Volunteering

Treasurer Raising Futures Kenya

Location: Home based

Date Posted: 21/04/2020

Closing Date: 19/07/2020

Job description

Raising Futures Kenya is looking for a Treasurer with professional accountancy experience to join our Board to oversee the financial health of the charity and cement the financial literacy of the organisation at Board level.

Raising Futures Kenya (formerly Vision Africa: Give a Child a Future) is a small UK registered charity working in partnership with a Kenyan Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to support vulnerable children and young people in Kenya.

Our vision is a world in which all children and young people in Kenya live with dignity, opportunity and hope and have the opportunity to participate fully in society. Our mission is to create opportunities for vulnerable children and young people in Kenya to break the cycle of poverty and inequality and fulfil their potential.

We work together with young people to create opportunities for rewarding futures. Without these opportunities, one in five young people in Kenya face living in poverty; unable to reach their true potential.

Some of our achievements include:

  • 96% of our graduates are in full time employment or further education.
  • Received multi-year funding from the Department for International Development and other reputable grant givers.
  • Awarded the ‘Small Charity, Big Impact’ award by the Foundation of Social Improvement 2019 for achieving disproportionate impact to our size.

Role Summary

The Treasurer will work closely with our UK team members, leads from our in-country team (mainly by email) and with the Board of Trustees, advising on all financial matters including regulatory compliance.  The Treasurer will be expected to attend Board meetings and AGM, which last approximately an hour and a half every six weeks. Other responsibilities;

  1. Actively participate as a key member of the Board of Trustees.
  2. Lead development of the annual budget and future trajectories in line with the aspirations of the Raising Futures Kenya strategic plan and fundraising strategy. To advise on all financial matters, including regulatory compliance.
  3. To oversee the development and observation of financial policies.
  4. To keep the Board of Trustees regularly informed of key financial events, trends, concerns and assessment of fiscal health in addition to completing financial reporting in a timely fashion, making these reports available to the Board within reason.
  5. To have oversight of all financial transactions including monitoring developed systems for keeping cash flow manageable and efficient.
  6. Advise fellow Trustees on a regular basis of the financial status of the charity and where necessary recommend action.
  7. Arrange the compilation and agreement of Raising Futures Kenya’s annual report, including the annual review of accounts by the independent examiner.
  8. Act as an ambassador for Raising Futures Kenya, representing the charity at meetings and facilitating networking and funding opportunities as these arise.

We envisage the commitment being approximately six-eight hours a month.  This is a voluntary role. Travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with our volunteer policy.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have innovative ideas and sound financial knowledge.  All Trustees are expected to assist Raising Futures Kenya to secure a sustainable and diverse funding base for the organisation.  Due to the way in which we encourage students to seek job opportunities and create businesses where job opportunities do not exist, we are particularly interested in candidates who think outside of the box and have entrepreneurial spirit.

Essential:

– Competent and experienced in handling finances (formal accountancy qualification preferred).

Desirable:

– Knowledge and experience of international development.

– An understanding of the voluntary sector and previous experience as a Trustee.

Application Process

We are acutely aware that our Board has a need to diversify and are particularly keen for applications to those from a BAME background.  We particularly welcome applications from candidates from an East African background. Passion for the cause is our number one recruitment factor, so if you’re interested in coming on board please get in touch.

Interested applicants should send a CV (or LinkedIn profile) with your full contact details and a covering letter to address your motivation for the role, what specific skills and expertise you would bring and how you meet the competencies listed in the role description.

Please see the attachment for a more detailed role description.

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