Trustee with responsibility for setting and implementing communications strategy including marketing, PR and social media

Trustee with responsibility for setting and implementing communications strategy including marketing, PR and social media

Trustee/Governor
J65436
At a glance

Skills

  • Digital strategy
  • Digital Trustees
  • Social media marketing
  • Website creation
  • Marketing strategy
  • Project management

Where

We have no office but usually meet at a central London location, SE24 9JD
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Current trustees based in London and Cambridge. Travel limit can be discussed.

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
This varies between around 6 and 12 days per year, you are free to split this up around your other commitments. You will need to keep in touch online

Deadline

28 Feb 2020

This is a chance to use your skills to make a direct impact to the lives of children in Malawi. You will gain experience working at board level in an organisation, as well as with hands on project work and helping to administer the charity.

What will you be doing?

Think Malawi is an innovative UK based charitable Trust run 100% by volunteers. We work together with Malawians to improve access to quality education. The charity is formed of seven trustee roles, and a network of volunteers and supporters. We are setting up an advisory group which the trustees can consult for any specialist advice. 

We have supported Ganet’s Adventure School since shortly after it was founded in 2004 by its energetic director, Gertrude Banda, in a village in northern Malawi, who continues to run the school today. It provides primary schooling in classes of under 40 in an area where government primary school class sizes are often 100 or more. It also provides pre-schooling which is not available elsewhere in the area.

 We support a project called Her Education Matters in partnership with African Vision, which aims to improve educational outcomes for girls in Malawi, by providing training, materials and equipment to mothers who make reusable sanitary pads for girls to use, enabling them to stay in school when they have their periods. Without this they miss up to five days of school per month which significantly affects their education.nitiate and run projects and initiatives for the charity.

Purpose of role

  • We develop strategies and roll out programmes hand in hand with the projects we support. You will provide strategic input, practical support and advice to the charity and its programmes.
  • Responsibility for setting a communications strategy for the charity each year, including marketing, PR and social media
  • Applu the strategy to an operational plan and help to find the resources needed to implement it. Our key channels of online communication are currently our website, Twitter, Facebook and our email newsletter, we are open to expanding this in future.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide strategic advice to the charity and its programmes in Malawi
  • To be an active board member
  • 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
  • Initiate and run projects and initiatives for the charity

What are we looking for?

Essential knowledge/skills

  • Willingness to be hands on in projects you're involved in
  • A positive approach
  • Enthusiastic
  • Self-motivated
  • Expertise in devising and implementing marketing, PR and/or social media campaigns
     

Desirable knowledge/skills

  • Knowledge of Malawi or Africa
  • Entrepreneurial and innovation expertise
  • Experience working in the education, not for profit or charity sectors
  • Hands-on marketing, PR and/or social media experience
  • Working with volunteers

What difference will you make?

You will work hand in hand with Malawians to improve access to quality education, allowing them to fulfil their ambitions, improve their quality of life and contribute to Malawi’s development. You will be supported to become familiar with the history of the charity and its close relationship with Ganet's Adventure School. You will contribute to the Menstrual Health Management project at 6 primary schools, with possible extension to 26 schools. Equipping girls to attend school during their periods is a global project. You will contribute to our contribution to that project.

We need to share our successes and keep our network of supporters and donors with us as we move forward. We need to recruit new supporters. Social media is one of the tools you will use to make this possible.

Students in Malawi attend primary school for 8 years. They then take the Primary Scool Leaving Certificate Examination. A pass is essential for application to secondary school. Both of the current projects contribute to increasing the success rate in this exam.

You can contribute to our support for Gertrude Banda in increasing the financial self sustainability of the school.

What's in it for the volunteer?

What will you get out of working with us?

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 working at board level in an organisation, as well as with hands on project work and helping to administer the charity.

Previous board-level or charity experience is not essential, as onboarding and guidance are provided and we pride ourselves on providing a warm welcome to all new team members!

As part of a small, agile organisation we welcome new ideas, and you will be able to get projects up and running fast.

A few more details

In order to best understand the needs of the learners and to build strong understanding of the charity’s programmes in Malawi, trustees are encouraged to visit Malawi (though this is not a requirement). Some funds may be available for this purpose.

Applicants will need to demonstrate DBS clearance

Before you apply

● Send in CV and a short letter on why you would like to get involved to us via the Reach Volunteering Platform ● 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
  • We support a small rural school in Nkhata Bay, Malawi and are working with another charity near to Lilongwe Malawi to improve menstrual health management for schoolgirls, so as to increase...