We are Seeking a New Trustee!
Are you moved by the thought of a nine 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 20 years ago. It provides the means for people to build sustainable lives for themselves. It operates exclusively in Darfur, Sudan.
We currently support over 500,000 people in more than 100 villages. 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.
Sudan has entered a new era as it moves to democracy. Sanctions have been lifted. The civilian transitional government is fully supportive of our work. Conditions remain difficult.
Inflation is rampant. There has just been a massive devaluation of the Sudanese pound. Strife and conflict have broken out again in Darfur. These conditions are nothing new to us and our team on the ground, but they continue to emphasise the importance of our work in this largely forgotten part of the world, which the world’s politicians and media have largely ignored.
(More information about the charity can be found at www.kidsforkids.org.uk)
Despite the difficulties of working in Sudan, as we enter our 21st 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. It comprises two other women Trustees experienced in international development, including in Sudan, and general business experience. We have
three male Trustees, one of whom is a diplomat with extensive experience of the Arab world and Africa. The other two are retired lawyers. The Board is committed to high standards of
governance in line with Charity Commission guidance and best practice.
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:
– Financial expertise, with a view to becoming the charity’s Treasurer
– 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.
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. Trustees are appointed for a 3-year term, with a maximum of 3 terms possible.
For a young Trustee, a 1 or 2 year term may be preferred and is available. In addition, we offer young Trustees: training in how to be a Trustee, mentoring and buddying and the chance to really learn about what it takes to run a small international development charity.
Salary: Unpaid, travel expenses will be reimbursed if required and where necessary.
Deadline for applications: 31st July 2021
To apply or find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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. We would like to see your C.V. Also, please give the 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.