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Job description

Goodwill and Growth for Africa UK (GAGA) exists to support vulnerable people in marginalised communities in Africa.

We do this in two ways: providing educational opportunities to children and young people, supporting them from infancy to independence, as well as supporting the provision of quality healthcare to children and vulnerable people in remote rural areas where there is limited access to this vital service.

In South Africa, we provide scholarships to students to complete tertiary level education. We also support projects that help the rural communities as a whole, like a primary healthcare clinic as we believe that health, nutrition and education are key enablers to lift individuals and communities out of poverty and disadvantage.

In Tanzania, we support a primary school and safe house, so that girls can access education and have a safe place to live and study. We provide annual funding for running costs to this rural school for vulnerable children, and we identify and source funding for key infrastructure projects which will aid the delivery of an excellent education. 

GAGA has a strong history of working with partner organisations in Southern Africa and we areproud to have a Board of Trustees made up of individuals who have lived experience in this region, bringing a wealth of knowledge to our decision-making. We also have newer members on the Board who add their expertise and diversity.

Currently, the organisation employs one salaried member of staff (the Director) with two project coordinators in South Africa receiving a stipend. 

Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Remuneration: This is a voluntary role and as such is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although travel expenses may be claimed. 
  • Location: Remote
  • Time commitment: 4 scheduled board meetings per year including one AGM (Annual GeneralMeeting) and potential occasional SGMs (Special General Meetings). Additionally, the Chair is alsoexpected to have regular contact with the Director.
  • Reporting: The Chair of the Board is the line manager to the Director. 

Role description

The Chair will hold the Board and Director to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing 
inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and 
responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support the Director 
and ensure that the charity achieves agreed objectives. 

Principal Responsibilities
Leadership and governance
• Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, including arrangement of quarterly board 
• Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of 
the Charity
• Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives and provides a clear strategic 
direction for the Charity
• Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with 
systems in place to ensure financial accountability
• Encourage positive change where appropriate and address and resolve any conflicts within 
the Board
• In partnership with the Trustes, appraise the performance of the Director on an annual basis
• Chair meetings of the board effectively, bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision making process
• Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented 
External relations
• Act as an ambassador for the cause and the charity
• Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
• Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events
• Alongside the Director, develop and cultivate relationships with major donors and corporate 

Person specification 
• A strong passion for Africa, and combating inequality in the provision of healthcare and 
• Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable in an 
ambassadorial role 
• Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment 
• Ability to commit time to conduct the role well 
• Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
• Successful track record of achievement through their career 
• Enthusiasm for developing the charity and exploring new fundraising avenues in partnership 
with the Director

GAGA UK is committed to equal opportunities and encourages people from diverse backgrounds 
to apply

Posted on: 21 February 2024
Closing date: 21 May 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Fundraising,Intl Development,Senior Management,Management,Trustees,Governance

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