The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, including the climate crisis, to survive, recover and gain control of their future.
IRC in the UK (IRC UK) was set up in 1997 to attract and manage government and private funding, drive policy change and raise awareness of the needs of our clients impacted by conflict across the world. IRC UK is also now delivering our first domestic programme which provides support for the integration of some newly arrived refugees in the UK.
Members of our Board of Trustees are the charity’s Trustees and also act as company directors. They are responsible for overall good governance of the organization in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006 and Charities Act 2011.
The primary focus of the Board is on growing and improving the support that IRC clients receive. To this end, Board members work closely with IRC UK’s leaders in setting strategic direction in areas such as fundraising, advocacy, communication and on technical oversight of programmes. They also work with leaders across the IRC global network who are responsible for delivery of our programmes, whether that’s crisis response in Syria or supporting newly arrived refugees in Greece. Staff may seek advice and support from Trustees on particular subjects where they have expertise.
Being a Trustee at IRC UK requires you to:
• Fulfil the legal responsibilities of being a Trustee and act in accordance with these to ensure good governance of the organization
• Work with fellow Trustees to shape and oversee implementation of the organisation’s strategy
• Prepare for, attend and participate fully in at least 3 Board meetings a year
• Promote the organisation externally – attend/contribute to social events, meetings with donors, and supporters
• Use your specific experience and skills to provide the Board with advice and guidance and lead discussions on areas relating to your expertise
• Support the IRC UK Executive team and Executive Director
• Participate in at least one Board subcommittee
This year we are specifically seeking new Trustees with experience in digital communications and/ or with lived experience as a refugee or of displacement. We also particularly welcome applications from women and under-represented groups.
The Board of Trustees appoints new Trustees for a term of three years. Board members may serve up to two three-year terms, and a third three-year term if they Chair the Board or a Committee.
The Board places an emphasis on ensuring that our Trustees provide the specific mix of skills that have been identified as important to the charity’s objectives and activities. All new Trustees receive a full induction programme to ensure they understand their role and responsibilities, including with respect to safeguarding.
New and existing Trustees are offered training opportunities to help them to fulfil these responsibilities.
The role is unpaid, however reasonable expenses are reimbursed in line with IRC UK’s Expenses Policy.