We are Seeking a New Trustee!

Are you moved by the thought of a 9 year-old walking across a desert for 7 hours to a handpump miles from his home to fetch water for his family?

If so, you could be the person we are looking to appoint to our Board of Trustees.

Kids for Kids was established 21 years ago. It provides the means for people to build sustainable lives for themselves. It operates exclusively in Darfur, Sudan.

We currently support over 550,000 people in 110 remote villages in Darfur. We do so in a variety of ways; all are part of a broad-based package of integrated grassroots projects. They lift entire communities out of poverty and directly transform the lives of individual families long term. We provide: goats which supply hungry children with nutritious milk; donkeys to help carry heavy loads, allowing children more time to attend our kindergartens and gain an education; training for midwives and paravets; handpumps to gain access to the water in the aquifer below Darfur, one of the largest in Africa yet unreachable by the local communities; kindergartens, including associated materials and equipment; tree seedlings; ploughs, blankets, mosquito nets, soap and jerrycans and much more. Our projects are measurably sustainable because they are based on training and assessment.

We operate through a local independent steering committee. Each village is responsible for the administration and distribution of what we provide according to criteria and standards fully explained to them and to which they subscribe.   All are volunteers.

Despite the difficulties of working in Sudan, as we enter our 22nd year we are looking to the future. We continue to be ambitious in our plans, in spite of the more difficult fund raising climate caused by the pandemic. To help us through the next few years we are looking to recruit one or more new Trustees to complement the existing Board. This is chaired by our founder and CEO, Patricia Parker.  The Board is committed to high standards of governance in line with Charity Commission guidance and best practice.

 

New Trustees:

We seek individuals with expertise in any of the below and a belief that your skills will contribute to the strong and effective governance and growth of a small charity:

– Legal expertise – not necessarily in charity or contract law although this would be ideal
– Financial expertise
– Fundraising from all sources, i.e. both restricted and unrestricted.
– Communications that drive action and have achieved financial objectives.
– Policy and advocacy relevant to international sustainable development
– Ideally, applicants should show interest in and understanding of the needs of the
poorest people in the world, especially children.

We welcome applicants from diverse nationalities, backgrounds and ages to bring diversity of perspective to this role.

 

General duties as a Trustee:

-Ensure that Kids for Kids complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
-Ensure the charity applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its stated aims.
-Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees by giving firm strategic direction to Kids for Kids, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
-Safeguard the good name and values of Kids for Kids.
-Ensure the financial stability of Kids for Kids.
-Serve as an advocate for the organisation as required, including for specific issues or events.                                                                                       – -Support the charity with its awareness and fundraising aims

We hope that at least one of the new Trustees will champion the role of diversity within Kids for Kids.

 

Terms and Commitment

Location: All Board Meetings may be attended online. We will try to meet face-to-face when we can, but Trustees are welcome wherever they live.
The Board meets quarterly.
Previous experience as a Trustee is not necessary.   We are a small supportive Board and will be happy to assist all new members of the Board.  Training is available.
Salary: Unpaid, travel expenses will be reimbursed if required and where necessary.

To apply or find out more, contact patricia@kidsforkids.org.uk

As part of the application process, we ask you to tell us why you are applying and what your previous experience is, and what knowledge and skills you have. Please tell us about your interest in providing this valuable support to Kids for Kids.   We would like to see your C.V.  Please  the provide name of someone we can talk to as a referee. We will accept applications in any medium.

Kids for Kids is an equal opportunities employer and we positively welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their religious beliefs or political opinions, sex, marital or family status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or disability status.