Chair to steer this innovative small charity supporting a brighter future through education for learners in Malawi

Chair to steer this innovative small charity supporting a brighter future through education for learners in Malawi

Trustee/Governor
J68813
At a glance

Skills

  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Project / programme management
  • Teaching / Education

Where

Southwark, SE24 9JD
Remote opportunity
Travel limit? UK-based travel to London at least twice per year (travel expenses can be covered)

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
2 days a month. Busier times during new project selection, peak fund raising campaigns. Online evening trustee meetings. 2 days face to face

The Chair steers the charity, with a team of 7 committed, digitally skilled trustees, working with established projects and also seeks and implements new projects, working hand in hand with Malawians, to remove barriers to education.

What will you be doing?

As a small charity, the Chair (as with all trustees) is expected to provide direction to volunteers, and to take on tasks relating to the running of the charity. The charity operates in an efficient style, making full use of digital tools, in order to keep the time demands of trustees to a reasonable level. This structure enables speedy decision making, a nimble, innovative approach to its projects and openness to ideas.

Other trustees have specific responsibilities for key areas of the charity’s work, which include finance, marketing, fundraising and programme management.

This is a volunteer role and trustees work from home or their own offices.

The Chair will:

  • To chair board meetings
  • To be the key point of contact for and to brief the Advisory Board- being set up at present with key supporters 
  • To develop a long term strategy for the charity with input from other trustees, to review and update this each year, and to oversee its implementation
  • Along with other trustees, ensure the charity complies with its governing document and its legal obligations
  • Participate in fundraising projects
  • Help to communicate the charity's work and foster new partnerships
  • Work with volunteers and stakeholders in the UK and Malawi

Approximately 2 days per month, potentially more at key times of year. The Chair will serve an initial two-year term and be eligible for re-appointment after that.

You will need to keep in touch online and be available for a minimum of 3 online evening meetings a year plus attendance is required at our AGM and our strategy afternoon.

Think Malawi wishes to increase the diversity of its board of trustees, and particularly welcomes applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

What are we looking for?

  • Essential knowledge/skills
  • Expertise in or understanding of education, particularly at primary and secondary level
  • Experience working on projects targeting (but not necessarily based in) Malawi or elsewhere in Africa
  • Experience of board-level governance and leadership
  • Willingness to be hands on in projects you're involved in
  • A positive approach
  • Enthusiastic
  • Self-motivated
     

Desirable knowledge/skills

  • Management experience
  • Knowledge of Malawi or Africa
  • Entrepreneurial and innovation expertise
  • Experience working in the education, not for profit or charity sectors
  • Marketing and PR
  • Fundraising experience
  • Working with volunteers

What difference will you make?

You will take the lead on developing strategies and rolling our programmes hand in hand with the projects we support. You will provide strategic input, practical support and advice to the charity and its programmes.

What will you get out of working with us?

This is an exciting opportunity for an incoming Chair to steer the charity as it moves from supporting one rural Malawian school, to identifying and working on new projects helping to remove barriers to education for children across Malawi. This is a chance to use your skills to make a direct impact to the lives of children in Malawi. In addition you will gain experience leading a small organisation, as well as with hands on project work and helping to administer the charity.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity to take the lead of a small UK based charity that has proven success in supporting two projects helping to reduce barriers to education in Malawi. You will lead a team of dynamic, nimble and highly qualified trustees. You may already have experience in education, of working in Africa, of leading projects, or of governance. You can continue and lead the development of the charity as it takes on new projects.

A few more details

Think Malawi wishes to increase the diversity of its board of trustees, and particularly welcomes applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Before you apply

● Send in CV and a short letter on why you would like to get involved ● One of the trustees will then arrange to meet up with you or call you ● The next stage would be to speak to all of the trustees, after which you will be notified about whether your application is successful ● Trustees are normally elected for two years initially, and are free to resign at any time provided there will be a minimum of three trustees remaining.
Causes
  • Education
  • Young people
  • Think Malawi is an innovative UK based charitable Trust run 100% by volunteers. We work hand in hand with Malawians to improve access to quality education, allowing them to fulfill their ambitions...