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Volunteer Trustee / Board Member

Job Title: Volunteer Trustee / Board Member
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
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Reference: Volunteer Trustee / Board Member
Contact Name: Cecilia Brezmes Alonso
Contact Email: ceciliabrezmes@gmail.com
Job Published: January 16, 2021 19:06

Job Description

We are looking for trustees and board members!

Are you looking for an opportunity to really make a difference, and you can offer leadership? then we want to hear from you! We are at the process of setting up a Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) “Trees Against Poverty” which will be a not for profit platform letting individual & company donors sponsor the planting of trees in North East Syria by IDPs (internally displaced persons) or locals affected by war to impact the environment while creating sustainable livelihoods. We are seeking to appoint three trustees and chair of the board.

 

Location: conference call (London if necessary and restrictions allow).

Time commitment: 2 hours a week for a period of 2 Years.

Reporting to: The Board of Trustees

Remuneration: This is a voluntary position. Reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

 

How to apply:

To apply for any of the trustee positions you can either fill out the form at https://www.treesagainstpoverty.org/volunteer.html or email Daleel Hagy at contact@treesagainstpoverty.org including a CV and covering statement.

 

About Trees Against Poverty:

Our vision is to create a sustainable future for everybody: the environment & the poor & war-affected families.

 

Trees Against Poverty is non-profit platform letting individual & company donors sponsor the planting of trees in North East Syria by IDPs(internally displaced persons) or locals affected by war to impact the environment while creating sustainable livelihoods. Tree sponsors would receive location coordinates of the planted tree and receive a video of the tree getting planted. Furthermore, regular pictures of planted trees will be sent every 6 months to the sponsors by the beneficiary, until the tree is 2 years old. Also, information about the impact of the donation on beneficiaries’ families will be reported to sponsors.

 

Our growth plan towards our vision: The project will fight poverty and support the environment by planting 62,000 trees by 2025 in Syria. These trees will reforest 62 hectares, and they will create a source of income to 738 Syrian war-affected families (75% of those families are women and children). These families will be given the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and build a better future for themselves and for the environment of their local community. As we grow, we plan to scale and replicate our model in other regions like Egypt and Iraq, places also affected by the war. Read more about our cause and our impact in our website: https://www.treesagainstpoverty.org/volunteer.html

 

About the role:

As a trustee, you will help to set up the charity to comply with (Trees Against Poverty)TAP’s governing document and the law and ensure TAP is accountable and carrying out its purposes for the public benefit. You will need to act in TAP’s best interests with reasonable care and skill to manage TAP’s resources responsibly.

As we are in the initial phase to set up the charity, trustees will have more duties for the first year and they will be a part of the setup process. Beyond our meetings we are particularly interested to meet people who have the time and energy to become directly involved in supporting some of the project, giving advice and support to our management team.

As a trustee of Trees Against Poverty (TAP), you will uphold the principles, governance and accountability of TAP and collectively, the board of trustees will have experience in the following areas: Communications; Finance management; Legal understanding and Fundraising.

 

Chair of the Board

  • Organises the bi-weekly meetings, sets the agenda with the CEO, Chairs the board.
  • Oversees the other trustees and is the central point of contact between the CEO and the board.
  • Lead Trustees in determining the skills and experience required by Board members, individually and collectively, to ensure that the Board can fulfil its responsibilities effectively and that suitable training and development is provided as required.
  • Ensures that the board is working in the best way possible for TAP, and it can fulfil its responsibilities effectively.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and support to the Chief Executive in the conduct of their responsibilities.
  • The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives.
  • Critical Friend and Supervisor to the CEO and as an ambassador for TAP across local and national networks.
  • Ensure that the TAP has a framework of policies that guide its staff and service users in meeting its mission and values.
  • Agree on annual objectives for performance and development for the Chief Executive and review achievement against those objectives in regular supervision.
  • Encourage effective interaction between Board members in and outside of Board and other governance meetings.
  • Provide feedback to Trustees on their contribution to the organisation and handle any issues in Trustee suitability or performance.

 

Treasury Trustee

  • Maintain up to date records of budget
  • Ensure accountability of TAPs expenditure and donations
  • Compile transparent reports of TAPs expenditure.
  • Attend regular bi-weekly meetings
  • Monitor the financial position of the charity and ensure that it operates within its means and that there are clear lines of accountability for financial management.
  • Oversee the expenditure and incoming donations of the charity in a clear and appropriate manner.
  • Maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive information disclosed in line of the duty of a trustee
  • Good numeracy skills, and the ability to understand and maintain the charities accounts and budgets.
  • Publish externally facing audit reports to ensure entire financial transparency.
  • Lead on TAPs marketing and fundraising campaigns.
  • Actively seek new donors to support TAP.
  • Reach out to businesses, trusts and individuals to secure funding.

 

General Trustee

  • Commitment and availability to attend Board meetings.
  • Maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive information disclosed in line of the duty of a trustee.
  • Ensure that Trees Against Poverty pursues its objects as defined in its governing documents.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and accept responsibilities and liabilities as trustees and employers.
  • a commitment to the mission of TAP.
  • Acting with and upholding integrity at all times.
  • Maintaining an awareness of the charity and its strategic vision.
  • Actively contributing to setting strategic direction.
  • Acting in the best interests of the charity at all times.
  • Good, independent judgement and an ability to think creatively.

 

As a trustee you must also meet the following specifications:

  • a commitment to the mission of TAP.
  • Acting with and upholding integrity at all times.
  • Maintaining an awareness of the charity and its strategic vision.
  • Actively contributing to setting strategic direction.
  • Acting in the best interests of the charity at all times.
  • Good, independent judgement and an ability to think creatively.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and to make decisions to benefit TAP.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of local needs and resources.
  • Willingness and ability to learn, develop and examine own attitudes of the organisation.
  • Having a previous trustee experience is a bounce.

 

Apply to our opportunities and learn more here: https://www.treesagainstpoverty.org/volunteer.html. You can always reach out if you have questions at contact@treesagainstpoverty.org