Voluntary but expenses reimbursed
Job description

Seeking a Chair of the Board – The School Club Zambia UK

The School Club Zambia is a UK registered charity and Zambian NGO working in partnership with schools to ensure that children have access to relevant, qualitative and creative education opportunities. Zambia currently has an average age of just 16 and with less than 20% of the population employed in the formal sector there is a desperate need to equip young people with the skills that they will need to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

We have been registered in the UK for four years and are seeking an experienced Chair to lead us into the exciting next stage of our development. We know that our innovative approach to addressing educational needs in Zambia are urgently needed and we are excited about reaching even more children now that we have proved that our model creates real, long-lasting change.

Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed

Location: London or Glasgow  

Time commitment: Five board meetings per year and an AGM. The Chair is also expected to have regular Skype meetings with the Director of Operations in Zambia, and the UK Programme Manager and Zambian Chair as needed.

Reporting to  Board of Trustees (Executive Committee)

Specific Job Description


The Chair will hold the Board and Executive Team 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, and, where appropriate, challenge the Country Manager and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the Zambian Board to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Director of Operations.

Principal responsibilities

Strategic leadership

  • Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries
  • 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 is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability


  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the Charity
  • Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees
  • Encourage positive change where appropriate Address and resolve any conflicts within the Board
  • Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis
  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the charity effectively, and which also reflects the wider population
  • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the charity

External Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and the charity
  • Maintain close relationships with key members of the Government and with key influences
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events
  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders

Efficiency and effectiveness

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the Charity and that the Board takes collective ownership
  • Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees
  • Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.

Relationship with the Director of Operations in Zambia and the wider management team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Director of Operations, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
  • Support the Director of Operations, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles
  • Ensure regular contact with the Country Manager and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges
  • Liaise with the Director of Operations, Country Manager and UK Programme Manager to maintain an overview of the Charity’s affairs, providing support as necessary
  • Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Country Manager in consultation with other Trustees
  • Ensure that the Director of Operations and Country Manager has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support

Additional information

The Vice-Chair acts for the Chair when the Chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the Chair.

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Person Specification 

In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements:-

Personal Qualities 

  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause
  • Personal gravitas to lead a significant national organisation
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable in an ambassadorial role
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours


  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career
  • Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees
  • Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing stakeholders
  • Significant experience of chairing meetings and events

Knowledge and skills

  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the Civil Society sector and current issues affecting it
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
  • Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues
  • Good understanding of charity governance issues


The charity’s Chair will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term.

In addition to chairing the main Board meetings, the Chair has the right to attend the three sub-committees, which all meet quarterly.

More about The School Club Zambia
The School Club Zambia

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Posted on: 22 July 2019
Closed date: 20 October 2019
Job ref: Chair of the Board
Tags: Senior Management, Governance

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