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CARE International UK

CARE International UK is looking for new Trustees who can add enthusiasm, expertise and strategic value to the board. We want to attract people from a range of different backgrounds who are passionate about supporting people to reduce barriers while making change happen to ensure all are equal.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

CARE International UK have been working globally for over 70 years, from our roots delivering the CARE package to support poor families in Europe to now saving lives right across the globe. We promote gender equality as an integral part of all our work from humanitarian response to supporting people with resilience to climate change, women’s economic empowerment and supporting women and girls with their sexual, reproductive and maternal health & rights.

At the root of poverty is social injustice and gender inequality, which is why we work with the poorest and most vulnerable communities, developing programmes and projects to help people to help themselves. By empowering women, we empower communities.

We work closely with our country offices to develop and deliver much needed support projects and programmes in complex environments including Syria, Yemen, Uganda and Bangladesh. This is high-risk and challenging work, but necessary and highly rewarding.

As we continue to work through a period of change influenced by uncertain political and socio-economic environments, we are reviewing our Global Strategy for 2020 to ensure that we not only maintain, but increase, our potency as global advocates for change. Our vision is of a world of justice, without poverty, because poverty is injustice and it is not inevitable.

Who we're looking for

To support this new strategic phase, we need several new Trustees who can add significant enthusiasm, expertise and strategic value. We are looking for people who are creative, innovative and dynamic and who will bring fresh thinking and new perspectives to our board.

We want to attract individuals from a range of different backgrounds, including (but not exclusively) strategic finance professionals and people with significant international development expertise (either in programme development & delivery, innovation, institutional donor contracts, campaigns or advocacy). We are also interested in people with professional charity fundraising expertise, particularly philanthropy, major donor and partnerships experience.

With the diversity of our work globally, we must ensure that our Board reflects the range of people, societies and cultures that we work in. As such we are seeking people with a broader range of perpectives including those with disabilities, people who identify as LGBT, young people and people from varied ethnic backgrounds. People with experience of living or working in developing countries and have insights into the culture, health, education and political environments are also highly desirable.

You will be passionate about supporting people to support themselves, creating opportunities and reducing barriers for people while creating change to ensure that all people are equal. We would like to invite you to be a part of making this change happen by joining our Board and supporting us on our journey of change and development.

For further information about the roles, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact the executive search team at Peridot Partners:

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

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 27th January 2020

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Dear Applicant,

We are delighted that you are considering putting yourself forward to be a Trustee at CARE International UK. These are vital roles at an exciting and critical time for CARE International and the work we do globally.

CARE is one of the world’s leading humanitarian and development organisations. Founded 74 years ago with the CARE package to support poor families in war-torn Europe, CARE now works to save lives, end global poverty and achieve social justice in 100 countries.

We put women and girls at the centre of what we do because overcoming poverty requires all people having equal rights and opportunities. By empowering women and girls and supporting them to be equipped with the proper resources; women will have the power to lift whole families and communities out of poverty.

We are there to provide life-saving assistance when disaster strikes, and to help people rebuild their lives afterwards. More disasters in developing countries are occurring as we see that climate change will not wait and there is no longer any question: climate justice, social justice and gender justice are inseparable realities that will indelibly shape our world, and the future of our species.

We see ourselves as advocates for change; poverty is a result of inequality and injustice. It is not inevitable. During 2018, we reduced poverty and social injustice for over 46 million people across humanitarian response, supporting women and girls with their health, rights and freedom to live a life free violence, as well as supporting people with resilience to climate change and women’s economic empowerment.

Currently, we are reviewing our Global Strategy for 2020 as we want to continue this work to support more people. We have worked hard to engage people globally in conversations about our programmes, our organisation and our future and want to strengthen our board at this important time and ensure we have a more diverse team to confidently oversee our future changes. We must ensure our Board relects the socieities we work in and our staff team, we are looking for people who can bring broader perspectives in particular people with disabilties, young people, people who identify as LGBT and people from varied ethnic backgrounds. You will be joining a group of highly committed and passionate Trustees who are committed to our mission and vision.

Thank you for expressing an interest in CARE International UK, we look forward to seeing what we will achieve together in the future.

Laurie Lee
Chief Executive

Carolyn Clarke
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Laurie Lee

Carolyn Clarke

“We aim to strengthen the voice of women and girls and enable them to effectively participate in and influence the decisions that affect their lives.”

