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Trustee for Women for Women International- UK (WfWI-UK)

Location: Central London

Date Posted: 01/02/2019

Closing Date: 25/02/2019

Job Description

Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of women survivors of war and conflict?

Women for Women International- UK (WfWI-UK) is seeking new trustees to join our Board and support our transformative work with the most vulnerable women in war-torn countries. These positions are voluntary.

This is a unique opportunity to play a role in tackling some of the major issues of the day and making a real difference; to bring your skills and experience to assist an extremely successful team and support the next stages of growth and advancement. Our vision is ambitious for the women we serve, and we need to expand our group of skilled advisers to help deliver on this ambition.

About Women for Women International

When there is an outbreak of war or violence, women suffer most – they experience trauma, sexual violence and the death of loved ones. After the conflict is over, the world’s attention moves on, but these same women are left to rebuild their families and communities.

Women for Women International supports women who live in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Women enrol in the charity’s year-long training programme, where they learn how to earn and save money, improve their family’s health and make their voices heard at home and in their community.

Since 1993, the charity has helped more than 479,000 marginalised women survivors of war in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and most recently in Iraq working with Syrian refugees, and displaced Iraqi and Yezidi women.

With over twenty brutal armed conflicts across the globe, there’s never been a greater need to support women survivors of war.

For more information on Women for Women International, please see our website.

About the role

We are looking to appoint several new Trustees to the Board. 

We are particularly seeking individuals with substantial expertise in any of the below, and a belief that your skills will contribute to the strong and effective governance of a medium-sized charity:

1) Restricted fundraising via grants from a range of sources – an individual/s with expertise in this area either from a fundraising background or as a grant maker. Your experience must be in a relevant field.

2) Unrestricted fundraising – an individual/s with expertise in community fundraising, corporate fundraising, events, Individuals. Your experience must be in a relevant field.

3) Communications – communications that drive action and have achieved financial objectives. Your experience should be in delivering within a global team, operating with limited resources.

4) Policy and advocacy relevant to women’s rights in international development and conflict – we would welcome applicants with experience in global policy/advocacy (e.g. with international networks, multilaterals etc.).

All applicants should have a proven track record and senior level knowledge of a range of relevant skills and show a demonstrable interest in and understanding of the Women, Peace and Security sector and/or Gender and Development.

Person specification

In addition to having expertise in a relevant field, the ideal candidate(s) will have:

  • a genuine interest in women’s rights and supporting our work with women survivors of war.
  • a commitment to the values of Women for Women International – UK.
  • proven expertise and experience of the non-profit sector.
  • the time and commitment to attend meetings and read papers.

Terms and Commitment

Location: Board Meetings are held in London, UK

Hours: The Board meets quarterly. All members are expected to attend the meetings either in person or via telephone/skype/video conference and assist with relevant matters between meetings. Trustees are appointed for a 3-year term, with a maximum of 3 terms possible.

Trustees are required to follow the Code of Conduct.

Salary: Voluntary, unpaid appointment, reasonable travel expenses will be paid if required and where necessary

Deadline for applications: 25th February 2019
To apply or find out more

To apply, please send your CV, and a covering letter outlining how your previous experience, knowledge and skills equip you to meet the requirements of the Person Specification.

Women for Women International 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.

Women for Women International UK is a registered charity (charity number: 1115109) and a company limited by guarantee (company no: 05650155), registered in England and Wales.

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