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Trustees | Bread and Water for Africa UK

This is an exciting opportunity to help develop our board and strategy at a time of organisational development to ensure we continue to fight poverty together.

  • Location: Central London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

Since 2004, Bread and Water for Africa UK has been fighting poverty, relieving hunger, and increasing access to healthcare and education in some of the world’s poorest countries. By working with local grass-roots organisations we have helped to fund schools, lifesaving health clinics and loving homes for abandoned and orphaned children. Today, we have helped 18 community-based organisations in 11 countries become more sustainable.

We focus on long-term projects rather than temporary relief efforts, so we can give African communities a hand up, not a handout. In this way, these sustainable projects can continue to help future generations.

Our programme partners are our heroes. They are the ones doing all the hard work, sometimes in the most difficult circumstances.

We want to continue to raise funds and awareness for programmes promoting self-sufficiency, health and education in Africa and increase our supporters. We are keen to diversify our fundraising streams, such as increased applications and relationship-building with foundations and trusts, community fundraising and legacy campaigns.

Who are we looking for?

We are now looking to appoint new Trustees who will work with our CEO and Board to take Bread and Water for Africa UK forward and ensure we are an effective and impactful organisation.

We are looking for people with wide ranging experiences across different sectors who can bring a different way of thinking. We are seeking a number of people with diverse skills and experiences including but not limited to digital marketing and fundraising, people with experience in grants, and those with a background in impact evaluation. We are particularly interested in people who are based in Africa or are from the African diaspora.

We expect the time commitment to build up to a day a month. This will include quarterly meetings, occasional considered input into working groups and attendance at events.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our lead consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

Grant Taylor | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07958 690184

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for considering joining Bread & Water for Africa UK as a Trustee.

Being a small focused organisation, our Trustees have played a significant role in enabling the charity to distribute over £1.5m to some fantastic, and life changing programmes over the past decade. The strength of our programmes, reflects the outstanding work done by the project leaders on the ground many of whom have received international recognition for their work. The Trustee Board and Staff of Bread & Water for Africa UK are committed to continuing to support our programmes to include those in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Burundi as we have seen the impact that has already been made on the local communities and children touched by our efforts.

I’m often asked why I joined BAWFA as a Trustee? The appeal to me was and is that BAWFA focuses on small grassroots projects where we know the local leaders well and can readily monitor the impact being made. We are relatively small but that gives us a special niche into projects often overlooked by the larger oversees aid projects. We won’t change the world, but we have proven over the past decade that we can impact a lot of lives for the better.

The next few years are undoubtedly going to be challenging. We can be certain that demand for our assistance from African communities will continue to grow while, equally, the post-Covid world is likely to make for an economically challenging environment for fundraising.

For this reason, we need to look forward with a strong and enthusiastic Trustee Board that has the commitment to drive the charity forward and build upon the successes achieved over the past decade.

I sincerely appreciate the time you are spending in considering this role and hope that if you share our vision and desire to assist the children and communities of Africa, you will push forward with your application.

Christopher Querée
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

About Bread and Water for Africa UK

Vision

We want every child in Africa to pursue their dreams and live a life free of poverty.

Mission

Our mission is to create better access to education, nutrition, and healthcare for some of Africa’s most vulnerable children and their communities.

Values

Our values are humility, solidarity, compassion, partnership, and respect. We are immensely proud of our partners who are all doing amazing work, providing vital services to their communities. We couldn’t do anything without our incredible supporters, and we strive to do our best to be worthy of their trust.

Our approach

Today, in Africa:

  • 100 million children cannot go to school. More than half of them are girls.
  • Out of nearly 1 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to clean water, half of them are in Africa.
  • A child in Africa is seven times more likely to die before her fifth birthday than a child in a developed country. Almost half of these deaths are caused by malnutrition.

The traditional aid model is failing. Too much money is being wasted on a top-down approach that is antiquated, ill-adapted and often patronising to the very people it is meant to serve.

We work directly with small local organisations which are best placed to know the needs of their communities, identify the solutions that exist and work best, within their cultural and religious contexts. They are efficient and cost effective because they use local staff and local resources and are quick to adapt.

What we do:

Bread and Water for Africa UK:

  • Identifies
  • Equips
  • Empowers
  • Connects

these grassroots organisations so they can better serve their communities and become central actors of their own development.

We listen to local people to really understand what they need. We then give them the support and skills to break out of their current situation. We support local projects directly: there is no intermediary and we closely monitor the programmes to ensure clear outcomes.

We focus on long-term projects rather than temporary relief efforts, so we can give African communities a hand up, not a handout. In this way, these sustainable projects can continue to help future generations.

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your interest and motivation in applying and your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Trustee, Bread and Water for Africa UK” into the subject field.

We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Monday 24th August 2020
Shortlisting: Wednesday 9th September
Interviews: Wednesday 16th September

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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