Do you want to have an impact on issues affecting children and young people in Africa?
Are you willing and able to seek and represent the views of other young people, so they can represent wider and diverse views of our Board of trustees?
About Chance for Childhood
Street children, children with disabilities, children affected by conflict and kids behind bars are often invisible members of their communities, unable to go to school and living in a vicious cycle of poverty and exclusion. Chance for Childhood is an award-winning international charity supporting the hardest-to-reach children, often forgotten by all.
Working alongside local partners in Africa, we support and inspire local communities to protect, educate and stand up for every vulnerable child. We place the voices of children and young people at the heart of what we do - we don’t want to just listen to children in the classroom, we want to give them access to the board room. You will join our other trustees at an exciting time when our charity is growing and we have big hopes for the future. So, come on board and join forces with us to help change the lives of the most vulnerable children in Africa!
What you will do
Ambassador: Be an active champion of Chance for Childhood to help raise our profile and reach more potential supporters.
Strategic planning: Assist the Board to highlight key trends and changing approaches within the sector and support strategic development.
Networking: Be prepared to use your personal and professional networks to access relevant individuals and organisations to support the overall development and growth of the organisation.
Fundraising: Assist with accessing new potential donors and supporters, provide advice and assistance on fundraising issues and support and attend meetings with donors when relevant.
Human Resources: Support the development of the team, legal requirements and personal management and recruitment.
Financial oversight: Formal approval of the annual and 3-year budget plans following the recommendations by our finance committee.
What is involved
4-5 Board meetings annually, in London
Be involved in a sub-committee if relevant Staff and Trustee Away Day (currently once a year – lasting one full working day)
Adhoc social events and networking meetings
Time commitment average of approximately 1-3 hours a week (including training)
A day in our office in Farnborough (Hampshire) as part of your induction
Unpaid position but travel expenses will be reimbursed
Code of Conduct: it is the responsibility of trustees to:
Sign and follow the Chance for Child Protection Policy and Procedures.
Follow the Chance for Childhood Code of Conduct
Young person aged 18-24 years
Great interpersonal skills
An understanding of the role of youth leadership
Experience of sitting on a committee or community group
Experience of living or working in Sub-Saharan Africa
Experience of digital marketing would be advantageous
We welcome children or young people with disabilities or those who may have overcome difficult experiences such as conflict with the law, looked after children and/ or have had links to the streets
The closing date for this role is at 5pm on the 2nd March 2018.
Interviews are schedules to take place at our office in Farnborough in mid-March. If you have limited availability, please state this in your letter as this will help us to arrange convenient interview times.
We recognise that this might be the first time that you have ever sat on a governing board and we have several steps to help you with the process including; a full induction programme, a welcoming group of Trustees, a Mentor Programme and access to relevant training to ensure you feel comfortable in the role.