Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Contact Name: Libby Morgan
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 28, 2020 18:32

Job Description

More than half of all families in northern Ghana live in poverty and 1 in 15 children die before their 5th birthday. You can help us change that. This is a life changing opportunity for you to join the incredible AfriKids team help Ghana to become a beacon for child rights.

Over the next five years, our new, ambitious stragey will bring our life-changing projects to more communities across northern Ghana, creating happier childhoods and brighter, more secure futures which contribute to the country’s continued  socioeconomic development. What's more, we are now ready to share our highly-developed solutions for tackling complex issues faced by children in marginalised rural settings more widely. In doing so, our models can be replicated by others and ultimately, we can reach more children faster - helping to put Ghana on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and become a beacon for child rights.

As an AfriKids Trustee, you will join the Board of AfriKids UK,  fundraising organisation which exists to support the work of AfriKids Ghana, an independent organisation registered in Ghana which delivers projects to support children in Ghana.

Together with your co-trustees, you must:

  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its stated objects
  • (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy which is clear on what the charity aims to achieve and how.
  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document (ie its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (ie the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities may be).
  • Make balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term.
  • Ensure adequate risk management including avoiding exposing the charity’s assets, beneficiaries or reputation to undue risk; not over-committing the charity; avoiding putting yourself in a position where your duty to the charity conflicts with your personal interests or loyalty to any other person or body.
  • Ensure that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets; ensuring accountability to stakeholders and within the charity.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place.
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation ie work with the other Trustees to ensure that AfriKids remains solvent and that robust financial control and risk management systems are maintained; taking particular care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use.
  • Follow proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Chief Executive.
  • In addition to the above statutory duties, use any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which you have special expertise.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Undergo a thorough induction upon appointment and ongoing training to remain up to date with the duties and responsibilities of being a Trustee and the work of the charity (we will support you with this).
  • Ensure you understand the charity’s purposes, as set out in its governing document and are able to explain how the charity’s activities are intended to further or support its purposes.
  • Know and promote the charity’s vision, mission and values and demonstrate them in all of the Board’s work.
  • Ensure that the organisation’s strategies and policies reflect its vision and principles.
  • With the other trustees, approve annual plans, strategies and budgets.
  • Examine regular financial and operational reports to ensure the organisation is financially stable and effectively administered, seeking expert professional advice as necessary.
  • Jointly with other Trustees, ensure that appropriate financial accounts are kept and approve the charity’s annual report and accounts.
  • Contribute specific skills, interests and contacts and support the organisation in its fundraising and advocacy activities.
  • Provide support and guidance to the Executive team on matters relating to your area of expertise.
  • Be an active member of the Trustee body in exercising its responsibilities and functions, attending meetings regularly and reflecting the Trustees’ policies and concerns in relevant sub-committees and working groups.
  • Follow the Code of Conduct for Trustees.
  • Maintain confidentiality on any sensitive/confidential matters discussed in line with data protection legislation and relevant AfriKids policies.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest and declare and appropriately manage any conflicts should they arise.
  • Be willing to uphold AfriKids political and religious neutrality.
  • Be willing to speak up and constructively challenge other trustees and the charity, ensuring you are well informed and acting with contextual understanding and cultural sensitivity.
  • If needed and appropriate, be available to act as a public spokesperson for the charity (eg in an ambassadorial capacity or crisis management).