Trustee (Programme & Advocacy)

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Trustee (Programme & Advocacy)

Closing date: 28 April 2024

We are looking for a Global Feminist with programme management, advocacy and policy experience who is passionate about women’s rights and working with grassroots women led partners. You will contribute to driving The Circle’s increased impact and ambitions to support more women and girls globally. 

The Circle is proud that we have increased our financial and non-financial support to our grassroots partners and especially that we provide unrestricted core funding. We are constantly working to improve our grants management, document and tell the stories of the impact this support is having as well as manage risk and compliance in line with best practice. As well as financial support, we provide ongoing non-financial support to our partners including opportunities to learn from each other, access to support for organisational strengthening, and opportunities to speak about their work to policy makers and Global Feminists around the world. We are therefore looking for someone who can advise and support our grant making and broader support to our partners. 

Your understanding of programming and advocacy will be used to advise on strengthening The Circle’s communications and fundraising to ensure that our partners work, impact, and voices are core to our organisational identity. 

As trustee, the key governance duties are:

  • Support and provide advice on the purpose, vision, goals, and activities of The Circle.
  • Approve operational strategies, operational policies and ethical standards, and monitor and evaluate their implementation.
  • Oversee The Circle’s financial objectives, plans and budgets, and monitor and evaluate progress.
  • Appoint the Chief Executive and delegate to him/her all such authority, powers and functions as is required for the management and implementation of The Circle’s activities and affairs.
  • Endeavour to attend all Board meetings, ensuring that they are adequately prepared, and to contribute to deliberations.
  • Exercise independence of judgement, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect The Circle’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third-party interests. Use information received in their capacity as a director with discretion and to the
    ends for which it was provided.

About you

  • Women’s rights knowledge: Brings women’s rights programme and grants management and advocacy experience and has strong networks and contacts in the women’s rights movement globally. 
  • Networking Skills: Ability to build and develop relationships including with our grassroots partners, and key external individuals and relationships relating to programming and advocacy work.   
  • Advocacy and Persuasion: Ability to advocate for feminist causes persuasively, inspiring individual and institutional donors to support the work of The Circle’s grass root partners, compelling storytelling and impact-driven arguments. 
  • Due diligence: Understand the core verification and due diligence requirements for grant making and advise The Circle to ensure the organisation meets regulatory and legal requirements as well as manage and mitigate risk. 
  • Ethical Integrity: Commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards. 
  • Governance: An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship. Experience as a previous trustee or similar role is desirable but not essential. We are committed to supporting you to develop new skills in your role as our Trustee, for you to take beyond your time with us. 
  • Collaboration & Teamwork: An ability to work effectively as a member of a team, demonstrating an approach which is collaborative and flexible. An ability to think creatively, challenge ways of thinking in a respectful and constructive manner. 
  • Values: A commitment to our values of empowerment, passion, innovation, respect and equality.  

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