Board Member

Board Member

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Edinburgh, EH2 4AN
Remote opportunity


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week

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Welcome to Reach Volunteering. We are a community and registered charity that connects people, skills and good causes.

To apply for this role, and any other on our platform, you need to be based in the UK, have at least three years of experience using the skills you wish to volunteer in a professional capacity or have lived experience (for trustee roles). Read more about our criteria.

We are looking for an experienced leader to join our Board of our growing charity!

What will you be doing?

Are you an experienced leader who is passionate about defending democracy, the rule of law and human rights? Do you believe these values should be universal; where freedom flourishes and people’s voices are heard? We do! And we’re currently looking for a Board Member to join our vibrant Board of Trustees at the International Association for Democracy (IAD)! 

Who are we?

The International Association for Democracy is an NGO founded in February 2022 following Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine by a group of individuals from across Europe, who were becoming increasingly alarmed by the threat to democracies across the globe.

We believe in a world where democracy and freedom flourish, where people are able to cast their vote in free and fair democratic elections, and influence the direction and future of their respective state.

We work to defend and advance democracy across the globe by linking people with their governments, and lobby politicians to defend, strengthen and promote democratic institutions, processes, values, norms and the rule of law at home and abroad. We also work towards raising public awareness about the current state of democracy around the world and what should be done to better defend and promote democracy.


What will I be doing?

  • Oversee and help manage IAD’s daily operations
  • Provide leadership to specific teams when required due to lack of capacity or vacant positions, including:
  • Plan and delegate work to team members
  • Create a safe and productive environment for team members to perform at their best
  • Assessing team performance and providing feedback to volunteers, as required
  • Strategise about the direction of IAD and our work
  • Ensure compliance with internal processes, and external legal/regulatory obligations
  • Work in conjunction with other Board Members to ensure IAD’s teams are aligned with the overall goals and mission of our organisation
  • Champion and serve as an ambassador of IAD and our mission


What’s in it for me?

  • Volunteer alongside like-minded individuals passionate about democracy, freedom and the rule of law in an international NGO.
  • Receive an excellent reference after three-months service to help propel you in career.
  • The inclusion of your name, photo and role on our website.

What are we looking for?

  • Degree in Politics or International Relations (required)
  • Previous experience working within a charity either as an employee or volunteer
  • Project management experience and excellent leadership skills
  • Ability to deliver at pace and under pressure, prioritising and leading multiple projects simultaneously
  • Basic understanding of Google Workspace and collaboration tools (desirable)
  • Passion for defending and promoting democracy, the rule of law and human rights (essential)
  • Previous experience working/volunteering in a charity Board of Trustees (desirable)

What difference will you make?

  • Play a pivotal role in defining and steering IAD’s strategic direction, ensuring that all activities of our teams align with the overall mission and goals
  • Be an ambassador for our charity to help drive our organisation forward and increase awareness of our work
  • Your efforts will make a meaningful difference in the lives of others currently living under authoritarian or autocratic regimes.
  • Human rights
  • Organisation type: 

    The International Association for Democracy (IAD) is an NGO that works to defend and advance democracy around the globe.

    With the number of authoritarian countries on the rise, we campaign...