7 days ago
Jinja DEAF (Deaf Education Access Fund) is a charity supporting the education of children and young people with hearing impairments in Jinja District, Uganda.
We promote equal access to education and employment with a focus on quality sign-bilingual education and promote activities which foster understanding and inclusion within their families and communities.
Our current activities include funding full-time specialist sponsored workers in schools, providing grants for learning materials and sponsoring sign language and inclusion workshops for parents and educators.
For these young people, this support means the difference between gaining an education, fluent communication, opportunities and social relationships, and staying home in isolation, devalued and without language or hope for change.
About the Role
We are looking to recruit a Chairperson who will be supported by an active board of trustees who bring a wide range of expertise. This means ensuring the charity complies with relevant regulations, setting the agenda for board meetings as well as chairing and facilitating board meetings, liaising with partnership organisations and acting as an ambassador for the charity.
This role requires an estimated commitment of 20 hours per month. Our retiring chairperson is available to provide a detailed handover and be an initial support to the incoming post-holder.
Our board of trustees meet three to six times per year in North London. We plan fundraising, steer administrative decisions and closely monitor activities and spending to ensure responsible scrutiny of funds. Trustees are paid with tea and excellent biscuits and our costs are minimal, so all the money raised by our generous supporters is directed to our activities.
If you are willing to lead a small team of volunteers and would love to make a big difference to a small charity, then we’d like to hear from you. In particular, applicants with experience of the challenges of providing services in developing countries or who can offer skills or experience of governance, legal compliance or the public/charity sector should apply. Experience of Uganda or children with hearing impairments is not essential but would be a bonus. Ideally a commitment of at least three years would be welcomed. As meetings are held in London, applicants must be based in the UK.