board meets 4-5 times per year. Trustees are expected to attend these meetings and assist with relevant matters between meetings, for example strategic planning or fundraising activities. Trustees are also expected to sit on a relevant Subcommittee (Finance, Fundraising or Programmes) and participate in subcommittee teleconferences and support activities. We are a small organisation and Trustees need to be available to assist senior staff as required.
Duration: We are looking for individuals who can commit to our Board for a minimum of two years, absent unforeseen circumstances which prevent this.
Reporting to: Chair of Trustees
Salary: This is an unpaid voluntary position. Reasonable travel expenses can be covered.
Job Purpose - Trustee
Ensure that the charity complies with charity law, with the requirements of the Charity Commission as our regulator and does not breach any requirements or rules set out in our governing documents.
To provide strategic oversight and input into the running of the charity
To contribute specific professional skills and expertise, for example communications, fundraising, finance or international development
To serve on at least one of the Board sub-committees – currently Finance and Administration, Fundraising or Programmes
The ideal candidates will have a genuine interest in disability and development and be motivated by supporting all aspects of our work. We are particularly looking for individuals with programmatic, HR and legal expertise but relevant expertise in other areas will also be beneficial and considered. All trustees are expected to be able to make a contribution towards securing a sustainable funding base for the organisation. An understanding of the voluntary sector and previous experience as a charity trustee are both desirable but not essential. Disabled candidates are particularly encouraged to apply and those meeting the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview.
Commitment to AbleChildAfrica’s mission and values and to a rights based approach to development
Excellent written and spoken communication skills
Relevant experience in at least one professional area, including but not limited to finance, fundraising, organisational development, advocacy and/or communications.
Proactive, creative and enthusiastic
Ability to work in a team and to attend meetings out-of-hours (evenings and weekends)
Experience, interest in or commitment to international development
Experience, interest in or commitment to children (such as direct work, advocacy or research experience)
Experience, interest in or commitment to disability issues
Experience, interest in or commitment to Africa
A working understanding of the voluntary sector
Previous (or current) experience as a charity trustee
How to Apply
Your application should include a tailored CV of no more than 2 sides of A4 and a supporting statement of no more than 1 side of A4. Your supporting statement should highlight your interest in AbleChildAfrica and your motivation for becoming a Trustee. Please also detail your relevant expertise and what contribution you feel you can make to the Board and organisation, ensuring this is in line with the above role description and person specification.
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 18th January 2015. Suitable candidates may be contacted ahead of the closing date and incomplete applications will not be processed. Interviews will be held the week of the 19th January, please indicate your availability for an interview on those days, if shortlisted, in your covering email.
We particularly encourage applications from disabled people and people with direct experience of living or working with disabled children and all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria will be offered an interview.
Additional information is available at www.ablechildafrica.org