Trustees

Posted by African Prisons Project

Trustees

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unpaid

voluntary

About the organisation

We work in a continent where physical punishment and the death penalty are still widespread and where, for many people, a prison sentence means... Read more

Job Description

This is an exciting time for APP as we transition from a focus on welfare of prisoners to also improving access to justice. As we do so we navigate significant funding cuts to international justice work. We are looking to strengthen our board with a new chair and trustees whose skills and experiences include legal practice, accountancy and philanthropy.

Role Description

The primary responsibilities of a Trustee are the following:

  • Ensuring that the Board as a whole works effectively together, fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of APP, and evaluates its performance on a regular basis. APP’s governance framework encompasses six areas: nurturing APP’s identity; enabling learning and renewal; focusing on impact; cultivating organisational health; bringing stretch; and growing public fidelity and trust.
  • Collaborating with, supporting and appropriately challenging the DG.
  • Supporting the Director General in developing APP’s strategy and associated operating plans.
  • Acting as an ambassador for APP, representing the charity at key moments and events, and supporting the DG in managing relationships with key external stakeholders.
  • Visiting field programs in Africa to connect with, learn from and encourage front-line staff and those we serve.

Personal Specification

The following experience, skills and personal attributes will be required:

  • We are particularly looking for those with legal services experience, accountants and those with experience in philanthropy.
  • A strong commitment to serving, supporting and empowering the most marginalised, ignored and down-trodden across society, and a willingness to be transformed by them.
  • Significant, demonstrable experience in a senior leadership role gained within any (or a combination) of business, government, church or voluntary sectors.
  • Previous experience of chairing committees, boards or leadership teams effectively.
  • Expertise in a range of relevant fields relating to the Board’s role, for example including: governance, law, organisation development, strategy, intentional communities, financial management, marketing and fundraising, penal justice, international development, etc.
  • High emotional intelligence, coupled with strong relational and communication skills.
  • The ability to build an effective relationship with the Director General, characterised by both support and effective challenge.
  • A willingness to be part of a ‘community of servants, accountable stewards and courageous changemakers’ following Jesus’ example in loving the unloved and seeking justice for the oppressed.
  • A commitment to putting the power of the law into the hands of the poor and willingness to engage in community life, including practice of shared spiritual disciplines, such as lectio divina.
  • A strong and visible passion and enthusiasm for APP's work.
  • Ability to foster a collaborative team environment with other trustees
  • Strong networking capabilities that would support APP

Expectations

  • The ability and willingness to offer around 7-8 days each year (plus additional time for overseas travel and ad-hoc telephone conversations with the DG and trustees as the need arises).
  • Get involved with the organisation and attend various internal meetings
  • Demonstrate commitment to APP by supporting fundraising efforts
  • Be able to serve for a term of 3 years 



Interviews are currently planned to take place  from 16:00 - 19:00 on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd April 2019 in Central London; please do let us know in your cover letter if you are not available on those days. Skype interviews can also be arranged.

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