This position is not remunerated
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

In these extraordinary times, we are looking for an extraordinary person who has the passion, drive and determination to make a difference to the lives of girls in South Sudan.

Investing in girls’ education transforms communities, countries and the entire world.  Girls who receive an education are less likely to marry young and more likely to lead healthy, productive lives. They earn higher incomes, participate in the decisions that most affect them, and build better futures for themselves and their families.  Girls’ education strengthens economies and reduces inequality. It contributes to more stable, resilient societies that give all individuals – including boys and men – the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Friends of Ibba Girls School, South Sudan (FIGS) is a UK charity set up to support the foundation of a girls’ boarding school in Ibba County, a remote rural area of South Sudan.  Amidst all the challenges facing the country, Ibba Girls School has not lost a single day of schooling since it opened in 2014, until the current pandemic enforced temporary closure.  The aim of the school is to provide high quality primary and secondary education for 360 girls aged 10 to 18 years, from across Western Equatoria State in South Sudan (an area the size of Scotland).  The long-term aspiration of the school is to educate girls to become knowledgeable and empowered women who are able to contribute to the development of their communities, and contribute to the leadership of South Sudan to secure its future stability.  

The Trustees of the Friends of Ibba Girls School, South Sudan are searching for a new Chair to lead it from a successful start-up into a sustainable and resilient organisation for the next 5 to 10 years.  The Trustees are keen to find the right person for the next phase of the Charity’s development and someone who will share our vision and values.  With the pandemic, all charities are facing challenges, but FIGS has risen to the challenges and has a great deal to offer for the future.  The aim is for the school is to become fully self-sustaining but for the time being, it is funded predominantly by charitable donations.  Securing donations remains a key focus for the Chair. 


This position offers a rare opportunity to lead a small and successful UK based organisation, which is already making a significant difference to lives of girls, their families and communities, and to national and international thinking and action about how to improve the quality of education in South Sudan.  At this pivotal time of change, the next Chair will need to act as ambassador for the school, fronting relationships with key stakeholders and providing strong leadership for the board.   The new Chair will be expected to demonstrate a visible passion and commitment to girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa, along with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.   

The Trustees would welcome applications from people of all backgrounds including from the South Sudanese diaspora. 

The role is voluntary and the time commitment is flexible.

For a candidate pack, please email Julie Lodrick on the application email stated

Refreshed on: 13 October 2020
Closed date: 26 October 2020
Tags: Senior Management, Volunteer Management

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