Job description

Context and Purpose 

We are seeking a trustee to advise on developing the strategy of our international NGO, The Mlambe Project, registered charity number: 1160518. 

Trustees take on strategic advisory roles to charities and ensure the charity meets all of its governance responsibilities, and more information about the general role of trustees can be found on the Government website- Charity Commission under called CC3.

Trustees are effectively voluntary directors, part time, of a charity, and the role is envisaged to take around 4-5 hours per week, and possibly more if the specific candidate has more time on their hands.

The particular focus of this volunteer role is to steer the work of the construction arm of our development work, which is, by far the most sizeable area of growth over the next five years, where we need to significantly expand and grow our charity’s activities. We have currently worked building three schools’ facilities. We hope over the next five years to work towards a position where we could be building the same number of school blocks we have built in the last five years within the space of a year, and many more. This means a significant investment in staffing within our charity, infrastructure and developing a robust strategy for growth. This in turn means that the trustee joining us will need to have a good commercial understanding of growing a construction firm, experience of managing large contracts and would ideally suit someone who has a lot of experience in management at a senior level.

The post will work closely with the Chief Executive of the charity to ensure that the organisation has all aspects of strategy, resources and people in place to manifest the strategy and vision of trustees, as well as working very closely with our group of 20 strategic advisers on all aspects of the charity’s development.

The Mlambe Project is an international development charity that builds sustainable schools in Malawi resourced from locally available materials and using earth as the primary building materials for its buildings. The role of Quantity Surveyor on our board of trustees will support the building advisory team, a UK volunteer executive building team, in setting the overarching strategy for building developments in Malawi particularly focused on building schools, latrines and teachers homes.

The role of Estimator / QS is key to the organisation’s future development and success in delivering a continuous flow of building and helping design build programmes that can be fundraised for by our Chief Executive and Fundraising team. 

The trustees seek to attract a Quantity Surveyor with broad commercial skills and a strong background in estimating whilst understanding the commercial drivers, risk profiles and key success factors for building in a developing country. 

The Estimator / QS will ensure robust, accurate and innovative advice is delivered to our frontline building team to ensure high quality, cost effective and efficient builds. 

Posted on: 30 July 2019
Closed date: 28 October 2019
Job ref: TrustQS
Tags: Intl Development, Governance

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