The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, including the climate crisis, to survive, recover and gain control of their future.
IRC in the UK (IRC UK) was set up in 1997 to attract and manage government and private funding, drive policy change and raise awareness of the needs of our clients impacted by conflict across the world. IRC UK is also now delivering our first domestic programme which provides support for the integration of newly arrived refugees in the UK.
IRC UK Board of Trustees
Members of our Board of Trustees are the charity’s Trustees and act as company directors. They are responsible for overall good governance of the organization in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006 and Charities Act 2011.
The primary focus of the Board is on growing and improving the support that IRC clients receive. To this end, Board members work closely with IRC UK’s leaders in setting strategic direction in areas such as fundraising, advocacy, communication and on technical oversight of programmes. They also work with leaders across the IRC global network who are responsible for delivery of our programmes. Staff may seek advice and support from Trustees on subjects where they have expertise.
Being a Trustee at IRC UK requires you to:
Fulfil the legal responsibilities of being a Trustee and act in accordance with these to ensure good governance of the organization
Work with fellow Trustees to shape and oversee implementation of the organisation’s strategy
Prepare for, attend, and participate fully in at least 3 Board meetings per yeaR
Promote the organisation externally – attend/contribute to social events, meetings with donors, and supporters
Use your specific experience and skills to provide the Board with strategic advice and guidance and lead discussions on areas relating to your expertise
Support the IRC UK Management team and Executive Director
Participate in at least one Board Committee, and as such prepare for, attend, and participate fully in at least 3 Committee meetings per year
The Board of Trustees appoints new Trustees for a term of three years. Board members may serve up to two three-year terms, and a third three-year term if they Chair the Board or a Committee.
The Board places an emphasis on ensuring that our Trustees provide the specific mix of skills that have been identified as important to the charity’s objectives and activities. All new Trustees receive a full induction programme and training to ensure they understand their role and responsibilities, including with respect to safeguarding.
The role is unpaid, however reasonable expenses are reimbursed in line with IRC UK’s Expenses Policy.
Trustee- Audit and Governance
We are seeking a Trustee with experience in Audit and Governance. The appointed Trustee will sit on the Audit and Governance Committee and, through this Committee, provide strategic and objective advice and guidance to the Board and management on the IRC’s financial planning and management, risk management and internal control processes and practices.
Skills, experience and attributes we are looking for:
Strong financial management and business planning experience and skills
Experience of accounting, corporate governance and auditing
Knowledge of UK charity governance, finance and fundraising law and practice is desirable
Objectivity and ability to decision-make independently and influence accordingly
Ability to communicate financial information to members of the board and other stakeholders
Ability to work collaboratively with others
An interest and willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to successfully deliver this role
The deadline for applications is on the 20th March 2022.
We particularly welcome applications from individuals with first-hand or indirect experience of being a refugee or migrant, and equally welcome applications from women, BAME and other under-represented groups such as persons with disabilities.
How to apply:
Please apply via our careers portal.