CARE International UK cuts out poverty at its roots

We tackle the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice, in order to deliver lasting change in the lives of poor and vulnerable people.

We work with the poorest and most vulnerable communities, developing long-term solutions to the problem of poverty. We aim to help people to help themselves.

And we multiply impact by using what we’ve learned about fighting poverty to influence broader social change, and end the injustices and inequalities that keep people poor.


We focus on women and girls

The majority of the 1.2 billion around the world who live in absolute poverty are women and girls. They are denied basic human rights. They have limited access to health care, to an education, to the opportunity to earn a living. They are denied a say in the decisions that affect their future.

But when women are healthier, their children and families are healthier. When girls get an education, they build better lives for themselves and their families. And when women have an income, they invest in their children and families, creating benefits for this generation and the next.

When one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings many other people with her.

We help people find the ways and means to earn a better future

When women earn, everyone benefits – so we help them get the tools and resources they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Our village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) help millions of women, and their communities, to begin to invest in business ventures – such as expanding their farm to begin selling at local markets, or opening a village shop.

We back this up with business training so that women have the skills to budget for and manage a small business.

We also develop long-term projects that empower whole communities to improve their incomes and standards of living – such as the JITA project in rural Bangladesh, which trains chronically poor women to become sales agents to take and sell essential goods to other low-income households in hard-to-reach rural areas. This project not only provides jobs to thousands of women, but it also means that 2 million rural households now have access to essential hygiene and nutrition products.

Our promise to improve women and girls’ health

Poor health and poverty go hand-in-hand. So CARE fights poverty by improving the health of millions of the world’s poorest people – particularly women and girls.

By the year 2020, we commit to helping 100 million women and girls to exercise their rights to sexual, reproductive and maternal health and a life free from violence. We also support poor women’s struggles to achieve their full and equal human rights. In these struggles, women strive to balance practical, daily, individual achievements with long-term efforts to challenge unequal social rules and institutions.

We also promote gender equality as an integral part of all our work: from health projects that focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health, to livelihoods projects that focus on creating more opportunities for women to work and gain an income.

Responding to the Climate Emergency

Climate change is more than a threat: it’s a reality for millions of the people we work with. And it’s a huge challenge in the fight against poverty. The impacts of climate change are already destroying livelihoods and increasing economic and social inequalities.

Climate change particularly affects women and girls, who are often responsible for farming their fields and collecting water – which means they are increasingly affected by more extreme droughts or floods.

We empower and promote the rights of vulnerable people to take action on climate change and to build knowledge for the future. To do this we work with governments, the private sector and a wide range of civil society organisations addressing the challenges of climate change.

CARE International UK Strategy

We work for a world of justice, without poverty, because poverty is injustice. We save lives in disasters and conflicts. We stand with women, girls and their communities to achieve lasting change for a better future.

CARE International UK will play a key role by raising funds for CARE’s work around the world and providing leadership and expertise on key areas of CARE’s work.

We work alongside, and seek to support and inspire, the global CARE confederation – CARE members, countries and staff – and CARE’s partners, supporters and funders through;

We will provide and transfer expertise to support CARE’s humanitarian and development work around the world, including leading CARE’s work globally on:

  • women’s economic empowerment
  • shelter in emergencie
  • embedding inclusive governance across all CARE’s programmes.

To address the underlying causes of poverty, we will use the evidence, learning and innovation from our humanitarian and development programmes to influence broader social change and scale up our life-saving and poverty-fighting solutions to reach and benefit more people.We will invest in advocacy and communications, and engage with stakeholders, to become a trusted and sought-after voice on humanitarian action and development solutions.

We will mobilise resources to fund and support CARE’s humanitarian and development work around the world. To do this, we will work with:

  • individuals in the UK with an interest in supporting international development and humanitarian response
  • private sector companies which want to do business in a way that supports people to overcome poverty
  • funders, movers and thinkers in international development and humanitarian action, including the UK government.

We will support and develop our staff by investing in their learning and development and promoting career opportunities within CARE globally. We will value and build strong relationships with partners, funders and supporters. We will help strengthen Southern voices within the CARE confederation by providing deeper support to up to five CARE country programmes and supporting Southern membership of CARE.

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Closing date: Monday 27th January 2020. 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 “Trustees, CARE International UK” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss any adjustments or support which are required.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 27th January 2020
Interviews: TBC

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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